Tumblr posts, memes and fully fledged, well worded articles are dedicated in informing the world how caffeine takers cannot function without their addiction. The moment a hint of tiredness is felt, out come the coffee cup and the all-precious packet of coffee, no matter if it’s beans or powder.
What does caffeine do to one’s body, really? It gets quickly absorbed and distributed into the bloodstream (20 minutes, to be precise!). It has the capacity to affect every part of you, right from brainpower and blood pressure, to mood and sleep. Love that rush of energy that hot morning cup gives you? Remember how it fades away, too? That’s because the adrenaline, released as a reaction to the caffeine soaring through your body, produces only short bursts of energy that leave you feeling dull and wanting another (and another) cup of coffee.
It’s time to stop feeling the caffeine blues, guzzlers. Introducing the ultimate and very simple alternative – honey lemon water! One cup of warm (not hot) water, one tablespoon of honey, and the juice of half a lemon is all one needs to make this super healthy concoction. All natural ingredients, awfully easy to whip up, and yummy.
Here’s why you should try it!
1. Simple and Effective Energy Booster
Dehydration can make one feel quite tired, even a tiny hint of it. Water thus works as a natural energy booster along with honey, which is a source of simple sugars and carbohydrates.
2. Boosts the Immune System
The vitamin C found in the lemon has anti-inflammatory effects. It also contains certain substances, known as saponins that show antimicrobial properties. Honey is full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals that contain antibacterial properties, and can help to protect against bacterial infections.
3. Improves Health
Honey lemon water increases the amount of good cholesterol in the body, along with reducing cardiovascular strain. There’s a good point!
4. Good for That Bad Cough!
Have a sore throat and an annoying cough that won’t go away? Try soothing it with this drink. The honey coats the throat and the warm water acting as a soothing agent, which is effective in reducing the cough.
5. Hello There, Detox
Honey and water help to flush out toxins from the body, as keeping hydrated can (generally) make you go to the bathroom more often. The citric acids in the lemon enhance enzyme function, which stimulates the liver and helps with the detox.
6. Enhances Metabolism
The citric acid present in the lemon is an important intermediate for the Krebs cycle. It is an important metabolic cycle that is central to almost all related reactions in the body.
7. Helps the Digestive System
The composition of this healthy drink boosts the liver to produce more bile, an important acid in the process of digestion. The lemon juice helps in the removal of toxins from the digestive tract, and to relieve symptoms of indigestion like bloating, burping and heartburn.
8. Fixes the Gassy Feeling
So, the churan that the gassy relative swears by, didn’t work for you? Give a cup of this flavoured water a try. The honey neutralizes the gas, bringing the much needed relief!
9. Weight Watchers, Here’s Your Answer
Dieticians say that cutting down on sugar isn’t necessarily the best way to cut the fat. Unfortunately, not a lot of people know an alternative to the white sugar that we heap into our food. Honey is the good kind of sugar, that which is a healthy source of calories. Drinking honey water saves you from sweet drink cravings, like those flavoured sodas we love so much, filled with empty calories.
A cup of warm water infused with lemon and honey every morning can turn your life around in subtle but amazingly healthy ways. It’s time for a change in routine and try this drink!