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.

Lemon and Cayenne Pepper Water || Lemon and cayenne pepper water is touted as a detoxifying and metabolism-boosting natural remedy.


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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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.

  6. 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?

  7. 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

  8. 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?

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