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Health Benefits of Lemon and Water

Feb 14, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy

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".

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

Feb 14, 2015 BY Joy McCarthy
188 Comments
Sandra Hammond-Boyer   •   February 15, 2015

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

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Joy McCarthy   •   February 15, 2015

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


Candee   •   February 15, 2015

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?

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Sydney Gowling   •   February 15, 2015

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.

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Joy McCarthy   •   February 15, 2015

Yes, that's the next best option.


Erin   •   February 15, 2015

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?

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Toni   •   September 2, 2015

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!


Sarah W   •   February 16, 2015

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?

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Joy McCarthy   •   February 16, 2015

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!


Sofia Karabotsos   •   February 17, 2015

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

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Joy McCarthy   •   February 17, 2015

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.


Kristan   •   February 17, 2015

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   February 18, 2015

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


Beth johnson   •   February 18, 2015

I love using lemon water to detoxify every morning. It's one of the easiest and most delicious ways to be healthy:) www.westingwellness.com

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Mary   •   February 19, 2015

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

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Jan Bancarzi   •   February 23, 2015

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.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   February 24, 2015

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


Stacey White   •   February 28, 2015

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.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 2, 2015

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


LunaDanielle   •   February 28, 2015

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.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   February 28, 2015

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


Sandra Joiner   •   March 14, 2015

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

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 16, 2015

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!


Janae Stockwell   •   March 26, 2015

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camille reavis   •   May 7, 2015

can I drink lemon water all day everyday without repercussions?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   May 8, 2015

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


Carol   •   May 15, 2015

Great information.

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Margarida Rebelo   •   June 7, 2015

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

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Shannon   •   June 11, 2015

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.

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frank   •   June 23, 2015

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.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   June 24, 2015

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


Jenn   •   August 3, 2015

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?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   August 4, 2015

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


Cynthia Newell-Hawkins   •   August 6, 2015

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?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   August 6, 2015

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


Kathleen   •   September 4, 2015

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

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Joy McCarthy   •   September 5, 2015

Yes definitely! Thanks for stopping by!


Hassiena   •   September 8, 2015

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. Thanks Haseena

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   September 8, 2015

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


Harriette Blye   •   September 10, 2015

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.

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   September 10, 2015

You're very welcome! Kate - Joyous Health Team


Sandy   •   October 2, 2015

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   October 2, 2015

Hi Sandy, Between the two, we'd recommend adding honey over stevia. Kate - Joyous Health Team


Eldith white   •   October 14, 2015

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   October 15, 2015

Hi Eldith, It's best to squeeze them in. Kate - Joyous Health Team


Jenny storti   •   October 17, 2015

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   October 19, 2015

Hi Jenny, Fresh is always better, and it only takes a few seconds to squeeze it in. Kate - Joyous Health Team


rosie ingram   •   October 19, 2015

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

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Nancy Skolnick   •   October 29, 2015

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?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   October 29, 2015

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


Angela   •   October 30, 2015

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:-)

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Ursula Daw   •   November 1, 2015

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   November 1, 2015

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


Susan Buechele   •   November 3, 2015

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

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Morgan   •   November 6, 2015

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?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   November 9, 2015

Hi Morgan, You'll want to wait at least 15 minutes, 30 if you can. Kate - Joyous Health Team


Joseph connelly   •   December 7, 2015

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   December 7, 2015

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


Anne O   •   January 7, 2016

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?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 8, 2016

Hi Anne, I'd check with the healthcare practitioner who prescribed the Synthroid to determine if this is okay. Kate - Joyous Health Team


Dominic Ortiz   •   January 8, 2016

Can I eat immediately after my lemon drink each morning? Can I incorporate my morning green tea with my morning lemon water? Thanks

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 8, 2016

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


Chuck   •   January 12, 2016

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 12, 2016

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


Helen T   •   January 19, 2016

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!

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   January 19, 2016

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


Ellie   •   February 10, 2016

Is it okay to add organic raw honey to your lemon tea?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   February 10, 2016

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


eve   •   February 21, 2016

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?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   February 22, 2016

Hi Eve, We recommend using a fresh lemon each day, to get the freshest, most nutrient-dense lemon juice possible. Kate - Joyous Health Team


Sonia Tardif   •   March 2, 2016

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.?

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 2, 2016

Hi Sonia, Sure! As long as you find it beneficial, drink away! Kate - Joyous Health Team


Rose   •   March 10, 2016

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 14, 2016

Hi Rose, If regular tap water is what you have access to, feel free to use it! Kate - Joyous Health Team


sharron   •   March 17, 2016

Is this ok for diabetics and people with high blood pressure

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 17, 2016

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


sharron   •   March 17, 2016

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

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 17, 2016

Hi Sharron, We'd recommend waiting at least 15 mins after lemon water before eating or drinking anything else. Kate - Joyous Health Team


sharron   •   March 17, 2016

How many times a day can I drink the lemon and water

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Kate McDonald Walker   •   March 17, 2016

Hi Sharron, As many times as you want! :) Kate - Joyous Health Team


Rose   •   March 31, 2016

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!

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Heather Allen   •   March 31, 2016

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


Stacey   •   May 4, 2016

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!

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Heather Allen   •   May 4, 2016

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


Ali phillips   •   May 6, 2016

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

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Heather Allen   •   May 6, 2016

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


Carolyn McWhite   •   May 30, 2016

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.

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Heather Allen   •   May 30, 2016

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


Gloria   •   June 2, 2016

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

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Heather Allen   •   June 2, 2016

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


Donna   •   June 24, 2016

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.

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Donna   •   June 24, 2016

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

Heather Allen   •   June 24, 2016

Thanks so much, Donna! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Jane Adjekum   •   June 27, 2016

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? Jane.

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Heather Allen   •   June 27, 2016

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


Sammy   •   July 12, 2016

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

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Heather Allen   •   July 12, 2016

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


Marie Stewart   •   July 31, 2016

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.

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Heather Allen   •   August 1, 2016

Thanks, Marie! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Paula   •   August 5, 2016

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

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Heather Allen   •   August 5, 2016

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


Vicki   •   August 7, 2016

Is lime juice as good as lemon juice?

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Heather Allen   •   August 8, 2016

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


Gaylene Bissonette   •   August 10, 2016

The jar you were holding up was how many ounces?

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Heather Allen   •   August 10, 2016

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


Barbara Madsen   •   August 26, 2016

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

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Heather Allen   •   August 26, 2016

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


Daniel Mitchell   •   August 26, 2016

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

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Joy McCarthy   •   August 28, 2016

Perfect! All the best Daniel!


Marguerite   •   September 14, 2016

Is lime juice just as good?

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Heather Allen   •   September 14, 2016

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


Naomi Knight   •   September 14, 2016

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?

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Heather Allen   •   September 14, 2016

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


Drusella   •   September 17, 2016

Do you have to drink lemon water all day to get the effects or just every morning. Thanks and have Great weekend

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Joy McCarthy   •   September 18, 2016

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


Annie   •   October 3, 2016

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 :)

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Heather Allen   •   October 3, 2016

Hi Annie. It can really be case dependent, but in general we recommend choosing a probiotic with multiple strains of bacteria like this one: http://www.seroyal.ca/?SID=hgc0ojv946pm62adh97qgmdnb0&___store=seroyal_ca I hope that helps! Heather- Joyous Health Team


KAREN PACIFICO   •   October 6, 2016

How long do I wait to drink something else after after drinking my lemon water?

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Heather Allen   •   October 6, 2016

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


Rachel   •   October 6, 2016

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.

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Heather Allen   •   October 7, 2016

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: http://www.joyoushealth.com/nutrition-services/ Wishing you all the best, Heather- Joyous Health Team


Annie   •   October 12, 2016

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

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Heather Allen   •   October 12, 2016

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


Jack   •   November 3, 2016

Is it ok to drink lemon water immediately after drinking g coffee? I drink coffee in the morning to wake me up and when I am done that I drink lemon water through out most of the day.

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Heather Allen   •   November 3, 2016

Hi Jack! We suggest drinking it first thing in the morning for best results. Try changing up your routine to include water & lemon before your coffee and see how you feel :) Heather- Joyous Health Team


Linton price   •   November 17, 2016

Hi can I make a big jar of lemon water and keep in the refrigerator for the convenience or do I have to use fresh lemons every day?

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Heather Allen   •   November 17, 2016

Hi Linton. Fresh is always best as vitamin C can be easily destroyed when exposed to oxygen! Heather- Joyous Health Team


Odi   •   January 30, 2017

Hi Joy! Is it okay if I drink my coffee after the lemon water or the other way way around? I'm usually short short on time and way too rushed to take my time properly.

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Janelle   •   February 1, 2017

Can you make lemon water in advance and keep it in the fridge for the week? Or it needs to be freshly squeezed everyday? Any tips like freezing the lemon juice and adding the cubes to your water? Thanks! :)

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 1, 2017

Hey Janelle! Making the lemon water in advance or freezing lemon cubes is definitely an option, but it might just have less Vitamin C when you actually go to drink it. I would suggest having it freshly squeezed each day if possible :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Victoria   •   February 4, 2017

Hi there i love breakfast tea and normally have it first thing the morning but I'm trying to change that. If you drink lemon and water first thing in the morning and an hour or two later you have a coffee or a cup of tea does it counteract the effects of detoxing or cleaning the colon? Thanks

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Rachel   •   February 6, 2017

Hey Victoria! Nope, it won't counteract anything! The point of drinking the water instead of tea or anything else first thing in the morning is to help flush out the metabolic waste products we produce throughout the night. If we're starting our day with something dehydrating like tea or coffee, it's not going to help getting things moving. So I think that's a great of swapping the breakfast tea for water :) Baby steps though, just take it day by day. It doesn't have to happen overnight! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Gazala fiax   •   February 6, 2017

Hello I have gallstones in my gallbladder will drinking lemon water first thing in the morning help the gallstones to disslove please reply back i am in such alot of pain and do not want to have my gallbladder taken out thanks

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Rachel   •   February 6, 2017

Hey Gazala, It certainly helps to support liver and gallbladder health, but like with anything, we suggest working with your natural health care practitioner before making any changes to your dietary habits with any condition. Hope you feel better soon! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


ANNA   •   February 11, 2017

WILL FRESH LIMES BE AS EFFECTIVE AS LIMES?

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Rachel   •   February 13, 2017

Hey Anna! Freshly squeezed lime is best (if possible) to ensure all of the Vitamin C and other nutrients are in tact :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Ida   •   February 22, 2017

Joy How long after I drink lemon and water on empty stomach can I drink or eat my breakfast? It is crunch time in the morning.

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 22, 2017

Hey Ida! Ideally about 15-20 minutes just to allow the digestive juices to begin flowing, but of course, if you're tight for time, you can enjoy your breakfast right after the lemon water. As long as the lemon and water is the first thing you consume on an empty stomach - that's what matters :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team

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Eddie Fears   •   February 25, 2017

enjoyed your video.

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Rachel Molenda   •   February 27, 2017

Hey Eddie! Thanks so much :) Glad to hear you were able to take away a lot from it! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


raakheeahuja   •   March 3, 2017

I have lemon water with a spoon of apple cider vinegar every mornig after a cup of tea.will it help me lose weight

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 3, 2017

Hey Raakheeahuja! That's amazing! It can definitely help support weight loss but there are other factors that play into it too. You might enjoy reading this article Joy wrote about weight loss: https://www.joyoushealth.com/14437-blog-6-ways-to-lose-weight-instead-of-dieting Rachel - Joyous Health Team


William Cupper   •   March 11, 2017

Starting today (11 Mar 2017) each morning I plan on drinking a warm glass of water with lemon hoping it will keep my sugar level within a normal range of 80 to 140. Today my sugar level was 157. After I drank a glass of warm water mixed lemon, two hours later my sugar level was 87!! Great!

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 13, 2017

Hey William, WOW! That's amazing! Good for you :) So happy to hear it's working for you so quickly! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


BD   •   March 14, 2017

Thanks for the great info. Can you add a little honey or organic sugar to lemon and water and still get benefits? Second, is lemon, honey, salt and spring water a good substitutefor an electrolyte replacement?? Thank you!

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 15, 2017

Hey BD! Yes, you could definitely still soak up the benefits but I wouldn't count that towards your daily water intake since sugar (even natural sweetener) can have a dehydrating effect. That sounds like a great electrolyte option! You're welcome to try out Joy's Green Electrolyte Smoothie as well: https://www.joyoushealth.com/16550-blog-green-electrolyte-smoothie :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Rand   •   March 19, 2017

How long before breakfast can I drink the lemon

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 20, 2017

Hey Rang! You can drink it right when you wake up and then enjoy breakfast 10-15 minutes later :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Douglas Taylor   •   March 21, 2017

Can you eat after drinking the lemon an honey in morning like porridge

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Joy McCarthy   •   March 21, 2017

Hi Douglas, yes you can definitely eat after drinking the lemon and water. It's best on an empty stomach and then wait a little bit... 10-20 minutes.


Sujith   •   March 27, 2017

When do we eat after taking this drink?

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 28, 2017

Hey Sujith,nnYou can eat right after, maybe just leaving about 5-10 minutes or so, but it's not necessary.nnRachel - Joyous Health Team


Annie   •   March 30, 2017

does it have to be first thing cause started having smoothies for lunch was thinking adding lemon to my smoothie thanks

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Rachel Molenda   •   March 31, 2017

Hey Annie, Yes, having your lemon water on it's own before anything else is going to be more beneficial as its going to stimulate the secretion of your digestive juices that are needed to help break things down in that smoothie or whatever you consume next. Adding freshly squeezed lemon to your smoothie is still a great idea and very beneficial but it won't have the same effect digestion-wise as simply having lemon water alone on an empty stomach :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Robyn   •   April 2, 2017

If I freeze and grate the lemon how much should I use?

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 3, 2017

Hey Robyn! Using the lemon juice specifically versus the lemon zest is going to be more beneficial to stimulate the secretion of digestive juices. You can freeze freshly squeezed lemon if you're super tight on time, but typically, having it fresh is best to ensure the highest nutrient-density potential of the lemon! Hope that helps :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Sikder Methi   •   April 4, 2017

can we have brakfast immidiately after drinking the drink?

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 4, 2017

Hey Sikder, Yes its typically okay :) 5-10 minutes would be ideal to allow the digestive juices to start secreting! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Caroline   •   April 7, 2017

Hi Joy, Thank you for the very informative video. How long after I drink my lemon water can I eat breakfast or have my morning tea? Thank you! Caroline

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 10, 2017

Hey Caroline, There's no right or wrong amount of time, but if you want to give your digestive juices a bit of time to start secreting to help support overall digestion, I would give it 5-10 minutes! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


corrinne   •   April 7, 2017

can i pre make the lemon water in a closed container for the week.

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 10, 2017

Hey Corinne! It's best to make it fresh to retain the vitamin C as preparing in advance would cause the vitamin C levels to decrease. But do the best you can, of course :) I know it's not always easy to enjoy fresh. Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Suzanne   •   April 10, 2017

How long after I drink my lemon water in the morning, should I wait to have anything else to eat or drink? I have never been sure about that. Thx.

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 10, 2017

Hey Suzanne, There's no right or wrong amount of time, but if you want to give your digestive juices a bit of time to start secreting to help support overall digestion, I would give it 5-10 minutes! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Dhiraj   •   April 15, 2017

Hey Joy, Thank you very much for ur valuable info about having lemon water early in the morning, 1 small question is that i wanted to know what is the time difference required to be maintained before having breakfast

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 17, 2017

Hey Dhiraj, So glad you enjoyed this article! We would recommend waiting about 10 minutes after consuming your lemon water to consume food as that will provide enough time to stimulate digestive juices and prepare them for digestion :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


nancy   •   April 16, 2017

Preferable hot or cold water?

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 17, 2017

Hey Nancy, Room temperature works, but hot water is beneficial too! Whichever you have easier access to that you can stay compliant with for a longer period of time. Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Leticia   •   April 16, 2017

Hi, loved the lemon water video. After you drink the lemon water are you not supposed to eat for a certain period of time to let your body absorve it? I usually have chamomile tea in the morning, is it ok to drink it right after the lemon water?

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 17, 2017

Hey Leticia, So glad to hear you enjoyed it! There's no exact time of which you should or shouldn't consume anything after lemon water. If you're taking it for the sake of stimulating your digestive juices though to help support digestion, you may just want to wait about 10 minutes or so. Chamomile tea would be okay to drink after the lemon water, yes! :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Angie   •   April 17, 2017

How many minutes after drinking my lemon water can I have a cup of coffee?

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 17, 2017

Hey Angie, There's no exact time, but just be mindful that coffee has a dehydrating effect. So while it's awesome that you are starting with a lemon water, you will have rehydrate with 2 cups of water for every cup of coffee! Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Jorene Wagner   •   April 23, 2017

How soon after drinking warm lemon water must you wait before eat breakfast? One half hour or one hour?

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 24, 2017

Hey Jorene! Even 10-15 minutes would be sufficient as your digestive juices will be flowing by then :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Donna Bies   •   April 23, 2017

Idrink one cup of hot water with a squeeze lemon every morning. How long should I wait to take my pain medication which is supposed to be taken on an empty stomach also?

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 24, 2017

Hey Donna! I would recommend taking your medication first followed by the lemon water about 10-15 minutes later :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Tom   •   April 25, 2017

What do you think of a mixture (blender) of whole lemons and ginger? I plan on trying this and adding to my morning water.

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 25, 2017

Hey Tom, That sounds amazing! I would just make sure they are organic if you plan on doing that :) Also note that once you cut into fresh lemon, it will start to lose it's vitamin C concentration so it might be better to do in small batches. Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Lori   •   April 25, 2017

How long after drinking my lemon water should I wait to eat brakefast?

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 25, 2017

Hey Lori, About 10-15 minutes should be sufficient to allow the digestive juices to secrete :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Gill   •   April 27, 2017

Can you use lime juice instead....I have a lime tree but not a lemon tree.....do you get the same benefits

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Rachel Molenda   •   April 28, 2017

Hey Gill, Yes you could definitely use lime instead. Especially if they are fresh and as local as your backyard – nothing better! Their properties will differ slightly but fresh lime can still help to improve digestion. Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Sonia   •   May 3, 2017

How long should you wait to have coffee with milk or breakfast after taking this in the morning ?

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Rachel Molenda   •   May 4, 2017

Hey Sonia, I would say about 10-15 minutes to allow enough time for the digestive juices to secrete! :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Dave   •   May 13, 2017

Hi, once you have had a hot water and lemon drink. Do you need to wait a while or can you have a cup of normal black tea n milk 5 mins after or even a few minutes after????

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Rachel Molenda   •   May 15, 2017

Hey Dave, There's no specific requirement of the amount of time but to allow the digestive juices to begin to secrete, we would recommend around 10-15 minutes :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


Justin   •   May 14, 2017

Hi; I was just wondering how much lemon I must squeezing into the cup in the mornings? Im currently using half a lemon.

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Rachel Molenda   •   May 15, 2017

Hey Justin, Half a lemon sounds great :) Rachel - Joyous Health Team


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