How many times have you been advised to drink warm water and honey? I suppose, many times! And every time, you ignore it like you ignore your health due to a busy schedule.
But believe me! Honey means love, oftentimes for a purpose. It is full of healing and medicinal properties that can facilitate weight loss, improve your digestive system, sleep, and so on. Overall, it is ‘baap’ (dad) of all other drinks!
Still not convinced? Slide and read the full article to know why you must consume warm water with honey.
What Happens When We Drink Honey with Warm Water?
We all know warm water is highly beneficial for our health. And in addition to warm water, when honey gets mixed into it, it becomes a potent drink rich in—anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer, antiviral, antifungal, antidiabetic properties.
All these properties provide numerous benefits for health, skin, and hair. Here, we have divided the section into two parts:
Benefits of it for health
Benefits of it for skin and hair
So, let’s get started without further ado.
9 Benefits of Warm Water with Honey for Health
1. Natural Energy Booster
Many of us purchase energy drinks only to increase our energy level and body strength. Well, it’s time to ditch energy drinks and caffeine!
Drinking warm water with honey works as a natural energy booster. Water keeps our body hydrated and happy. Plus, organic and raw honey is a good source of carbs and sugars, which is all we need to produce energy.
Instead of drinking coffee in the morning, drink warm water with honey to keep yourself energetic and fresh all day.
2. Treats Cough and Sore Throat
Only 2 tbsp of honey in one glass of water is an easy trick to treat cough and sore throat, all thanks to its antimicrobial properties! Besides this, it can kill and prevent certain bacteria that cause sore throat.
Honey—the most flavorful ingredient in cough syrups—is preferred by children and adults with cough and colds. However, infants should not be treated with honey water.
So, say goodbye to cough, cold, and sore throat with just a glass of warm water with honey!
3. Facilitates Weight Loss
The most famous use of honey with warm water is that it helps in weight loss. Many studies have shown that honey water can boost metabolism and fill up the stomach for a longer time. It helps in reducing hunger and thus facilitates weight loss.
Also, honey is rich in amino acids, vitamins, and minerals which helps in absorbing fat and cholesterol, thus preventing weight gain.
It is a wonderful remedy for people in the overweight or obese category, especially if consumed with lemon first thing in the morning. Also, it is tasty; so, congrats! Your taste doesn’t get compromised to lose weight.
4. Helps in lowering Cholesterol Level
High cholesterol levels are the reason for most heart diseases. Many studies have shown that consumption of honey water daily can reduce the risk of heart diseases.
It helps reduce the bad cholesterol by 6-11% and increase good cholesterol levels in our body by 2%. Good cholesterol also helps to prevent blood clot formation.
So, overall, daily consumption of warm water with honey = Reduction in Bad Cholesterol Level & Increase in Good Cholesterol Level = Good for Heart & Prevent Blood clot formation
5. Improves Digestive System
Honey and warm water are individually known for improving the overall digestive system. So, obviously, the combination of both means a happy stomach!
One of the leading causes of stomach problems is irregular bowel movement. Daily consumption of warm water with honey keeps the colon hydrated and helps to improve bowel movement.
Moreover, it is also effective in solving gas and acidity problems as it has antiseptic properties that boost mucus production and thus, neutralize gas and acidity.
Drinking it once in the morning is more than enough to improve the digestive system unless your doctor recommends drinking it before every meal.
6. Boost Immunity System
Another excellent benefit of drinking honey with warm water is that it improves and strengthens the immunity system. Thus, it prevents us from falling sick very often.
This energy drink is also rich in antimicrobial, antiviral, and antibacterial properties that prevent our body from harmful bacterial and viruses. It is also rich in antioxidants that prevent us from the free radicals present in the environment.
All of its properties help to protect us from many diseases and boost the immunity system to fight off bacteria and viruses.
7. Bye, Bye Allergies!
Honey has some anti-allergic properties as well. What else do you want? Anyways, unlike other allergic medicines, honey helps your body get used to the pollens in the environment.
Although it is not a cure for allergy, it reduces allergic symptoms and prevents our body from getting allergic to anything new. Drinking warm water with honey three times a day will indeed reduce your susceptibility to environmental allergens.
8. Flushes out the Toxins
Regular drinking of warm water with honey helps to get rid of toxins stored in your body. It can also protect you from various harmful effects of toxins.
If you don’t believe us, then no worries! Try for only one week. You will definitely see the glow on your skin. Glow on the skin means your body has flushed out the toxins and has improved your overall health involving the skin.
For more enhanced results, you can add lemon juice and drink it every morning, making your drink healthier and tasty.
9. Improves Sleep
We all need good sleep but do we get it? I don’t think so! Sleep deprivation has become very common due to our busy lifestyle. And many people take sleeping pills to get some sleep. But it has lots of side effects.
Drinking warm water with honey is an excellent substitute for sleeping pills. Honey releases serotonin (responsible for improving mood), and our body converts it into melatonin (responsible for good quality sleep).
You have to only drink the warm water with honey before going to bed and then relax. And in the morning, you will wake up all fresh!
Benefits of Warm Water with Honey for Skin and Hair
1. Boost Wound Healing
Honey with warm water acts as a natural aid to cure wounds, cuts, or burns on the skin. It contains glucose and fructose that helps to absorb water when applied to wounds.
Consumption of honey water limits the growth of harmful bacteria due to its antiseptic properties.
Therefore, it protects the wound from any further infection thus, boosts the wound healing. Moreover, it also gets used in skin transplants. However, there is a need for more research to support this benefit of honey water.
2. Makes your Skin Glow
As already told, drinking warm water with honey helps to flush out toxins from the body. It also facilitates the purification of blood.
Both detoxification and purification further help make your skin glower, smoother, and cleaner.
The mixture of all honey and warm water is rich in antimicrobial properties and boosts cell production.
You can add lemon to warm water and honey to see quick and better results. Go, go! Try yourself for only one week every day, and you will see improvement in your skin health.
3. Reduces Inflammation
Anti-inflammatory properties in honey water are beneficial to reduce any swelling and inflammation in the skin. Furthermore, antibacterial properties help stop the spread of bacteria and reduce the risks of any infection.
So, if you have acne, bruises, or cuts, a glass of honey and warm water can help you treat them and reduce inflammation. Drink it every day and see for yourself!
4. Reduces Scars and Blemishes
Our skin has to face dirt, pollution, UV rays, and free radicals every day. Excess exposure of skin to them can result in premature aging. And premature aging brings wrinkles, fine lines, scars, blemishes, slow collagen production, and acne.
Honey is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial properties that help our skin fight off all the free radicals and bacteria that come with dirt and pollution.
It also helps to boost collagen production and thus reduces the scars, blemishes, wrinkles, and all other signs of premature aging. So, make a routine to drink warm water with honey once a day to get clear and young skin.
5. Treats Dandruff
Dandruff—the enemy of our hair—is the most irritating thing about winters! We all just want to get rid of them as soon as possible. Well, the solution is in front of you—Warm water with honey.
Drinking honey with warm water every day can reduce dandruff from your scalp. Honey’s healing and antibacterial properties prevent our scalp from getting dry and thus reduces and prevent dandruff.
However, applying honey diluted with warm water directly to your scalp is more effective in treating dandruff. Overall, honey can give you relief from itching all day within two weeks if consumed every day.
So, I hope that now you are convinced to drink warm water with honey every day to improve your overall skin and body health.
But there are side effects of honey too that you must keep in mind! Let’s have a look.
Honey with Warm Water: Side Effects
Honey with warm water does not suit everyone! It can cause some side effects to some people, which are the following:
The calories content in honey is higher than sugar. A tbsp of sugar contains 46 calories; on the other hand, a tbsp of honey contains 64 calories.
I know, I know! It is the opposite statement of the benefit of honey—weight loss. But honey with warm water helps to keep the stomach fuller for a long time. That is why you do not eat much and consume fewer calories in total.
Not suitable for Infants
Earlier, there was a tradition of giving honey to infants before mother’s milk, which is prevalent today also. But honey is too dangerous for infants.
It should not be given to children under one age as there is a risk of botulinum (a severe type of food poisoning). Biologically, it produces a neurotoxin that is responsible for poisoning the neurological system of infants.
The symptoms of botulinum are indigestion, weak cry, and weakness. Although it is rare, it can be fatal or cause paralysis.
Risk of Sickness
Honey is rich in sugar that can increase the blood sugar and blood pressure levels in a healthy person. It also increases the risk of Type-2 diabetes, obesity, and heart diseases.
So, yes! There are side effects too, but they can get reduced if you consume warm water and honey in the recommended amount. But what are the recommended amount and time? Let’s see.
When and how should you consume Warm Water with Honey?
It is best to consume warm water with honey in the morning when your stomach is empty. You have just to warm a glass of water. Do not boil it too much.
Then add 1 tbsp of raw and organic honey to it and mix them well. Now, drink it slowly (sip-by-sip), not whole in one second! You can add lemon also but avoid adding any other ingredients to the drink.
Drink the warm water with honey in the same manner, every morning to get maximum benefits. However, as it contains high sugar and calorie content, therefore, we suggest you drink only one time a day.
Moreover, if you notice weakness in your body, it is best not to drink it. But if it suits you then nothing to worry about!
Lovers often call each other honey to show love and affection as honey has all quality of a good partner. It is sweet, natural, good for our health, and not toxic.
Keeping jokes aside, warm water with honey is full of medicinal and healing properties that is why it is beneficial for our overall health. But it is best to consume it in moderation.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab your glass of warm water with honey and say, honey, good morning!