Lemon Water (AKA Sugar-free Lemon Aid)

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. 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

Lemon Water - Sugar Free Lemonade

Keyword beverage, lemon, water
Author Diana Herrington


  • 1 Lemon
  • 2-4 cups Water
  • Stevia to taste


  • 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 in a tall glass.

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

Nutrition Tip: 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 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.

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.

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

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.

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.

Asparagus with Lemon Juice:  Two tasty superfoods together in this dish.  Do you like asparagus?  If you do then you will love this recipe!  It is healthy and nice and simple to make.  It only takes a few ingredients to make this delicious side dish.

Borscht: Lemon is an important ingredient. in this soup Borscht is the best way to get healthy superfood beets filled with beta-carotene and minerals into our diet. It is quick to cook, easy to vary, and enjoyed by everyone, even children. This is a traditional soup in Ukraine; many people from that country landed in my home city of Edmonton. This is my vegan version with just a few adjustments to the original ingredient list.There is one ingredient that makes this borscht special; that is fresh dill and lots of it.  I garnish the soup with fresh dill at the end. The taste of sweet beets and dill is so delightful.  This soup is also fun to eat hot or cold.

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

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

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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  • 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.

  • 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?

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

  • 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?

    • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

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

    • 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.

  • 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.



  • 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.

  • 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.