Lemon water is one of the very first detox water recipes created, and it seems to be everywhere you look on the Internet these days.
Besides being really yummy with its sweet and tangy flavor, lemon juice has many health benefits associated with it.
In this article, we will discuss the benefits of lemon water, explore how to make it, then we’ll supply you with some yummy lemon water recipes to get you started.
What is Lemon Water?
Lemon water is simply the juice of a lemon mixed with water.
It can be served hot or cold and is generally not sweetened, it all depends on your own personal preferences.
Special Tip: Lemon water is perfect to take with you and sip all day as a delicious, healthy, weight loss treat.
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Lemons also contain important vitamins like Vitamin C and potassium. A diet rich in potassium can help lower your blood pressure, and studies have shown people who eat lots of potassium have up to a 27% lower risk of heart disease and strokes (4, 5, 6).
Key Point: Lemon are full of nutritious ingredients, especially vitamin C, which is a powerful antioxidant. It also contains potassium, which helps support heart health.
Here are 5 important benefits of lemon water:
#1. Assists with Weight Loss
Many people have discovered drinking fruit infused water to be an essential part of their weight loss program.
How does water help you lose weight? Studies have shown that drinking water naturally boosts your metabolism, and drinking a glass of hot or warm lemon water in the morning has become a healthy daily habit for many people to assist with overall weight loss. (7)
And not only is it an effective diet water, it tastes wonderful, too.
Drink the juice of one lemon in one cup of warm water first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) to increase your lemon water weight loss levels.
Key Point: Studies have shown that water naturally boosts your metabolism.
#2. Helps Aid Digestion
Acids in lemon water have been reported to slow the digestion processes, which helps you with better absorption of the nutrients passing through your system.
The slower absorption rate helps moderate insulin spikes and improves utilization of the available nutrients in your food.
Key Point: The acids in lemon water helps slow digestion, which increases nutrient absorption.
#3. Helps Cleanse Your Liver
Water is the key component of any detox diet plan, and a lemon water cleanse is a great way to ensure you drink lots of it.
In addition to the healthy benefits of lemon cleansing water, the enzymes may help stimulate liver functions and aid in the elimination of wastes from your body.
A lemon water cleanse will also suppress your appetite so you are more successful and have fewer cravings while on your lemon detox or cleansing plan.
Key Point: The enzymes in lemon water help stimulate liver functions, which aids in detoxifying your system.
#4. Boosts Your Immune System
Lemon water is a good source of vitamin C and other nutrients, which help in improving the strength of your immune system.
Vitamin C is one of the easiest ways to boost your immune system because it helps neutralize free radicals associated with aging and disease.
One lemon contains a whopping 187% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. (8)
It also helps increase your energy levels due to the presence of other essential vitamins and minerals.
So next time you’re feeling less than great get some into your diet, your body will feel better faster and will help shake off some of that exhaustion that comes with the common cold and flu.
Key Point: Lemon water contains high amounts of vitamin C, which helps support a stronger immune system.
#5. Improves Your Skin Condition
The antioxidants in lemon juice not only help to reduce blemishes, but it also helps to minimize wrinkles, too.
It can also be applied to scars and age spots to reduce their visibility, and because lemon juice is detoxifying your blood, it will maintain your skin’s radiance.
We especially love how the vitamin C from naturally firms up skin, during weight loss exercise is key to toning up skin, but when you can’t make it to the gym, or you feel you need a little extra help with saggy skin turn to the firming powers of lemon water.
Key Point: Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant found in lemons, which helps firm your skin.
It’s not difficult at all to make basic lemon water, you just need two ingredients: lemon and water.
Simply add the juice of one fresh lemon to warm or cold water.
You want fresh squeezed lemons for maximum results, don’t get those little squeeze bottles from the store, they have no nutritional value and most of them contain harmful preservatives and chemicals.
For time saving methods simply squeeze lemons and freeze the juices in an ice cube tray, then you can pop a cube in a glass or mug of water for a fast boost of vitamin C.
If lemon juice is too strong for you , make a more mild version, cut the lemon into thin slices and drop them in your water.
You can also try some of our lemon water recipes below, we added other yummy ingredients to keep your taste buds happy.
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In the afternoon, make yourself a fruit infusion pitcher of Cucumber Lemon Water, Lemon Cucumber Mint Water, Lemon Mint Water, or another lemon water detox recipe for a tasty all day treat that can help suppress your appetite and keep you hydrated while boosting your metabolism.
In the evening, a warm glass of Warm Lemon Water with Honey will help you feel calm and relaxed, and before bed makes a really great nightly treat.
The vitamin C in will help tone up your skin while you sleep, add a glass to your nightly beauty routine.
There are many ways to serve lemon water.
The most popular and simplest way is to just add the juice of a lemon to approximately one to two cups of water.
But when you’re looking for more interesting flavors, here’s some suggested lemon detox recipes.
Cucumber Lemon Water is the classic spa water recipe you can find every day in a lot of places.
The taste of cucumbers and lemon are perfect together, and the health benefits are outstanding with the addition of the cucumbers.
Cucumbers are packed with potassium, making them a natural way to help lower blood pressure.
They also help reduce bloat and puffiness, paired with the skin firming, metabolism boosting lemon water, this zero calorie drink will make you feel and look great in no time.
This recipe is hailed by many as the ultimate flu and cold treatment, and also is said to help prevent illnesses when drank every morning.
My mother drinks honey and lemon juice every day and swears it keeps her from getting sick.
To make Warm Lemon Water with Honey, mix juice of half a fresh lemon with a teaspoon of organic, raw unheated honey in a standard mug with freshly boiled water that has cooled a little.
Make sure the water is still hot enough to melt the lemon honey.
The health benefits of warm lemon water in the morning will be obvious quickly when you start to feeling great every day.
Hot Lemon Water with Mint
Just like the warm lemon water, this soothing hot lemon water with mint recipe is the perfect drink when you’re feeling icky.
It’s so simple to make: Mix the juice of half a fresh lemon in a mug of hot water and add a few mint sprigs.
If you need it sweeter, add a teaspoon of honey while the water is still hot.
Lemon Cucumber Mint Water is one of my favorite recipes to make on a hot summer day.
Not only is it really tasty, but the healthy benefits of the lemons, mint, and cucumber combine to make a nutritious powerhouse.
Just like the cucumber, mint naturally helps reduce bloat and puffiness.
They both also help cool you down naturally, so drinking this during and after a workout, or on a hot day will help you “chill out.”
This has to be one of my favorite all time detox water recipes and as soon as you taste this combination you’ll understand why I recommend it for lemon water weight loss.
Lemon Cayenne Water
Lemon Water with Cayenne Pepper is a recipe which has been on the weight loss scene for a number of years, starting in 1940 by Stanley Burroughs.
His 1976 book, “The Master Cleanser,” promoted the recipe as part of his weight loss plan and as a natural cure for many ailments.
Cayenne pepper is known to increase metabolism, stimulates the circulatory system, aid digestion, help regulate blood sugar, and more.
To make Lemon Cayenne Water, add a pinch of cayenne pepper to 8 ounces of warm water, along with the juice of ½ a lemon.
Another classic recipe that’s easy to make and tastes really good is Lemon Mint Water. It has two of the most popular infused water ingredients, lemons and mint.
Make this one in an infused water pitcher for a terrific summertime treat your family will love, and will be good for them, too!
Lemon Ginger Water
Lemon Ginger Water is one of the most unique recipes on this list, thanks to the spice from the ginger.
It also make a great detox drink, because the lemons are a natural diuretic, and both the lemons and ginger are metabolism boosting.
Sipping on this Lemon Ginger Water recipe all day makes a great way to raise your metabolism all day long.
Just be sure to include it as part of a healthy diet and to not use it as a meal replacement.
Drinking it every day is a habit you’ll enjoy and will reap the health benefits of lemon water for a long time to come.
Check out more great fruit infused water recipes, and give your weight loss a serious kick in the butt.