The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The versatile citrus fruit that offers awesome antibacterial and antiviral properties…but how effective is it in weight loss?

This article will be covering a few of the benefits of lemon water for weight loss, and other health concerns.

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Hot Lemon Water For Weight Loss

The antibacterial and antiviral properties in this popular citrus fruit make it a great natural booster for your immune system. It’s also a great choice when it comes to detoxifying your system, and (certain health experts believe that it) aids in cleaning the liver leading to better digestive health.

I’d always heard about the Vitamin C side of things – most of us have by now, but I was surprised to find out about all the health ‘extras’ this yellow bombshell offered…particularly in the weight loss world!

It is rumored to be an effective dieting agent because it increases the body’s metabolic rate (many celebrities go along with this angle!), but it also offers a few ‘less known’ health perks…

lemon juice and water for weight loss


1) We touched on the Vitamin C angle above – most of us have sat through the lecture off our mum…through a hundred different cold viruses over the years! The Vitamin C in lemon juice is very effective at taking on and eliminating immune system deficiencies.

2) A simple glass of lemon juice with warm water before we tuck into our breakfast, helps in maintaining the pH balance of the body.

3) Lemon juice contains a high amount of antibacterial properties that take the battle to infections and act as a pretty ‘boss’ detoxifying agent.

4) There are numerous claims that lemon juice is great in aiding digestion, but recent research has watered down this claim somewhat. If you are interested in finding out more about lemon juice and digestion, I recommend checking out this interview with Ian Musgrave from The University of Adelaide – The Truth About Lemon Water On Digestion And Detoxification.

5) Lemons contain decent amounts of potassium, calcium, phosphorus and magnesium…and are A LOT cheaper than purchasing the supplement formats of these health boosters!

6) Over the last couple of decades, many dermatology experts have come forward and suggested that lemon water can be used as a remedy for many kinds of skin problems. Top of the list is acne, rashes, wrinkles and dark skin spots.

7) Lemon as a citrus fruit, has a lot of natural anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, hot lemon water is excellent for battling respiratory tract infections, sore throat and inflammation of the tonsils.

8) Like gulping through your sports drink when you are in a workout session? Expensive aren’t they? Lemon juice and water is a great ‘cheap’ alternative to these sports drinks, as it keeps the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes.

9) Did you know that this lemon juice and water concoction can aid your dental health as well? Seriously, many people swear by it as a painkiller for toothache, and it’s also known to prevent gingivitis.


The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

At the end of the day – we all know that coffee isn’t exactly great for you…especially three cups in succession…just to get going every morning!

Do you think that you could switch the black tar for lemon juice and hot water?

You now know the benefits – give it a try! 🙂

If you have any thoughts or opinions on the subject we have covered here, please leave them in the comment section below.

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14 thoughts on “The Benefits of Lemon Water For Weight Loss

  1. We don’t have lemons where I live (Guatemala), just limes. Do you think that limes have the same benefits or would they vary? I do like to drink a squeeze of lime in my water and it’s a good way to make it a bit more interesting than plain old water from the tap!

    1. That’s a pretty interesting question Genesis! 

      I would have thought that limes would be near enough the same in water as lemon, they are a close relative of each other. Hopefully another visitor will contribute to this conversation and give us a good answer! 

      I would say yes – limes are probably as close as you’d get to lemons 🙂

  2. Hi Chris, mmmm I am not sure if I can trade my coffee for lemons, I must admit I have tried it and it doesn’t have the same effect. However you are spot on with drinking warm water and lemons first thing in the morning is a great way to get the body going, some very interesting facts mentioned that I had no idea about, thank you for an excellent post.

  3. Nice! I am sure going to try this “lemon in warm water”. I saw your video and there are a lot of benefits internal, and for the skin. I know already that a lot of vitamin C is very good to boost the immune system. That lemons are good for your eyes too? That was completely new to me, carrots, yes, but lemons? 

    They are on my shopping list! Thanks! Loes

  4. You know i’ve always been a fan of lemon based deserts, also when you get served a glass of water with a couple of slices of lemon in it, pure bliss.

    Although, when you refer to lemon water, is it a mixture of squeezed lemon juice and water or do you add some other ingredients in there?

  5. Hi Chris,

    In response to a previous commenters question about whether limes have the same benefits as lemons, the answer is most definitely yes.

    Limes contain the same vitamins, flavonoids, and antioxidants as lemons. They rejuvenate skin, improve digestion, fight infection, help with weight loss, lower blood sugar, reduces heart disease, reduce inflammation and are said to prevent cancer through promoting healthy cell growth and improving the function of your immune system.

    If you can’t get lemons or just want a change from lemon water just substitute limes.


    1. Cool – nice of you to chip in on another commenter’s question Ed, and thanks for all the additional info as well! 🙂

  6. I have to say I’m with you on the whole lemon water thing.

    For the past five years I’ve been drinking one glass of lemon water in the morning. From fresh lemons of course. I combine it with water at room temperature, so no water straight from the fridge!

    One thing I always asked myself and I hope you have insight in: Is is okay to prepare the lemonwater the evening before? I don’t always have a lot of time in the morning. Or do you think this will reduce the vitamins if it’s kept overnight?

    Thanks in advance!

    1. I don’t see this sort of thing reducing too many vitamins Jurgen – as long as it’s only overnight, and maybe kept in the fridge, it should be okay! 

  7. Hi Chris,

    I have always loved citrus fruits especially tangerines since they are so sweet and juicy but lemons  bring sensitivity to my teeth which is so bad, so is there something I can add to the lemon water to deal with this? Someone also once suggested applying lemon juice directly on my skin to reduce acne? I didn’t like the idea so I would really love to hear your opinion on this.

    Thanks for the great article, am really looking forward to reading your next posts.

    1. Acne? Not really sure Larry, although we have released a few posts here on skin conditions. Have a search through them and see what comes up! 🙂

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