Lemon & Water: How Much & Why


This is one of the simplest lifestyle tips that if you start tomorrow, you will be taking an immense step forward to joyous health!

In case you don’t like lemons, apple cider vinegar works just as well as the simple lemon.


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  1. Dorothy Mar 2, 2010 at 8:34 am #

    Thank you for the tip on drinking lemon water. I will start tomorrow.

  2. Heidi Mar 2, 2010 at 9:42 am #

    I’ve been drinking lemon in water a lot more lately just because it makes me feel so clean. I’m going to start just having a glass before breakfast everyday, because I’m so unorganized if I don’t schedule a specific time for it every day I might not do it at all. Thanks for the tip :D

    • joyousness Mar 2, 2010 at 9:58 am #

      Your welcome, I agree – that’s a great way of putting it, it does make you feel “clean”. Thanks for the comment.

  3. Sadie Mar 2, 2010 at 10:01 am #

    Love all your tips Joy! Do you have any recommendations for high cholesterol? Would lemon water help?

  4. Edith Mar 2, 2010 at 11:16 am #

    Thanks for the tip. I don’t currently have lemon in the house but I do have apple cider vinegar. I am willing to give it a try. How much of the apple cider vinegar should I mix with my water?

    • joyousness Mar 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

      Well I’m not a fan of apple cider vinegar because I find the taste horrific. But if you don’t mind it, then go for it. You don’t need more than a capful.

  5. Tara Rogerson Mar 2, 2010 at 11:21 am #

    Joyous! :)

    Funny I am drinking lemon water right now as I read this note. I love lemon water!



    • joyousness Mar 2, 2010 at 12:35 pm #

      Bella! Nice to hear from u!! Glad you are drinking lemon and water :))

  6. Stan Mar 3, 2010 at 6:19 am #

    Dear Joy,

    I can’t seem to understand why an acidic juice like lemon-juice
    (pH 2.5) is considered alkalinising?


    • joyousness Mar 4, 2010 at 2:44 am #

      Hi Stan – great question, many foods that are acidic in their normal state have the exact OPPOSITE effect on the body due to the processes they stimulate within your gut. Lemon helps to stimulate HCL which helps you to better break down your “foodstuffs” which could otherwise be leaving undigested food particles in your blood aka leaky gut. Stimulating bile is another benefit for helping eliminate toxins that acidify the body.

      Lemon also has an incredible ability to enhance your liver’s detoxifying enzymes similar to how cruciferous veggies do. When your body more efficiently detoxifies, your body can better alkalinize – this is a very general statement, but there’s not enough room to expand here. I encourage you to do your own research. Just remember that many foods have the opposite effect on the body – another great example are dairy products. They are alkaline but have an “acidifying” effect on the body. Check this website for more info: http://www.energiseforlife.com.

  7. Karie Mar 3, 2010 at 9:15 am #

    Hi, Joy! Will drinking lemon juice with decaf tea (unsweetened)have the same benefits?

    • joyousness Mar 3, 2010 at 4:23 pm #

      Hi Karie! I suggest you drink lemon and water on it’s own for the most benefits. Keep the tea separate with your breakfast or morning snack.

  8. Todd Dewell Mar 4, 2010 at 12:59 pm #

    Hi Joy,
    Would you recommend lemon water once a day only?

    Or if you like it can you have it several times a day.

    Thanks for posting the article.


    • joyousness Mar 4, 2010 at 3:14 pm #

      Hi there, it is most beneficial in the morning on an empty stomach. However, you can have it more than once a day and it’s not going to do any harm. Before every meal on an empty stomach is actually a fantastic way to stimulate good digestive juices prior to eating.

  9. Prishan Mar 7, 2010 at 4:09 am #

    Lemon & Water: How Much & Why – the video get stuck after 41 secs was looking forward to learning this.

    • joyousness Mar 7, 2010 at 11:39 am #

      Try again now :) I just checked it. Sorry about that!

  10. Drashti Mar 7, 2010 at 7:06 pm #

    Wow.. i din knew the reason behind this. Thanks :)

    How about adding half tsp of honey also? In Ayurveda they recommend luke warm water with honey and lemon. Not sure of the effect so asking.

    • joyousness Mar 8, 2010 at 4:45 am #

      I recommend just the lemon and water for the medicinal effect of the lemon first thing in the morning. Honey is a wonderful source of antioxidants, so perhaps do the lemon, honey and water later in the day.

  11. Alex Mar 8, 2010 at 6:56 am #

    What about a small wedge of lemon squeezed and dropped into a large glass of water? I find it easier to drink than half a lemon in a smaller glass of water, are the benefits still applicable?

    • joyousness Mar 9, 2010 at 2:57 am #

      Sure, that’s enough so long as the water is cloudy – then you know you have enough lemon.

  12. Manoj Mar 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm #

    Thanx Joy for the comments – I would appreciate if u reply my below queries-

    1) What kinda water do u advise – Cold water, Warm Water (or) Hot Water?

    2) I normally take Green Tea + Honey + Lime + Hot Water everymorning – Is this equal to Lemon + Water?

    Thanx for ur time!

    • joyousness Mar 9, 2010 at 2:59 am #

      Hi there!
      Answers to your questions:
      1. Warm or luke warm water is best = quickest absorption
      2. Sounds delicious, but I like to keep is super simple. Just lemon and water on an empty stomach for the medicinal qualities of the lemon to take over is my preference. Then you could follow it with your green tea drink.

      • Manoj Mar 9, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

        Oh – Thanx for ur reply – As per ur advise – I will keep it simple with Lime + Warm Water only! BTW, I am from Southern India and follow u on Twitter. Great Going!

        • joyousness Mar 9, 2010 at 2:55 pm #

          Awesome, hello from afar then. Thanks for writing Manoj!

          • jena Oct 21, 2012 at 5:51 am #

            I drink three glasses of warm water in the morning first..so should i take lime water laterafter 1/2 to 1 hr?? Or can i take 3 glasses of lime water alone and no plain water…kindly suggest….thanx

  13. Scott Brady Mar 15, 2010 at 4:03 am #

    I’ve been taking warm fresh lemon water everyday for over a year now and it’s great. I also get my clients to do the same.

    Just to support your explanation, it’s the resulting pH of the substance once metabolised by the human body that determines whether it is alkaline or acidic. Lemons (and other fruits like limes, grapefruits, tomatoes, avocados, peppers, cucumbers) are alkalising once metabolised. Apple cider vinegar is very acidic even once metabolised, and for that reason I would not use it.

    Good info as usual Joy.

    • joyousness Mar 15, 2010 at 6:19 am #

      Great to hear Scott! Me too, been doing it for years – I swear by it for healthy BM’s :)
      I had not heard that before about apple cider vinegar, assume that’s Dr. Young’s advise? I can’t stand the taste of it but I do think it helps people with low stomach acid to increase acidity in the gut.

      • Scott Brady Mar 15, 2010 at 9:23 pm #

        hehe no it’s not Dr Young’s advice. It’s just an acidic drink. It does seem to have some benefits, but I’d certainly not use it first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. Stick to lemons I say :-D

  14. The Dame Mar 30, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    I drink a glass of half a lime and a teaspoon of liquid chlorophyll in water in the mornings, should i do the lemon drink as well? by the way, your skin is so clear and bright, im jealous!

    • joyousness Mar 31, 2010 at 3:41 am #

      Yes liquid chlorophyll is an amazing blood cleanser and alkalinizer. Lemon or lime in water is still a great way to start your day !

  15. Catherine Apr 8, 2010 at 7:08 am #

    Would lime work as well as lemon? I absolutely loves limes and lime juice, but lemons not so much. Thanks!

  16. Pauline Apr 16, 2010 at 10:25 am #

    I find your suggestion of drinking water with lemon juice first thing in the morning quite interesting. However, i wonder if it would be OK for me since i suffer from acid reflux. What do you think?

    • joyousness Apr 16, 2010 at 11:23 am #

      Yes definitely okay. Lemons are exceptional at promoting good stomach digestion. Start out with 1/4 of a lemon and go from there. Lemons do not make heartburn, GERD or acid reflux worse.

      • Christy May 11, 2010 at 3:45 pm #

        Hi Joy!
        i have a few questions for you. I suffer from severe acid reflux and cannot pinpoint why. Ive been eating a cleaner diet. One of the things I started is green smoothies. Here’s the problem, this morning I had a green smoothie (1/2 banana, 1 scoop amazing grass, handful of kale, 1/2 lime, blueberries, and some frozen papayas). I had the worst acid reflux this morning! Another time i had fresh juice from juicer (with carrots, ginger, lime, apples) and I also had really really bad acid reflux. So i concluded that I can’t take lemon/lime first thing is morning. But after reading all your comments and video, i want to try the lemon water but worried about acid reflux. any advice??

        • joyousness May 12, 2010 at 3:20 pm #

          Hi Christy,
          Did you try the link on the article to test your HCL levels? Try that and then let me know what your results are. Thanks!

      • Christy May 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm #

        Hi Joy!
        luv your posts because i know you truly just care about our bodies! so, im on day 2 for lime and warm water and guess what?! no acid reflux or whatsoever! im loving it because one, good indication that im not overly producing HCl and two, what a great way to jump start your day! on the other hand, im thinking why did i get stomach acid those times? maybe just too much too early for my inactive stomach? what do you think? Thanks again for your reply, i truly truly appreciate it!

        • joyousness May 13, 2010 at 3:17 pm #

          Thanks Christy! I’m happy it helped you. More often then not heartburn is the result of improper food combining, so food starts to digest by fermentation rather than being digested by enzymes and HCl. Please see my heartburn post and you will find a very useful food combining chart.

  17. greg mohs Apr 16, 2010 at 11:34 am #

    sounds like a great tip. what if i have the lemon water ist then have a couple cups of coffee. will the lemon water still be as effective thanks

    • joyousness Apr 17, 2010 at 1:53 am #

      Coffee stimulates your gut to produce HCL (acid) at the wrong times, hence you get heartburn and then have less concentrated digestion when you actually DO eat. So, the lemon and water is getting you on the right track for sure, but if you are drinking a lot of coffee, try substituting one of the coffees for lemon water and see how you feel! Be sure to eat a healthy breakfast, like this one: http://joyoushealth.wordpress.com/2009/08/25/quinoa-for-breakfast-oooooh-ya/ as well. Thanks for writing!

  18. vinney Apr 16, 2010 at 4:44 pm #

    Thank you so much for your tip…I am always looking for great tip on healthy lifestyle, so I will be following your tip starting tommorow.

  19. Bee Apr 19, 2010 at 8:03 am #

    I would like to know after we had the lemon water, how many minutes do we have to wait before having our breakfast? 30 minutes?? Or less?
    I did try drinking lemon water in the past on an empty stomach and waited 30 minutes before eating, but my stomach felt weird and I would feel very hungry after 15 minutes…is that normal? I stopped doing that then…can you please advise.

    • joyousness Apr 20, 2010 at 8:38 am #

      The key thing is to drink it on an empty stomach. You can eat right after or wait a bit. I usually wait 10 minutes maybe. Yes it can stimulate your stomach acid, so this is why you would have the sensation of hunger and this is a good thing! Your digestion will be better with more concentrated stomach acid to break down your food, particularly protein.

  20. Vivian Apr 24, 2010 at 10:56 am #

    Does it have to be freshly-squeezed lemon/lime, or would the ones that come in the containers be okay? I know fresh is best, but sometimes it just seems like too much hassle/waste to cut wedges/squeeze juice every morning.

    • joyousness Apr 25, 2010 at 12:25 pm #

      Definitely choose fresh as many of the bottled juices have additives and sugar. You can get lemon juice in glass bottles at the health food store, but it’s quite pricey when you consider how much a fresh lemon costs, but certainly an option for convenience.

      • Suzanne Nov 18, 2011 at 1:35 pm #

        Hi Joy,

        I too have acid reflex and have been drinking 1-2 cups of coffee per day. I started drinking the lemon water for the last week and a half and eating more dark green veggies. However, I have been experiencing a burning sensation on my tough for the last few days…with a slight white coating on my tough. Do you think that my body is cleansing toxins or alkalizing? Any advice?
        Thanks for your help.

        • Joy McCarthy Nov 18, 2011 at 5:16 pm #

          Where are you feeling a burning sensation? I didn’t understand your comment entirely….

          Well slight white coating is usually a symptom of excess candida but I don’t like to advise over email/comments because I don’t know enough about you. And yes, it can also be that you are detoxing. Sorry I can’t give you more help than that. You are welcome to book a complimentary 15-minute appointment with me. If so, please email me at joy@Joyoushealth.ca Thanks!

  21. Tom Apr 25, 2010 at 10:55 pm #

    Hi, several people asked if it would be beneficial to add lemon to their tea, and you suggested it wouldn’t. In one reply, you suggested this would somehow limit the benefits of the lemon. Could you please clarify which benefits would be limited and how?

    You may be unaware but several studies have shown a very substantial benefit when adding lemon to tea, both green and black, in that it allows significantly more of the tea’s antioxidants to be absorbed by the body. Other acidic foods, especially citrus, are also helpful though lemon appears to be the best. I did a quick google and here are some links if you’re interested:




    • joyousness Apr 26, 2010 at 8:11 am #

      First thing in the morning, I recommend keeping it super simple with lemon and water. I drink green tea, at other times throughout the day and your studies are great (I read science daily often), however on an empty stomach the first thing should be water and lemon. Lemon stimulates the liver to produce bile (carrier of toxins) and also stimulates the gut to produce HCL, hence, stronger digestive juices when you do eat. For many, drinking black tea or green tea will have a similar stimulating effect as coffee, so rather than starting out your day with a stimulant, I suggest lemon and water only so you have maximal absorption of the lemons ability to detoxify and alkalinize your liver. As for enhancing the antioxidants, I’ve heard this before and I don’t dispute your findings of lemon enhancing the benefits of the tea, I just don’t suggest it as the first thing you drink, that’s all — not that it wouldn’t be beneficial at other times. If I have said that, what I meant, to be specific, is that the first thing you drink should really be water.

  22. Tom Apr 26, 2010 at 1:47 pm #

    Thanks for your response, Joy. You’ve made it clear that you recommend keeping things super simple with only water and lemon, but my question was whether there was a bonafide health reason to do this that would be reduced or negated with including tea. You stated 2 different issues, but I’m having a hard time reconciling them.

    First, you claimed that having only the lemon and water would allow maximal absorption of the lemon’s ability to detoxify and alkalinize the liver. This implies that having tea with the lemon would reduce this effect. How would tea, especially green tea, reduce this effect? Green tea is known to also have a strong alkalizing effect in the body (though not black tea). Are you suggesting it would somehow interfere with the liver’s ability to metabolize the lemon?

    Second you mentioned that, for many people, green or black tea would have a similar stimulating effect as coffee. Wouldn’t it be considerably less stimulating since tea has only about one third the caffeine? Unless I’m missing something from the previous point, this seems to be your only actual argument against including tea with the lemon first thing in the morning, despite the documented benefits of combining the two. I’d welcome any clarification.


    • joyousness Apr 27, 2010 at 4:17 am #

      Hi Tom, green tea does not leave an alkaline residue in the body. I drink it, but not for the purpose of alkalizing my body – for it’s antioxidant quality. You are right I reco for simplicity and further if the purpose is it alkalinize your body then drinking black or green tea is not the best first thing in the morning. http://www.energiseforlife.com/list_of_alkaline_foods.php Check out this list of foods I refer my clients to (acid vs alkaline).

      Actually, green or black tea can be extremely stimulating for many people especially if they have weakened adrenals, over-production of cortisol and generally do not detox caffiene from their liver efficiently.

      My blog is merely a way for me to share information (free of charge) to people interested in health. If you want to come to one of my seminars in person, you are more than welcome and we can chat in person! I am doing one this coming Tuesday: http://inspiredcanoe.wordpress.com/inspired-canoe-events/b-e-healthy-natural-immunity-boosters-tuesday-november-17th-7pm-free/ Thank you for your comment and best of health to you :)


      • Tom May 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm #

        Thanks Joy.

        I appreciate you taking the time to share information on your blog and hope I didn’t inconvenience you with my questions. I was simply trying to understand whether the reasons behind your recommendation to not include green tea were based on scientifically known factors or simply your personal preference in the absence of additional information.

        A quick google search will find green tea listed as alkalizing on numerous sites, but I’ve since discovered other sites that list it as “not yet determined” as far as its alkaline/acid effect. So maybe I was mistaken and the jury is still out.

        Couldn’t attend your seminar as I’m in Vancouver, but I hope it went well and appreciate the invite.

        Best wishes

  23. Donna Apr 30, 2010 at 2:26 am #

    Is there a super drink that you could reccomend for the best anti oxident/anti inflammatory diet……I was thinking acai berry what do you think?

    • joyousness May 2, 2010 at 5:13 am #

      Hi Donna, the acai berry is definitely very high in antioxidants but kale, blackberries, spinach, cherries are as well and for a much cheaper cost. I believe in an overall dietary approach when addressing inflammation. However, there is a great berry drink made by Living Fuel that you could check out – the website is http://www.livingfuel.ca and I think it’s called SuperBerry.

  24. Tanis Apr 30, 2010 at 3:37 am #

    Drinking Lemon water right now! Thanks for the reminder.

  25. Doug Apr 30, 2010 at 4:37 am #

    Nice one Joy! Great advice.

  26. Marie May 8, 2010 at 6:07 am #

    Hi Joy,

    I had started drinking lemon water a couple of weeks ago but read it should be done before bed b/cthe body cleanses itself at night. Is there any truth to that? Or are there better reasons to drink it in the morning?

    • joyousness May 9, 2010 at 1:42 am #

      The best time to drink it is when you have an empty stomach, so I find the morning easiest. However there’s nothing wrong with doing it at night too.

  27. Sandy Jun 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm #

    When I cut back on coffee, I started drinking lemon juice and hot water in the AM, because I really like a hot drink. Is the fact that I’m using boiling water hurting the effect of the lemon?


    • joyousness Jun 10, 2010 at 6:49 am #

      The best water is room temp, but if you like a hot drink you probably know that boiling hot water is really not good for your esophagus and stomach. Hot water that’s cooled a bit is totally fine, but not boiling water. Hope that helps!

  28. Christine Jul 12, 2010 at 10:37 am #

    I’m enjoying your video blogs Joy! I really love it.
    We ate in a restaurant once. The water they serve has a thin slice of lemon on the water pitcher. I was wondering why and you just explained it to me. I bought lemons so I can put lemons on the water pitcher too to drink the whole day :-)

    You can link your lemon blog here. Just add the foodista widget. ;-)

  29. Yosi Zituni Sep 30, 2010 at 4:53 am #

    Thx a lot!! Do you drink it during the day as well? What about putting a piece of lemon in a water jar?

  30. Kathy MacDonald Oct 7, 2010 at 10:31 pm #

    how long due i have to wait to eat after drinking the lemon and water in the morning on an empty stomach?

    • joyousness Oct 8, 2010 at 11:15 am #

      Not long… just make sure it’s on an empty stomach. Ideally is anywhere from 10-20 minutes. But if you are in a rush in the morning that’s fine… so long as your stomach is empty.

  31. Karoline Sheppard Oct 19, 2010 at 10:15 am #

    Hi Joy,
    I started doing the lemon water about 2 weeks ago and I do like how it makes me feel. I have noticed since then though that I do get really bad heart burn….not right after drinking it but usually later on in the day. I have never gotten heartburn before (except for very occasionally) and haven’t really changed my diet except to eat a bit healthier (thanks to your blog!). Any ideas or suggestions about why this may be happening and what I can do about it? I read the food combining thing however I never had to do any of that before the lemon water and didn’t have the heartburn??…I just don’t get it! Thanks!

    • joyousness Oct 19, 2010 at 10:36 am #

      It’s possible you are using too much lemon and you already have very good stomach acid production. The average person (most ppl) don’t produce enough stomach acid though and get heartburn because of it (more here: http://joyoushealth.wordpress.com/2010/05/02/heartburn-heres-a-solution-instead-of-pill-popping/)
      Food combining is definitely worthy of a shot if you have tummy troubles because carbs/sugars will digest by fermenting and rotting in the gut causing gas (ie. heartburn) as a byproduct of digestion if you are eating them along with proteins or on a fully belly. It’s hard for me to give more advice without knowing more about you and your diet.
      Thank you for reading my blog and commenting!

      (ps. you have ridiculously adorable handsome boys :) If you are the Karoline Sheppard I think you are.

  32. Karoline Sheppard Oct 19, 2010 at 11:08 am #

    Hi Joy,
    Yes, I thought of maybe trying to use a bit less lemon..thanks I will try that! And yes you have the right Karoline Sheppard and thank you!! Ted got me hooked on your blog…it is great!! Thanks!

    • joyousness Oct 19, 2010 at 5:21 pm #

      Try that and let me know how it goes. Basically you want the water to be cloudy, that’s how you know you’ve got enough.
      Okay good, glad I know who I’m talking to here :)

  33. victor Jan 17, 2011 at 5:33 am #

    hi joy is it ok to boil the lemon and lime as a whole been chopped into half with the wedges in water

    • Joy McCarthy Jan 17, 2011 at 12:01 pm #

      Not really… just squeeze the lemon into the water, FRESH IS BEST.

  34. Gena Pinheiro May 31, 2011 at 5:20 am #

    Hi Joy! I run a “green” B&B called Vivenda da Saudade on the island of Terceira in the Azores and I’m always looking for healthy items to offer our guests for breakfast. I brought up the idea to my husband of having a pitcher of lemon water available to our guests and he asked me how healthy I thought that was for our tooth enamel…so now I’m passing that question on to you. How does the acidity of lemon water drunk daily effect our tooth enamel?

    • Joy McCarthy Jun 3, 2011 at 9:35 am #

      Hi Gena!
      Great question and it’s one that people often ask me. Unless you are literally sucking on a lemon there’s absolutely no harm whatsoever to your teeth. Of MUCH greater concern to your teeth health is coffee consumption, sugar and smoking. Lemon’s are SO incredibly alkalinizing, cleansing and detoxifying for the body. The diluted amount of lemon water that will come in contact with your teeth is negligible and not something to be concerned about at all. Hope that helps!

  35. Jen Jan 5, 2012 at 8:13 am #

    Joy you frequently suggest drinking lemon and water which I think is a great suggestion.

    I have just recently been coming across more articles that discuss the negative effects of chlorine, fluoride etc that is found in our city water. I am someone who drinks a lot of water and frequently drinks water straight from the tap.

    What kind of water do you use or would you suggest using? tap water (city), bottled water filtered water or other.

    • Joy McCarthy Feb 3, 2012 at 12:27 pm #

      Hi Jen! Yes I definitely recommend at the bare minimum you use a carbon filter like Mavea or Brita to remove most of the chlorine. It doesn’t remove fluoride though. You would need to get a reverse osmosis filter for that. Thanks for writing!

  36. Emilie Jan 7, 2012 at 2:16 am #

    Hi joy,
    I’M trying to be more healthy and to have a more healthy life style since a month (thanks to you! You inspired me so much!)
    One thing is really difficult for me; eating breakfast!
    I’m trying to get use to it but often feel nauseus after (but that another subject ;)! )
    Do you think having this drink in the morning without eating could upset my stomac?
    And sometime when I drink this at night I also feel nauseus…

    • Joy McCarthy Feb 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm #

      How much lemon are you using? Be cautious, if you have a stomach ulcer than the lemon will irritate it. However, most digestive issues can benefit from lemon. It should not make your nauseous, but if it does, then I suggest you stop.

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  38. Sina Mar 28, 2012 at 1:42 pm #

    I have to take thyroid medicine on an empty stomach first thing in the morning. I love the idea of drinking the lemon but I am concerned that it would void the effects of the medicine. Would it? Thanks!

    • Joy McCarthy Mar 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm #

      Definitely treat it like you would food with thyroid meds, so you will have to wait before you have it.

  39. Valerie Apr 20, 2012 at 11:33 pm #

    wow!! who would ever thought using two simple ingredients can be SUPER beneficial to our health :) greetings from CALIFORNIA!!

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    • Joy McCarthy May 29, 2012 at 11:43 pm #

      Oh dear. I am not sure but I think so. When you get a message in your inbox there should be a link to allow you to unsubscribe to the comments.

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    • Joy McCarthy May 29, 2012 at 9:22 pm #

      I will ask my web guy. Sorry about that and thank you for letting me know. I really appreciate it!

  42. Lokesh Jul 5, 2012 at 6:33 am #

    Hi Joy,

    Was reading your recommendations and they are indeed simple and clear !!! Thanks for that.

    Had 2 questions – What is the best and quick detox you would recommend for a fatty Liver.

    Like Lemon and water which is the best thing to start your day is there anything beneficial that you recommend before going to bed?


  43. Jessica Jul 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm #


    Does drinking fresh lemon squezed in water help to lose weight? I need to lose about 10- 15 pounds and hoping that this will help.

  44. Laura Aug 9, 2012 at 4:15 pm #

    Hi Joy! Started this habit and love it. Just wondering if lemon water has any effect on teeth? Should I be worried about my enamel? Hope you get this! Thanks :)

  45. Sarah Aug 30, 2012 at 12:08 pm #

    Hi Joy, discovered this post through Living Strong and love it! I start everyday with drinking lemon water and have a question… is there such thing as too much water? I typically start with 24oz with lots of lemon (it’s cloudy) I take my vitamins and drink another 24oz of filtered water within the next hour or so then have my breakfast shake. This morning I started wondering if I’m having too much water and it’s flushing out my vitamins.

  46. jena Oct 21, 2012 at 5:57 am #

    I drink 3cups of plain warm water firstly in the morning. So should i drink 1 cup wsrm limewater after say 1hr?? Or should i drink 3 cups of limewater alone…kindly suggest….thanx

  47. shades Nov 4, 2012 at 4:50 pm #

    I started drinking water and lemon on an empty stomach for 2weeks but stopped because my face feels and looks dry. Y is this happening?

    • Joy McCarthy Nov 6, 2012 at 5:23 pm #

      Hard to say. I would think it’s merely a coincidence. Try stopping it and see if it goes away?

  48. Abee Nov 12, 2012 at 9:24 pm #

    Hey is lime ok? Or has to be lemon?

    • Joy McCarthy Nov 12, 2012 at 10:14 pm #


  49. Himan Nov 27, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Hi Joy,

    Can you please suggest anything good for my dull eyes.
    I am a software engineer, so i have to work for atleast 8 hours a day infront of my pc.

    hope u ll suggest me a good food n good excercises. Thanks

  50. Astro Dec 2, 2012 at 5:13 am #

    Hi, I drink a glass of aloe vera juice on an empty stomach, and then right after that a glass of lemon water with a spoon of honey. Does that kill the good effects, or does it not really matter. And does it help in losing weight? Thanks

  51. Sam Yost Dec 29, 2012 at 9:37 pm #

    How long do I need to wait to eat breakfast after the Lemmon water?

    Thanks for the great website.

  52. Amber Feb 15, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    I have been stuck on my diet for 3 weeks now and I heard lemon water might help. I only drink water as it is. Will I get the same benefits if just add it to my liter bottles and drink it thru the day. instead of one glass twice a day

  53. Christina Mar 8, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Hi Joy, I was wondering if you were having a freshly made Juice (one of your recipes) in the morning, should you avoid lemon & water on these mornings, especially if you would be juicing quite quickly after – or do you still suggest to have lemon & water as well?

  54. Beth Mar 22, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Hi Joy
    I know your original article was posted a while ago but I just found it today! I have been drinking lemon water in the morning to try to detox my liver (having ovarian cysts – possibly due to the estrogen in BCP being too much for my liver to process). I find however I have a hard time drinking a glass of water before I eat in the morning (makes me a bit nauseous). I have started eating a small bowl of cereal, then taking the lemon water a few minutes afterward. is that still giving me the benefits of the water or should I just suck it up and drink it before, hoping my body will adjust and get used to it?

  55. Patricia_Ramirez Apr 13, 2013 at 1:01 pm #

    Thank you for the info. I have been doing this for about a week and its helped control my appetite. Also rubbing the leftover lemon on my face and neck has done wonders for my skin. It controls oiliness,diminishes acne scars and dark spots. My skin tone is evening out and its clearing up my face from breakouts. I will do this for the rest of my life :) Lemons rock!

  56. Lea Jun 8, 2013 at 11:14 am #

    Can the initial increase of drinking lemon water, squeezing lemon over salad, etc.. cause gas and flatulence? Is this the body’s way of detoxing?

    • Joy McCarthy Jun 14, 2013 at 6:15 pm #

      Usually no, but everyone is different. Normally it strengthens the digestive system making gas and flatulence far less.

  57. Dhea Jul 11, 2013 at 5:19 pm #

    Hi Joy! About lemon water… I was wondering if I can save the other half of the lemon in the fridge for later that day or do I need to toss it out and use a fresh cut lemon each time? I just found out that I have gerd and all the new changes I’m trying are so confusing both for me and my body. Causing bloat and upset. So now it’s not just the acid. This is not easy. There’s so much conflicting info out there. I hope to find some good info on your site along with some peace about what I’m doing. :) Thanks for any help!! XO

    • Dhea Jul 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm #

      P.S. For GERD I had the lemon with cold water last night and felt ok. But this morning, I had it with warm water after reading your blog and I had it on an empty tummy. It didn’t hurt but it made my tummy feel a little nauseous (went away after lunch) but it also made my throat REALLY hurt. Is that normal? It feels swollen inside and kinda raw.

  58. Jay Nov 16, 2013 at 11:51 am #

    I’m not sure if I have an ulcer, but sometimes I wonder. Would the lemon water hurt if you have an ulcer? Or is once a twice per day not really an issue?

    • Joy McCarthy Nov 16, 2013 at 1:10 pm #

      Yes, it might hurt. I would be careful of this. Wait until your ulcer heals.

  59. Jay Nov 16, 2013 at 11:53 am #

    Should have read: Will once or twice a day not be a problem? Sorry…foggy brain this morning!

  60. Nikki Apr 17, 2014 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Joy,

    I just recently started drinking lemon and water in the morning on an empty stomach like you recommend, but I have found that even just doing that for the last 3 days I have 2 new cystic acne bumps around my mouth/chin. Is this a normal process? An initial breakout from detoxing?

    Thanks so much,

    • Joy McCarthy Apr 23, 2014 at 9:42 am #

      It’s tough to say without knowing more about you. Cystic acne is usually because of too much mucus in the body from too many inflammatory foods like dairy and wheat. If you don’t eat either of those foods then I would suspect it’s your body detoxing which is a good thing. I recommend you dry skin brush! Hope that helps :)

  61. dotun May 16, 2014 at 2:40 am #

    Thanks for your insight. Will like to know how much lemon is advisable to use per day and how about taking it with tea, I mean squeezed into tea. Thanks

    • Kate McDonald-Walker May 16, 2014 at 9:05 am #

      Hello Dotun,

      1 glass of lemon and water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach should be all you need. If you want to have more, that’s fine, but it’s really that first one that’s going to give you the benefits. Lemon in tea is fine to add flavour, but you’ll want to drink the tea after you’ve had the lemon and water, rather than in place of it.

      Kate – Joyous Health Team

  62. Abdul aisha Jul 12, 2014 at 4:55 pm #

    Hi Joy can lemon really make tummy flat,if yes, for how long? Thnx for the good work and keep it up. Be blessed Aisha form uganda.


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