Start your day with water & lemon. ~ Dr. David Jockers

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Although it seems counter intuitive, adding lemon to your water makes it alkaline! Trying to keep your body as alkaline as possible is the best thing you could do for yourself. If you’re unbalanced and overly acidic, your bod can play host to all kinds of illnesses / diseases. Including inflammation, cancer, vagina problems…

I recommend lemon water first thing in the morning, (hot or cold) to get the gears grinding (better than coffee!). Plus it tastes good. Make sure you’re using fresh lemon though, store bought “lemon juice” with additives won’t get-er-done…”

(NaturalNews) Clean water and fresh squeezed lemon is one of the most well tested energy boosters around.

Most people in America rely on caffeinated beverages like coffee to get aroused in the morning. These adrenal stimulants produce dirty energy in the form of blood sugar swings and oxidative stress. Water with lemon produces clean energy by hydrating and oxygenating the body to extraordinary energy and mental clarity.

After sleeping through the night the bodily tissues are dehydrated and need clean, pure water to filter out toxins and improve energy production in the cells. Most individuals turn to stimulants like coffee in the morning to give them a jump start. Unfortunately, coffee is a diuretic that depletes your body of water reserves and essential minerals and electrolytes like sodium, potassium, calcium & magnesium.

People feel energized by coffee due to the effects of caffeine on the adrenal glands. Coffee stimulates these organs to pump out instant energy hormones epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones stimulate the body to breakdown stored sugar and release it into the bloodstream. This process causes abnormal blood sugar that increases oxidative stress, free radical formation and overall tissue damage.

This is called dirty energy because it produces a rampant amount of damage to the body in order to activate energy formation. Clean energy produces cellular energy without an excessive load of oxidative stress.

Food as Bioelectrical Energy

The food and beverages we eat provide electrically charged molecules that initiate energy production in our body. An ion is part of a molecule that carries an electrical charge. Positively charged ions are called “cations,” while negatively charged ions are called “anions.”

Most of the food we put into our bodies comes in a cationic form, while our natural digestive processes (hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, saliva) are anionic. Lemon is one of the only anionic foods on the planet. This means that it carries a very strong negative charge and is extremely electrically active.

Fresh lemon helps oxygenate the body and maximizes enzyme function. Lemon is known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes. This assists the liver in the process of dumping toxins like uric acid and of liquefying congested bile ducts.

Citric Acid Cleanses the System

Citric acid can also play a very important role in chelating out abnormal calcium stones. It has a unique ability to form soluble complexes with calcium that many have used to eliminate pancreatic stones and kidney stones. This mechanism can also help prevent calcium deposits from building up in the arteries that promote cardiovascular disease.

Clean water with lemon provides the body with hydration, anti-oxidants and electrolytes. Lemon is a rich source of the immune boosting vitamin C. It also has good quantities of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Lemon is a tremendous source of citrus bioflavonoid anti-oxidant phytonutrients that have been given the label Vitamin P.

Vitamin P consists of the flavonoid glycosides hesperetin and naringenin among others. Studies have shown that vitamin P enhances the anti-oxidant capability of vitamin C. These bioflavonoids also improve capillary permeability and overall blood flow. This is especially important for oxygenating tissues and maintaining normal blood pressure. These anti-oxidants have also been shown to reduce swelling, venous backup and edema.

Upon rising take 1 full lemon and squeeze it into 16-32 oz of fresh clean water and drink. Be sure to eat out the membranous parts of the lemon where the majority of the pectin fiber and citrus bioflavonoids are located. Stevia can be added to form sugar-free lemonade. Apple cider vinegar and various herbs can be used to boost enzymatic and anti-oxidant potential.

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About the author:
Dr. David Jockers owns and operates Exodus Health Center in Kennesaw, Ga. He is a Maximized Living doctor. His expertise is in weight loss, customized nutrition & exercise, & structural corrective chiropractic care. For more information go

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anonymous Apr 3, 2014 1:19pm

I’ve been drinking hot water with lemon in the morning in addition to oil pulling with organic coconut oil. Oil first for 20 minutes, brush my teeth, then lemon water. My teeth have been more sensitive lately. Should I not be doing both of these things on the same day or am I doing them out of order?


    anonymous Jun 10, 2014 10:04pm

    I know and talk to Dr. Jockers at least once every quarter. I attend Life University where I'm enrolled in the Doctor of Chiropractic program, which is not far from his clinic. Your teeth are probably more sensitive because you are doing these things in a different order than you should.

    1) Start with the lemon water and get your organs, metabolism, and energy a jumpstart. For those of you who say you have stomach problems, maybe try adding less lemon juice. I normally do 1/2 lemon. If that doesn't work, try raw apple cider vinegar instead. You can eat after this, have a smoothie or bulletproof coffee which I recommend and he's mentioned in a few articles (

    2) Start oil pulling. First of all, this works amazingly as a form of detox, natural teeth whitening, and other benefits as well (even healthier hair). Christian above was correct about the Dentist advice. The acids from the lemon is hard on your teeth. You should be doing something to remove the slight bit of lemon juice on your teeth after drinking the water. Thus, oil pulling after drinking/eating. By doing so, you remove those acids from your mouth and toxins in your body. Never swallow any of the oil as it is full of toxins and microbes. Also, spit into the toilet to avoid clogging your sink when the oil cools. Then, put a cap of hydrogen peroxide or Himalayan salt into clean water and swish to eliminate any toxic debris remaining in your mouth.

    3) Finally, go ahead and brush your teeth. This will finish off the removal of the remaining coconut oil and toxins in your mouth.

    Doing these things in this order is the better way to do it. Most people notice the health improvements within two weeks of beginning the oil pulling process alone. Dr. Jockers has an article on his site explaining oil pulling, the process and the benefits as well (

    I'd suggest Dr. Jocker's page to anyone who was interested in living a healthier lifestyle. It's worth signing up for the free e-mail newsletter he has as well to receive the frequent articles he writes. He's helped a lot of people down here with all kinds of problems and diseases get back to living life at their fullest potential. I hope this response and the links helped you and everyone interested!

    Take Care Everyone!

anonymous Jan 4, 2014 10:53am

I think the way to start the day is with 8 ounces of appropriately filtered water….no need to add anyting at all.

anonymous Nov 10, 2013 11:45pm

I have been Told for females not to take the lemon and water combo daily in the morning as it hurts the fertility or gives issue in pregnancy related stuff or organs Can you put a light on it

anonymous Jun 19, 2013 12:06am

I have a hypersensitive reaction to citrus fruits- they give me migraines, is there anything else I can put in my water instead? Also I have a concern about the level of acidity affecting tooth enamel ? Can anyone help with this?

Many thanks. Lx

    anonymous Jan 5, 2014 4:14pm

    Try apple cider vinegar…I use 1 TBSP with 12 – 16 oz water…make sure it is real unpasteurized apple cider vinegar from a health food store.

      anonymous Jan 10, 2014 8:50am

      Plain hot water without lemon will flush toxins as well as help get the bowels moving first thing in the morning. It also assists with stroking the digestive fire as hot water is considered helpful for this according to ayurveda. Lemon assists with all of this but if your body is having a negative reaction, obviously it will not be helpful to you.

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I have coffee first and then water and lemon. ;D

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I like to drink warm water with lemon and honey in the morning. Will brown sugar make a good substitute for honey?

    anonymous May 3, 2013 9:39am

    try maple syrup and a tiny pinch of cayenne, it's delicious!

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anonymous Apr 29, 2012 11:20am

unfortunately, lemmon juice makes me stomach ache. What should I do ?

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anonymous Mar 5, 2012 12:26am

Are you for real?
As a biochemist/chemist I could not believe the amazing amount of misinformation on acids/bases, ions, enzymes and energy on this page. This is enough to render 100's of years worth of scientific publications useless and put the entire molecular bioscience/health science faculties at my university out of work.
I'm not saying there's no merit to this but if you're going to use science, use it right.
Oh, and those references are hardly primary or secondary literature.
If you would like an experienced researcher with adequate scientific background and access to 1000's respected peer reviewed journals, let me know.

    anonymous Jul 15, 2012 10:04pm

    TI notice you only criticize the author but offer no helpful information yourself. perhaps YOU don't know what YOU are talking about? Hence the dearth of knowledge you show here?

    anonymous Nov 10, 2013 11:46pm

    what Are you trying to say ? please elaborate your REASON of being Appalled

anonymous Mar 4, 2012 1:01pm

I started doing it recently and I love it, but I've just read that lemon/lime juice isn't good for my dosha (kapha). Any thoughts or advice? I'd really appreciate some light on this!

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Sometimes mentioning another internet site (without checking out the content) looks like a recommendation

check it out for yourself. I have rarely seem so much crap on one page for so much money!!! It should be illegal to put this on the internet. There are people out there in their understandable quest for additions to a healthy lifestyle but they do not have the schooling or resources to separate useful information from this dangerous at least to your bank account, dribble.

anonymous Feb 6, 2012 9:16pm

I am not disputing the benefits of drinking lots of water with lemon and giving up caffeinated drinks, but I feel like there is an embarrassing lack of chemistry understanding in this article. Anyone who took chemistry 101 will agree.
"Most of the food we put into our bodies comes in a cationic form"- any salt, acid or base we ingest is made up of equal charges of negative and positive ions.
"while our natural digestive processes (hydrochloric acid, digestive enzymes, saliva) are anionic." Hydrochloric acid, and ALL ACIDS, are made of H+, the hydrogen cation and a negative anion counterpart.
As for the comment above stating that drinking lemons produced "alkalinity" in the body, well, citric acid has a pH of 2. Hardly "alkaline" which means basic.

I felt obligated to be the scientific voice of reason since this entire page is full of misinformation. While such statements don't really cause any harm, they make the "Wellness" community look as backward-science-believing as its critics say it is.
-a yoga devotee and scientist.

    anonymous Feb 8, 2012 5:58pm

    FROM Jenn Pike :"Considering whether a food is acidifying or alkalizing in the diet can require some mind-bending, because some foods that we think of as “acidic” are, in fact, alkalizing in the diet. It’s actually better to look at whether the food is acid–forming or alkaline–forming, not where the food itself falls on the pH scale. So even though we think of citrus as acidic, fruits like lemons and tangerines are alkalizing because when they’re consumed, they break down and donate alkaline mineral salt compounds like citrates and ascorbates.Similarly, foods we might normally think of as meek and mild in nature are acid-forming when ingested. Grains and milk are two examples".

      anonymous Nov 10, 2013 11:48pm

      wow new for me about grain and milk hmmm interesting

    anonymous Sep 3, 2012 1:50pm

    It is counter-intuitive, but citric acid does create alkalinity in the body. The article does make that point. If you are a runner, cyclist or endurance athlete doing high intensity intervals, lemon juice/lemonade/ however you take will help your recovery by creating alkaline buffers.

    anonymous Nov 10, 2013 11:48pm

    I have heard that lemon becomes Alkaline when put in the body as combination of water and lemon

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anonymous Jan 17, 2012 12:56pm

a very important article. a must read for everybody

anonymous Jan 17, 2012 11:36am

I'm allergic to citrus 🙁 Is there an alternative the author (or anyone) would suggest?

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anonymous Jan 4, 2012 9:40am

I truly believe in this daily practice but was recently told by my dentist that this is the worst thing one can do, first thing in the morning, for their teeth. I believe the numerous benefits overcome it, but I am curious to know if this is true.


    anonymous Jan 6, 2012 3:06am

    Just brush your teeth afterwards- the corrosion just comes from the pH, so cancel it out with either fluoride from toothpaste, or, if you're anti-fluoride even in toothpaste, simple baking soda and peroxide mix has the same effect. Love, your friendly local naturalist pharmacist. =)

    anonymous Jun 18, 2012 8:09am

    Drink it through a straw

    anonymous Jul 15, 2012 10:07pm

    Your dentist is narrow minded and a little goofy. You're not SOAKING your teeth in pure lemon juice. You are drinking diluted lemon juice in a a pint to a quart of water. Brush afterwards and find a less fearful dentist. Leave it to "doctors" to scare the crap out of us for nothing.

      anonymous Nov 3, 2012 2:03am

      Sorry Jhon, as your friendly goofy dentist, I can tell the regular diluted lemon drink users by the erosion on their teeth after a couple of years. And the WORSE thing you can do is brush immediately afterwards when the enamel is at it's most weak. Just use a straw, then rinse with plain water or a mouthrinse.( I use xylitol sugar to sweeten my lemon in green tea aech morning too, as this has been proven to minimise acid production by the mouth bacteria, which causes decay.)

anonymous Jan 3, 2012 5:08am

Have been drinking hot lemon and water first thing in the morning for about 2 years, at the recommendation of a very wise Ayurvedic doctor. Works wonders for me, but I would remind everyone that everything is good for someone, but not everything is good for you. Previous comment re: stomach pains is on the right track.

anonymous Jan 3, 2012 1:12am

Great article but what herbs?

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anonymous Dec 23, 2011 7:17am

HI Brent,

I've been starting my day with warm water with lemon for as long as I can remember…thank you for putting it all together! I am referencing your link in my blog.


anonymous Dec 6, 2011 9:13am

The drinking of lemon juice (Citrate) is not only antioxidant, it produce alkalinity in the body because it bind Hydrogen ions from blood and therefore cabonic acids and hydrochloric acids are converted to basesbicarbonates and chloride. It is very useful when a persons feel acidity by eating acidity producing foods such as meat and carbohydrates. In morning drinking of lemon juice produce a pleasant effect on stomach and overall health.
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anonymous Dec 1, 2011 6:57pm

yeah, can't do that. lemon on an empty stomach would give me terrible stomach pain. And I am a normally healthy human, my body "detoxifies" itself, no need for any detox magic formulas or diet additions. Medicine has shown that the detox myth is a myth. repeatedly. your body has everything it needs to remove toxins.

    anonymous Dec 4, 2011 7:16pm

    Really? EVERYTHING it needs to remove toxins is right inside our body? So, no need to add water or fiber or anything to allow proper function of the liver, kidneys or intestines and colon? Interesting.

      anonymous Feb 15, 2012 5:20pm

      you misunderstood her/him. There is no need to add any "detox" diet, powders etc. Water, fiber and other parts of a normal healthy diet = enough.

    anonymous Jun 18, 2012 4:52pm

    bahahahhaha this is laughable. and a massive lack of insight

    anonymous Jul 15, 2012 10:01pm

    You are SO full of it, literally. We don't detoxify on our own to the degree that we need it. Sorry. We need particular natural items that help our bodies. What you said is RIDICULOUS and LAZY.

    anonymous Nov 3, 2012 3:33am

    It's not a magical detox, essentially it's a nutrient, just as eating fruit and veggies reduce free radicals. Lemon IS one of the healthiest things you can consume as it reduces acidity in the body. Consuming lemons or lemon juice has too many benefits to list.

    anonymous Feb 27, 2013 12:17am

    I am heavily inclined to agree with your assertion that our body removes toxins just fine on its own.

      anonymous Sep 6, 2013 8:50pm

      Your body can detox itself if you eat healthy in the first place, live in a pollution free environment, and live organically perhaps. I think that with all of the garbage we put into our bodies and that exists In our environment we need these types of cleanses, otherwise we end up with long term health problems.

        anonymous May 30, 2014 6:26am

        I agree. In an ideal works, yes, our bodies wild be perfectly capable of detoxification. However the processe food industry, pesticide industry, factory farms, environmental toxins, etc. have grown at a higher rate than evolution can keep up with, so our bodies need some help removing the crap we dump in it, consciously or otherwise. This isn’t some magic formula, its parts are just explained in a way that make it seem so. Knowing the components of your food and why they do your body such a favor or disservice, depending on the food, means you’re educated, not believing in detox voodoo or whatever.

anonymous Nov 30, 2011 8:20am

How 'bout a hand for the lemon!

After squeezing, it makes a great skin softener and nail cleaner. The skin can be used to soften callouses and to clean a sink. Ground in a disposal (wait! is that ecological incorrect) but still, makes the kitchen smell great. A lemon squeezed into the bath is an assist to derail a flu. Lemon juice brightens the hair and cleans the scalp. It can fade brown spots. And my favorite sick day drink is lemon,hot water, a bit of molasses and a shot of cayenne.

Thanks for posting, Doc. Note to self. I'm out of lemons. Get to the store.

anonymous Nov 29, 2011 5:41pm

Loved this post and this reminder. Thank you!!

anonymous Nov 28, 2011 5:52pm

what about replacing lemons for limes? the same healthy effect?

anonymous Nov 28, 2011 5:18pm

I've been drinking lemon+water every morning for a month or so now, and it feels wonderful. For those in need of warm morning drink, use a hot water! It's delicious and wakes a body in a different kind of way.

anonymous Nov 28, 2011 4:04pm

alkalize…this is fresh!

anonymous Feb 15, 2012 5:21pm

really? you feel more energetic because you are eating healthy? so surprising. /sarcasm

anonymous Jul 15, 2012 9:56pm

Why the idiotic response? We are trying to learn helpful info here not read the comment left by an ass.