Salt in Water & Lemon Juice? Nope!

The Wrong Treatment

Lately I see many websites popping up referencing an article I wrote (this site apparently is down till the 21st of March as it is migrated to a new site) about two years ago, distorting it to the point that drinking the kind of hydration they recommend can actually be harmful. One of these sites is here that is actually linking directly to my article as if what is in their article is what is in mine but that is wrong.

Lately so many articles are popping up with the wrong information that I though it is important to write the correct information so that migraineurs don’t get hurt. It is also important to make sure that a well-intended article is not allowed to be twisted to bits and made fake.

So first, I discuss the importance of hydration; next why salt and why not just salt; why not a ton of salt; and finally why not lemon.

The Importance of Hydration

Hydration is elementary for our body. On average, a man’s body is about 70% water and a woman’s body is about 55%. The difference comes from the amount of fat a female body contains when it is healthy, which is much more than men have. Obviously not everyone fits the mold so the amount of water is somewhere between 55% and 70% for most everyone. This means that if we grab an average 140 lbs female, her water will weigh minimum 77 lbs. That is a lot of water. A man who may weigh 160 lbs, his water weighs approximately 112 lbs. So when we talk about water, you know we really are talking about the most important substance in your body. However water does not do anything in the body without help from various minerals, such as sodium chloride (salt), potassium, etc. In other words, water is used to create electrolyte. It is not meant to be just going into your body by entering through your mouth and come out the other end in 10 minutes. It also isn’t supposed to be clear water-color and transparent as some TV doctor suggested on his show because of which many people aim at completely clear urine.  That is wrong. That means the water you drank did not do anything in your body.

Possible causes for clear light urine color:

  • You are drinking too much water
  • You are eating too much carbs
  • You are not eating a balanced potassium and sodium mix
  • Your kidneys are in trouble
  • You have diabetes type 2
  • You urinate too often
  • You are taking diuretics and/or medicines

Possible causes for dark urine color:

  • You are drinking too little water
  • Your kidneys are in trouble
  • You are urinating too seldom
  • You are severely dehydrated by tea, alcohol, or medicines

The proper urine color is transparent yellow. Unfortunately those of you taking vitamins will have a hard time checking the true color. But if you deviate much from the healthy color, it is time to consider revising your hydration.

Why Salt & Why Not Just Salt?

Salt is a great element without which there is no life. A person’s body is filled with several lbs of salt. We lose salt as we breathe, sweat, talk, etc. It is lost together with water. We also urinate it out so it needs to be replaced. We cannot make salt but we are made of salt water so we must eat salt. Salt creates the type of voltage cells use to generate action potential for the brain and the heart and other cells. It is especially critical for both the brain and the heart,

Action potential changes the shape of the cell’s membrane to allow voltage gated pumps to open and close. Resting potential is when the cell is “charging up” for the next action potential. Action and resting potentials are powered by the substances in electrolyte. Salt, a key electrolyte mineral, breaks up in the body into ions of sodium (Na+) and chloride (Cl) and they must remain mobile. Sodium moves out of the cells in exchange of potassium (K+) moving in; potassium is another key substance in electrolyte. Thus eating salt is not enough. A proper brain needs salt and potassium and a lot of other minerals, collectively found in the electrolyte, that generate voltage and transport nutrients into the cells and toxins out of the cells.

Why is that important for migraineurs?

Migraine is not an illness but a condition in which the brain is fighting an inability to generate action potential. This is shown in the scanner as cortical depression–these are regions of zero electrical activity. A migraine brain is anatomically different from a non-migraine brain. The original Stanton Migraine Protocol® teaches you how to ensure proper voltage supply for your brain at all times, preventing the formation of cortical depression regions. Since electrolytes are important in the prevention of such regions, the entire spectrum of elements in electrolytes are important to maintain. Dumping a bunch of salt into a glass of water with some lemon will not help in creating proper electrolyte. Drinking electrolyte water types sold in stores will also not provide proper electrolyte balance. Migraine brain is so different from other brains that keeping electrolyte in balance requires a lot more than adding salt to water; other things are also important. These are discussed in the Stanton Migraine Protocol® extensively.

Why Not A Ton Of Salt?

Salt is great but it needs to have proper balance with potassium. Add too much salt without enough potassium and  exchange of sodium (from inside the cells to the outside) is not possible and thus no old (used) water can be released by your cells and it cannot be replaced with fresh water either so the water runs past your cells.

This can cause toxicity to the cells. This also causes the water to be urinated out within 10 minutes from your drinking it, because all your cells are fully saturated and cannot let more water in. Thus too much salt can prevent hydration! The articles that mention “migraine cure” by drinking salt water with lemon juice recommend 2 teaspoons of salt in a glass of water–here is an example–and there are many more out there with the same message. That much salt is twice the USDA recommended daily maximum! It can seriously hurt you. 

Why Not Lemon?

Lemon is a great fruit. It is a fruit that has sugar and very little potassium. It does not taste sweet (nor do many alcohols or vinegar that are also sugar) but it is sugar. An average lemon has 3.2 grams of carbs in its juice and since 4 grams of carbs is equal to a teaspoon of sugar, a lemon is almost a teaspoon of sugar. You may not think much of that but one of the key reasons migraines hit is because of sugar. Why this is happening is explained in the Stanton Migraine Protocol®. Thus drinking a migraine-causing sugary drink with a tremendous amount of oversupply of salt and with way too little potassium (a wedge of lemon has only 6 mg potassium) will do only one thing: make you throw up, as it happened so far with all who tried it among those who joined my program for migraine prevention and treatment.

For reference, the USDA RDA (recommended daily allowance) for sodium is between 1500 mg and 2400 mg sodium (2400 mg is 1 teaspoon) based on age and health and between 3500 mg and 4700 mg potassium. Migraineurs have different energy need because of their highly over sensitized brains with more sensory neuron receptor connections. Migraine-brains use more voltage. With the numerous articles on the internet recommending 2 teaspoons of salt in water and a wedge of lemon, they mix 4800 mg sodium and 6 mg potassium. Compare that to the USDA RDA. The the Stanton Migraine Protocol® uses slightly different ratio compared with the USDA but not by much. The Stanton Migraine Protocol® uses other knowledge to prevent migraine and not salt and lemon. The the Stanton Migraine Protocol® in not a salt protocol by any stretch of the imagination. 

If you have migraines or know someone who does, please advise them to not drink the toxic mixture of 2 teaspoons of salt and lemon in water because it may hurt them! Please share to be sure that those who are inclined to try, do not! And though many places refer to this mix as the Stanton Migraine Protocol®, it has nothing to do with the Stanton Migraine Protocol® so please avoid!

Thank you for your help!! Please share!

Comments are welcome, as always!



About Angela A Stanton, Ph.D.

Angela A Stanton, PhD, is a Neuroeconomist focusing on chronic pain--migraine in particular--physiology, electrolyte homeostasis, nutrition, and genetics. She lives in Southern California. Her current research is focused on migraine cause, prevention, and treatment without the use of medicine. As a forever migraineur from childhood, her discovery was helped by experimenting on herself. She found the cause of migraine to be at the ionic level, associated with disruption of the electrolyte homeostasis, resulting from genetic variations of all voltage dependent channels, gates, and pumps (chanelopathy) that modulate electrolyte mineral density and voltage in the brain. In addition, insulin and glucose transporters, and several other variants, such as MTHFR variants of B vitamin methylation process and many others are different in the case of a migraineur from the general population. Migraineurs are glucose sensitive (carbohydrate intolerant) and should avoid eating carbs as much as possible. She is working on her hypothesis that migraine is a metabolic disease. As a result of the success of the first edition of her book and her helping over 5000 migraineurs successfully prevent their migraines world wide, all ages and both genders, and all types of migraines, she published the 2nd (extended) edition of her migraine book "Fighting The Migraine Epidemic: Complete Guide: How To Treat & Prevent Migraines Without Medications". The 2nd edition is the “holy grail” of migraine cause, development, and prevention, incorporating all there is to know. It includes a long section for medical and research professionals. The book is full of academic citations (over 800) to authenticate the statements she makes to make it easy to follow up by those interested and to spark further research interest. It is a "Complete Guide", published on September 29, 2017. Dr. Stanton received her BSc at UCLA in Mathematics, MBA at UCR, MS in Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University, PhD in Economics with dissertation in neuroscience (culminating in Neuroeconomics) at Claremont Graduate University, fMRI certification at Harvard University Medical School at the Martinos Center for Neuroimaging for experimenting with neurotransmitters on human volunteers, certification in LCHF/ketogenic diet from NN (Nutrition Network), certification in physiology (UPEN via Coursea), Nutrition (Harvard Shool of Public Health) and functional medicine studies. Dr. Stanton is an avid sports fan, currently power weight lifting and kickboxing. For relaxation (yeah.. about a half minute each day), she paints and photographs and loves to spend time with her family of husband of 45 years, 2 sons and their wives, and 2 granddaughters. Follow her on Twitter at: @MigraineBook, LinkedIn at and facebook at
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8 Responses to Salt in Water & Lemon Juice? Nope!

  1. Be Healthy says:

    Richard why would you advise lemon and salt??? This article specifically states not to do so… It is not recommended to take lemon for migraine (lemon is carbs, i.e. sugar) so don’t blame me if you did what I said not to do!



  2. Richard says:

    I advised a friend who said she had migraines all her life to use lemon and salt now I got a headache,thanks alot


  3. Be Healthy says:

    Dear Prachi,

    One lemon is 5.6 net grams of carbs. Not sure you are aware that 4 grams = 1 teaspoon of sugar equivalent so a lemon a day is 1.4 (almost one and a half) teaspoons of sugar a day. An entire lemon, by the way, gives you less than half the daily recommended vitamin C and next to no other nutrients other than sugar. So you drink a teaspoon and a half sugar with toxic salt in it and your migraines are gone? Congrats, very happy for you. This, of course, is not even close to the Stanton Migraine Protocol® but on the short run, I am sure that just the fact that you are drinking water and adding salt to your diet helps. However, this will be short lived, as my several years of research already shows but enjoy it while it lasts.

    It is also worthy to mention that rock salt (assuming you mean Himalayan and that may be an error on my part) is full of toxic materials, from lead to mercury to plutonium and other radioactive materials. And it lacks enough iodine, which would be most important to protect you from the radiation. So if you meant Himalayan salt by “rock salt” it would be best to think “long term” about consequences and switch to salt with no lead, mercury, and a mini Chernobyl attached to it. If you meant just regular salt in rock shape (all salt on the planet is sea salt, including the Himalayan and table salt), then add iodine since you need 150 mcg a day for healthy thyroid function.

    Your best bet though would be to just drink the salt and water and not add that lemon-flavor masquerading sugar into your water!



  4. Prachi says:

    I have a chronic migraine. It actually got reduced with consumption juice of lemon with rock salt. Only this worked after trying all other treatments. I consume at least one lemon a day now. Bye bye to daily migraines.


  5. Be Healthy says:

    Oh yes they do.. how can they stay in business if all their patients get healthy??? I removed several people already from omeprazole successfully after long term use and with an occasional oops, they are all doing very well with lemon juice in water. I feel very sorry for the medical industry because people are smartening up. They are starting to self educate and examine issues before they go to their doctors. The doctors also can no longer hide how much money they get for prescribing medicines, courtesy of the open payments database, so people can check (and they do) before they visit one… so a new world is coming in which the patients tell their doctors what to do and that is the way it should be: they pay for services. Things will change here big time! 😀


  6. Roald Michel says:

    You should see us preparing all kinds of salads using apple cider vinegar and lemon juice, sprinkling iodized salt all over the final product 😀

    Ahem…….so many doctors urge people with “GERD” to use esomeprazole products, even for extended periods of time (sigh).

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  7. Be Healthy says:

    Not one Roald but many. Only this one site renamed the thing they created as the Stanton Migraine Protocol® and that is a lie. They removed the comment I made on their website at the base of the article, so I was left with no choice but to respond and link to their article! 😉

    Glad the internet works fast… lies can be untangled and reviled faster than ever before. I was just asked by a magazine to write up an answer to “why people are so obsessed” with the pink stuff that is from Pakistan and has absolutely nothing to do with the Himalayas to start with so even its name is a lie.

    Lemon juice and water is fine for you and wife since neither of you is a migraineur. It is only not good for migraineurs because it is sugar albeit very small.

    Not sure you know but citrus also works against heartburn and against too much acid in general–as does vinegar. Acidic foods and drink have an alkalizing affect on the body because the stomach sends message to the brain to make more or less acid based on what it finds in the stomach in terms of pH level. So eating acidic stuff will send the message to reduce acid production. This works very well. Taking an antacid soaks up the acid so the stomach ends up with less than ideal acid. It then sends message to the brain to make more acid–hence most people who take antacids need more and more over time getting them sicker and sicker. Taking more acid causes a temporary over supply of acid in the stomach, so it sends the message to make less. With natural regulation there is never a need for antacids. I don’t own any antacids… I control whatever needs to be controlled (which is never actually) with food. 🙂

    So enjoy your lemon water only make sure you don’t reduce the acidity of your saliva too much. The healthy pH for saliva is naturally acidic at between 6.5 and 6.8 pH in order to kill invading organisms and start the digestion process. 😀


  8. Roald Michel says:

    And “one of these sites” is actually promoting “pink Himalayan sea salt” on top of that! Grrrrr!

    Question: My Lady and I start “our morning” with drinking a glass of warm water mixed with the juice of half a lemon. Is that a bad habit?

    Not consuming enough potassium is almost impossible in our house. We eat plenty of bananas, potatoes (prepared your recommended style), spinach, tomatoes, meat, fish, diary products, etc.

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