Hot Water and Lemon Juice – Is it really that good for you?

I’m currently suffering with my second round of Kidney Stones and its an experience I would not wish on anyone.

Kidney Stones are generally caused by a build up of minerals in the kidneys, which in some people just sit there doing nothing, while in others may decide to try and get out and that’s when the troubles begin.

Lemons kept coming up as a great thing for people that have kidney stones

Something that could be as small as a grain of sand can cause excruciating pain, vomiting and sweats, with one of my episiodes lasting 13 hours non stop. Ive heard that some say it is more painful than childbirth, but having never gone through the later I can not verify, what I do know is that I want to do whatever I can to stop it happening again.

It’s possible my diet which is rich in diary could be the issue, or more probably that fact that I just don’t drink enough fluids, with most of my day filled with milky coffee rather than water.

One tip that came up time and time again to help reduce the risk of stones was to drink lemon water. It’s said that Citrate, which is a salt found in Citric Acid actually binds with calcium and helps block the stones formation.

Is it possible that this little yellow fruit could be my saviour

In a bid to drink more fluids and cut down on those milky coffees I started to drink a mug of hot water with the juice of 1 lemon added each morning when I got up.

Replacing my first coffee of the day with a hot lemon has gone surprisingly well, I’m even enjoying it without any sugar added whatsoever. Ive been doing this daily ritual for around 5 weeks and so far its going so well, I thought I’d look into some other ups and downs of this wonder drink, and here are the results.

Vitamin C

Lemons are a great source of Vit C, which helps give your immune system a boost.

Hydration

Water alone is not enough to rehydrate you, lemons contain electrolytes that help you stay hydrated by increasing its absorption into the body.

Liver and Kidney Health

Lemons help flush out toxins which will help keep your inners more healthy.

Digestion

It’s said that lemons can help kick start the digestive system if drank in the morning. This has also been used in Ayurvedic Medicine for centuries.

Fresh Breath

Lemon has long been known as an odour neutraliser, plus with its antibacterial properties makes a great mouth cleanser.

Healthy Skin

This comes from the Vit C content which as an antitoxin helps to prevent skin damage and of course the water that helps keep the skin hydrated.

Weight Loss

It’s said that lemons can help to kick start your metabolism each morning and while this has been verified in mice, no such surveys have been carried out in humans, what I do know is that after 5 weeks I’ve shed 6 kgs. This could be down to less coffee with sugar, the fact that its stopping me feel hungry or is it really making my body use up calories quicker?!

Needing to Pee

This is a benefit for me right now as the whole point is to try and flush out the stones without resorting to surgery in a few weeks time, however for some this would be a negative. The lemons act as a diuretic, which while helping to flush out toxins means you may need to go to the toilet an extra time during the day.

Enamel Wear

Too much acidic fluids can cause damage to your teeth enamel. Never brush your teeth shortly after anything acidic. A hot lemon each morning after brushing your teeth however will increase saliva production and help naturalise the acid in your mouth after you have finished drinking.


While I can not verify any of the claims, which I have found from varying sources, one thing I can be sure of is that a warming mug of hot water and lemon each morning has not had any negative effects and despite regular amounts of codine for pain relief, I feel a bit more ‘normal’ after I drink it.

It’s definitely one morning ritual I’m going to be looking at keeping going into the future.

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