Lemon Water (AKA Sugar-free Lemon Aid)

A simple way to get a balance into your body with this easy recipe.

Drinking lemon water is great for the whole body.  Did you know that the most alkaline-forming food you can eat is a lemon? Here is a simple way to get some quick alkalizing going into your body with this refreshing drink. It is best to drink it after you have had your 2 – 3 cups of water in the morning.

Lemon juice has great digestive qualities so many people find that symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are often relieved. Also, lemons help to cleanse the body of toxins. Learn more about the 16 Health Benefits of Lemon – the Alkaline Powerfood

Fresh lemons are very high in Vitamin C and dietary fiber. They also have Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron and Magnesium and is they are low in calories.

The stevia that I use in this lemon water recipe also has many health benefits.  Read more about them here and find out which one I use in all of my recipes: The Sweet Benefits of Stevia

To find out more about alkalizing the body click here: Balance the Body with Acid/Alkaline Balance.

Lemon Water

Lemon Water - Sugar Free Lemonade

Drinking lemon water is great for the whole body.   Did you know that the most alkaline-forming food you can eat is a lemon? Here is a simple way to get some quick alkalizing going into your body with this refreshing drink.
Keyword beverage, lemon, water
Author Diana Herrington

Ingredients

  • 1 Lemon
  • 2-4 cups Water
  • Stevia to taste
  • fresh mint leaves optional

Instructions

  • Wash the lemon well
  • Cut the lemon in half, horizontally.
  • Squeeze each half of a lemon and pour the juice into a small pitcher.
  • Add to 2 – 4 cups of water to the pitcher depending on how strong you like your lemonade.
  • The lemon juice can easily be diluted with more water according to taste.
  • Add a few drops of stevia to taste. Stir the stevia into the juice and water mixture.
  • Serve lemon water in a tall glass with a few sprigs of fresh mint.

Notes

Learn more about Lemons, Stevia and Water.

Find out more about the health benefits of the ingredients I used: Lemon, Water, Stevia

“The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile, and is very good in cases of malaria. Sufferers of chronic rheumatism and gout will benefit by taking lemon juice, also those who have a tendency to bleed, uterine hemorrhages, etc.; rickets and tuberculosis. In pregnancy, it will help to build bone in the child.” – Back to Eden, Mr. Kloss

How many lemons should you consume:

  • For a weight of fewer than 150 pounds, 1 whole lemon a day.
  • For a weight of over 150 pounds, 2 whole lemons a day.

Use the Best Water to Make Your Lemon Water

When you are making your lemon water make sure you are not filling your body with chemicals from unclean water. I know that it was making me ill a long time ago when I used to drink regular water and I have always drank filtered water since.  As it can be expensive to always have to buy water I decided to purchase a filtration system to filter my water at home.  It is an upfront cost but it has saved me lot’s over the years.  Here is the water filter that I am currently using and I am very happy with it. The only way to remove fluoride from your water is to use a reverse osmosis system and some systems are better than others. When I did my research this is the one I decided on.

APEC Water System,  5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System

Now that you have enjoyed your lemon water, here are more recipes for you to check out.

More Healthy Beverages For You

 Sparkling Cucumber Lemon Water Is So Good – Sparkling lemon water is good for any time as it is alkalizing and healthy. Also, it is a wonderful, refreshing summer drink for hot days. What I really like about the drink is how very easy it is to make.

Pomegranate Juice Pomegranate Juice Made in a Blender – I love pomegranate juice and decided to make it in a blender rather than a juicer for two reasons. This is because it is easier but mostly because when the seeds are totally broken down they add bitterness to the juice. This is avoided when you do it in a blender. You will see how that works when you follow the recipe.

 Wild Blueberry Juice Is Good For You and Easy To Make  – This wild blueberry juice is very refreshing using frozen wild blueberries, stevia, and water and of course, it’s delicious.  So you can easily make this juice in less than 5 minutes. How simple is that? The other very good news is that you do not need a juicer, you can make it in a blender. I make most of my fruit juices in a blender and it is easier to make. Also, much less clean up to do as a juicer is a big thing to clean.

 Healthy Homemade Grapefruit Juice – The best grapefruit juice is homemade grapefruit juice.  Store-bought grapefruit juice with sugar and added preservatives are not healthy.

 Sweet Grape Juice Freshly Made in a Blender – Grape juice can easily be made at home in a blender. Try this fresh version and you’ll never go back to drinking grape juice bought in a jar from the supermarket.

 Watermelon Juice Is Delicious On a Hot Day – Watermelon juice is so delicious on a hot summer day. This is a very simple juice to make. It is much healthier for you than a soft drink.

More Delicious Lemon Recipes for you to Try

Raspberry Lemon Vinaigrette:  This dressing is called a `vinaigrette’ but I don’t tend to use vinegar since most vinegar is acid-forming and I try to keep my diet as alkaline as possible by avoiding acidic foods.  I use lemon juice instead which is healthier and very alkaline-forming.  This is a great summer salad dressing to make.

Olive Oil Lemon Juice Salad Dressing Light Herb Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing:  It’s way easier to make this dressing than to say it.  It is Sugar-free and low in calories. This lemon olive oil salad dressing is a base recipe that you can make up different each time with a variety of herbs. Have to admit though that I almost never put any herbs in the dressing.  I love the fresh vegetables as they are with the simple olive oil and lemon juice dressing.  If I want herbs I prefer fresh herbs in my salad. What makes this light is the addition of water which also makes it more alkalizing.

Avocado Vegetable Dip:  A healthy party dip that is chemical-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, gluten-free…and very delicious.  Most of the party dips that I find at parties are full of unhealthy ingredients.  What I like about this raw avocado dip is that it is full of vegetables; adding the celery makes it crunchy and not so rich as well as healthier for you.  It is low in sodium, monounsaturated fat and a good source of lutein, an antioxidant that may protect vision. Best of all it is fresh and tasty. I also enjoy this mixture on some of my mixed green salads.

Discover More Uses For Lemons

19 Wonderful Ways to Use Lemons

Learn about the Many Health Benefits of Lemons.

16 Health Benefits of Lemon – the Alkaline Powerfood

Love to hear how you made your own lemon water, leave a comment below.

Lemon is just ONE of the foods you will learn to use properly during my Online BootCamps and 2-5-30 Healthy Diets

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Diana Herrington

Diana has been writing about natural health and wellness for over 20 years. Having used foods to heal her own body, she now shares her wisdom with others.

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23 Comments

  1. Annie, limes are also very alkaline forming so yes they will work.

    Flick, you can get stevia in the UK; it`s the best to use as it is not acid forming like sugars are. Make sure you get one that is liquid and natural not a white powder. You may be able to buy the green leaves in a health food store.

  2. Thank you for this! What great detailed info on their alkalinity. Glad to hear limes are also useful this way – tho are lemons much stronger? What about the organic squeeze bottles i can get at my local co-op? They are not raw juice, so are they acid pH?

  3. Thank you, Diana! So happy to have your informed resource here for us. Wishing you and Randy a healthy, joyful and prosperous 2012!

  4. It mentioned not using vinegar because it is acid forming. I was under the impression that apple cider vinegar was very healthy for you! Is A.C.V. the exception to the rule?

    1. Cheryl, lemons are the most alkaline forming food. Both Umeboshi Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar are mildly alkaline forming; they are not acid forming. They are healthy alternatives to include in your diet and do have some very good benefits. For quicker alkalizing lemons are the best.

  5. Question~
    I just read above that we should not use Stevia in the white powder form?? Does that make it acidic? I did notice that my Stevia from Trader Joes, has under other ingredients just lactose (milk)…assuming that helps with the texture?

    So is only liquid Stevia alkaline or at least neutral??

    Thanks for your help!

    1. Terri, the stevia white powder is similar to the way many foods are refined like white sugar and white flour. This always makes the food more acid forming. Not all liquid stevia is the same either. Did you read my article Sweet Benefits of Stevia: https://www.realfoodforlife.com/stevia You will learn more about why and which stevia is the best.

  6. I make it without stevia or sugar of any kind. Actually, I peel and eat lemons in the same manner I would peel and eat an orange. BTW, lemon peels are delicious, too!

  7. I understood that eating lemons or straight lemon juice will eat the enamel of your teeth. I have sensitive teeth anyway.

    1. Cindy, if you have sensitive teeth then do not eat lemons on their own or drink straight lemon juice which I would be surprised if you could as they are so sour. Best to dilute them as in this recipe and you could put even more water in. Ask your dentist what he thinks of you having lemon water or salad dressing made with lemon juice. I am sure it would be much better then vinegar. Let me know what your dentist says.

  8. I make Lemon aid/water/juice by putting a 1/2 Organic Lemon (rind, seeds and all) and 2 cups of spring or filtered water in either my Vitamix or NutriBullet (or any other blender if cut up small) and blend well. Pour the contents into a gallon “glass jug” ($5 @ Walmart), top off with water and chill, or over ice. No sugar or any sweetener added. Tastes Great! It’s refreshing, and your body will Thank You! If too strong at first, start with a 1/4 lemon and increase to taste.

  9. lEMONS AT PRESENT TIME IS .89 PER ONE THEY ARE SMALL AND ALL SWIVELED I CAN’T AFFORD BUT I KNOW IT WOUL HELP.

    WOULD APPLE CIDER VINEGAR WITH WATER DO THE SAME. OR THE LEMON IN SMALL LEMON BOTTLES THANK YOU

  10. 1. What is your advice with regards to juicing a whole lemon for your recipe of lemon-aid?

    I am wondering if there are any cautions I should be aware of, to juice the whole lemon with the rind on. For clarification, I am a ‘Champion Juicer”.

    2. In the morning first thing, I am drinking at least two cups of warmed water. What is your advice, as to how long I should wait after drinking the two cups of warmed water first thing in the morning, before drinking the lemon-aid?

    Thank you.

  11. If you can get Meyer lemons where you live, or grow them yourself, they are not as sour as other lemons. I only found this out when we moved to a house with a Meyer lemon tree (with Meyer lime grafts!) in the back yard. These lemons make delicious lemonade without any sweetener of any kind added. They are worth the price if you can only find them in stores.

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