17 Best Benefits of Lemon Water

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The health benefits of lemon water include relief from scurvy, sore throat, constipation, kidney stones, canker sores, and gum disorders. It also helps lower blood pressure, decreases stress, maintains healthy skin, and promote a healthy liver. It is also commonly known to aid in digestion, reduce calorie intake, help in weight loss, and also help in preventing certain types of cancer.

Lemon Water Nutrition Facts

Lemon water is derived from lemons which are a rich source of various vitamins and minerals. It contains water, protein, carbohydrates, and sugar. Lemons are a very good source of vitamin C and they also contain smaller amounts of different vitamins like thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, and vitamin E. Lemons also contain various minerals such as iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium, and zinc, according to the USDA National Nutrient Database. With all these important nutrients present in lemons, lemon water can be a very effective delivery system for many health benefits.

Nutrition Facts

Lemon juice, raw
Serving Size :
Water [g]92.31
Energy [kcal]22
Protein [g]0.35
Total lipid (fat) [g]0.24
Carbohydrate, by difference [g]6.9
Fiber, total dietary [g]0.3
Sugars, total [g]2.52
Calcium, Ca [mg]6
Iron, Fe [mg]0.08
Magnesium, Mg [mg]6
Phosphorus, P [mg]8
Potassium, K [mg]103
Sodium, Na [mg]1
Zinc, Zn [mg]0.05
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid [mg]38.7
Thiamin [mg]0.02
Riboflavin [mg]0.02
Niacin [mg]0.09
Vitamin B-6 [mg]0.05
Folate, DFE [µg]20
Vitamin B-12 [µg]0
Vitamin A, RAE [µg]0
Vitamin A, IU [IU]6
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]0.15
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) [µg]0
Vitamin D [IU]0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) [µg]0
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]0.04
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]0.01
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]0.02
Fatty acids, total trans [g]0
Cholesterol [mg]0
Caffeine [mg]0
Sources include : USDA

Who Benefits from Lemon Water?

It is beneficial for everyone except for those allergic to lemons. It should be consumed by anyone trying to live healthier, and it is a very good health drink, compared to the other carbonated and sugar-rich drinks that are available in the market. Not only does lemon water hydrate the body, but it also aids various bodily processes such as digestion.

Health Benefits of Lemon Water

There are many benefits of lemon water for all of us. The most common ones are listed below in detail.

Relieves Sore Throat

Drinking warm lemon water may provide relief from a sore throat or pharyngitis.

Prevents Kidney Stones

One of the major health benefits of lemon water includes its ability to treat and prevent kidney stones. Normally, kidney stones pass out of the body without much discomfort, but sometimes they can block the urine flow and cause intense pain. Drinking lemon water helps in rehydrating the body and keeping the urine diluted. This, in turn, reduces any risk of kidney stone formation. However, in case of severe pain and discomfort from a possible kidney stone, you should speak with a doctor or your medical professional.

A glass of lemon water with fresh lemon, mint and sliced ginger on a wooden table

Reduces Calorie Intake

Lemon water is a good substitute for juices or drinks that may be high in sugar. Especially for those who are diabetic or who intend to lose weight, this is a good drink to rehydrate and energize the body without adding dangerous levels of sugar.

Improves Liver Health

Drinking lemon water may help in activating digestive enzymes present in the liver. It can also help in regulating the oxygenation of the blood.

Improves Digestion

The lemon juice present in lemon water promotes the production of hydrochloric acid and bile secretion, which is required for digestion. It also reduces the risk of acidity and gout. People who commonly suffer from digestive issues like abdominal cramps, bloating, burning sensations, and excess gas should drink it regularly. It can also prevent diarrhea and similar issues. Women can use lemon juice extracted from 3 to 4 lemons in order to get rid of the menstrual pain. To reap the most health benefits of lemon juice, you should consume it after mixing it with warm water.

Relieves Constipation

Lemon water is useful for curing constipation, so drink it warm every morning and get relief from constipation for the rest of the day.

Boosts Immune System

Lemon water is a good source of citrus bioflavonoid, vitamin C, and phytonutrients, which help in improving the strength of the immune system. It also helps increase energy levels in the body due to the presence of essential vitamins and minerals.  In research studies published in the American Scientific Research Journal, citrus peel oils showed strong antimicrobial activity. 

Weight Loss

Drinking lukewarm lemon water with honey every morning can help people lose extra weight easily.

Relieves Rheumatism

Drinking lemon water before meals and at bedtime may also provide relief from rheumatism.

Cures Scurvy

Consumption of lemon water helps in curing scurvy or a general deficiency of vitamin C.

Relieves Canker Sores

Rinsing your mouth with lukewarm lemon water can help in providing relief from painful canker sores or mouth ulcers.

Relieves Swollen Gum Pain

Drinking lemon water may also relieve the pain associated with swollen gums. Add a pinch of salt to it for best results and make sure the lemon juice is well-diluted in water.

Anticancer Potential

Drinking lemon water may also be beneficial in preventing cancer. A research study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention suggests that lemon extract, with its antitumor properties, may help in reducing the risk of breast cancer.

Another study shows that a combination of garlic and lemon aqueous extract makes for an anticancer food.

However, no thorough research is conducted to verify the anticancer potential of lemon water yet.

Health benefits of lemon water - infographic

Lowers Stress & Blood Pressure

Another great benefit of lemon water is its ability to lower blood pressure while providing relief from stress, depression, and anxiety. Drinking it will also convey a sense of relaxation.

Balances pH

By drinking one glass of lemon water, you will help alkalize the whole body and balance the pH level of the body. There are many diseases and conditions linked to the acidic body state. For optimal health, it is very important for the body to maintain the alkaline state that is achieved by eating alkaline foods. Lemon water can help bring the balance back to the alkaline side of things.

Detoxifies the Body

Lemon water helps in cleansing your entire body by reducing the toxins in the blood. Nutrients in lemons promote the removal of waste materials as well as toxins since it acts as a natural diuretic, which stimulates an increase in urination.

Skin Care

Intake of lemon water on a daily basis can help rejuvenate the skin. Lemons are loaded with antioxidants and the well-known anti-aging properties of lemons and other antioxidant-rich foods have become increasingly popular in recent years.

How to Buy and Store Lemons?

Lemons are readily available in most local markets, and it is always good to pick fresh lemons on the market. Choose the lemons which are thin skinned and do not have a dull yellowish color or green spots. Avoid lemons which have wrinkles, or those that do not have a finely grained texture.

Lemons can be stored away from sunlight at room temperature for a few days. To store lemons for longer periods of time, it is advisable to store them in a refrigerator. After squeezing fresh lemon juice for a drink, you can simply save the extra and store it in the refrigerator.

About the Author

Meenakshi Nagdeve is a health and wellness enthusiast and started working on Organic Facts since 2012 and is currently responsible for managing it. She follows naturopathy and believes in healing with foods. She is currently pursuing Nutrition And Healthy Living Cornell Certificate Program, Cornell University. She holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Management from IIM Bangalore and B. Tech in Metallurgical Engineering and Materials Science from IIT Bombay. Prior to this, she worked for a few years in IT and Financial services. In her free time, she loves to travel and taste different types of teas.

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