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.

Lemon

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. 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?

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

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

  5. 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…

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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

  10. 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.

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

  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. 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!