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10 Health Benefits of Ginger Lemon Juice in the Morning

Ginger’s healing powers have been embraced by many cultures for centuries. 

The medicinal root packs a powerful nutritional punch and is loaded with vitamins and minerals like potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. 

But adding lemon to the mix brings it to a whole other level. 

That’s where ginger lemon juice comes in. 

The health benefits of ginger lemon juice are as powerful as it sounds. From enhancing the state of the immune system to helping remediate the digestive tract and fighting cancer, ginger lemon juice is one drink you should be drinking regularly. 

While you can consume these ingredients separately, the combination of the two makes it a powerful duo that enhances the state and function of all cells in the body.

10 Health Benefits of Ginger Lemon Juice

Ginger and lemon work synergistically with one another to provide your body with some pretty miraculous benefits.

Here are 10 health benefits of ginger lemon juice you simply can’t ignore:

1. Improves Digestion

Researchers believe that because ginger and its metabolites collect in the digestive tract that this is why so many of its benefits are gut-focused (1)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

Ginger is a digestive stimulant, meaning it gets the digestive juices flowing and improves how well your body digests food. 

Studies have found that ginger triggers the production of trypsin and pancreatic lipase, two enzymes that help us digest protein and fat, respectively (2)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health. It has also been found to increase gastric motility in healthy volunteers (3)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

Another way ginger assists with our digestion is that it stimulates digestive juices like hydrochloric acid from the stomach and bile from the liver and gall bladder. This makes ginger a preferable supplement to have on hand when you’re about to consume a relatively large meal. 

In terms of treating gastrointestinal disorders, ginger is useful for those who tend to get bloated or constipated. A study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand found that ginger can help relax the intestines during an irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) flare-up (4)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health. Other studies have found similar, with ginger helping provide IBS relief in over 53.3% of participants (5)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

2. Strengthens the Immune System

Ginger is a great herb for helping bolster the immune system. This is in large part because of its high concentration of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. 

Chronic inflammation puts a lot of stress on the immune system by keeping it on constant high alert. By doing so, it weakens the ability of the immune system to work properly and fight disease (6)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health

The bioactive molecules of ginger like gingerols help fight free radicals in the body, which play a role in heart disease, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer and aging (7)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health. By consuming ginger, you help reduce your risk of these diseases by strengthening your immunity. 

Lemons, on the other hand, are high in vitamin C, a natural antioxidant that enhances the immune system (8)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health. They also have antiviral and antibacterial properties. 

3. Helps Reduce Nausea

Ginger has been used by pregnant women for centuries in order to help alleviate nausea and vomiting — and science has proven its effectiveness in doing so. 

Several double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled clinical trials have shown that ginger consumption is effective and safe in helping prevent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy (9)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health, (10)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

Ginger has even been reported as effective as dimenhydrinate in treating nausea and vomiting in pregnancy with fewer side effects (11)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

Ginger has also been recommended to combat nausea associated with chemotherapy (12)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health

Lemons are also a popular treatment for morning sickness and nausea as they contain neutralizing acids that form bicarbonates — compounds that help relieve nausea. 

4. Improves Kidney Function

This may come to a surprise, but ginger and lemon both help improve the function and state of the kidneys. 

In diabetic rat models, ginger significantly increased antioxidant capacity in rats supplemented with the rhizome. These supplemented diabetic rats also had significantly reduced nephropathy, a disease of the kidneys caused by damage to the small blood vessels (13)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

And if you’re someone who suffers from kidney stones, you’ll be pleased to find out that lemons actually help prevent them from forming in the first place. Lemons contain citrate, which helps prevent calcium from building up and forming stones in your kidneys (14). 

5. Reduces Inflammation

One of my favorite health benefits of ginger lemon juice is by far its ability to reduce chronic inflammation in the body. 

Ginger is a well-known anti-inflammatory. It contains anti-inflammatory compounds called gingerols, which inhibit the production of nitric oxide (15)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health. Under normal conditions, nitric oxide would form damaging free radicals called peroxynitrites that inflame and damage our organs and cells.

Gingerol also acts on vanilloid receptors, which are located on our sensory nerve endings. Researchers have found that ginger’s initial burn affects the pain pathways directly, but also relives the inflammation, which in itself causes pain. 

The antioxidants in lemons are also powerful anti-inflammatory agents that scavenge free radicals that would normally contribute to a heightened inflammatory response. 

6. Protects Against Cancer

Several studies have investigated the anti-cancer potential of ginger and its role in fighting lung, prostate, ovarian, colon, breast, skin and pancreatic cancers. 

This can be largely attributed to gingerols, the bioactive components found in high quantities in raw ginger. 

Gingerols have been found to inhibit the effects of NF-kB and a variety of other factors that trigger cancer cell growth (16)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

Other studies have found that ginger induces apoptosis (programmed cell death) in cancerous cells (17)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

Lemons and other citrus fruits have demonstrated potential in reducing cancer risk. 

Some studies have found that people who eat the most citrus fruit have a lower risk of cancer (18)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health. Researchers believe that certain plant compounds found in lemons like limonene and naringenin could have anti-cancer effects (19)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health

7. Aids Weight Loss

Ginger is often found in fat-burning supplements because of its metabolism-boosting effects. Research has found that eating ginger with other foods actually helps increase the thermic effect of those foods, therefore helping you burn more calories than you would without it (20)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

A meta-analysis of studies investigating ginger’s weight-loss benefits found that ginger has a significant effect on body weight and belly fat (waist-to-hip ratio) (21)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health

8. Boosts Nutrient Absorption

Many people don’t absorb all the nutrients from the foods they eat. In fact, the average person absorbs anywhere between 10-90 percent of the vitamins and minerals in their food. This is largely due to the number of processed foods people consume, and excessive mucus that lines the digestive tract.

Ginger helps promote regular digestion and metabolism of your food and is therefore a great addition to your diet if you’re having trouble absorbing nutrients. It does so by stimulating gastric and pancreatic enzyme secretion (22)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health.

The vitamin C in lemon also improves iron absorption from plants, so if you combine ginger and lemon with some beets, then you’ll actually help your body absorb more iron from the beets!

9. Helps Eliminate Cellulite

Ginger and lemon are well known for their cellulite-reducing capabilities.

Both ginger and lemon help tone and cleanse out the lymphatic system, which is the main system in the body responsible for producing cellulite in the first place. 

Because cellulite is a by-product of lymphatic system blockage, it is best treated by stimulating lymph flow. 

Ginger and lemon are excellent toners of the lymphatic system. The acids in lemon and the warming properties of ginger help break down the accumulation of toxins in the fine lymphatic vessels, helping to improve lymph flow. 

10. Can Help Lower Blood Sugar

Ginger is useful for helping lower blood sugar, which is great for those who are diabetic, trying to lose weight or both. 

A study on individuals with type 2 diabetes found that just two grams of ginger powder per day lowered blood glucose levels by twelve percent, and improved HbA1c (denotes long-term blood sugar levels), significantly. Over a period of twelve weeks, this led to a ten percent reduction in blood sugar levels (23)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health. Quite impressive!

Lemon juice has also been shown to help diabetics control their symptoms, especially when taken at meal time. Researchers from the Université Paris-Saclay discovered that lemon juice slows the body’s digestive system, thereby delaying the conversion of carbohydrate into sugar (24)✓ Trusted ResourcePubMed CentralHighly respected database from the National Institutes of Health

Their findings suggest that lemon juice could help level spikes in blood sugar that often follow a large meal. 

How to Make Ginger Lemon Juice

Making ginger lemon juice isn’t that difficult of a task. All you really need is some ginger and lemon, and a juicer (or a blender and fine-mesh strainer).

Some people may find ginger and lemon alone a bit too tart. If you’re not just making a ginger lemon shot, but instead would rather drink it in larger format (say 1-2 cups worth), then you may want to consider adding fruit to make it more palatable.

The juicer that I use is the Omega NC800HDS. While any masticating juicer should work, this is the juicer I’ve been using for years without fail. I’ve also heard great things about Greenstar!

Alternatively, you can also use a high-speed blender like the Vitamix and then strain your juice in a nut-milk bag. While I’d always suggest juicing with an actual juicer, as it extracts nutrients better, if you’re tight on cash and can’t afford a juicer, the blend and strain method is always better than nothing.

I also suggest leaving the peel on the ginger. The peel comes with its own separate benefits that you wouldn’t otherwise receive by taking it off. Leave on the peel if you can!

Here are some ginger lemon juice recipes you can start with:

Ginger Lemon Juice Shots

The basic – ginger lemon juice. Take this as a shot in the morning to get your day going.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw ginger, unpeeled
  • 2 lemons, peeled

Method:

  1. Run ingredients through a juicer, or blend in a blender and strain.
  2. Drink immediately.

Apple Ginger Lemon Juice

Taking the ginger lemon juice shots up a notch by adding some apple. This will make it more palatable if you’re not extreme enough for straight ginger lemon shots.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw ginger, unpeeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 2 apples

Method:

  1. Run ingredients through a juicer, or blend in a blender and strain.
  2. Drink immediately.

Carrot Apple Ginger Lemon Juice

This makes a delicious warming juice that is perfect for revving up your metabolism in the morning.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw ginger, unpeeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1 apple
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled

Method:

  1. Run ingredients through a juicer, or blend in a blender and strain.
  2. Drink immediately.

Celery Ginger Lemon Juice

This juice is a little milder but incredibly healing and grounding. Celery juice is good on its own in the morning, but adding some ginger and lemon to it enhances its benefits.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw ginger, unpeeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 10 ribs of celery

Method:

  1. Run ingredients through a juicer, or blend in a blender and strain.
  2. Drink immediately.

Turmeric Ginger Lemon Juice Shots

This super anti-inflammatory combo tastes extreme but really gets to work on healing different parts of the body. You can add a little sweetener like maple syrup or honey if you want to make it more palatable.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup raw ginger, unpeeled
  • 1 lemon, peeled
  • 1/4 cup raw turmeric, unpeeled

Method:

  1. Run ingredients through a juicer, or blend in a blender and strain.
  2. Drink immediately.

You can experiment with ginger lemon juice by adding some of your favorite fruits and veggies to the mix. Don’t be afraid to experiment with it!

Best Time to Drink Ginger Lemon Juice

While there is no harm in drinking ginger lemon juice at any time of the day, it does tend to work best on an empty stomach. When you drink it on an empty stomach in the morning, you get the digestive juices working so that you can better absorb your breakfast and other meals throughout the day. 

If you really cannot stomach ginger lemon juice straight in the morning, then you’ll still reap the benefits if you drink it later in the day. Just remember to drink it on a relatively empty stomach. Juices tend to absorb and work best in the body when your stomach isn’t also digesting other food stuffs.

For example, if you eat lunch around 12 or 1 pm, try to drink your juice at least 2-3 hours later, so around 3-4 pm.

The Bottom Line

Ginger lemon juice provides the body with a host of benefits that help assist digestion, boost immunity, reduce inflammation and so much more. 

While you can take ginger lemon juice shots in the morning, if it happens to be too strong, you can add in other ingredients like apples and celery to help reduce the potency. 

The health benefits of ginger lemon juice are strongest in the morning when the stomach has had the chance to rest overnight, but you will still reap similar benefits if consumed later in the day. Any ginger lemon juice is better than none at all. 

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