Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sweets for my sweet, honey for my water!

One of our dear readers wondered (ahem, thanks aka Procne, ahem) if honey water is beneficial too, like lemon water. After a little research, I found several benefits of drinking honey water. But before we start with the benefits you must know that it's best if the honey that you use is organic (not over processed and over filtrated). Okay, now read on to find out all about its wonderful advantages..

1. Good for sore throats
Honey is a great antioxidant and has anti-bacterial properties. Thanks to its antimicrobial action, it not only soothes sore throats but can also kill the bacteria that sometimes cause them.

2. Good for hangovers
With a specific formulation of blended honey, orange juice and natural yogurt, you can have a sobering agent. Honey is great for speeding up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver because it is high in fructose.

Honey is wonderful in the sense that it usually plays dual extreme functions. Such as numbers 3 and 4:

3. It can improve your bowel movement (both diarrhea and constipation!).
To relieve constipation, try mixing honey with lemon and water or honey with milk. To stop diarrhea, some sites suggest mixing 4 tablespoons of honey with water.

4. It can be used as a sleep aid or as an energy drink.
Can't sleep? Try drinking a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey OR chamomile tea with 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey.

I find honey as a sleep aid very interesting because honey's composition makes it exceptionally good as an energy booster. The glucose it contains is easily absorbed by the body and gives an immediate energy boost. Its fructose, on the other hand, is absorbed more slowly thus provides the much wanted and needed sustained energy.

Need the energy? Take a spoonful of honey, spread it on your toast OR put it in your tea to help you have the energy you need.

5. When combined with lemon, it is great for weight loss
I'm guessing it's good for weight loss because it helps you go number 2. But apparently, its effects on the liver which speeds up our metabolism and on the stomach which it assists to improve our digestion are big factors why people lose weight with a lemon+honey water detox diet.

6. Good for curing bad breath, skin infections and acne!
The combination of honey and cinnamon is believed to cure a handful of ailments. Three of the ailments it can cure are bad breath, skin infections and acne.

My office mate told me earlier that I'm getting fat. Now all this research got me wondering...what if I try the honey + lemon + water diet? Hmm...

How about you? Do you think it's worth a try?

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