Stay hydrated and give your immune system a gentle boost to fend off common winter ailments with this naturally soothing Honey & Ginger Warm Lemon Water.
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Honey & Ginger Warm Lemon Water
I’m not one for trends or fads. In fact, I am usually oblivious to them because 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. #RealTalk #SorryNotSorry.
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.
I don’t believe in detoxing – if you are lucky enough to have a functioning liver and kidneys, your body takes care of that for you. And I don’t talk about weight loss often, I try not to at all, because I don’t think that weight loss is the answer to good health.
HOWEVER. One day, I was so sick with a nasty cold and I couldn’t even think of drinking my super sweet 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
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 knew I needed to do something different, and I even made one of my New Year’s Resolutions to drink more water
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?
The Health Benefits of Honey, Ginger & Lemon
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 appreciate the health promoting properties of these beautiful ingredients Mother Nature has so thoughtfully prepared for us.
Honey. For those who are just starting out with warm lemon water, the tart taste may be too overwhelming – it was for me at first! I like to add a bit of honey to my water for sweetness and comfort, especially when I am feeling ill. Honey is a naturally soothing ingredient that has been used in natural medicinal remedies for thousand of years.
Honey has been shown to help prevent cancer and heart disease – two of our nations leading killers. Honey also proves to be a natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal remedy that can also help to reduce irritation throughout the body, especially in the throat and gastrointestinal tract.
When purchasing your honey, raw local honey is best for your body and immune system, but if that is not available, just be sure to check the ingredients list to make sure there are no artificial ingredients or additives.
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.
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.
My Thoughts on Detox
It seems that more and more often, women 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.
Honey & Ginger Warm Lemon Water
- 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.
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 have a tip or trick that helps you to drink more water throughout the day, I would love to hear about it!
Let me know in the comments section below!
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