Stay hydrated and give your immune system a gentle boost to fend off common winter ailments with this naturally soothing, anti-inflammatory Honey & Ginger Warm Lemon Water that can help to aid in digestion, improve your skin, and help you get back to feeling your best.
The Health Benefits of Honey, Ginger & Lemon Water
While I don’t think that Honey & Ginger Warm Lemon Water is a magical elixir that will somehow restore bad health and cause you to wake up in the body of your dreams, I do believe in the health promoting properties of these natural ingredients Mother Nature has so thoughtfully prepared for us.
Below you will find a detailed explanation of the health benefits of each one of these ingredients, as well as the health benefits of putting them all together in one delicious drink, along with my recipe and method for preparing this drink daily.
The Health Benefits of Honey
For those who are just starting out with warm lemon water, the tart taste of lemon juice may be too overwhelming first thing in the morning. That is where honey comes in.
Honey, a natural nectar made by bees, is a naturally soothing ingredient that contains powerful nutrients and enzymes that have been used in natural medicinal remedies for thousand of years.
Unlike refined sugars like granulated white sugar or high-fructose corn syrup, which can cause a host of problems in the body if consumed too frequently, honey is considered to be an all-natural sweetener.
When purchasing honey for medicinal purposes like in this recipe, sourcing raw, local honey may be best for your body and immune system.
Raw honey has not been processed or filtered, leaving most of the nutritional benefits intact. Traditional honey commonly purchased at the grocery store has been processed, pasteurized, and may be chemically refined. The refining process may remove or destroy many of most important health promoting properties.
Consuming raw honey is likely to make you feel better given its natural anti-fungal and antibacterial properties. Raw honey is also a source of antioxidants, important components that help to block free radicals in the body and to protect our cells. These antioxidants help to prevent a host of diseases, making them a natural immune system booster and defender.
Furthermore, honey has been shown to help soothe a cough and itchy throat. Increasing scientific evidence shows that a single dose of honey can reduce mucus secretion and coughs. In one study, honey was just as effective as diphenhydramine and dextromethorphan, common ingredients found in over-the counter cough medicines (source).
When purchasing your honey, raw local honey is best, but if that is not available, be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure there are no artificial ingredients or additives. Ideally, you should purchase your honey from a local beekeeper or health food store. You can also use this honey locator to find a producer near you.
For more honey health benefits, check out these resources below:
*As a important safety consideration, please remember that infants and children under the age of one-years old should not consume honey – raw or otherwise.
Important Note About Honey In This Recipe: Adding raw honey to boiling water will denature some of the most important health promoting properties. When preparing this recipe, wait until the water is cool enough to sip comfortably before stirring in your honey to assure you are reaping all of the available health benefits.
The Health Benefits of Ginger
With use for its anti-nausea properties being traced back to ancient times, ginger may be one of the longest used natural stomach ache remedies. Ginger has the ability to help with both a stomach ache as well as nausea morning sickness. One of my favorite health benefits of ginger is the anti-inflammatory effects it can have on the body.
If you’re new to ginger, have to fear! This long and knobby rhizome may seem difficult to use at first, but once you get comfortable, its just like any other produce item you may normally use. I typically just use a vegetable peeler to peel off the outside flesh and slice the bare root, but you can use a small grater as well.
The Health Benefits of Lemon
One of the most commercially available citrus fruits, lemon is known for its tart and vibrant taste. Not only are they rich in vitamin C, the vitamin we all turn to in order to try and fend off the common cold, but they are full of pectin, a natural fiber found in fruit. They have naturally occurring anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties to help fend off free radicals in the body.
Honey & Ginger Warm Lemon Water
I’m not one for trends or fads. In fact, I try to shield myself away as they’re usually unsubstantiated claims propagated by people who don’t actually know what they are talking about.
Just take one quick peek into Pinterest and search Warm Lemon Water, this is what you will get:
Easy detox, Lemon water fat burner, Drink your way to weight loss, Detox to get rid of stomach fat, Lose 22lbs in 2 weeks
Literally every statement that makes me as a dietitian, nutritionist, body positive advocate and a logical thinking person, cringe.
The truth is, one single ingredient or one single recipe does not have the magical healing abilities to make you feel better or shed excessive amounts of weight. If you are lucky enough to have a functioning liver and kidneys, your body takes care of the natural detox process for you.
And when it comes to weight loss, I think it is important to note that weight loss is not the single answer to good health. In fact, I think the secret to achieving good health lies in the ability to look past simple weight loss and focus instead on health promoting behaviors.
So how did this become my favorite, go-to drink of choice?
One day, I was so sick with a nasty cold and I couldn’t even think of drinking my morning coffee. I am an avid tea drinker and even that wasn’t going to do it for me. So I brewed a cup of hot water, added a slice of lemon, a chunk of ginger, and a spoonful of honey and the rest was history.
My love affair had begun 😉
Why I Drink Warm Lemon Water Every Day
I have always had a difficult time drinking enough water throughout the day. I have even said to my husband on occasion “I was born without a thirst sensation“. Exaggerated, but seemingly true. I’m telling you, I would go DAY’s without drinking water, despite knowing how bad it was for my body and how bad it made me feel.
I would drink a cup of coffee in the morning and perhaps a cup of tea in the afternoon – and that was it! When I finally did feel thirsty, it was always late at night, and I would chug a glass of water before bed, which led me to having to get up multiple times in the night to pee. That’s not a restful nights sleep at all. Well, overtime this became a huge problem which led to unwanted health problems, including migraines.
I have a connection with warm beverages as my ‘comfort food’ that stems from childhood. When I was little my parent’s would offer me a cup of tea before bed, rather than the traditional warm glass of milk.
It never occurred to me that the temperature of my water could make such a big difference, but I have seen a significant change since switching from drinking a cold beverage to a warm one throughout the day, perhaps its a comfort factor?
But What About Detox?
It seems that more and more often, we are turning to ‘detoxing’, ‘cleansing’, and drinking special drinks in hopes to see rapid weight loss.
The human body is in a constant state of detox every second of every day, as it is the physiological function of the liver and kidneys to rid the body of endotoxins, xenbiotics, and foreign materials.
So if the ever efficient human body is capable of the most thorough and natural form of detoxing, why do so many turn to, and spend a lot of money on, claims that a certain drink or supplement will detox their body? Marketing. Everybody is looking for a quick fix, and so called ‘experts’ claim that if you buy their product you will magically detox your body and subsequently shed unwanted weight.
Although the human body is constantly detoxing, there are ways that we can aid in the detoxification process – through proper nutrition, rather than expensive drinks that have no scientific backing or proof of effectiveness.
So my question to you is: would you rather spend money to ‘detox’ with the aid of a drink or supplement designed for the sole purpose of generating income for the inventor, or would you rather invest your money and energy into seeking out the must nutritious, whole and natural foods, which have been specifically designed by nature to aid the human body in the natural physiological detoxification pathway?
I think we need to stop looking towards quick fixes and start to understand that a true healthy lifestyle, based on the foundation of mostly organic, natural, plant-based foods is what will help to optimize our health. By following a healthy lifestyle and eating for optimal nutrition we will achieve both a reduction in the number of toxins we consume as well as aid in the bodies natural ability to remove the toxins we do encounter on a daily basis.
I’ll step off my soapbox now! 😉
How I Make My Lemon Water
Bottom line, you need to find what works for you, and this is what works for me. I love the taste of warm lemon water with honey and ginger and I am now drinking a significantly greater amount of water than I ever was before. Win-win-win all around for both my health & my happiness.
My healthy lifestyle is largely dictated by efficacy and preparation, which is why I prepare everything I need for my lemon water ahead of time. Usually over the weekend I will take 20 minutes to slice my lemons and peel and slice my ginger. While I don’t always use organic produce, I do try to buy organic lemons for my water because I add the entire rind and keep it in there all day long.
I used to use a tea kettle for brewing my water, but I have since fallen in love with my Keurig for instant, on-demand hot water whenever I want it. I keep the same piece of ginger and the same lemon rind in my travel cup all day long, and just refill with warm water as I go about my day.
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- 1 organic lemon sliced
- 1 " piece of fresh ginger peeled and thinly sliced
- 1 teaspoon of raw or local honey
- 8 ounces of boiling water
Add lemons and ginger to the bottom of your favorite cup.
Pour boiling water into cup.
Stir in honey as desired.
DON’T FORGET YOUR MEAL PLAN!
I hope you start to think about the things that you would most like to improve in your life, no matter how small they may seem – like drinking more water. If you’re looking for additional help in meal planning or discovering new and delicious recipes to try, be sure to download my Free 16 page eBook – The 5 Day Happy & Healthy Meal Plan below!
If you have a tip or trick that helps you to drink more water throughout the day, I would love to hear about it! And if you make this recipe, be sure to tag me on Facebook, Instagram, or let me know in the comments below ♥
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