Health Benefits of Lemon and Water

Hi joyous readers!

For as long as I can remember, even before I became a certified nutritionist I’ve been recommending this morning habit. It’s my daily ritual and something that I always recommend.

This video post is solely dedicated to the benefits of lemon and water and all the questions I get about this wonderful health habit.

Drinking freshly squeezed lemon and water first thing in the morning, on an empty stomach has many benefits. Learn about them in my video and I’ve written them out below.

Be sure to watch until the end of the video where I review some of the most frequently asked questions about lemon and water from “will it hurt the enamel of my teeth”, to “what temp should the water be”.

Health Benefits of Lemon and Water

Improved digestion. Lemon juice helps to stimulate your digestive fire. This means it increases the production of hydrochloric acid (HCl). The major role of HCl is to activate pepsinogen (not digest food), which now becomes known as pepsin (an enzyme) and digests protein. HCl helps to kill bacteria, parasites, viruses that enter with the food. So you can see the importance of HCl in the digestive process. Taking a drug to inhibit HCl production is totally counterproductive to healthy digestion! Here are 7 Natural Solutions to Hearburn.

Decreases constipation. For the exact reasons mentioned above. When you have a slow moving gut due to low acid and enzymes, this slows your whole digestive process and can result in constipation (having less than one bowel movement a day). How do you end up with low HCl and enzymes? There are many probable causes but poor diet and stress are the two most common reasons. Drinking lemon and water helps promote good quality bowel movement. You’ll see for yourself! :)

Increases bile! Sounds gross, I know, but lemon juice stimulates the liver’s secretion of bile. Bile, along with fiber, is a fantastic carrier of toxins. So when you have a bowel movement stimulated by drinking lemon and water, you are more likely to eliminate waste products.

Reduces bloating. More often then not, I reco drinking lemon and water on an empty stomach but it can also be used as a remedy for a bloating. Add some fresh ginger and you’ve got at the perfect anti-bloat tea!

Detoxifying. Lemon water cleanses and detoxifies the liver by increasing the liver’s detoxifying enzymes. Your liver is absolutely essential to your health and well-being. It has more than five hundred functions, many of them involved with detoxification.

Increases alkalinity. An acidic body is essentially a magnet for disease, and cancer cells thrive in an acidic environment. Lemon juice aids in making the body more alkaline, just like leafy green veggies—the opposite of acidic. (Although lemon contains citric acid, it does not create acidity in the body.) Lemon enhances your digestive secretions so that acidic wastes are eliminated more effectively. Food as medicine!

Natural cure for heartburn. I realize this sounds counter-intuitive, but the majority of people with heartburn are actually under-producing stomach acid. When you strengthen your digestive secretions with lemon and water, you may notice an incredible improvement in your heartburn.

Makes your skin glow! After a few weeks of lemon and water, you may notice your skin is brighter, and if you suffer from skin blemishes, you may notice a remarkable improvement. The health of your digestive system and your liver is directly related to the health of your skin.

Have a question? Comment below.

Have a joyous day!


Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy is the vibrant Holistic Nutritionist behind Joyous Health. Author of JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well without Dieting, professional speaker, nutrition expert on Global’s Morning Show, Faculty Member at Institute of Holistic Nutrition and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well. Read more...

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  • What are your thoughts on using a drop of doTerra essential oil in my daily lemon water instead of a lemon?

    • As long as it’s approved for taking internally, many essentials oils are not food safe.

      • I did check and the essential oil that I am using (doTerra) is safe for taking internally. Thanks for your help Joy, your awesome!

        • One drop of doterra lemon oil= 22 cups of lemon tea because it is derived from the rind….it is a great immune booster. Lemon is great for assisting the body to remove toxins.

  • Just wondering if Lime juice would work the same way? Also when we are travelling I take organic pure bottled lemon juice to avoid having to travel with fresh lemons.. is this OK?

  • What if the pre squeezed lemon juice is organic and in a glass bottle. Is that okay? I’m having a hard time finding juicy lemons recently, so it’s a bit of a waste of money. They’re so dried up inside.

  • You mention to have lemon water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. How long should I wait before eating breakfast after drinking the lemon water?

    • I would be keen to know as well – until now I’ve waited for about half an hour, but I’m often late for work because of that!

      • Hi Toni,

        Between 15 and 30 minutes is ideal.

        Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Hi Joy! In the mornings I drink my lemon and water, then I juice, then I have a tea with my breakfast. So many steps! I find myself in the kitchen all morning :) Is there any way I can combine my lemon with my green vegetable juice instead of drinking all this liquid separately? Or what about if I have my tea first (usually green tea), with half a lemon and a bit of honey? Will these combinations still be as beneficial?

    • Yes you can definitely combine your lemon juice with your green veggie juice in the a.m. As a side note, lemons enhance the absorption of antioxidants in green tea!

  • Hello Joy

    Discovered your blog and love it! Especially since you are from Canada and I can find the products/ingredients you recommend! Yay! Also got your book and starting to go through it.
    My question regarding the lemon water is can I pre-squeeze my lemon the night before so it’s ready in the morning? Or can I squeeze a few lemons and keep it in the fridge and just pour the amount I need in the morning? Or will the lemon loose its nutritional qualities?


    • Thanks so much. Glad you are loving my blog and finding the products I recommend! You can definitely pre-squeeze the night before, but fresh is always best of course! Just keep in mind it is not going to be quite as nutrient-dense especially in regards to the vitamin C.

  • Hello,

    With regard to the 10 day detox, what would you recommend to eat when going out for dinner to a restaurant?

    Thank you!

    • Hi Kristan,

      Eating out while on a detox can be rather tricky. For this reason, I usually try to postpone my restaurant dinners until after the 10 days are up. That said, for more health-conscious and accommodating restaurants, it can be done, you’ll just have to read the menu carefully and possibly ask questions to determine whether there are any detox no-nos on the menu. Salads are usually the easiest option to make detox-friendly. If you’re in the Toronto area, Rawlicious is a great detox-friendly place to eat out.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • also good for preventing/dissolving kidney stones. I’ve heard that body absorbs cold water better than warm or tepid.

  • Is it counterproductive to have a cup of coffee immediately after drinking lemon and water or how long should you wait before you drink your coffee (can’t give it up). Thank you.

    • Hi Jan,

      Sadly, it is a little bit counterproductive. Joy has a great section in her book on detoxing from coffee, but until you’re ready for that day, I’d recommend waiting at least 30 minutes between your lemon and water and your cup of coffee.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Hi Joy, just found your site and saw this post and wanted to know what do you think of using the True Lemon product? I travel a lot and can’t take fresh lemons everywhere.

    • Hi Stacey,

      We’re not familiar with their crystallization process, so we’ll have to err on the side of caution and say fresh is the way to go.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Hello There,
    How are you?
    I just want to ask if I can drink whole milk or have my cereal w/milk after I drink my lemon water? Or should I wait a few minutes to half a hour or more??
    Would it cause a bad reaction when lemon juice and milk are combined? Can I get sick??
    I’m sorry I’m just concerned about the reaction of lemon with whole milk and other types of milk such as….. almond/coconut milk.
    Hoping you can help me pretty please :) :)
    Thank you for your time, it means very much.

    • Hi LunaDanielle,
      I like to wait 15-30 minutes between lemon and water and breakfast if I can, to give my digestive juices time to get going. A shorter timeframe between the two won’t hurt you, it just may not be as effective. If you tolerate dairy well and are able to consume whole milk without issue that’s fine, we just find that most people tend to tolerate almond or coconut (or even non-cow dairy like goat’s milk) better.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • what do you recommend for swollen ankles and other water retention.

    • That really depends on the root cause — ie. pregnancy, inflammation, kidney problems. Even though it may sound counter-intuitive, drinking water helps your body retain less water. Usually your body will hold on to more water if you have too much sodium in your diet and too little hydration from water. Additionally, it can also be due to weight gain which is why many pregnant women suffer from it. It’s hard to give advice without knowing your full health history but I hope that helps!

  • Drinking more water in general has changed my life! What I noticed almost immediately was just a big boost in my energy levels. I was so inspired I wanted to contribute some how in a fun way, so I made a funny and simple tee shirt with a play on words that I thought others might like. If anyone is interested in checking it out, please just click on the website I’ve linked. Thanks!

    • Hi Camille,

      It really depends on what you mean by “all day, every day.” It is possible to overdo even a good thing like lemon and water (or even just water) if it’s consumed really in excess. Over here at Joyous Health, we recommend everything in moderation.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Thank you for the brilliant video, it helped clarify some doubts.

  • Hi Joy,
    I’ve been having lemon-water mornings for quite some time and am loving the benefits. I just watched this video and wanted to let you know that I spoke with my dentist about it and was given the go-ahead for the lemon water, but told NOT to brush my teeth immediately afterwards. Brushing right away contributes to enamel erosion and it’s best to wait 30-60mins. Eating cheese after an acidic meal or drink can help to neutralize it.

  • How long should I let the lemon sit in the water before drinking it, and just to be clear is it put in by slicing it up, or should I squeeze the juice into the water? Can I just have a pitcher in the refrigerator overnight with water and lemons? Thank you for any information, I really want to give this a shot.

    • Hi Frank,

      You squeeze the lemon juice into the water. Once the lemon’s in there, it’s good to go! You could make a pitcher and put it in the fridge, but the fresher the lemon and water is, the more effective it will be.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • You talk about hydrochloric acid. Citrus does tend to have a lot of acidity. Wouldn’t that actually make it something to avoid, especially for people with a fair amount of heartburn and acid reflux?

    • Hi Jenn,

      Although citrus itself is acidic, it has an overall alkalinizing effect in the body. However, some people are sensitive to citrus, and in that case, we’d recommend using apple cider vinegar and water instead.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Wonderful video reagarding lemon and water. I would like to know when a person start drinking lemon and water. Approximately how soon will they notice glowing skin?

    • Hi Cynthia,

      It’ll vary from person to person, depending on factors like your diet and stress level. You may see results in a few days, or it may take a few weeks. It’s also important to note that while lemon and water is a great habit, it’s not the only factor in skin health. You’ll also want to make sure you’re eating health-promoting foods as well.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Hello, I love this site. I do like to drink lemon water but usually in the afternoon or evening. Will I still get benefits?

  • Hi
    I have two questions. I have been drinking lemon water for about a week and simply love it. It definitely has replaced my morning tea. But I used to drink at least 6 cups of tea a day. Can I have at least 4 cups a day, its only midday and I’ve already had two cups and craving the third. My second question Is can I squeeze a whole bunch of lemons and keep in the fridge as I do work and not enough time to do this or can I freeze them in ice cube trays, as its said to be that frozen is as good as the day its bought.


    • Hi Hassiena,

      Are you referring to how many cups of lemon and water or how many cups of tea you can drink? In our opinion, when it comes to lemon and water, fresh is always best.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • What a great post, I had no idea that lemon juice had a direct link to the liver and helps elliminate toxins. Thanks for the great insights here.

    • You’re very welcome!

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Regarding the lemon and water, could I also add a small amount of stevia or natural local honey to the drink?

    • Hi Sandy,

      Between the two, we’d recommend adding honey over stevia.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

      • I had heard that adding honey was a benefit. Also I was wondering if there would be any health benefits in adding honey, cinnamon and ginger…. I also have a hard time drinking room temp water. Does it reduce the benefits if I drink it hot? Like the temp of hot tea in s restaurant… Thank you so much. First time I’ve come across your site. I will be a regular. Love it!

  • Does lemons work as well when you just slice them and leave them in water or is best to squeeze it?

    • Hi Eldith,

      It’s best to squeeze them in.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Hi, just wondering is it ok to squeeze your lemon the night before , so when you wake up you can drink it? That way it gives you at least half an hour to digest it before a meal?! Thanks Jenny

    • Hi Jenny,

      Fresh is always better, and it only takes a few seconds to squeeze it in.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • I have oil on the water after a poo, loose bowel after eating.

  • I drink lemon watering drp

    I drink lemon water every morning, I wait 20 min then I have my coffee. Is drinking coffee undoing the benifits of drinking thermonuclear water?

    • Hi Nancy,

      I’m going to guess you mean lemon and water rather than thermonuclear water (which I don’t recommend drinking). Drinking coffee can be hard on your digestive system, so it will counter some of the benefits of lemon and water. You might want to consider switching to green tea or a coffee substitute like chicory, which is easier on your system.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • I have just recently found out about the benefits of that lemons have on a person’s whole self… I have many issues that I am in search of answers for.. Obesity, high cholesterol, fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis just to name a few.. I have been told and I have read that lemons have many health benefits and have a possible link to helping in healing some of my problems. I have a couple questions that I have been struggling with lemon in the morning on an empty stomach you say is great.. Do you recommend raw lemon without water for how long until you have something else like breakfast? How many lemons a day is appropriate for liver and kidney detoxification? Warm lemon in the morning is also good however does not have to be all day or can you have ice during the day with your lemon water? Thank you for your time I appreciate any input that you have:-)

  • How long after drinking my lemon and water should I eat breakfast and how much water should I have with the lemon, i.e half a pint

    • Hi Ursula,

      A tall glass of water (300-400 mL) should be enough. You’ll want to try and wait at least 15 minutes before eating.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Joy, you are adorable. Thank you for this wonderful video about the benefits of lemon water! I really learned a lot. Interesting how we are so close to the “truth” about healthful eating yet, miss the fine print; like body-temp water. Feel free to add me to your e-mail list.
    Susan B
    Albuquerque, NM

  • Hello,

    I take a preworkout supplement (with caffeine) when I first get up in the morning, how long should I wait after drinking my warm lemon water before taking my preworkout powder and exercising?

    • Hi Morgan,

      You’ll want to wait at least 15 minutes, 30 if you can.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Great video,lots of good info,lemon water,how much lemon to how much water?,thanks.

    • Hi Joseph,

      The juice of 1/2 a lemon in a tall (over 250ml) glass of water should do the trick.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • I take synthroid first thing in the morning on an empty stomach and then have to wait 30 min before eating. Can I drink the lemon water during these 30 min or do I have to wait until after?

    • Hi Anne,

      I’d check with the healthcare practitioner who prescribed the Synthroid to determine if this is okay.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Can I eat immediately after my lemon drink each morning?

    Can I incorporate my morning green tea with my morning lemon water?


    • Hi Dominic,

      We recommend taking lemon and water on its own and then waiting at least 15 minutes before drinking or eating anything else.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Never saw an answer regarding whether LIMES can be used in place of LEMONS? Thanks!

    • Hi Chuck,

      They can, but because they’re smaller, you might need to use a whole lime instead of 1/2 a lemon.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Hi Joy & Team,

    I love watching your segments on S&C! I have been drinking lemon water in the morning for a while now. However, I am still uncertain on the following and wondered if you would please shed some light:
    - Should I always opt for organic lemons, or would using regular lemons mean drinking some of the toxins from the rind?
    - Any concerns with using too much lemon in one cup of water? With using, say, half of a larger lemon, sometimes my lemon water tastes tart enough to be lemonade.
    - Do I still reap the benefits of drinking lemon water every other day or even two days a week, instead of everyday (as I have been doing)?
    Thanks in advance!

    • Hi Helen,

      Here are our thoughts on your questions:

      - Organic is always best, but citrus fruits are generally okay to purchase conventional if you’re looking to save some money.
      - No concern with too much lemon, but as you noted, the taste might just be a little on the sour side.
      - You’ll still get benefits from a few days a week, but doing it every day will benefit you even more.

      Best regards,

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

    • To lemon tea, sure. But first thing in the morning, we’d recommend starting with just lemon and water and saving the honey for later.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • is it o.k. if i squeeze a few lemons and keep them in a jar in the fridge, or do i have to squeeze one fresh lemon every day?

    • Hi Eve,

      We recommend using a fresh lemon each day, to get the freshest, most nutrient-dense lemon juice possible.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • I love lemon in my water. Everyday i drink it. I cut up a slice and put it in my water and just keep adding water to my cup with same lemon for two days then switch new slice. I have been doing so for the past year. I havent been sick(well not as sick) flu, colds, etc…. Just wondering if its ok to drink it everyday as i am doing.?

    • Hi Sonia,

      Sure! As long as you find it beneficial, drink away!

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Can I put reg tap water in a jar over night and make lemon water in the morning
    Oh and I’m 73 years old

    • Hi Rose,

      If regular tap water is what you have access to, feel free to use it!

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

    • Hi Sharron,

      We can’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be, but when in doubt, it’s always best to check with your primary healthcare practitioner.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • How long should I wait before I eat after drinking lemon water and can I eat two pieces of garlic with it

    • Hi Sharron,

      We’d recommend waiting at least 15 mins after lemon water before eating or drinking anything else.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

    • Hi Sharron,

      As many times as you want! :)

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  • Hello. I found your video very informative, and with all my digestive issues I’d like to try lemon water in the morning. I have one question though. Can I take the lemon water with my thyroid hormone pill (I take this pill every morning on an empty stomach)? I have to wait 30 min after taking my pill before I can eat. I don’t want to take the lemon water, then wait 15 min to take my pill. Any thoughts? Thank you!

    • Hi Rose! That’s a tricky one. I don’t see any direct issues with the lemon water and medications but I would double check with your physician. My suggestions would be for you to try incorporating lemon water into your routine 15 minutes before eating to see if that helps boost your digestive system. Whether it’s in the morning before breakfast or just before lunch and dinner. Give it a try and see if it helps :)
      Heather- Joyous Health team

      • Thank you for the information and suggestion. Lemon water before dinner is very doable for me!

  • Hello I was wondering if it’s ok to use frozen lemons juice! I always get a huge bag of organic lemons from my mother in law’s tree in her backyard, when we visit. I find I could never use all the lemons before they go bad so I started freezing them in ice cube trays. If it’s ok, how many frozen lemon cubes would you recommend for 10oz of water? Thanks in advance for your response!

    • Hi Stacey! I think that would work wonderfully and what a great way to avoid wasting your mother in law’s lemons. I’d say to aim for the juice of 1/2 of a lemon, so depending on the size of your ice cube tray, 1-2 should do the trick. P.S- I’ve always wanted my own lemon tree!
      Heather- Joyous Health team

  • Hi Joy
    Just wondered how soon I can eat/drink after drinking lemon water.
    Have a great day Ali

    • Hi Ali! I’d give it 15-30 minutes for best results :)
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • Thank you, for the information on lemon juice but my question is it alright to use the lemon juice in the little lemon looking container or is that the same as you had mention.

    • Hi Carolyn! We think fresh lemon juice is always best :)
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • How long should you wait to eat or drink after drinking lemon water in the morning?

    • Hey Gloria! 15-20 minutes is the general rule of thumb :)
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • It is so refreshing to see someone who truly cares about the health of people and are not making us go through a sales pitch to get great information. Thank you so much.

    • One thing I wanted to ask. Can you add the ginger to the morning lemon water or should I do that later on.

      • Hi Donna! Ginger would be a great addition :)
        Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • Hello Joy!
    I have a question- is it ok to prepare a bottle of lemon and water or vinegar and water ahead of time like a day before and store in the fridge so its easy to grab in the morning?

    • Hey Jane! Absolutely, but I would suggest drinking it once it reaches room temperature (cold drink are very constricting). Happy sipping :)
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • After taking lemon drink before breakfast i experience frequent urination, is it good taking it after supper also? thanks for advice and keep me updated

    • Hey Sammy! Try taking it before supper to help boost digestion (just as you’re doing in the morning). Glad to hear you’re enjoying lemon water as part of your routine :)
      Heather- Joyous Health team

  • You mentioned brushing teeth after having lemon water if someone is concerned about the acid attach. Best approach is to rinse mouth with warm water. You should never brush your teeth directly after having anything acidic for at least 20+ minutes. Your mouth will be in an acidic state and this could cause you to move the acid around on the teeth creating minute etching in the enamel, thereby weakening teeth and eventually making teeth susceptible to breakdown.

  • Is it safe to drink lemon water every morning while pregnant?

    • Absolutely! Unless of course you are allergic/sensitive to lemons :)
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

    • Hi Vicki! Limes work just fine but are slightly lower in vitamin C.
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

    • Hi Gaylene! The jar is about 8 oz :)
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • How soon after I drink lemon water in an on empty stomach can I have breakfast …can it be immediately ??

    • Hi Barbara! We suggest waiting 15-20 minutes or so, just to give your digestion a little kickstart!
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • Thank you Joy for the outstanding information.
    I have just recently starting drinking Apple Cider
    Vinegar. I also put in a teaspoon of Lemon juice
    and water that in mix all in a small amount of water.
    I was concerned about bottled lemon juice that I have
    been using but do not trust. I will now use fresh lemon
    juice from now own. Thanks. Hope to hear more from you.
    To your Health!!!

    Daniel Mitchell
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama

    • You can definitely swap out limes for lemons! They are similar, but limes have slightly less vitamin C.
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • Good Morning.
    I regularly drink lemon water on an empty stomach, however I also drink Miralax and Essiac Tonic in the same cup. The product also suggest on an empty stomach. Is this okay to do?

    • Hi Naomi. I think this should work just fine but perhaps you should try reaching out to the supplements company to make sure. All the best,
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • Do you have to drink lemon water all day to get the effects or just every morning.

    Thanks and have Great weekend

    • Definitely not all day, first thing in the morning is ideal. Hope that helps!

      • Hello,

        I have no gall bladder and having many digestive problems, I just started doing lemon water first thing in the monring, should this be enough or should i drink before dinner also to help digest my food. Or is drinking once a day in morning enough to help me throughout the day. I tried digestive enzymes and they make me feel worst I have problems with supplements in general.

        Any smoothies ideas for someone who doest have a gall bladder to help the liver and digestion.

        Thank you for all the great information and love that you are in Canada.

        Thank you.

      • Hello

        Is it o.k. to use just a squeeze of the lemon in my green tea twice a day instead of first thing in morning.

        • Hey Annie! Lemon in green tea is great, however, to kickstart the digestive process and help with detoxification lemon water is best on an empty stomach in the morning. I hope that helps!
          Heather- Joyous Health Team

          • thank you so so much for replying to my messages.
            greatly appreciated :) i will be visiting often.

          • Sorry I love drinking my green tea after meals when is best to drink it right after meal or should i wait 20 to 30 minutes so that it does not give me acid reflux .

            Thanks again

          • I would suggest waiting a bit after meals to enjoy your green tea (at least 20-30 minutes).You want to avoid drinking large quantities of liquid close to meal time to allow your stomach acid to do it’s job. But feel free to play around with it to see what works best for you. :)
            Heather- Joyous Health Team

          • Thank you Heather,

            Should you drink lemon water every day or a few times a week ?
            I just wanted to let you know its helping me sooooo much the lemon water first thing in morning. Im only using 1 tsp of lemon juice in a cup of warm water and that seems whats right for me.

  • Which is beter in a probiotic supplement product bifidobacterium lactis or bifidobacterium bifidum.
    to help with digestion and stomach issues.
    Thanks and have a great day :)

      • Ok Thanks very much Heather :) Ive never heard of that company before mentionned above.

        Ive just started taking a probiotic lozenge from a well known company and its making such a difference also in my gut issues already in just 3 days…. ive always had a hard time with probiotics I think it was because it was a capsule form because the lozenge seems to work amazing for me first time ever I can take a probiotic with not having really bad side effect which i had to discontinue …. i had a bit of a headache and stomach felt a bit strange for first two days but now its almost non existent, I am so happy.

        Should I continue with the lemon water, I guess its good for the liver too right ? so maybe I should continue, I no longer do it everyday just a few times a week :)

        Thanks again have a nice thanksgiving :)

        • Hi Annie. So glad to hear that probiotics have been helping! I would continue with the lemon water as it has many benefits, but encourage you to listen to your body. It always knows best :) Happy Thanksgiving to you too!
          Heather- Joyous Health Team

    • I usually give it about 15-20 minutes to work it’s magic before consuming anything else :)
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

      • I was wondering if dgl (Deglycyrrhizinated licorice) would have an effect on probiotics
        I take dgl 20 minutes before my meals including breakfast. I take my probiotics chewable type right after my meal as it says best taken with meal, but now wondering if the dgl prevents probiotic to adhere to my gut to do its magic. What do you think. Thanks very much. Maybe i should skip the morning dgl and just take at lunch and dinner.

        • Hi Annie! I’m unaware of any contradictions with DGL and probiotics and I think your current routine will be just fine, but I would suggest checking in with your prescribing physician to ensure that is the best choice for you :)
          Heather- Joyous Health Team

          • Hi i want to ask u about my appetite. I dont feel like eating most of the time weather it is breakfast or whatsoever. And due to it i m very thin and underweight. Can u help me bring my appetite back plz? will lemon water with honey help? i will be very thankful to you plz help me

          • Hi Tayyab! Lemon water in the morning may help as it stimulates the digestive system to prepare for food. It would definitely be worth a try. I also find that cooking can be a great exercise to increase appetite. Spending some time in the kitchen may help. Grab a new recipe that gets you excited about food and have fun with it. Seeing, touching, feeling and experiencing food can stimulate the digestive process and increase appetite. Without knowing your whole health history and current lifestyle, it can be tough to give specific recommendations so I hope that helps.
            Heather- Joyous Health Team

          • Ok. thank you very much. I do plan to reduce dgl as I want my body to be helped by food and not supplements except for probiotics and vitamin d i do not mind taking supplements. I love your blog. Great info and soooooo informative. Will be visiting often :)

            thanks again for everything. I am feeling so much better these days I cannot beleive it by just making a few changes.

  • I have had a skin condition for over six years that has been diagnosed as scabies to folliculitis. All blood tests have come back negative. And all prescriptions including Ivermectin have only worked for a short time before I have to start another dose. Once I stop the Stromectol the breakout resumes. I have even tried using a near-infrared light, but that also has been a temporary fix. Is there a food that I may consume to kill whatever is eating me alive from the inside-out for all these years? I even feel a piercing sensation in my eyes and noticed that my eyesight has been affected. Most recently I started fasting one day a week and drinking two gallons of water a day.

    • Hi Rachel. I’m sorry to hear this. It would be best to seek the help of a qualified health care practitioner (perhaps an Naturopathic Doctor) who can take your health history and current situation into full consideration. Joy does provide 1-on-1 nutritional consultations if you’re looking for a personalized dietary approach to addressing your concerns:

      Wishing you all the best,
      Heather- Joyous Health Team

  • How do you prevent the lemon water from making your teeth sensitive :)


    • Hey Annie. I’ve never experienced this, but perhaps avoiding brushing your teeth directly after drinking lemon water could help. The acidity of the lemon and the abrasiveness toothpastes and brushing may be a bad combination and could contribute to the thinning of the enamel on your teeth and promote sensitivity. I hope that helps!
      Heather- Joyous Health Team