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

Via Brent Binder
on Nov 28, 2011
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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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71 Responses to “Start your day with water & lemon. ~ Dr. David Jockers”

  1. sloppy buddhist says:

    alkalize…this is fresh!

  2. Lina says:

    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.

  3. Sandra Rottmann says:

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

  4. Tamara says:

    Loved this post and this reminder. Thank you!!

  5. 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.

  6. guest says:

    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.

  7. Lynn W. says:

    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.

  8. shaheen says:

    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.
    Shaheen Khan

  9. SOFLY_Anna says:

    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.


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  11. Melinda says:

    Great article but what herbs?

  12. Shambhavi says:

    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.

  13. Christian says:

    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.


  14. Nicole says:

    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. =)

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  16. Shannon says:

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

  17. samuel kimani says:

    a very important article. a must read for everybody

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  19. Allie says:

    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.

  20. GOD says:

    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".

  21. mike says:

    Just so you know he is probably being lobbied by these guys

  22. guest says:

    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.

  23. guest says:

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

  24. apimom says:

    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.

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  27. Laura says:

    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!

  28. Appalled says:

    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.

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  30. SILVIA PEÑA says:

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

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  33. Klark says:

    Drink it through a straw

  34. guest says:

    bahahahhaha this is laughable. and a massive lack of insight

  35. jhon says:

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

  36. Jhon says:

    No. I think he's just reporting helpful info. Why don't you FO.

  37. Jhon says:

    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.

  38. Jhon says:

    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?

  39. Jhon says:

    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.

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  44. Xerxes says:

    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.

  45. KarenA says:

    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.)

  46. charmaine says:

    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.