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6 reasons to drink lemon water

Guest post for Vitality:

Everybody’s drinking it: warm water with a slice of lemon first thing in the morning.

So what is it about these zesty fruits that keep celebrities and the health-conscious alike skipping their morning joe?

Lemons have a wide array of healthy impacts on your body. Benefits include:

Glowing skin

Lemons are an excellent source of vitamin C which is essential for good skin health. It helps the body to produce collagen, keeping your skin young and supple.

Immunity boosting

We all know vitamin C can give you a boost when you’re feeling under the weather. Try some lemon juice with honey and ginger in hot water to provide relief from cold and flu symptoms.

Warm Lemon Water

Greater nutrient intake

The sour properties of lemons increases digestive secretion (yuk!), which helps digestion and the assimilation of nutrients from your food.

Improved digestive health

Lemon juice in hot water stimulates the digestion and liver, which is why it’s so great to drink first thing in the morning.


Alkalising effects

Although lemons are acidic, when digested they have an alkalising effect on the body. So what? Acidic bodies encourage growth of bad bacteria, yeast and viruses, as well as increasing inflammation and fatigue.


A flavanoid found in lemons (called Hesperidin) possesses significant anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Great if you are sore post-training.

Tasty lemon tips:


  • Dilute lemon juice it rather drinking it it neat: this will reduce the likelihood of tooth enamel erosion.
  • Once peeled, lemons quickly lose their antioxidant value. Consume within a few days for best results.
  • Don’t throw away squeezed lemons — add the pulp to your fresh juices to increase your intake of healthful flavanoids.
  • If the peel is organic, use the zest to top your favourite meats and salads.


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Sally O'Neil - Editor in Chief

Sal is on a mission to prove that healthy and nutritious doesn’t have to be boring – and that even while staying in shape you can have your cake and eat it too. After losing 14kg from adopting a healthier lifestyle, she shares her journey with others on The Fit Foodie Blog. She also works as a commercial food photographer and stylist, is studying a Bachelor of Health Science in Nutrition and Dietetics, and is the author of two cookbooks: Love Move Eat (Bauer Media, 2017) and Meal Prep Plan (Murdoch, 2019).

  1. I always drink this every day and I discover that it also treats flu and sinusitis. Every time I suffer, I always drink water with lemon and it relieves the feeling.