Not all of us are lucky enough to be able to spring out of bed in the morning, throw open the shutters, and sing with the birds. Some of us need a helping hand, but coffee is not necessarily the answer. At least not as your first drink of the day!
Consider lemon-and-honey water. Besides being a wonderful way to cleanse your system after waking up, this drink has numerous health benefits and could even yield eight astounding changes if you drink it every day for 30 days or more.
Lemons contain an impressive amount of vitamins, minerals, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. A quarter cup of lemon juice even satisfies 31 percent of our daily Vitamin C needs. And high-quality honey is rich in antioxidants, plus it’s undeniably delicious.
So, here goes; inspired by TipHero, here are eight compelling reasons to start your day with a tasty lemon-and-honey beverage:
1. Your digestive system will get a gentle nudge
If you ever suffer from constipation, a lemon-and-honey drink can help things along. You might even find that you’re hungry immediately after your morning beverage and can enjoy your breakfast much more.
2. Your food cravings will diminish
Don’t worry, we’re not contradicting point number one! Lemon water will help you to feel sated for longer after you eat, so you will likely snack less. You may even lose a little weight at a healthy rate over time.
3. You will feel less bloated
You may already be at your healthiest weight; lemon water can help ease the bloating that is often misconstrued as excess weight. As your colon function improves, you’ll find that you don’t need to lose those “extra” few pounds after all. It’s an illusion!
4. You won’t get sick so often
Lemon-and-honey water will aid the cleansing of your lymphatic system. Your immunity is boosted, and you are likely to suffer common coughs and colds far less often than usual.
5. Warning: You might become a “morning person!”
Both your energy and your mood will get a boost as lemon eliminates toxins in the body. BrightSide noted a measurable shift in mood after drinking lemon water in the morning for 30 days straight. “Morning hours really started to grow on me!” their spokesperson shared.
6. You can say goodbye to urinary tract infections
Lemon-honey water is a mild diuretic, so it will cleanse your renal system and may even prevent the horrible torment of kidney stones. If you mix a little fresh ginger into your drink, it will also act as an anti-inflammatory.
7. You can also say goodbye to bad breath
By drinking lemon water in the morning, your oral health will improve. Although to protect your tooth enamel, it’s advisable to drink lemon water through a straw. Not to mention, if you like your lemon water iced, a straw will gently protect sensitive teeth!
8. Your skin will clear up
Ever lusted after a “natural glow?” Well, it could be yours. Blackheads and pimples are likely to reduce and may even become a thing of the past. According to dermatologists, lemon water can help smooth wrinkles by protecting against free radicals, too.
Delicious lemon-and-honey water can be enjoyed at whichever temperature you prefer; the health benefits are the same. For a hot beverage, use a third of a cup of boiling water to dissolve the honey, then top up with filtered cool water to achieve a perfectly soothing, warm drinking temperature.
For a refreshing cold drink, watch the short video above for an easy, taste-bud-tingling recipe. If you’re feeling experimental, try lemon and cucumber, lemon and mint, or lemon and fresh ginger for a variation on the flavor sensation.
Great health never tasted so good!