Lemon Water Helps with Adrenal Fatigue

I recently discovered that warm lemon water also helps with a condition known as adrenal fatigue, which when I began researching I realized is something that I've suffered from for a long time.

What is adrenal fatigue?

Adrenal fatigue is a collection of signs and symptoms, known as a syndrome, that results when the adrenal glands function below the necessary level.

Most commonly associated with intense or prolonged stress, it can also arise during or after acute or chronic infections, especially respiratory infections such as influenza, bronchitis or pneumonia.

As the name suggests, its paramount symptom is fatigue that is not relieved by sleep but it is not a readily identifiable entity like measles or a growth on the end of your finger.

You may look and act relatively normal with adrenal fatigue and may not have any obvious signs of physical illness, yet you live with a general sense of unwellness, tiredness or "gray" feelings.

People experiencing adrenal fatigue often have to use coffee, colas and other stimulants to get going in the morning and to prop themselves up during the day. (from AdrenalFatigue.org)

Today was the 3rd day with the warm lemon water first thing in the morning. I have to admit, it's not my preferred morning beverage, and I still do have coffee about an hour afterward (which I'm cutting down on and hoping to eliminate soon).

The first half of the lemon water goes down easily, but by the time I'm half way though I feel a bit lemoned out...lol, but with so many benefits, I'm sucking it up (no pun intended).

Thanks for the info you shared, a couple of new things in there I hadn't seen in the other articles I read.

Nancy's comment: Thank you for sharing. If you are having a hard time getting the lemon water down, you might want to reduce the amount of lemon in the beginning until your taste buds adjust.

I usually recommend drinking just 1/4 lemon for each 8 to 12 ounces of water to start. Ideally, you will want to increase that to 1/2 lemon in 8 to 12 ounces of water twice a day for optimal benefits.

However, the key is to put just enough lemon in the water that you will continue to drink it daily ongoing. And you know that if you don't like the taste, eventually you will stop drinking it.

So put just enough lemon in it that you can easily get it down. And then increase the amount of lemon when you feel you need it most, e.g., if you feel a cold coming on, exercising more, excess stress, etc.

I hope you can come back here after a while and tell us that your adrenal fatigue symptoms are reduced!!

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Warm lemon water makes me EXTREMELY tired
by: Kelley

Has anyone experienced this?? I drank warm lemon water on an empty stomach and within an hour felt extremely tired. Repeated it again two days later, same thing occurred again!
I than decided to try it in the evening. It did cause me to have a great night sleep, I wake up often within one night, but I wasn’t as sedated as I was drinking it on an empty stomach.
So, my question is why?? Why does warm lemon water make me extremely tired?? I need the science behind this. 😊

Thanks in advance,

Adding stevia to lemon water
by: Anonymous

I have just started drinking lemon water about a week ago. To take the bite out of the water, I add a little Stevia. Is that going to affect the results in any way?


I am not a food scientist, but I don't think adding stevia will diminish the benefits of lemon water. Of all the choices of sweeteners, stevia is the best choice for a number of reasons.

Lemon juice for adrenal fatigue
by: Carmel

Hello. Think I have adrenal fatigue, am drinking lemon juice most days. It doesn't have to be warm, and it doesn't need lots of water.

Sometimes I just drink four lemons juice as they are or mix with another fruit juice. You can email me at rychhmo@aol.com if you wish to discuss this. The juice must be fresh not bought from a shop where it is pasteurised and heated so much it has no goodness and is full of sugar.


If you are drinking the juice of four lemons straight with no water or with a little juice, I highly recommend you rinse your mouth with water right away after drinking. To all our readers, please note our cautions below about drinking lemon water:


Lemon allergies or ulcers. Most any adult (12 years and older) can drink lemon in water (in varying dilutions based on size, weight, and taste preferences) other than those with known lemon allergies or ulcers. Consult your health practitioner if in doubt.

Teeth enamel. One of the drawbacks of drinking lemon juice on a daily basis is that the citric acid from the lemon can eat away at tooth enamel. There are a few things you can do to prevent this. Drinking your lemon water with a straw can help somewhat. In addition, I recommend you swish your mouth with clean water after drinking lemon water. If you are drinking more than 1/2 lemon in water once a day, I recommend adding a pinch of baking soda in filtered water (slightly alkaline) to neutralize the lemon acid left on your teeth. Or you can brush your teeth with a natural toothpaste, preferably a baking soda toothpaste, after drinking lemon water--especially if you drink it at night. You don't want the citric acid residue to sit on your teeth all night.

Detoxification. Lemon water aids in cleansing and detoxification. However, increasing the amount of lemon water you drink too quickly can cause uncomfortable detoxification symptoms such as headache, tiredness, or bowel changes.

Children. We do not recommend children under 12 years old drink lemon water on a daily basis. In most cases, healthy children simply do not need it. However, if a child is having issues with constipation or has cold or flu symptoms, you could add fresh-squeezed lemon juice (1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon) to about 8 to 12 ounces of water, which the child could sip on throughout the day. Adding sugar would defeat the purpose, but a small amount of honey would be ok as needed for taste. As always, parents should consult with their pediatrician as needed or if the child has a specific health condition.

Nancy Hearn, CNC

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