Lemon Water (AKA Sugar-free Lemon Aid)

| October 31, 2011 | 20 Comments

The most alkaline forming food you can eat is a lemon. Here is a simple way to get some quick alkalizing going into your body. Lemon juice has great digestive qualities so symptoms of indigestion such as heartburn, bloating and belching are often relieved. Also, lemons also help cleanse the body of toxins. Read more benefits below.


1 lemon


  1. Wash lemon well
  2. Cut lemon in half, horizontally
  3. Squeeze each half of a lemon
  4. Add to 2 – 4 cups of water. The lemon juice can be diluted more according to taste.
  5. Add stevia to taste

“The lemon is a wonderful stimulant to the liver and is a dissolvent of uric acid and other poisons, liquefies the bile, and is very good in cases of malaria. Sufferers of chronic rheumatism and gout will benefit by taking lemon juice, also those who have a tendency to bleed, uterine hemorrhages, etc.; rickets and tuberculosis. In pregnancy, it will help to build bone in the child.” – Back to Eden, Mr. Kloss

Nutrition Tip: Fresh lemons are high in Vitamin C and dietary Fiber. It also has Vitamin B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Thiamin, Riboflavin, Pantothenic Acid, Iron and Magnesium and is low in calories.
The stevia in this recipe also has many health benefits.  Read them here:  The Sweet Benefits of Stevia

To read more about alkalizing the body click here:   Balance the Body with Acid/Alkaline Balance.

How much lemon to drink:

  • For a weight of less than 150 pounds, 1 whole lemon a day.
  • For a weight of over 150 pounds, 2 whole lemons a day.

More Delicious Lemon Recipes

Raspberry Lemon Vinaigrette:  This dressing is called a `vinaigrette’ but I do not use vinegar since most vinegar is acid forming.

Light Herb Lemon Olive Oil Salad Dressing:  It’s easier to make than to say it.  Sugar free and low calories.

Asparagus with Lemon Juice:  Two tasty powerfoods together.

Borsch: Lemon is an important ingredient.

Avocado Vegetable Dip:  A healthy party dip that is chemical-free, sugar-free, dairy free, gluten-free…and very delicious

Discover More Uses For Lemons

19 Wonderful Ways to Use Lemons

Learn about the Many Health Benefits of Lemons.

16 Health Benefits of Lemon – the Alkaline Powerfood

Learn More:

Lemon is just ONE of the foods you will learn to use properly at my online bootcamps and 2-5-30 Healthy Diets

About Diana Herrington

I am the Founder and Author at Real Food For Life. Have been teaching cooking classes worldwide since 1982. Create original, healthy recipes and menus, which are gluten free and white sugar free. Also, the author of the GREEN means LEAN and Balance Your Body e-books. I turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar free, gluten free eating and cooking.



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  1. Lee says:

    I have been making this lemonade for quite awhile now, it’s the best tasting lemonade ever!

  2. Randy Fritz says:

    Thanks Lee. I think its great tasting too. I tend to use at least one lemon a day for salad dressings but this adds a lot more!

  3. annie sylvan says:

    thanks for this…wondering if limes are as good or the same? heading to Mexico where limes are readily available.

  4. Flick says:

    we can’t buy stevia in the UK (as far as I know). Do you have an alternative by any chance?

  5. Annie, limes are also very alkaline forming so yes they will work.

    Flick, you can get stevia in the UK; it`s the best to use as it is not acid forming like sugars are. Make sure you get one that is liquid and natural not a white powder. You may be able to buy the green leaves in a health food store.

  6. carolyn sheets says:

    Thank you for this! What great detailed info on their alkalinity. Glad to hear limes are also useful this way – tho are lemons much stronger? What about the organic squeeze bottles i can get at my local co-op? They are not raw juice, so are they acid pH?

  7. Flick says:

    thanks Diana. Good to know.

  8. Carolyn, lemons are a little more alkaline forming. As soon as a juice is heated up it becomes acid forming so the bottles of lemon juice to not work. Fresh is Best. :)

  9. carolyn sheets says:

    Thank you, Diana! So happy to have your informed resource here for us. Wishing you and Randy a healthy, joyful and prosperous 2012!

  10. sandy says:

    Fresh lemon juice in warm water each AM will keep your system “moving”.

  11. Cheryl Mallon-Bond says:

    It mentioned not using vinegar because it is acid forming. I was under the impression that apple cider vinegar was very healthy for you! Is A.C.V. the exception to the rule?

  12. Cheryl, lemons are the most alkaline forming food. Both Umeboshi Vinegar and Apple Cider Vinegar are mildly alkaline forming; they are not acid forming. They are healthy alternatives to include in your diet and do have some very good benefits. For quicker alkalizing lemons are the best.

  13. Terri says:

    I just read above that we should not use Stevia in the white powder form?? Does that make it acidic? I did notice that my Stevia from Trader Joes, has under other ingredients just lactose (milk)…assuming that helps with the texture?

    So is only liquid Stevia alkaline or at least neutral??

    Thanks for your help!

  14. Terri, the stevia white powder is similar to the way many foods are refined like white sugar and white flour. This always makes the food more acid forming. Not all liquid stevia is the same either. Did you read my article Sweet Benefits of Stevia: http://realfoodforlife.com/stevia You will learn more about why and which stevia is the best.

  15. Dee S says:

    I make it without stevia or sugar of any kind. Actually, I peel and eat lemons in the same manner I would peel and eat an orange. BTW, lemon peels are delicious, too!

  16. I often do that too Dee. For some the lemons are to sour so some stevia is good; I like it that way too sometimes.

  17. Cindy Fuller says:

    I understood that eating lemons or straight lemon juice will eat the enamel of your teeth. I have sensitive teeth anyway.

  18. Cindy, if you have sensitive teeth then do not eat lemons on their own or drink straight lemon juice which I would be surprised if you could as they are so sour. Best to dilute them as in this recipe and you could put even more water in. Ask your dentist what he thinks of you having lemon water or salad dressing made with lemon juice. I am sure it would be much better then vinegar. Let me know what your dentist says.

  19. Gregory J says:

    I make Lemon aid/water/juice by putting a 1/2 Organic Lemon (rind, seeds and all) and 2 cups of spring or filtered water in either my Vitamix or NutriBullet (or any other blender if cut up small) and blend well. Pour the contents into a gallon “glass jug” ($5 @ Walmart), top off with water and chill, or over ice. No sugar or any sweetener added. Tastes Great! It’s refreshing, and your body will Thank You! If too strong at first, start with a 1/4 lemon and increase to taste.

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