We all have heard that drinking a glass of warm water with honey and lemon early in the morning is good for health. Some also believe that it might help in weight loss as well. If you are one of those people who are skeptical of most things, here are 9 reasons why drinking warm water with lemon and honey is great for your health.
1. Helps improve digestion:
Lemon, honey and warm water combined help give your digestion an instant boost. Apart from the fact that the components of lemon stimulate your liver to produce more bile, lemon also helps your digestive system by adding to the already present acid and assists it in flushing out unwanted toxins. Honey acts as an antibacterial and beats any infections that might be present in your body. It also helps in the production of intestinal mucus which aids in the flushing out of toxins from the body.
2.Cleanses the stomach improving the functioning of the colon:
In Ayurveda it is believed that we tend to have a buildup of toxins or ‘ama’ in our stomach. This product of undigested food, intestinal cells and dead bacteria often coats the inner lining of our stomach and is thought to lead to diseases. By drinking Lemon and honey in warm water the walls of the intestine – especially the colon – get stimulated; leading to the expulsion of this ama. If understanding Ayurveda is not your thing, allopathy describes it as a cleansing of the colon, which allows it to function much better. Thereby, helping your body absorb nutrients, get rid of toxins and stay hydrated. The build of toxins often lead the feeling of bloating.
3. Beats constipation : This mixture is a great and almost instant remedy for constipation. It helps stimulate the bowels helping you pass motion. It also aids in the production of intestinal mucus, hydrates the colon and infuses water into dried stool. All this put together helps you pass motion easily.
4. Helps in cleansing the lymphatic system:
According to various deciplines of medicine a dehydrated lympthatic system is one of the leading causes of illness. Lack of water and essential fluids in the lymphatic system can make you feel sluggish and fatigued, lead to constipation, disturbed sleep, high or low blood pressure, stress and an all-round lack in mental function. The benefit of drinking this mixture early in the morning is that it helps hydrate your entire lymphatic system that not only beats all the above symptoms but also improves your immunity. You can find out about other foods that can boost yout immunity.
5. Gives you an instant boost of energy and improves your mood:
Feeling low and tired? This mixture is for you. The honey present the concoction acts as an instant energy booster – minus the calories. Water helps clear your mind by providing fresh blood to your brain, and lemon activates negatively charged enzymes in your stomach – a great way to combat positively charged enzymes that react with the food you eat adversely, leading to it being digested poorly. Moreover the scent of lemon is known to be a natural relaxant and can help uplift your mood.
6. Cleans your urinary tract and acts as a diuretic:
Honey is a very potent antibacterial agent, that has the capability to beat a number of common infections. When mixed with lemon and water – two agents that act as excellent diuretics (agents that flush out water from your body) – this concoction is the best way to cleanse your urinary tract. For women who suffer from frequent UTI (urinary tract infection) this juice is a boon and is known to keep recurrent infections at bay.
7. Improves oral health:
The acidic nature of lemon combined with the innate properties of honey and water can help beat bad breath almost instantly. The lemon cleanses the mouth, activating your salivary glands and killing offensive bacteria. When added to honey and water, it help wash down bacteria and degraded food that is usually present in your mouth and throat early in the morning. Another reason for bad breath is the formation of a white film on your tongue (mainly consisting of decaying food and bacteria), this juice effectively gets rid of that film making your breath fresh – naturally.
8. Increases your chances of weight loss:
Apart from its properties of cleansing the stomach, lemon present in the mixture contains a type of fiber called pectin, that helps make you feel full and keeps cravings at bay. The warm water, honey and lemon also creates a more alkaline atmosphere in your stomach helping you lose weight faster.
9. Can give you clear skin:
The benefits of lemon on your skin are aplenty, but apart from that, its cleansing action also helps in purifying your blood, also aiding in the production of new blood cells that acts as potent cleaning agents. The water and honey lend a unique restorative, antibacterial and collagen boosting properties to your skin as well. So, if having naturally glowing skin is your aim, have this drink is for you.
Tips to make and drink this mixture:
You must drink this concoction first thing in the morning. You may choose to brush before you drink it, but it is recommended that you drink it without brushing or gargling. To make the mixture:
Take a tall glass of warm (not hot !) water, add the juice of half a lemon and one tea spoon of honey to it. Mix well and drink it quickly. Remember not to drink coffee or tea for at least one hour after drinking this mixture.
Please speak to your doctor before making changes to your regular diet.