I drank water with warm honey and lemon every morning for a year. Here‚Äôs what happened
Until a¬†few years ago, honey and lemon drinks were something¬†I bought in¬†a¬†packet from the chemist when¬†I had the flu. Naturally, those little packets didn‚Äôt help much, so¬†I was skeptical when¬†I started this challenge. But drinking real lemon juice and proper honey in¬†warm water is¬†a¬†totally different experience, and with all the hype around it¬†I embarked on¬†a¬†12¬†month quest to¬†see if¬†it¬†really was as¬†miraculous as¬†everyone says.
I¬†am pleased to¬†report I¬†am thoroughly converted, and here is¬†why.
I¬†have not had a¬†cold, flu or¬†any stomach illnesses for the entire year.
Literally. Though I¬†have sometimes felt very early signs of¬†sickness (too many sneezes in¬†a¬†day, run down, extra tired, suspicious tummy rumblings) nothing at¬†all has materialised. Sure I‚Äôve had tired days and a¬†few headaches, but nothing to¬†write home about. As¬†soon as¬†I got back on¬†the regime these stopped happening, and¬†I now absolutely swear by¬†honey/lemon‚ÄĒto the point I‚Äėve become prematurely old-aged and carry them both in¬†my¬†bag when¬†I stay at¬†friend‚Äôs places or¬†hotels. This actually blows my¬†mind. All of¬†my¬†life I‚Äôve been getting tonsillitis-getter. And with a¬†large family, including lots of¬†little ones, there is¬†always someone around who has the latest bug. I¬†am happy to¬†report I¬†no longer catch them, even when it¬†rips through the rest of¬†the gang.
I¬†no longer need coffee and have become a¬†morning person.
The zing¬†I get from lemon and honey first thing in¬†the morning has become something I¬†crave, and doesn‚Äôt leave me¬†with headaches or¬†the dreaded caffeine comedown. I¬†also have more energy for longer and am¬†quicker to¬†smile in¬†the morning.
It¬†used to¬†take me¬†at¬†least an¬†hour to¬†open my¬†second eye and stop grunting at¬†people like a¬†cavewoman, but I‚Äôm now annoying the people that love me¬†in¬†new and wonderful ways, like throwing deep philosophical questions at¬†them as¬†I bound into the kitchen.
The people around me¬†are becoming more healthy¬†‚ÄĒ the biggest reward.
So¬†this has taken the longest: to¬†convince my¬†family that honey and lemon can help them prevent some of¬†their own illnesses.
But after playing nurse and administering my¬†magic potion to¬†them when they are at¬†their most desperate, they can finally see its benefits. When they say, “Whoa! That helped straight away!” I¬†feel delighted; it¬†reminds me¬†to¬†keep going every morning so¬†I don‚Äôt suffer the indignities of¬†needing to¬†be¬†three feet from a¬†toilet at¬†all times, or¬†running through a¬†box of¬†tissues an¬†hour.
It‚Äôs such a¬†lovely feeling to¬†know that¬†I can help my¬†loved ones feel more well through something so¬†simple and available.
I¬†generally use the juice of¬†half a¬†fresh lemon, and a¬†decent teaspoon of¬†organic, raw unheated honey in¬†a¬†standard mug with freshly boiled water that has cooled a¬†little (but still hot enough to¬†melt the honey). I¬†then add a¬†splash of¬†cold so¬†I can drink immediately in¬†one go¬†to¬†rehydrate me¬†as¬†soon as¬†I¬†wake.
However, it¬†does depend on¬†the lemon and the honey, some lemons are juicier or¬†more sour and some honeys more sweet, so¬†experimenting is¬†important! Also half a¬†lemon may be¬†too intense to¬†start, my¬†family uses a¬†quarter.
Why does it¬†work? There are at¬†least nine major benefits to¬†drinking warm honey lemon water every morning. But I‚Äôll list my¬†three favourites here:
- It¬†protects you from infection such as¬†UTIs
Because this mixture when taken first thing in¬†the morning stimulates the digestive system, as¬†well as¬†hydrating the colon and more, honey lemon water keeps constipation at¬†bay. It¬†also acts as¬†a¬†diuretic, cleansing the urinary tract and ensuring no¬†urinary tract infections.
- It¬†improves digestion
Every part of¬†this drink aids in¬†the digestive process; lemons assist your liver in¬†producing more bile so¬†you can break down complex foods better and use the good stuff from your meals. Honey is¬†antibacterial which protects you from any infections you might have. It¬†also helps with the production of¬†mucus in¬†the stomach, helping to¬†flush out toxins. For this reason, it¬†also assists with healthy weight balance.
- Makes you glow with health and beauty
Lemon has many benefits for skin, but it¬†also helps purify the blood as¬†well as¬†aiding in¬†the production of¬†new blood cells that act as¬†cleaning agents. The water and honey create a¬†restorative, antibacterial and collagen boosting powerhouse for your skin too.
…So there you have¬†it, my¬†verdict is¬†overwhelming positive and I¬†highly, thoroughly recommend¬†it!