How Sea Salt & Lemon Can Help You Hydrate Better

How lemon and sea salt help you hydrate better || Electrolytes are just as important as water when it comes to keeping your body properly hydrated. But no need to buy sugar-filled sports drinks — all you need is some lemon and a pinch of sea salt!

Electrolytes are just as important as water when it comes to keeping your body properly hydrated. But no need to buy sugary sports drinks — lemon and a pinch of sea salt provide natural electrolytes to help you hydrate better!


It seems like “Drink more water!” is the solution to just about everything from acne to a stubbed toe these days.

And so when I start working with new clients, they usually fall into one of these categories:

1) Barely drinking any water

or

2) Dutifully chugging away

But this second one can sometimes be even more detrimental than the first since it can actually flush electrolytes. Yes, there is such a thing as too much water!

Related Post: Hydration 101


Electrolyte balance is key for proper hydration and SO much more.

There’s no doubt about it: proper hydration is critical for good health. Water makes up 55-60% of our bodies and is responsible for a whole host of processes from flushing toxins and moistening oxygen for easier breathing, to transporting nutrients within cells and maintaining normal electrical properties of cells. It’s also vital to the body’s natural healing processes.

Interestingly, if the body’s water content drops by as little as 2%, it will cause fatigue. And chronic dehydration can cause significant health problems, including digestive (since digestion is a process of hydrolysis), cardiovascular, immune, musculoskeletal issues.

But water isn’t the only part of the hydration equation: electrolytes play a key role.

How lemon and sea salt help you hydrate better | sea salt and lemon hydration | Electrolytes are just as important as water when it comes to keeping your body properly hydrated. But no need to buy sugar-filled sports drinks — all you need is some lemon and a pinch of sea salt!

You’ve probably heard about electrolytes before, mots likely in regards to sports drinks (colored with coal-tar-derived artificial colors and carcinogenic artificial sweeteners… not to go off on a tangent or anything!). Many performance athletes know the importance of electrolytes for hydration: water depends on electrolytes for proper absorption.

In fact, if you’re drinking a lot of water but not getting enough electrolytes to compensate, your body can’t hold the water and so can actually get dehydrated. Let’s let that sink in for a moment…

Electrolytes are also necessary for:

  • Nerve impulses
  • Muscle contraction and relaxation*
  • pH balance

*Fun story: I once had a client with inexplicable muscle twitching. All. Day. Long. It drove her nuts. Well lo and behold, when I looked at her food journal, she was drinking over three times more water than she ought to! Once she drastically cut back and started to replenish her electrolytes, the twitching went away. *Magic*


So how can we make sure we have enough electrolytes? Sea salt and lemon!

Yes, that’s it! (Nature, baby. She gives us everything we need.)

Why the sea salt?

I know this one’s always a head-scratcher since many people believe salt dehydrates, which it does in excess. But in moderation, salt actually enables cell hydration as the minerals in salts = electrolytes.

Some great mineral-rich salt options:

Table salt, on the other hand, is stripped of most of its mineral content and should be thought of as a processed food.

And why the lemon?

Citrus fruits contain calcium and potassium, which, when combined with salt, provide a balance for pH and fluid levels in the body.


Want to make a yummy and healthy electrolyte drink with sea salt and lemon?

Check out this recipe Homemade & Healthy Hydrating Electrolyte Drink and happy hydrating 🙂

How lemon and sea salt help you hydrate better || Electrolytes are just as important as water when it comes to keeping your body properly hydrated. But no need to buy sugar-filled sports drinks — all you need is some lemon and a pinch of sea salt!

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  1. I really Pprecitae the tip! I live in Mexico, would lime work as well as lemon? Lemons are hard to find here… 😛
    Muchas gracias!

  2. An easy way to get more lemon in your water is to use a therapeutic grade essential oil. I use either lemon or lime and love the flavor it delivers too!

  3. Thxs!4 th tip about adding sea salt to your drinking water as well! Im was only aware that squeezing lemon in water produces a ph level in the body fluids.

  4. And I was so happy to read what you wrote on water I find this very helpful and great resource to learn by Thank You Much.

  5. Good summation, but ‘Real Salt’ is either one of Himalayan Pink OR Sea Salt, so to provide choices between either Real Salt or ‘Himalayan Pink Sea Salt’ is misleading. Real Salt as a first choice salt implies supermarket denatured table salt.

  6. Just a question. Being that lemon is acidic, would drinking slightly lower pH water be detrimental long term to maybe the teeth (acid erosion) and/or the gut? I’m a hypocrite for saying this because I drink coffee (acidic) but just curious on anyone’s thoughts on whether slightly higher pH water would be better than lower pH?

  7. This is really helpful, as lately I have been severely dehydrated after playing tennis in the heat. It didn´t seem to matter how much water I drank, so I thought maybe somehow my body wasn´t absorbing it all. I am going to try this and see if it helps me recover faster – thanks!

  8. To answer one’s question above about lemon being acidic. Lemons are acidic, but they have an alkalizing effect on the body.

  9. How timely to get this now. I’ve been having problems with dehydration even though I drink plenty of water and have been adding salt to the water and my diet. Had forgotten about the citric component.

  10. I had a right hip replacement and now my orthopedic advised me that my left hip needs to be replaced. Lately I slacked down on my water.Fo I think drinking more water will help?