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