Wake up with sunshine lemon

by Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Posted on Feb 11, 03:39 PM in and . Comments [2].

It’s funny how things come around.
Years ago, when I first became a Nutritionist/Dietitian, (goodness, it was over 20 years ago!), we used to say that the whole lemon in water idea was nonsense.
Over the years, however, we have been able to get an idea of just how good a glass of lemon water can be.
A glass of water with a squeeze of lemon in it can:

  • make you drink more water – win/win
  • add some vitamin C to your morning- this brings with it all the benefits that come with your antioxidants (anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, illness prevention)
  • help if you have a cold or are prone to phlegm build up in the night
  • aid digestion. This is the flavenoids working.
  • reduce appetite at a meal, (if that’s what you are after)
  • if taken near a meal, can reduce the GI of the meal.

I visited a restaurant in France where, at the end of the meal, they brought a HUGE post of water boiled with lemons to each table. This was for everyone to have a glass after the meal “for the digestion”. Apparently this has been done for many many years in the area.
If anything, it was delicious xxx

  • If you are having lemon water regularly, watch your teeth- The drink is acidic……give your mouth a good rinse after drinking , use a straw and/or make sure you brush BEFORE the drink rather than straight after.

Tags: Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Oxidant, Flavenoid, Lemon

About the author

Anne Myers-Wright

Anne Myers-Wright RD/APD

Anne is a Health Professions Council (HPC) registered dietitian (RD), an Accredited Practicing Dietitian (APD- Australia), a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA), a member of the British Dietetic Association, The Nutrition Society and of The Dietetics Association of Australia.


  1. Thank you for sharing your breakdown on lemon water. I love the taste of lemon water and do agree it does make me drink more water. Lemon has great benefits to our bodies and contains antioxidants, vitamin C, calcium, copper, iron, phosphorus, fiber, and magnesium, which provides great nutrition for our bodies. Lemons also contain more potassium than apples or grapes, which greatly benefits the heart. I was fascinated to read that in France they bring over boiled lemons to drink at the end of the meal – this is one step to incorporate healthy habits, especially for those with trouble in digestion. These tips are very helpful in keeping our bodies healthier through lemon water.

  2. I love the taste of lemon water, too. But I know how long I keep with this way. But no matter what I will try this one. Next morning, I am going to buy some lemons and then do it. Thank you a lot.

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