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Will Lemon Water Kick You Out of Ketosis

By Dr. Eric Berg DC
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Our Educational Content is Not Meant or Intended for Medical Advice or Treatment

Will drinking lemon water ruin your keto diet? I’ll address your worries here.

Drinking Lemon Water on Keto Diet

Is Lemon Water Good for You?

Healthwise, consuming water with lemon on an empty stomach cleanses your body from toxins. It will help decrease your uric acid to prevent the development of gout and kidney stones. The citrates in the lemon will also help neutralize oxalates from spinach, certain cruciferous vegetables, and other foods. 

Oxalates Definition: Also known as oxalic acid, these bind to minerals in the gut and prevent them from getting absorbed into the body. This can lead to the formation of kidney stones.

Can Lemon Water Detox Help With Ketosis?

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Since lemon is a fruit, it is likely to have fructose in it. But, does it contain too much sugar to keep you from properly maintaining a keto diet? Actually, it doesn’t. An ounce of lemon juice contains only 2 grams of carbs. You’re allowed to have 20 - 50 grams of carbohydrates per day when you’re on the ketogenic diet. Two grams of carbs is a very small amount. Even though it may kick you out of ketosis a very tiny bit, your body will go right back in. Lemon water can give you the same general benefits it gives those who aren’t on keto diet.

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How Should You Consume Lemon Water?

With its low carbohydrate content, going on lemon water cleanse actually works well for ketosis. But only the unsweetened kind. Unprocessed lemons or raw lemons contain high amounts of vitamin C. The bottled ones you buy have been pasteurized, which means that the vitamin C content has been killed.

How to Make Lemon Water a Part of Your Weight Loss Drink

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If you’re on keto diet and trying to lose weight, you can mix together cranberry juice, apple cider vinegar, and unsweetened lemon juice in water. You can use lime as a substitute for lemon if you can’t find the right kind. It would be good to consume 5 glasses of this drink in a day. But, don’t force it when you’re not thirsty.


There are a lot of benefits to drinking lemon water. It can assist in weight loss and keep your diet on track. So, don’t worry about drinking it during ketosis. Continue to consume your lemon water.

Have you tried drinking water lemon during your keto diet? Share your experience in the comments section below.

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