Nearly 80% of our body weight is attributed to the water present in our body. Most of our body functions will not be possible without water.
This very same water we drink becomes a good natural medicine or a health tonic when a little amount of honey is diluted with it.
Honey is a major ingredient in most of the traditional home remedies. Honey is also well known since centuries for its many health benefits.
Honey-water, the mixture of honey and warm water, is one of the best-known home remedies for some illnesses and also for the overall wellness of the body.
Having one glass of warm water mixed with a spoon of honey in the morning (preferably in empty stomach) can provide us with many excellent health benefits.
In this article, I want to present to you the significant health benefits of drinking honey water every day.
1. Boosts The Immune System
The raw organic honey contains rich amount of immune boosting properties. It has a lot of vitamins, minerals, and enzymes vital for developing a healthy immune system in our body.
According to a study presented at the Society for General Microbiology’s Spring Conference in Harrogate, the UK, the natural honey, like the Manuka, can reverse the bacterial resistance to antibiotics.[1,2]
It is good to have one or two spoons of honey mixed with warm water every day to boost the immune system of our body.
2. Honey-Water Helps In Weight Loss
You could be wondering how on earth honey could help you lose weight when it is rich in sugar.
The sugar content in honey is natural and contains a comparatively lower amount of calories than the added sugar and other sweeteners.
The calorie contained in honey is much lower than the soft drinks and soda.
The natural sugar contained in honey is highly satiating, and it prevents us from craving for bad sweetened foods like cakes, candies, soft drinks, and other baked sweet food items.
You can certainly achieve excellent weight loss results if you can cut back on sweetened beverages and foods and use honey as the sweetener for your refreshments and foods.
The honey is sweeter than table sugar. One tablespoon of honey contains 64 calories, and the same amount of sugar has 46 calories, but one tablespoon honey can provide the sweetness of more than three tablespoons of sugar.
Unlike the sugar, honey contains vitamins, amino acids, and enzymes good for boosting metabolism.
Drinking a glass of honey water can help you to suppress the appetite. The healthy calories got from honey are incredibly filling and arrest the craving for more calories and sweetened foods.
One of the popular home remedies for weight loss is to drink a glass of honey water when you wake up in the morning and before going to bed at night. Also, add 2 grams of cinnamon powder and juice from half-a-lemon into the honey-water for effective weight loss results. This natural solution boosts your metabolism and also cleanses your body of the toxic contents.
For the persons on a strict weight-loss diet, it is good to have one or two glass of honey water during the day to boost your energy and to stop your craving for snacks and junk foods.
3. Helps In Reducing Risks Of Health Diseases
Honey contains a good amount of antioxidants and flavonoids that are beneficial for reducing the risks of heart diseases.
The antioxidants are molecules that can safely interact with free radicals and prevent their bad effects such as cell damages and bad cholesterol formation created by them.
The antioxidant from honey is good for lowering the adverse effects of LDL cholesterol that causes heart diseases and stroke.
The ‘honey water’ mixed with few grams of cinnamon is an excellent home remedy for improving the health of the heart.
This mixture helps in revitalizing the arteries and veins to allow the smooth circulation of blood and also reduces the LDL cholesterol in the blood.
This health mixture should contain 1 or 2 tablespoons of honey, 1/3 of cinnamon and a glass of warm water.
4. Honey-Water Is Good For Flushing Toxins Out
Honey, lemon, and warm water mixture have excellent effects on colon-cleansing and promote healthy bowel movements.
Lemon is also good for the expulsion of toxic waste from the body via increased urination and keeps the urinary tract health as well.
The citric acid from lemon together with the enzymes from honey stimulates the liver to detoxify the body.
It is highly recommended to have a have glass of warm water mixed with honey and lemon in the empty stomach after waking up in the morning. This cleanses the intestine, hydrates the colon and improves the functioning of the digestive system. Of course, the bowel movements become smooth and regular with this diet therapy.
The antiseptic properties in honey are good for increasing the intestinal mucus and for reducing the acidity in the stomach.
This natural remedy is also good for overcoming bloating, indigestion and gas formation in the stomach.
5. Improve Digestion And Boosts Energy
Lack of healthy acidity levels in the stomach is one of the reasons for poor digestion.
Having a glass of warm water mixed with honey and lemon juice will help you to improve the acidity balance in your stomach.
The enzymes present in honey and the citric acid from lemon improves the digestion and boosts the energy levels of the body.
Honey, lemon, and warm water mixture are also extremely good for hydrating the body that makes you feel fresh and healthy throughout the day.
6. Good Remedy For Sore Throat And Cough
The honey-water is a very good natural remedy for curing the sore throat especially in the cold season of winter.
Honey contains medicinal properties good for curing the respiratory infections and common cough originating from a sore throat.
The honey forms a temporary layer of protective coat over the sore affected areas of the throat, and warm water soothes the same.
The antimicrobial and antioxidant properties of honey suppress the bacteria that cause a sore throat and reduces the throat irritation the leads to coughs.
The mixture of lemon, honey, and warm water are also good for loosening the mucus that is stuck on the walls of lungs and throat. As the mucus got loose and expelled from the body, the cough associated with it also subsides.
7. Rejuvenates The Skin
The antioxidants and antibacterial properties found in honey are good for purifying and healing the skin from within the body.
The regular drinking of honey-water is also good for keeping skin hydrated and healthy. The vitamins and minerals in honey are good for the buildup and rejuvenation of the skin.
Drinking of ‘honey water’ with lemon helps in boosting collagen formation that is important for the health of the skin.
The detoxifying properties present in lemon and honey purifies the blood to make the skin appear healthy and beautiful.
By the way, the external application of honey and lemon mixture is an excellent solution exfoliating and moisturizing the skin.
8. Fights Common Allergies Caused By Pollutants
Regular honey-water intake reduces your susceptibility to environmental allergies.
Most of the environmental allergies get aggravated when the body and skin are dehydrated.
Drinking warm water mixed with honey hydrates the body and the antibacterial properties in the honey resist the onslaught of allergies.
This solution is not a cure for allergies, but it soothes and reduces the bad effects arising out of the allergy.
9. Helps To Improve Oral Hygiene
The antibacterial elements in honey and along with the citric acid content of the lemon are good for cleansing the mouth and throat and preventing bad breath.
This solution also weakens the germs that cause tooth decay and erosion of gums.
Tips For Using Honey Most Effectively
Here are some simple but effective tips to get maximum benefits out of honey.
- Always use only the pure and organic honey stored in tightly sealed glass containers
- Do not add honey to boiling water as it will totally damage the molecular structure of honey and it will be bad to drink the damaged honey.
- Honey is good but does not have it more than two tablespoons (6 teaspoons) per day.
- Honey is good for soothing a sore throat, but not good for a dry cough or a dry, inflamed throat as honey draws the moisture away from the throat.
- Honey should be preserved in tightly sealed jars and never use the honey that is exposed to the open-air for many hours.
- Replace all your soft drinks, soda and other sweetened refreshments with honey-water for better health.
- Honey-water is good for weight loss, but this is not a substitute for healthy meals.
- External application of honey on skin and wounds has a soothing and healing effect.