Honey is often used to enhance the flavor of hot and cold beverages. It’s also used to increase the nutritional value of these drinks.
Since you already drink water regularly to stay hydrated, might as well mix in a little honey in there too!
Why Add Honey To Your Water?
Here are just a few reasons to add a spoonful of honey to your glass of water:
1. It Can Help Your Body Get Rid Of Toxins
Honey and warm water can ensure that your body effectively expels toxins through urine and feces. You can further enhance this function by adding lemon juice.
The most common and effective way to use raw honey as a detox drink is to make a mixture of raw honey and warm water, and drink it 30 minutes before eating.
2. Honey Is A Nutritious Antioxidant
Raw organic honey is a very powerful antioxidant that helps the body fight against free radicals. It’s also filled with minerals, proteins, free amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and polyphenols that shield the body from bacteria (1).
And if that’s not enough, the syrup has anti-inflammatory, cardiovascular, antiproliferative and antimicrobial benefits.
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3. It Can Heal Ulcers
A recent study examined the healing properties of honey : “The data shows that the wound healing properties of honey include stimulation of tissue growth, enhanced epithelialization, and minimized scar formation.”
“….honeys from different geographical areas have considerable therapeutic effects on chronic wounds, ulcers, and burns. The results encourage the use of honey in clinical practice as a natural and safe wound healer.”(2).
4. Honey Can Help Heal Allergies
Patients with seasonal allergies who used pollen honey had significantly better control of their symptoms than those on conventional medication only.
Patients taking birch pollen honey experienced a 60% reduction in symptoms, twice as many asymptomatic days, 70% fewer days with severe symptoms and 50% decrease in usage of antihistamines (3).
5. Gives A Safe Energy Boost
Honey water is healthy alternative to coffee since it supplies energy without the same crash as caffeine: “In addition to being an antioxidant-rich source of carbohydrates, honey acts as a ‘time released’ fuel to provide athletes with more steady blood sugar and insulin levels over a longer duration,” says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health’s contributing nutrition editor (4).
6. Honey Helps You Sleep
According to Dr. Ron Fessenden, who researched claims that honey improves sleep quality on his blog, raw honey contains “an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose,” to support the liver, an organ that works non-stop, during the sleeping process. Read more about this here…
How To Take Honey Water
The best time to take honey water is in the morning on an empty stomach or in the evening before going to bed. All you need is a teaspoon of organic raw honey in a tall glass of water.
There you have it, one more reason to have honey in your cupboard or your medicine cabinet!