You might have heard of a lemon and honey drink in the morning. This drink is said to work wonders for your health. It is true that lemon and honey are known to be therapeutic for your body, but what happens when you put the two together with warm water? The recipe becomes an excellent tonic that can be taken first thing in the morning to start your healthy lifestyle. You have nothing to lose – the taste is great and the effects can be seen with time as you drink it every day.
Making the honey-lemon drink
To prepare this miracle drink, boil the amount of water that you can drink in a single dose. Boil the water, and then let it cool until it becomes warm. Add a teaspoon of organic, raw honey to the water, and let it dissolve. Squeeze half a lemon inside the drink. Stir it all up, and the drink is ready.
It is important to prepare this drink prior to drinking it. The best time to have it is first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. This way the mix will not intervene with digestion. The mixture should not be reheated as honey loses its properties when it is placed in hot water.
Why Drink Lemon-Honey Water
1. Low-Calorie Drink
A morning drink is a tradition for most people. Whether it is coffee or a cup of tea, a warm drink rehydrates us (or doesn’t) after the night and warms us up. What better way to awake your body after its slumber than with a drink like lemon and honey water?
Unlike fruit juices, lemon and honey water has just the right amount of calories to give you a slight boost without increasing your calorie or sugar intake. If you are planning on losing some weight, this drink is excellent for you. The most calories this drink has is 25 – mainly coming from the honey.
Coffee, on the other hand, gives you a temporary boost that is followed by a low in the afternoon. It is addictive because of the caffeine inside and interferes with digestion. It often requires sugar and cream with it. Both of these add too many calories first thing in the morning.
2. Better Digestion
Lemon and honey in the morning improve digestion. The drink boosts the production of bile and stomach acid. The stomach can utilize more nutrients from the food. This prevents undigested food particles from staying the digestive tract.
3. Detoxes the Body
Toxic substances are constantly taken out through the body. Our organism has its own eliminating system that cleans itself out. Citrus fruits like lemon are very important in aiding the body in its cleaning process. Lemon with honey is a gentle detoxification mixture that adds up with time. It improves the work of the liver and neutralizes various toxins. It also has a diuretic effect that boosts the elimination of toxins through the urine.
4. Clearer Skin
Lemon and honey water is often used to treat problems with the skin, particularly acne. Those who drink this mixture on a daily basis report a clearing of the skin within two to three weeks. This is because lemon has an oil-ridding effect that stops excess sebum production. The citric acid acts as an exfoliating agent from inside the body. It rids the surface of the skin of dead cells and allows those from under to breathe freely. The antibacterial properties of both honey and lemon aid in this process.
5. Relieves Constipation
The regular drinking of honey and lemon water improves the regularity of the bowels. This beneficial effect is due to the increase in water intake and hydration of stomach contents. Besides this, lemon makes the body secretions, like mucus, less dense allowing for the faster movement of food through the digestive tract.
6. Stops Infections
The diuretic effect of this drink and its powerful antimicrobial properties work to help flush unwanted bacteria and toxins from the body. This naturally lowers the inflammation in certain parts of the body that are affected. Lemon juice alkalizes the whole body ridding it of the acidic environment that becomes a ground for many pathogens and diseases to breed.