The Health Benefits of Warm Lemon & Cayenne Pepper Water

The Health Benefits of Warm Lemon and Cayenne Pepper Water || Lemon and cayenne pepper water is touted as a detoxifying and metabolism-boosting natural remedy. Why? Does it actually work? What's the process? Let's see!

Warm lemon and cayenne pepper water is touted as a detoxifying and metabolism-boosting natural remedy. Why? Does it actually work? And do you need to do some drastic “cleanse” to get all of the benefits? (Spoiler: NOPE!) Let’s take a closer look…

I want to be clear upfront: no, this is absolutely NOT a post about a cleanse where all you drink is lemon and cayenne pepper water for a week in the name of detoxification or to achieve drastic weight loss.

Eek, does that thought make me cringe!

While I’m all about detox, I believe in gentle boosting your body’s detox pathways and with a food-based approach. Yes, you can still eat and detox! (And eat and lose weight, for that matter.) YUM!

However, drinking a warm glass of water with fresh-squeezed lemon juice and cayenne pepper is something I do every morning to give my body’s detoxification pathways and metabolism a little boost.

So how does it work?

Lemon and cayenne pepper are one powerhouse duo with serious health benefits.

Both are great at giving the body’s detox pathways, digestion, and metabolism a boost.


The vitamin C in lemon transforms toxins into digestible material. Lemons are also packed with antioxidants and electrolytes like potassium, calcium, and magnesium. This tart fruit is also known to stimulate the liver’s natural enzymes by helping to oxygenate the body.

Lemon also stimulates the secretion of gastric juices, aiding the digestion of your breakfast that will follow. Since proper digestion is absolutely critical to a healthy body, this drink is a great way to set the stage for a day of healthy digestion.

To boot, lemons, though acidic, helps neutralize the body’s pH by making it more alkaline. pH imbalance has been attributed to numerous disorders as well as chronic illness.

The Health Benefits of Warm Lemon & Cayenne Pepper Water || Lemon and cayenne pepper water is touted as a detoxifying and metabolism-boosting natural remedy. Why? Does it actually work? What's the process? Let's see!

Cayenne pepper

Cayenne pepper stimulates the circulatory system by opening the capillaries, aids digestion, and helps regulate blood sugar. It can also increase your body temperature and speed up your metabolism.

NOTE: Be sure to always buy non-irradiated cayenne pepper (and all spices) since irradiation can reduce the health benefits!

I like to start each morning with a glass of warm water with lemon and cayenne pepper to get these benefits.

Though lemon and cayenne pepper have achieved quite a bit of fame thanks to “The Master Cleanse” — a protocol that involves drinking water, lemon, cayenne pepper, and maple syrup for a few days to detox and achieve quick weight loss (no, it doesn’t sound very pleasant to me either!) — you don’t need to do this drastic cleanse in order to reap the rewards.

I do a “mini master cleanse” each morning.

It’s such a super simple addition to your health and wellness routine and a great way to start the day off on the right foot.

Health Benefits of Warm Lemon & Cayenne Pepper Water || Lemon and cayenne pepper water is touted as a detoxifying and metabolism-boosting natural remedy. Why? Does it actually work? What's the process? Let's see!

So here’s what I do: sometime after waking but before eating breakfast, 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 (since, again, the process of irradiation reduces the nutritional profile and natural medicinal properties of herbs and spices, and we don’t want that!). 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 straws, they will not leech any harmful chemicals.

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  1. 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.

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

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

  4. 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.

    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.



  5. 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.

  6. 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 🙂

  7. 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.

  8. 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.


  9. 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!

  10. 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.

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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…

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

  21. 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!

  22. 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.

  23. 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?

  24. 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 😀

  25. 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.

  26. 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:
    – supplements for maintaining good health

  27. 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?

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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).

  31. 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.

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

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

  34. 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.

  35. 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

  36. 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: I bought a few of the herbs from the book and my life has changed completely

  37. 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?

  38. 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.

  39. 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?

  40. 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.

  41. 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!!!

  42. 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.

  43. I’ve gotten off of this habit for almost a year now, and slowly getting back into it. Hadn’t been using lemon, but what I would do is a tablespoon of the Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper (organic if able), and a 1/4 teaspoon of cinnemon as that has benefits by itself (regulation of blood sugar is one I’ve heard, good since diabetes has run in the family in dad’s side).

    Thought about turmeric this morning but didn’t, and here I read the comments and someone suggested it so I could try that too.

    Think my other error was making the water too hot this morning, so will need to cool that down next time.

  44. 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.

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

  46. I have been dizzy for 2 years now. I went to so many doctors and they took some blood test checked everything and the result came out right. I had no problem at all. Then they said that I am depressed. That’s where the dizziness comes from. I would like to know can drink cayenne pepper. Will it help me to get rid of the dizziness for good.

  47. Fab info. Only site I’ve clicked on that was helpful. I’dlike to like you fb page to receive posts!

  48. Hi, Jessica! I’m so happy to hear it and to have you as a new reader 🙂 Have you signed up for email updates??

  49. Yes am using caynne pepper am now experiencing good blood circulation my skin is now looking bright thnks to caynne pepper

  50. I don’t do extreme cleanses. And I have a perfect body… so loosing weight would NOT be ideal for me. With that said.. I don’t disregard those that do.

    I love your information in this page.. but when I first read your extreme disgust about people using such cleanse to loose weight…. I almost did not continue reading.

    Many people search sites for exactly the weekly method. If you choose not to place such method to loose weight.. NO need to degrade it…or those who do it. There is something for everyone.

    Its good to place an opinion without being so offensive about an endeavor that many like to do. You asked to share our thoughts: & there you have it.. . Thanks.

  51. Well it’s not an extreme disgust “about people using such a cleanse to lose weight”, it’s a disgust for the cleanse – I wouldn’t do it! This is my blog, so I express my opinions here.

    Also, if someone wanted to lose weight, simply drinking lemon and cayenne pepper water all day long would be an unhealthy way to do so. I would never advise anyone do that to achieve weight loss. And individuals should only undertake such an extreme cleanse if they’re already in good health and all of their body’s detoxification pathways are clear, otherwise the toxins will simply circulate and reabsorb, causing even more problems than if they had just stayed put.

  52. What are your thoughts about the pros / cons of drinking hot water with lemon and cayenne more than once a day? Morning and evening? Morning, midday, evening? Any thoughts or insights appreciated! : )

  53. I’ve done it at other times of the day when my metabolism felt a little sluggy and I needed to speed things up (i.e. if I’m constipated). I really don’t have much of an opinion about doing it multiple times a day unless that’s ALL you’re consuming in a day (I do not think a cleanse with this drink is healthy — it’s too extreme for most individuals since one really should be in good health before undergoing such a restrictive cleanse.). But I certainly don’t think it’s necessary to drink this multiple times a day and worry that it could displace other healthy foods and beverages from your diet.

  54. Hi Nadia,
    I have cayenne pepper growing. Could I use this instead? If so, would have any idea of how much to use?

  55. I do honey-lemon water in the morning. But I will start adding cayenne pepper next as soon as I can get to the store. I use lemon essential oil in place of lemon juice.
    Also curious, has anyone heard of or tried fire cider?

  56. Do you think that Lemon Essential Oil (therapeutic grade) would offer the same benefits as the juice of 1/2 a lemon as you suggested? If so, could you guesstimate about how many drops should be used?

    By the way, my mom and I just LOVE your blog! Keep the posts a-comin’ 🙂

  57. Hi, Michelle! First of all yay! So happy to have you both as readers 🙂 Secondly, to answer your question: I just don’t think essential oils and their whole food forms can really be compared. In this case, the EO would have no impact on body pH or the stimulation of stomach acid, so you’d be missing those benefits. But that’s not to say that it would not be beneficial in other ways.

  58. Would lemon essential oil provide the same results in the water? I use them daily already… Thanks

  59. Does the water have to be warm? Can it be cold and still have the same beneficial effect?

  60. Is it ok to drink this at night before you go to bed like 2 to 3 hours after you’ve eaten dinner?

  61. You can buy cayenne peppers in african shop. Just make sure you are near washroom as you might need it in rush.

  62. I’m drinking 2 tablespoons of organic lemon juice in a 1/4 of a glass of warm water. It’s hard to drink a full glass of water. Is that enough to get the health benefits?

  63. Question. My husband is on BP meds & has started taking cayenne pepper & raw honey drink to help lower blood pressure. Is it safe to continue this long term?

  64. Lemon water is not new to me but with cayenne pepper as an additional to it is very new to me. I will try this as soon as I have those kind of pepper. Thanks Nadia! This post of yours is a gold mine. You’re awesome!

  65. I have been trying warm lemon (1 sm lemon) water with a few drops of lemon oil combined with a squeeze dropper of cayenne oil for a few weeks and was wondering if I was doing it right? I also use a squeeze of tumeric oil in 2 oz of water just before hand. I am not seeing any results to speak of. Is this too short of a time to see results? I am doing this to feel better, not necessarily weight reduction. Please advise.

  66. It works I’m using for weight loss.It help other problems if you have any very very hot! But it’s worth it

  67. I would love to start using this cayeene, but am not sure if we ha crushed ones in my country.
    How do I prepare using fresh cayeene?

  68. Hi
    Just came across this exciting info by chance while I was looking for health benefits of cayenne pepper.for about s month I’ve been drinking a glass of hot water with ginger powder tumeric cinnamon lemon and honey. Then for a week I’ve added cayenne pepper.My bowels are now very regular. I have a motion almost every morning. Feel less bloated when using milk which wasn’t the case previously. Thanx for the articles Nadia

  69. When I first started drinking lemon water, I noticed a strange, almost burning sensation, in my neck for a few days. Maybe this was unrelated, but I felt like it was my lymph nodes detoxing. Anyone else experience anything similar?

  70. Everyone should do their bodies a HUGE favour and take half a teaspoon of cayenne pepper in the morning on an empty stomach. This stuff is a wonder herb!
    I’ve been doing it for about a month 3 times a day, and it has worked wonders for my stomach and my energy levels.
    My stomach had been playing up for a couple of years, and gradually getting worse. I’d been to the doctors several times and was found to have parasites and prescribed 3 lots of antibiotics which didn’t really help but cayenne pepper has helped do what doctors couldn’t seem to help.

    I’d been to the doctors for years due to several other problems that resulted in no energy and sleeping excessively. They tried putting me on a gluten free diet, they said I’ve most likely got IBS, etc. etc. but nothing really seemed to help except for juicing every morning and a very clean strict diet which is hard to maintain but still could be hit and miss.

    Then I found this wonder herb and wow has it changed so much in a short period of time. I used to need minimum 8-10 hours sleep per night and now I can function fine off 5-6 which is unheard of for me. I can just feel the positive effects that it’s having on my body and I can’t thank it highly enough.

    There needs to be more studies into cayenne pepper but obviously the drug companies need synthetic drugs to make their huge profits so they ignore these types of foods.

    Be cautious at first and don’t over do it because it can make you a bit nauseous and bring on diarrhoea. If this happens don’t panic though, just drink some water and if that doesn’t help then get some food into your stomach. I personally think that when this happens, it’s a good thing and is your body using the cayenne pepper to flush toxins, bacteria’s, parasites ect. out of your system because there’s so way they’d be able to survive swimming in a stomach full of cayenne pepper.

    Thanks for the article and although I juice most mornings with lemon as well, I’ll be adding lemon juice to my cayenne drink. Cheers.

  71. Is there a recipe for the maple, pepper and lemon with water ??? I have heard about it but cannot find a way to mix it

  72. Somewhere out there, there absolutely is. I don’t recommend the Master Cleanse as I make very clear, and so you won’t find that here.

  73. Re: water lemon cayenne pepper drink.
    Hello, I have hypothyroidism/hashimoto autoimmune and don’t do cayenne (any type peppers) any suggestions to replace it and get good results?
    Thank you.

  74. I have been doing this for some time, have even just done a cool glass in the mornings in the past, but now warm. I love it, it settles the stomach and the citrus will not cause stomach problems because our stomachs are naturally highly acidic already, and other than the benefits you have listed, it additionally soothes a sore throat and helps to loosen mucus during a cold. Thank you for sharing and I thank God for the natural resources that are available to use and the ability to not overdo things.