Water is good for you, we all know that. We hear no end that we should be drinking more and more water. After all, water is a vital component of our bodies, let's not forget that we are made up of 80% water!! Which is actually a very strange thought when you overthink it. Water basically maintains all of our everyday bodily functions form transporting vital nutrients and oxygen to helping with our day to day digestion of food. So we've successfully established we NEED it.
But fancy making your water even more helpful to your system? Just add honey, yes honey! I know what you're thinking, it's full of sugar... It's so sweet, how can it be healthy??
Fear not friends, honey is actually pretty darn good for you. Drinking a glass of warm honey water everyday can increase your health and even prevent against disease. Yep, you heard it right, this is what will happen if you start drinking honey water everyday...
Your gas will reduce--If you suffer from bloat or feel gassy on the regular, then a mug of warm honey water will help to neutralize the gas in your system. You'll feel half a stone lighter in no time.
You will boost your immune system--Honey owns some pretty impressive immune system boosting properties. Be sure to buy raw, organic honey to gain maximum benefits from the bacteria killing assets! It's full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals that will protect you against any nasty bacteria.
You will flush out toxins--Honey and warm water is one of the best combinations to flushing out waste from your system. Say goodbye to toxins and hello to a detox. Adding lemon will also help improve this even further by helping to increase urination.
Your skin will become clearer--Honey is a natural anti-oxidant which means it helps to flush away any waste and thanks to antibacterial properties, it helps to keep your skin clean and clearer than ever. (go to http://www.sheknows.com/beauty-and-style/articles/1017621/beauty-benefits-of-honey) for an overview of why and how to get better skin by using honey.
You will lose weight--So your first thought is probably "but sugar??" Yes, there is sugar in honey, but it is totally different to white sugar, it's natural sugar! These natural sugars will help to satisfy your everyday sweet cravings for naughty treats such as cake, sweets, chocolate and cola. In fact, if you swap your sweetened packed drinks for honey water, you'll be saving up to 64% more calories.
Your sore throat will improve--There's a reason warm honey water is a winter favorite, it can help to soothe a sore throat and warm you up in the colder months. Honey is a natural remedy for respiratory infections and the common cough, so next time you have a pesky winter cold, reach for the honey (raw and organic of course).
Your blood sugar levels will regulate--As we've discussed, whilst honey does contain a fair amount of sugar, it's not the same as white sugar--the combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body to regulate your blood sugar levels, it's also said to lower cholesterol too. Not bad~~~
You'll be preventing risk of heart disease--The flavonoids and anti-oxidants in honey are also pretty handy at helping to prevent and reduce your risk of heart disease. Research has shown that honey slowed down the oxidation process of bad cholesterol in human blood--which can have a harmful effect on your heart leading to attacks and even a stroke.
*Make sure you let the water cool a bit (so it should be warm, not hot) before adding the honey so that it does not inactivate the natural enzymes in the raw honey*
So, what are you waiting for?? Make yourself a warm/cool glass of honey water~~~~