30 day Lemon water challenge

Lemon Water Challenge

Early in my nutrition and training career, I learned that lemon water is one of the best drinks for weight loss and health.  That very same day I bought a big bag of lemons and have been drinking lemon water ever since.

Lemon water not only quenches thirst better than any other beverage, but it also nourishes the body with vitamins, minerals and trace elements, that are essential for health and metabolic function.

This is why celebrities drink it daily to help them look and feel their best…

That’s also why I recommend it to my clients, mention it in my programs, and talk about it on social media.

Because when something so simple works so well, you can’t stop talking about it.

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The Lemon Water Challenge

That’s why I’m challenging you to start drinking lemon water daily, too.

I created my lemon water challenge to help my clients get the most benefits quickly.

Those who’ve followed my challenge have reported noticeable results including:

  • Reduced bloating
  • Reduced inflammation, aches, and pains
  • Saw brighter, clearer skin
  • Better mood
  • Saw digestive issues improve
  • Didn’t feel as sore after exercise

I find that when people know how they’ll benefit, it makes it easier for them to stick with it.

So before I get into the Challenge details, I’ll explain how lemon water is going to help you lose weight and feel great.

How Lemon Water Helps you Get Fit and Healthy

Here are 6 ways lemon water can help weight loss and health.

Lemon Water Helps Detox the Liver

The liver metabolizes fat and carbs and helps remove toxins from the body.  But your liver can’t burn fat and carbs effectively when it’s overly loaded with toxins.   The liver uses enzymes to help it break down toxic substances to eliminate them.  The liver produces more enzymes from lemon water than from any other food.  Lemon juice can help stimulate the liver to release toxins, making it easier to metabolize fat and carbs.  For more tips on how to detox your liver, check out this article I wrote for Consumer Health Digest.

Lemon Water Helps you Hydrate Better

Lemons contain a good amount of electrolytes such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium.  By adding lemon to the water you drink during and after your workouts, you’ll hydrate better, plus you’ll get a nutritional boost of essential nutrients.

Lemon Water helps Stop Sugar Cravings

One of the best ways to kill a sugar craving is to counteract it with a sour taste.  Lemon juice is borderline intolerably sour on its own.  Diluting it in water makes an unsweetened “lemonade” that can help reduce sugar cravings quickly.

Lemon Water Boosts your Energy

Lemon with water can be considered the best natural energy booster. When we wake up in the morning, our bodily tissues are dehydrated and are in need of water to push out toxins and rejuvenate the cells.   That’s why it’s a key ingredient in my Natural Energy Drink recipe.

Lemon Water Helps you Recover Quicker After Exercise

Water is alkalizing and can help dilute uric acid, the built-up acid that can cause joint pain.  It also helps dilute the lactic acid in your muscles post-workout, so you can recover faster after exercise.  Lemon water can also help reduce inflammation and give you relief from aches and pains.

Lemon Water Helps you Digest Better

Water alone can help relieve constipation.  But lemon juice contains citric acid.  This acid interacts with other digestive enzymes and acids within your digestive system, which can help improve digestion and regulate bowel movements.  With all of that waste flowing you faster, you’ll be able to absorb nutrients better, too.

Ready to soak up these amazing benefits and show your liver some love?

How to do the lemon water challenge

  • Drink at least one glass of lemon water every day, for 30 days.  Bonus points if you drink more than 1 glass.  Double bonus points if you drink nothing but lemon water for the full 30 days.
  • Add 2 teaspoons to 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice into 8 oz of water.  Tip:  Half a fresh lemon at home, then quarter the halves, to get your lemon wedges.  1 to 2 wedges will do for each glass of water.
  • I recommend using filtered water.  Temperature doesn’t matter.  Bonus if you drink lemon water made with room temperature water first thing in the morning, 30 minutes before you eat or drink anything.
  • TIP::  It’s easy to rock the lemon water challenge at restaurants!  Ask for extra lemon and squeeze the wedges into your water.

Are you going to rock this challenge?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Share this challenge with others so they can to do it with you, too.

If you’ve done this challenge, please inspire others by sharing how it helped you in the comments.

Big Love

Your Coach and Biggest Cheerleader




**Originally posted December 7th, 2017**



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  • Patricia Cruz Davis
    Posted at 14:19h, 07 December Reply

    I’m in. I already have lemons.

  • Victoriya
    Posted at 15:28h, 07 December Reply

    I love this article and have tried lemon water but recently I’ve noticed major stomach pains and had to stop. but prior to that I never felt better!! All the benefits you mentioned I experienced. Do you know what could have been the cause of my stomach cramps after drinking lemon water?

    • Christina
      Posted at 09:15h, 12 December Reply

      Hi! I’m not sure what could have caused your stomach pains or if it could have been caused by lemon water. Did the pain start when you started drinking it and end after you stopped? If so, avoid this challenge. If not, it could be caused by something else. Rotating foods can help you pinpoint the root cause of your stomach pain. I hope you feel better. xo

      • Victoriya
        Posted at 15:48h, 14 December Reply

        Thanks for answering. It started after but I am trying it again after eliminating it. I love your blog. Thanks for your great advice

  • Donna clarke
    Posted at 17:06h, 07 December Reply

    Lemon water is great! You really do see results with your skin & less sugar cravings. Thank you so much for reminding me☺???

  • Marya Pallin
    Posted at 09:57h, 08 December Reply

    This was really interesting 🙂 I also looked up a few things about the effect of fake sugar on the liver so, hmm, need to cut down there as much as possible 🙂 I’ve been eating a lot of peppermint lozenges because I quit nicotine. If ur interested: http://www.kolozzeum.com/forum/showthread.php?t=225779
    Thankyou for this blogg by the way, it is always inspiring 🙂 xo Marya Pallin

  • Alaysha Durall
    Posted at 16:07h, 14 December Reply

    I drink lemon water quite frequently but will be more mindful now of how much I’m drinking.

    • Christina
      Posted at 16:03h, 21 December Reply

      Awesome!! It helped me be more aware of my intake, too. : )

  • Deb Moe
    Posted at 13:56h, 18 December Reply

    Lemon does contain citrus. I have noticed sometimes it burns more when having a bowel movement.

  • Pinky Edwards
    Posted at 14:00h, 09 July Reply

    Yesssss I have OFFICIALLY STARTED ? day 1 : July 9 , 2018 I will keep it up for 30 days

  • Lisa Childs
    Posted at 11:18h, 17 August Reply

    I can do this! Will be hitting up the farmers market to get a WHOLE BUNCH of lemons. I will start on Sunday morning!

    • Christina
      Posted at 12:49h, 22 August Reply

      Woo! I’m so happy to hear you’re giving this a try. It’s super easy. Keep us posted on your progress. xoxo CC

  • Kristie S
    Posted at 19:25h, 17 August Reply

    I did this challenge and drank lemon water nonstop for 4 weeks. I’ve noticed a huge difference in my skin and bloating! I lost 4 pounds too. Thanks for being a great coach and cheerleader Christina! I love your stuff!! It always works wonders for me.

    • Christina
      Posted at 12:48h, 22 August Reply

      Awwwwww yay!! Thanks so much Kristie. I’m so happy to have you in my fit family 🙂 xxoo

  • Barbara Garduno
    Posted at 19:31h, 17 August Reply

    I have been drinking lemon water for the past 5 years 8 glasses usually continuously all day. The only thing it has done for me is it tastes good better than drinking plain water. However, your statement of reducing bloating and skin feeling better and looking better, etc. Is totally BS.

    • Christina
      Posted at 12:44h, 22 August Reply

      Hi Barbara! Good point! Thanks for the opportunity to clarify!

      For this ‘mini-detox’ challenge, the lemon water helps the liver purge toxins. The lemon juice helps to alkalize and boost vitamin C (anti-oxidant) intake. The lemon water isn’t detoxing… it’s helping your cells purge toxins and helping the liver do its 500+ functions better.

      But, if you’re exposed to other things that impair liver function and that are toxin-heavy… yeah this isn’t going to do much since the benefits are being undone with other things. There are literally dozens of things that can affect your skin and cause bloat… so drinking lemon water alone isn’t going to help much if you’re still exposed to things that cause bloat and breakouts.

      A true detox boosts your liver’s natural excretory functions and helps flush out more toxins and when that happens sometimes the skin will breakout… In that case, breaking out it’s a ‘good’ thing because it means the detox is working. It also indicates the need for a lot of extra liver support. But, bloat is trickier. That could be caused by a TON of things… You can eat and exercise perfectly, drink lemon water, and have a liver that’s 100% healthy… but if you’re stressed you can get bloated.

      Hormones, food, sleep, elimination habits, microbiome imbalance, coping skills/mindset, inflammation, allergies, carb intake, sodium intake, alcohol consumption, and many many other factors can contribute to bloating.

      If you’re bloated all the time that’s a big red flag… because you’re not supposed to be. And if you have something bigger going on… lemon water can help but won’t cause much of a difference unless the root cause of your symptoms is addressed.

      I’d recommend my Reset Cleanse. It helps resolve root causes and can help clear up your skin in 7 days. https://www.christinacarlyle.com/programs/ If you’re still bloated after that, go see medical attention.

  • Sandra
    Posted at 23:34h, 17 August Reply

    Thanks for the reminder . I used to drink
    Lemon water and stopped for a while now, but will definitely restart this drink.

    • Christina
      Posted at 12:26h, 22 August Reply

      Awesome 🙂

  • Alma negrete
    Posted at 11:18h, 19 August Reply

    Christina, i always like reading your blogs! They keep me inspired when I feel down for not seeing the results I want. I will do this lemon challenge for 30 days but, what is the best meal plan that we should follow while doing this?

  • Kristin Moritz
    Posted at 21:36h, 19 August Reply

    Can I leave the lemon wedge in my glass and keep refilling it?

    • Christina
      Posted at 12:25h, 22 August Reply

      You can… but that would dilute the juice. And if they’re not organic lemons the pesticides and residues from the out shell will end up in your water. It’s best to use fresh juice every time and only squeeze the juice into the water… not throw the wedge into the water. Make sense?

  • Kimberley
    Posted at 05:58h, 25 September Reply

    Ive started drinking lemon with a tea spoon of honey with boiled water for my cold .not only is it relieving my cold but im not as bloated so it must do something for your health .plus ive only done it for 3 days so im going to drink it every day now.

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