Maybe you only know the benefits of a warm glass of water in the morning or maybe you have only heard about how honey is great for your skin, but have you heard what wonders combining warm water and honey can do for you overall? Read on and let me tell you the wonders of honey and warm water. I promise you, this is no old wives’ tale.
How To Make Honey Water Recipe:
- One cup of lukewarm water.
- One tablespoon of honey.
If possible use Manuka Honey and here is why.
- Add one table spoon of organic raw honey in a cup of warm (not hot) water and mix well.
- In this simple recipe, you can also add some freshly-squeezed lemon juice and some freshly-ground cinnamon powder to enhance the taste.
- This honey-water drink should be taken on an empty stomach in the morning for best results.
Water is essential for metabolic processes in the body to take place, so it is very important to get the right amount of this fluid in order to be healthy. And water is simply indispensable for proper hydration of the skin as well.
However, it is mixing honey with water, which this recipe suggests, that increases its potency multiple times. Prepare this ‘divine nectar’ for yourself, and count on it to keep your body hydrated and supple all day long.
1. Watch Your Weight Melt Away
Yes, drinking water and honey can help you lose weight. Get the plaguing thoughts about the sugar aspect of honey out of your head, as that is one of its benefits. I know, I know, it sounds crazy and too good to be true, but it isn’t. The sugar in honey is a natural sugar (or read: good for you), which provides a healthy source of calories. Not only that, it can help to ward off any sugary sweet beverage cravings you may have. Soda pop is full of empty calories, and though everyone knows this they still reach for the bubbly refreshment. By cutting back on the amount of pop you drink, your calorie intake drops and with that so do the pounds. It may not be an overnight success story, but it is better for you all around in the long run.
2. Stay Regular
OK, I know talking about being ‘regular’ can sometimes be taboo, but if Jamie Lee Curtis can do it, so can I. Drinking a warm glass of water with honey first thing in the morning helps to improve your digestive system. The antiseptic benefits of honey help relieve the acidity in your stomach while increasing the production of intestinal mucus. It also helps to hydrate the colon and infuse water into your, excuse me for this, stool. All of this combines you passing much more easily and regularly. Which brings us back to watching your weight melt away, because… well, I think you can figure the rest of this one out without my help.
3. Gives Your Immune System A Helping Hand
Have I stressed just how good honey is for you yet? Honey has amazing bacteria-killing properties. If you go for raw, organic honey (you should) it is full of enzymes (hello again digestion), vitamins and minerals that lead the front line against protecting against bacteria. One study presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Harrogate, UK found that Manuka honey may even help reverse bacterial resistance to antibiotics. Honey is also an antioxidant, which helps fight those bad free radicals that reek havoc in our body and on our skin.
4. Reduce Your Allergies
And no, I’m not suggesting to take a Claritin or something like that with the glass of honey water. By using raw, local honey you help to acclimate your body to the pollens of your area. In turn, this helps to reduce your susceptibility to environmental allergies. If you really think about what bees do in the grand scheme of things, this makes perfect sense. Now I know the warm water isn’t necessarily crucial to helping with allergies, but being hydrated is never a bad thing.
5. Hello Energy, My Old Friend
Move over coffee – honey and warm water are the new dream team for boosting energy. The benefit to your energy levels by staying hydrated has all but been shouted from a rooftop. Think of your body as a houseplant. You know how droopy and sad it gets when you’ve forgotten to water it? Your body essentially does the same thing. Studies have shown that even mild dehydration can leave you feeling lethargic, drowsy and sluggish. So let’s add honey into this equation. Now you have a natural source of simple sugars and carbohydrates (energy-givers) to an all ready proven energy booster. The total? A refreshed outlook on life and energy that you didn’t know could come without a cup of coffee. Now, I’m not telling you to cut coffee out – I know I couldn’t function with out it – but next time you feel an afternoon crash, try reaching for some honey and warm water first and see if that does the trick.
6. Honey reduces cough and throat irritation
It helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of the drug dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing of proper sleep.
Therefore, seasonal allergies, cold, and different strains of flu with symptoms like coughing, sore throat and bouts of fever, can be effectively warded off by consuming honey and water on a daily basis.
7. Detox, Detox, Detox!
Honey and warm water helps to flush out the toxins from your body. By helping you to get regular, it helps you to regularly rid your body of toxins that can build up and cause disease. Adding lemon to the mix increases the benefits, as lemons help to increase urination, dispelling toxins more frequently and keeping your urinary tract healthy. Lemon contains citric acid, which helps to maximize enzyme function and in turn stimulate the liver and help with detoxification.
8. Gassy? It Helps With That.
Feeling a little uncomfortable and gassy? Drinking a glass of warm water and honey will help! Honey helps to neutralize gas.
9. Increase Your Health
Not only will drinking warm water and honey increase your hydration (plus everything else I’ve listed), it also helps to increase the levels of “good” cholesterol in your body and reduce cardiovascular strain. I call that a win, win.
10. Finally, honey can help you reduce that bad cholesterol and increase the good one
Cardiovascular tension and low levels of the good cholesterol can be a thing of the past if you try this honey-water homemade drink. Bees’ products can melt away bad body fats and make you feel as light as a feather. After all, we have never seen “a fat bee” simply because it is always on the right diet. So, it makes great sense to copy a bee’s all-natural healthy diet, doesn’t it?
How To Consume Honey Water?
This mixture must be consumed in the morning on an empty stomach in order to avoid any problems and to feel the best effects. Remember to drink this potion very fast. As we have mentioned before, you can use this mixture before you go to bed too.
You should also visit our Empty Stomach section:
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- Drinking Water on Empty Stomach Immediately After Waking Up!
by Kristiena Sartorelli for LifeHack.org