Will lemon water interfere with my medications?

by Diane
(SD)

Taking medications with lemon water?

Taking medications with lemon water?

QUESTION:

I'm suppose to take my thyroid medication on an empty stomach each morning. I also take my water tablet at this time.

When should I drink the lemon water? I don't want the lemon water to interfere with my medication.

ANSWER:

As always, it is important to consult with your physician about medications. Every medication has different contraindications with food, beverages and supplements. Thus, I can't advise since I don't know all the details and I am not a medical practitioner.

What I would do if I were in your shoes is that I would ask my doctor how long after taking the medication I should wait to eat or drink anything.

Thus, in the morning I would take the medication, wait whatever time frame my doctor advised (I would guess it would probably be about 30 minutes) and then drink the lemon water.

Ideally, you would want to drink lemon water about 20 to 30 minutes before breakfast to help with digestion and utilization of nutrients from your food.

Drinking lemon water in the morning is the most beneficial time to take it because doing so will help flush out the toxins that your body has collected for elimination throughout the night, while you were sleeping.

But if waiting to drink lemon water after your medication and before breakfast does not work out with your morning schedule, I would just drink your lemon water about 30 minutes before lunch or dinner if possible.

And if you have a full-time job during the day, then you could always drink the lemon water about two hours after dinner. This would also be beneficial to assist your body's natural detoxification process that occurs while you sleep. However, you don't want to drink too much water right before bed for obvious reasons.

Bottom line: Don't worry too much about when you drink lemon water throughout the day. It will be beneficial at anytime.

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Oct 15, 2016
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Lemon and thyroid
by: Anonymous

Why not take your thyroid medication before you go to bed? As long as you take it two or three hours after you have eaten you should be fine. Somebody else suggested this to me who also takes thyroid medication.

Mar 27, 2016
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Lemon water instead of sodas
by: Carolyn A. Wright

For the 40 days of Lent I went on a "No Snack Food Diet" with some of my Facebook Friends. The diet only calls for doing it for 21 days, but I decided to do it for the whole 40 days of Lent.

The diet involves...No fast foods, no chips, crackers, sodas, pastries, donuts, biscuits, cookies, muffins, ice cream, cake, candy, chocolate, or white bread. I now have developed the habit of drinking lemon water all throughout the day as a regular beverage.

I can't say that I've lost weight because I didn't weigh in before I started the diet, but drinking the lemon water in two or three mouths-full at a time, has weaned me off of sodas.

Am I doing something wrong with this new drink that I've discovered that I like?

Response

Carolyn, just the fact that the lemon water has helped you to wean off the sodas is a huge health advantage (especially considering the amount of caffeine, sugar, artificial sweeteners and other chemicals that are in most sodas). So, congratulations on that!

Is it possible to overdo the lemon in water? I think so. Be sure to read the Cautions on this page

Drinking Lemon in Water - How Much, How Often, Hot or Cold?

But more importantly, nothing replaces the body's need for plain H2O. Water is water and it is irreplaceable in the body for many biochemical reasons. Adding lemon or other juices to water changes it.

The lemon water is still a fluid that will provide hydration and the other benefits of lemon juice, but it should not completely replace one's intake of plain water throughout the day.

Thus, I generally recommend only adding lemon juice to water once or twice a day and then drinking clean, filtered water the rest of the day.

If you haven't already done so, you might want to read our article

Health Benefits of Drinking Water - The Healthy Cell Concept


Dec 29, 2015
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Lemons and your thyroid
by: Anonymous

Yes, lemon water will interfere with your thyroid medication, because it has iron in the lemon and you have to leave a few hours from iron when taking your thyroid meds.

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