Warm lemon water causes nausea

by Sue Hopwood
(New Zealand)

I sometimes feel nauseated and slight discomfort when I drink my half squeezed lemon in warm water upon waking.

I generally follow this with a cup of tea within the next 5 minutes. Is this ok to still reap the benefits of the lemon on my digestive tract and liver?

Am I possibly having too much lemon? And not diluting enough or could it be I have stomach ulcer?

I have a very nutritious low-carb, high-protein diet and I am extremely active. I am female 46 yrs.


It is hard to say what is causing the nausea and discomfort. It could be any number of reasons, including what you eat or drink in the evening.

You might want to experiment with using less lemon juice in water, as you suggested. For example, use 1/4 lemon in 8 to 12 ounces of water.

If this still causes discomfort, I would suggest you try a different time of day, not first thing in the morning. Either after breakfast, mid-afternoon or evening, whatever works with your schedule.

Or try having the tea first thing followed by the lemon water. I am not aware of any type of tea that would diminish the benefits of the lemon water.

Nancy Hearn, CNC

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