Honey water is a drink that you may have heard of and it’s not surprising. This simple, but highly effective remedy is something that has been used for many, many years.
For me, it has been a staple in our home that my Mom would always bring out when a sore throat or cold showed up. And over time I’ve discovered that there are plenty of other great reasons to use honey water too. (If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of honey, click here)
The best news is that honey water is easy to make and mix. If you’re keen to try it, read on for how to make honey water and an overview of all its benefits.
How To Make Honey Water
Making honey water is very easy.
The first step is to boil water as if you are making tea. Remove the water from the heat, allow to cool to ‘warm’ and add one to two tablespoons of raw honey. If you are measuring this in grams, it should be between 15 and 30 grams. Adjust to taste.
For your first time, start with a smaller amount of honey (1 tablespoon). It’s easy to add more but impossible to remove.
When adjusting to taste, remember you don’t want the water too sweet. It should not be like drinking sugar water but if you want a bit more sweetness, add more.
When to Drink Honey Water
You can drink the water first thing in the morning or right after your coffee or tea. You can also drink it at other times during the day.
Some people using it for weight loss tend to drink it twice a day, once in the morning and once in the evening before bed. The key to using honey water is to drink it hot or at the very least warm. You need to drink it like a tea.
It’s also a good idea to add things to your honey water for extra benefits. Try adding apple cider vinegar to help with cleansing, orange to give a boost of Vitamin C for your immune system, or even lemon. Ginger is also an additive than can help boost your immune system.
Benefits of Honey Water
Raw honey (the best to use for honey water) is antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and loaded with antioxidants. These properties mean it is a powerhouse when it comes to improving internal health. Here’s a few good reasons why you should enjoy honey water every day.
1. Helps with Weight Loss
Honey is a natural alternative to sugar and can help stave off cravings while reducing the amount of calories consumed. Unlike sugar, it also provides nutrients for your body.
2. Aids Digestion
It can help with digestive issues including constipation. The water flushes the system and helps keep you regular so you aren’t holding onto extra weight or bloat.
3. Boosts Immunity
All the properties of honey make it a natural immunity booster. It will help to fight bacteria, flush toxins and reduce free radicals. A daily dose will help keep your system fighting fit.
4. Reduces Allergies
If you suffer from allergies, honey water will start to have lasting effects within a few days to a few weeks. It’s important to also take extra steps to reduce allergy causing agents such as regular cleaning and vacuuming of your home.
5. Increases Energy
Honey water will hydrate while supplying your body with simple sugars and carbohydrates. This means it offers a natural energy boost that is much better than a caffeine fix or sugar hit. Try it next time you hit that mid afternoon slump.