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The health benefits of warm lemon and cayenne pepper water

The health benefits of warm lemon cayenne pepper water

No, this is absolutely NOT a post about a cleanse where all you drink is lemon and cayenne pepper water for a week in order to achieve drastic weight loss. Eek, does that thought make me cringe. While I do believe in cleanses, I veer away from the drastic and prefer food cleanses – that’s right, detoxification through foods that naturally detox and cleanse the body – yum!

However, drinking a warm glass of fresh squeezed lemon juice and non-irradiated cayenne pepper water is a practice that I do every morning to help stimulate my body’s detoxification systems on a daily basis.

So what’s the deal exactly?

Every morning right after waking and before eating anything, I warm a pint of water (slightly warmer than body temperature but not hot), juice half a lemon directly in the glass using a wooden citrus reamer, and top it off with a few sprinkles of non-irradiated cayenne pepper. Lastly, I mix everything together and chug*. I follow this with about a half glass of plain water, and wait 15-30 minutes before eating breakfast to let the drink work its magic.

*Note: I use a glass drinking straw with this drink to keep the acidic lemon from wearing away my tooth enamel. If you choose to try or adopt this practice, I highly suggest investing in these straws. Unlike plastic and stainless steel straws, they will not leech any harmful chemicals or metals.

And why do I do this?

Lemon juice and cayenne pepper both have anti-fungal, immune boosting, and detoxifying properties:

  • Lemon is a natural detoxifier as vitamin C transforms toxins into digestible material. In addition to vitamin C, lemons are also packed with antioxidants and electrolytes including potassium, calcium and magnesium. Lemon is also known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes by helping to oxygenate the body.
  • Cayenne pepper stimulates the circulatory system by opening the capillaries, aids digestion, and helps regulate blood sugar. Furthermore, and very importantly, it increases the temperature of your body and kick-starts your metabolism, which, yes, can help you to lose weight over time. Be sure to always buy non-irradiated cayenne pepper (and all spices) since irradiation negates the health benefits of spices.

To boot, lemons, though acidic, and cayenne pepper, though super-spicy, actually help neutralize the body’s pH by making it more alkaline. pH imbalance has been attributed to numerous disorders as well as chronic illness.

This drink is also a great energy booster, and has replaced my morning green tea. When we wake up, our bodies are dehydrated. Rather then drinking coffee, which is a diuretic and further dehydrates the body, warm lemon and cayenne pepper water gives our bodies the hydration it needs with the added detox perks of the lemon and cayenne pepper.

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  1. Mary WInston

    Now you tell me! lol I’m just finishing up a two week detox and yuck am I tired of the monotony of one meal and shake replacements. I’ll remember this next time I feel I need a cleansing.

    June 20, 2013 • 3:02 pm •
  2. Jaclyn

    Hm, is this kind of detox safe and gentle enough for pregnancy and breastfeeding? Or should that be avoided?

    July 3, 2013 • 4:31 pm •
  3. […] Everyday after showering, I spray some magnesium oil (again, not really oil so it won’t stain clothing) on my legs and arms. It absorbs completely before I dress. I consider this a critical part of my daily routine, as with dry body brushing and my morning warm lemon cayenne pepper water. […]

    August 5, 2013 • 9:13 pm •
  4. Can I substitute apple cider vinegar for the lemon juice and get the same results? Lemon juice of any kind has a tendency to cause stomach burn but ACV does not.

    August 22, 2013 • 9:19 am •
  5. Hb

    My friend has been doing this and lost 5 kg’s without any additional effort… I am sold.

    October 18, 2013 • 6:59 am •
  6. Nadia

    Wow – just by drinking it in the morning?? That’s great!

    October 18, 2013 • 9:15 am •
  7. noha

    can we add raw honey as well? will it alter the composition in anyway? or will it work just as well? thanks!

    October 23, 2013 • 6:31 am •
  8. Nadia

    Raw honey is great for you – I don’t see why not! It would certainly sweeten it up a bit :)

    October 23, 2013 • 9:15 am •
  9. Robert

    Hello,

    For a while now I’ve been drinking lemon juice with the zest diluted with water (be sure to use an organic lemon, otherwise you will consume some sort of wax). I drink this just because I think it is a very refreshing and healthy drink in the morning. Then I read that cayenne had all sorts of health benefits, so I added cayenne to my morning drink and I still enjoy it. Wondering what others had to say about it, I searched the internet and realized that this combination is mostly consumed for cleansing or detox reasons. That reminded me of the following documentary: The Truth aboud Food, by the BBC.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_0spCGvvNI

    This episode is, among other things, about detoxing and it is rather revealing. If you are into detoxing cures, the ‘eek’ and the ‘juck’ way, and you hate it – be sure to watch it. You can quite without feeling guilty.

    This is not to say that we shouldn’t drink our lemon cayenne, for it is still very nutritious and healthy. Even more so when consumed with the zest (the richest part of the lemon in nutrients).

    The Truth about Food consists of six episodes, all avaible on youtube.

    Enjoy.

    Robert

    October 25, 2013 • 4:27 am •
  10. Nadia

    Thanks for sharing that link, Robert! I watched the whole series – very interesting.

    Yes, some people drink lemon and cayenne pepper water to a detox – that’s all they consume for a set period of time! I personally do not think that is a good idea and would not do it myself! Drinking it in the morning has so many benefits, though, and helps stimulate your detox systems after sleep.

    November 9, 2013 • 9:07 am •
  11. noha

    Van we cut up a small chili pepper instead of the cayenne pepper?? I can’t find it anywhere in dubai! And can we add apple cider vinegar and honey to that? Thanks Nadia :)

    November 11, 2013 • 6:19 am •
  12. maurae abrahams

    I’m drinking lemon and cayenne pepper every morning, it’s beneficial because I don’t get much time to work out, and finds that is burns belly fat. Shedding some pounds without any effort! I just love this drink.

    November 20, 2013 • 1:46 am •
  13. Meg

    I’ve done this for 3 days so far (and will pretty much make it a daily routine from now on) and my sinus’ feel so much better!! I’ve been struggling with chronic sinusitis for years and wake up super congested every morning and hate having to take OTC drugs for it. It has been less than 5 minutes and I can breath out of both nostrils clearly!! Another bonus. : ) Yay!! Thank you for sharing this.

    -Meg

    November 20, 2013 • 12:40 pm •
  14. Someone recommended I try this when I go skiing to warm my hands and feet, but it sounds like a great every day drink, too! What’s your opinion on using pre-made lemon juice, whether store bought or juiced by me say, at the beginning of the week? Thanks!

    November 25, 2013 • 10:17 am •
  15. […] This practice helps stimulate the body’s detoxification systems. Lemon is a natural detoxifier as vitamin C transforms toxins into digestible material. Lemon is also known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes by helping to oxygenate the body. Cayenne pepper stimulates the circulatory system by opening the capillaries, aids digestion, and helps regulate blood sugar. It also kick-starts the metabolism. Read more about the health benefits of warm lemon and cayenne pepper water. […]

    January 6, 2014 • 8:22 pm •
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    January 12, 2014 • 11:16 am •
  17. Why does it have to be warm?

    January 21, 2014 • 1:51 pm •
  18. Hope

    Would this drink be ok for people with colitis?

    January 24, 2014 • 10:52 am •
  19. Nadia

    I truthfully have no idea and would ask your doctor before trying it.

    January 24, 2014 • 11:08 am •
  20. christine

    Noha

    I Was looking for it for a long time here in dubai and i finally found it in carre four in mirdiff city center and got myself a handfull coz dont when next it will be available.

    January 25, 2014 • 3:41 am •
  21. Kellie

    Thank you everyone for all the wonderful information. I am making a life change to only allow healthy food into my body and will let you know my progress. Best to all of you!

    February 11, 2014 • 5:45 pm •
  22. Sarah

    Thank you for this wonderful and informative article. I am excited to try this out in the mornings before breakfast. Thanks for your research and providing additional articles!

    March 17, 2014 • 8:39 am •
  23. Nirmal

    I am taking black pepper instead of cayenne pepper added with lemon and water .Is this advise to continue or should I….

    April 4, 2014 • 11:54 pm •
  24. Nadia

    That is up to you! Black pepper has its own benefits.

    April 7, 2014 • 8:20 pm •
  25. i wil try lemon and pepper to cleanse my teeth enamel

    April 7, 2014 • 11:17 pm •
  26. Nadia

    Oh no, that’s not the point – you want to be careful it does NOT damage your enamel! This is why I use a straw.

    April 8, 2014 • 7:05 am •
  27. Thoko

    i have a metabolism problem ,my friend advise me to drink hot water and cayenne pepper first thing in the morning, its about a week now I don’t have a running stomach but what is happening to me I get so constipated I fatted the whole day, is it going to give me the same benefit as other people or I should stop it, please advise

    April 17, 2014 • 10:46 am •
  28. Nadia

    I am not a doctor and cannot provide you with any advice. It seems like you should see a specialist for your stomach issues.

    April 17, 2014 • 10:52 am •
  29. […] glass straws are a must. I have a set of the bent Glass Dharma straws and use them daily for my morning lemon cayenne pepper drink and smoothies. And I will say that they also add a touch of elegance to a post-work […]

    April 17, 2014 • 10:52 pm •
  30. Walks With Flowers

    I don’t always have time in the morning to make this so every few days I’ll make a big batch and store it in mason jars in the fridge. I also use fresh turmeric in mine as well as a little bit of raw organic honey.

    May 29, 2014 • 9:57 am •
  31. Jackie

    Thanks for the info. I find this drink beneficial as well: 1 cup green tea (water or coconut water is also good) – draw tea in hot water and add 1/2 lemon, 1/2 lime, 1 orange, 1 tbsp. raw organic honey, 1/2 tbsp. cider vinegar (with mother), 1 tbsp UDON oil or Flax seed oil. I added 1/2 grapefruit in the last 2 drink and absolutely love it. Today, I added 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper and I still enjoy it. I don’t have time to do it in the morning so I make it at night and store in the fridge and then take it with me to work. Walks with Flowers, I will add turmeric in my next drink – I have been trying it in other recipes but not this one. I also use turmeric with honey and avocado for facials and in my hair. Great results.

    May 30, 2014 • 8:02 am •
  32. ashley reiss

    Is there a benefit to the the water bring warm or is it personal preference?

    June 21, 2014 • 9:37 am •
  33. Hi — you mentioned in another post that you have IC, so I was surprised to see you drink lemon everyday! I also have IC and am curious if you think it can be safe for a painful bladder…

    August 5, 2014 • 12:17 pm •
  34. Nadia

    Citrus fruits actually aren’t one of my trigger foods which is weird, I know.

    August 5, 2014 • 1:16 pm •
  35. Ann

    Started this yesterday. I have got diverticulitis and a slow metabolism. Fingers crossed that this can only have positive results.

    September 3, 2014 • 4:48 am •
  36. Jim

    Well… the morning weather is becoming brisker with the coming of autumn, and I have to say, this tea has had the benefit of, not only unclogging my sinuses in the morning, but giving me a good warming-up before I take my shower. I haven’t used lemon, but I will definitely consider it. I have raw ginger root on hand and may use that for further soothing and antimicrobial effects. When the weather turned, and I had been waking up with a scratchy throat, I found that a teaspoonful of the pepper in a cup of hot water really helped soothe (and possibly kill off) whatever was starting the trouble as the scratchiness is no longer there.

    Surprisingly enough, I heard about the usefulness of this herb in a decades-old book entitled “Back to Eden” by the late Jethro Kloss. Anyone into homeopathic, natural living should consider obtaining a copy of this text; it is truly a Godsend. Keep up the good fight, Nadia!

    September 14, 2014 • 6:05 pm •
  37. From personal experience, studying natural cancer remedies, research articles and medical reports, You can make this even better and fix more things at the same time! Just add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and 1/4 teaspoon of Turmeric to your warm lemon water with Cayenne pepper combination. Now you have the worlds best kept secret with 4 simple ingredients. Research the benefits of each of these ingredients separately and you will see what a healing drink this truly is.

    November 6, 2014 • 5:42 pm •
  38. Lori

    I am wondering how much cayenne pepper do you put in lemon drink. Thanks

    November 8, 2014 • 11:30 am •
  39. I am at school and I only have access to room temperature water… could you tell me why it has to be warm? Is it just for the taste?

    November 13, 2014 • 1:59 pm •
  40. am happy to learn for the first time how cayenne p-aper works.want to learn more.

    November 24, 2014 • 2:04 pm •
  41. daneline

    I heard of this through a friend, have been trying it. Cant wait for results.

    November 28, 2014 • 7:35 am •
  42. Nadia

    No, that is not possible but best of luck.

    December 6, 2014 • 8:02 pm •
  43. shay nichole

    Will this help me lose weight?! That’s really all I need and wanna know. Lol

    December 9, 2014 • 6:39 am •
  44. Nadia

    If you want to lose weight, you’re going to need to do more than just drink some miracle tonic.

    December 9, 2014 • 9:36 am •
  45. Di

    I’m loving this! I started drinking it after a 3-day juice cleanse and my first juice in the morning was this exactly during said cleanse. On the 4th day, I found myself craving the flavor and missing the energy it gave me. I never once missed coffee during my cleanse and I no longer drink coffee in the mornings. Also, I lost 6 lbs with the cleanse and I’ve been eating healthier ever since (1 month) and I suspect the lemon water and cayenne do have something to do with my flat stomach. I’ve never had a flat stomach in my life, needless to say, I’m ecstatic! Having been able to quit coffee is more than enough motivation to try this. Good luck to all and thanks for sharing, Nadia! I googled this to learn if it can be ingested over long periods of time. Seems like it 😀

    December 13, 2014 • 1:25 am •
  46. Arev Kirokian

    Should i be drinking this once a day?

    December 19, 2014 • 4:12 pm •
  47. Maulik hk

    This works well in early morning empty stomach. But for better results, we should also channel the whole day in a healthy way. Otherwise its effects will be null.

    December 28, 2014 • 2:33 am •
  48. bacalove

    Cayenne – Start by taking ¼ teaspoon of this herb three times a day. Gradually work up to 1 teaspoon three times a day. Dissolve the cayenne in 4-6 ounces of distilled water. Drink this, and then chase it
    with more distilled water. Cayenne is a pure stimulant, increasing the functional activity and
    energy in the body. It is a specific food for the heart and blood vessels and helps them regain
    their elasticity. It equalizes the blood circulation throughout the whole body, thus it is valuable
    for any hemorrhage (whether internal or external) and for restoring normal blood pressure.
    Cayenne heals stomach and intestinal ulcers, stimulates the peristaltic motion of the intestines,
    has antiseptic qualities, and much more. Cayenne is the strongest of the three categories of
    Capsicum (paprika, red pepper and cayenne). Any Capsicum that has over 25 BTU’s (British
    Thermal Units) is classified as cayenne. At times you can purchase cayenne with as much as
    10,000 BTU’s, so decrease your dosage if it is too strong (too hot) for you. To assure that you get
    good quality cayenne, we recommend that you buy it at a health food store.”

    from dr. Christopher: http://www.herballegacy.com
    – supplements for maintaining good health

    January 15, 2015 • 9:40 am •
  49. I have been taking lemon&honey &also Amla juice for quite along time; I thought it could lower my blood cholesterol,but it did not. what to do?

    January 22, 2015 • 1:14 pm •
  50. Muhydeen Adeleke

    How can i used Lemon and cayane for liver and kidney pains. I also advise Peoples to use Black seed oil,because it contains many things but peoples did not know.

    February 1, 2015 • 4:46 am •
  51. Sylvanus

    Most it have to be worm water mixe with lemon or i can use cold water?

    February 3, 2015 • 11:11 am •
  52. Kira

    I don’t have any lemons but lots of lime juice. Will that work instead?

    February 8, 2015 • 11:44 pm •
  53. Nadia

    No, I do NOT give you permission to use any of my content.

    February 10, 2015 • 12:17 pm •
  54. Alexa

    Have been hearing this for months and finally started this week with my husband. The first time was the hardest. The straws help drink it. I need to get better cayenne pepper – so I appreciate the link because I might just buy it onliine. Its been 4 days and we feel good. My appetite is greatly diminished – which is both good and bad. I try to make sure that my means are meaningful.

    February 20, 2015 • 10:36 am •
  55. Dennis

    I just read the same material, almost identical, including the glass straw from recently published book, “The Food Babe Way” regarding cayenne and lemon water. (p. 81-83).

    February 23, 2015 • 9:36 pm •
  56. Nadia

    You don’t mean word-for-word?? I wrote this post a few years ago before her book came out.

    February 24, 2015 • 10:48 am •
  57. hannah

    Am using it,it works greatly

    February 26, 2015 • 7:33 pm •
  58. T Lizzle

    Cayenne is a diuretic, just like coffee.

    March 12, 2015 • 12:39 pm •
  59. Bob

    Both lemon and water are diuretic too…

    March 14, 2015 • 12:13 pm •
  60. Natali

    is it only effective taken in the morning? Or can it be taken later in the day. I go to the gym first thing in the morning so making this drink won’t be feasible.

    March 17, 2015 • 10:41 am •
  61. Nadia

    No, but I would suggest drinking on an empty stomach if possible.

    March 19, 2015 • 8:54 am •
  62. Phyllis

    How long do you have to drink this to see any weight loss or progress?

    March 26, 2015 • 8:17 am •
  63. diana

    Can I drink this while breastfeeding? Tia

    March 28, 2015 • 9:10 pm •
  64. Nadia

    That is really your decision. I suggest doing some more individual research.

    March 31, 2015 • 10:03 am •
  65. Nadia

    As I mention at the beginning of the post, I don’t really suggest this drink for weight loss – more for overall health maintenance.

    March 31, 2015 • 11:02 am •
  66. diana yasmin

    my husband suffers from exxtreme stress, reall extreme..can he take the cayenne with lemon etc???Please someone knowledagle HELP me

    April 11, 2015 • 2:08 am •
  67. Carl Grey

    When we wake up in the morning, our bodies are not dehydrated. Quite the contrary, your spinal discs are rehydrated overnight, and your brain is flushed. It would be more accurate to say that the body needs fresh fluids (water much preferred) in the morning.

    April 14, 2015 • 10:25 am •
  68. betty hayes

    II have used lemon cay peper Braggs vinegar and cinn 3/ day love it…in morning when waking I drink warm lemon water will have to try to include the cayenne peper.thx

    April 15, 2015 • 10:51 pm •
  69. Xavier

    I’ve personally gotten amazing results with cayenne. Anyone interested in herbal remedies should definitely check out the ebook 10 super herbs that will change your life forever. You can download it for free here: tensuperherbs.com. I bought a few of the herbs from the book and my life has changed completely

    April 27, 2015 • 1:26 pm •
  70. betty

    I am a shift worker and working both days and nights. When should I drink this? When I get out of bed or going to bed. Also do you have to start a diet while doing this to loose the weight?

    April 28, 2015 • 3:22 am •
  71. Nick

    Fantastic! I tried this for the first time this morning and I am completely blown away by the energy boost and overall feeling of well being. I typically drink 2-3 cups of coffee every morning and never feel this energized, alert, focused, etc. I will certainly make this part of my daily routine and I am excited to experience the other benefits over time.

    April 28, 2015 • 10:02 am •
  72. Nahid chaudhry

    Can I use normal red chili powder instead of Cayenne pepper

    May 10, 2015 • 1:09 am •
  73. george robertson

    how to know if pepper is irradiated?

    May 26, 2015 • 5:25 pm •
  74. Norma Ramirez

    Very interesting facts

    May 27, 2015 • 3:52 pm •
  75. Amna

    Hi, I just had a glass of it. I’m feeling liltyle burning probably because of pepper. Can I just skip the Cayenne what do you say?

    June 8, 2015 • 9:57 am •
  76. Nadia

    It’s a free world and you can do whatever you want!! :)

    June 9, 2015 • 2:49 pm •
  77. anusha

    can i use normal red chili instead of cayene papper

    June 13, 2015 • 12:58 am •
  78. Nadia

    You can do whatever you like but I’m not sure of the different health benefits off the top of my head. I suggest doing a little research.

    June 13, 2015 • 11:26 am •
  79. Jo

    I read this article last year and been drinking lemon/cayenne pepper water religiously ever since. I came back to this article today to read to a friend and noticed you suggested to use non-irradiated cayenne pepper, how can I tell what’s non-irradiated? I’ve been using Wal-Mart brand cayenne pepper all this time!!!

    June 23, 2015 • 9:56 am •
  80. Nadia

    LOL it’s OK! Most conventional spices are irradiated. If they’re not, it will usually say so either on the product itself or the company’s website. The brand I link to in the post is my favorite for spices and does not irradiate. The thing is that irradiation can destroy some of the healthy properties of the spices – so while you may be paying more for non-irradiated spices, you’ll be getting more bang for your bunk in terms of nutrition.

    June 23, 2015 • 10:56 am •
  81. carol poole

    But why do you warm the water?

    July 8, 2015 • 8:17 pm •
  82. David Slaughter

    I could not find recipe for cayenne pepper and lemon drink. I am not sure on how much pepper to used. Also, i ask about non-irradiated pepper and the people did not know or understood what this was or the meaning. Please advise me of the meaning so I will have a better understanding of what I am doing.

    July 22, 2015 • 8:41 pm •
  83. Tshidi

    Its been three weeks drinking warm lemon and cayenne water in the morning before breakfast,it really works wonders…i hav lost 3kg

    August 7, 2015 • 9:50 am •