Preparing my glass of warm lemon honey water this morning, I thought to myself – why not discover a bit more about this miraculous drink that you are ritually preparing this lazy Sunday morning? :) So I did blissfully sipping on it a few moments later.
I had this intention of mine for a while now that I need to incorporate this delicious healthy drink in my everyday morning routine. Even if that would mean skipping the first cup of coffee for the day (all you coffee lovers will sympathize with that).
Lemons have been around for the longest time and are well-known to humankind for their valuable health properties. This citrus fruit contains citric acid, calcium, potassium, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, bioflavonoids (antioxidants supplementing the vitamin C action), pectin and limonene.
Why warm water?
The warm water is close to the human body temperature and would not cause a shock as an ice cold glass of water would do to your organism right after a good sleep. Elements dissolved in cold water are absorbed in a slower pace, too. Likewise, boiling hot water would cause unexpected stress to your body. In addition, the high temperature would destroy all the beneficial properties of the lemon and the honey.
What are the benefits of honey?
Besides, adding some sweetness to your drink so that the lemon juice is easily consumable, honey has its own health beneficial properties. In fact, honey would well make a whole post dedicated to it solely. To get you intrigued, I would say that when consumed honey reliefs throat irritation by forming a protective film, gives a boost of energy for an extended period of time, reduces allergy symptoms by introducing small amount of allergen into your system.
My advice is to always use raw locally produced honey!
What are the benefits of lemon juice?
1. Good regulated digestion – lemon juice is very close in structure to the human saliva and to the hydrochloric acid that is one of the essential digestive juices in the stomach. Lemons are rich in vitamins and minerals and help the release of toxins and other unfriendly elements from the body and from the digestive system. Lemon juice calms stomach activity and eases burbs, rumbling and mild cases of heartburn.
2. Strong immune system – lemons are packed with Vitamin C that is vital to the function of a sturdy immune system. The immune system’s main goal is to protect you from illness, so a little extra Vitamin C may be useful in conditions like colds, flus, and recurrent ear infections. Vitamin C also supplements the absorption of iron.
3. Balanced pH/acid-base levels – Lemons contain the mild citric and ascorbic acids that are easily processed by the human organism allowing for the mineral components of the lemon to alkalize the blood. Lemons are one of the most alkalizing foods that assist reaching a healthy alkali-acid/acid-base balance.
4. Healthy skin – As mentioned above, the lemon water reliefs some toxins from our blood which in turn aids our skin to cleanse itself from the inside out. Further to this, the high saturation of Vitamin C supports our fight against free radicals and skin aging. All of this combined is the key to a healthy glowing skin.
5. Energy lift – I must admit I was not able to fully understand the chemical process behind this however from my own experience, as well, I could tell you that one cup of lemon honey water will boost your energy levels up high. Not alone will you feel invigorated, but also you will find yourself in good humor for the rest of the day.
6. Fresh breath and mouth health – Lemon juice works for a fresher breath, it calms any pain in the teeth and gums. Be careful though as lemon juice contains acid after all and it could be damaging to the tooth enamel to a certain extent. One should never brush their teeth just after having a glass of lemon water, brush them before or a few hours later. A good practice is rinsing your mouth and teeth with pure water after having lemon water.
7. Weight control – lemons are rich in pectin that acts for reducing appetite. Pectin’s potential to influence weight loss comes from being a soluble fiber. Like other types of soluble fiber, it absorbs water and forms a sticky mass, which travels through your stomach and small intestine undigested. When it absorbs water and expands, it swells slightly the stomach and triggers stretch receptors making sending signals to your brain that make you in return feel full. So one-two glasses of lemon water is enough for the day, you don’t want lose all of your healthy appetite, after all.
Preparing a glass of warm lemon honey water couldn’t be easier. Squeeze half a lemon, I personally use 1/3 of a lemon, into a glass (mine is 300 ml). Add a teaspoon full of honey and pour the water in. Sometimes I like to chop up some pieces of the lemon and add them into the lemon water like I did today.
Enjoy and let me know how you like your lemon honey water! :)