Bees are amazing. They fly from flower to flower, collecting ingredients, and then high-tail it back to their hive, wave a wand (or something…I know it’s super cool), and voila!
Nectar of the gods.
I’ve always loved the taste of honey. It’s pretty much the first thing I make a “beeline” (yeah, I went there) for at my local farmer’s market because local honey is even better for you.
If you consume honey created from the flora near where you live, your body learns how to handle those compounds. It’s a major assist in the allergy department.Consume honey from the flora near where you live. It’s a major assist in the allergy department!Click To Tweet
As much as I love (and I sort of mean worship) the joys of honey, I can’t really full-on eat too much of it every single day or I’d pack on the pounds. I’d feel great but even natural sugar is sugar and my waistline would happily welcome the sweet goodness.
That’s why I’ve become a firm believer in the benefits of honey water. During the cooler months or when I’m not feeling well, I regularly make a hot cup of herbal tea with added honey. On a daily basis, I can’t be bothered to put the kettle on (the coffee machine is doing most of my heavy lifting every morning).
A tablespoon of honey dissolved in warm water is delicious, quick, and packed with nutrients.
Warm or room temperature water has been proven to stimulate digestion. Before I start throwing back gallons of coffee, I usually start my morning with a room temp glass of water with half a lemon or lime squeezed in it. Now I combine the benefits of honey water with my lemon and I think they’re playing off each other in my body.
I know it sounds nuts but stay with me.
Honey Water Benefit #1
I have more energy. Honey is a natural sweetener with a different formulation than refined table sugar. While sugar offers you zero nutritional value and a quick “high” that depletes quickly, honey has staying power. Your body processes it a bit slower, takes in the nutrients it offers, and gives you that same “pick me up” without the crash.
Your body processes honey slower, and takes in the nutrients it offers without a crash.Click To Tweet
Honey Water Benefit #2
I’m still losing weight. Adding the honey to my morning water isn’t putting the weight on me the way I worried it would. First, I drink it early so my body has the chance to use the calories I’m taking in. I try to avoid sweets around bedtime since I won’t have that same opportunity. In the past, I drizzled honey on a carb item and that didn’t do me any favors. By dissolving it in water, I get the pleasure of something sweet without the empty calories of processed carbs.
Honey Water Benefit #3
It’s a natural gut helper. Drinking it in water first thing in the morning (on an empty stomach) is great for your gut health. It helps soothe your belly, hydrate your intestines, and soften your stools without the “oh no” side effects of an actual stool softener. It’s also delivering actual raw nutrition that’s easily absorbed by your gastrointestinal system.
Honey Water Benefit #4
I’m safeguarding my immune system. Not only is honey excellent for allergies, it’s naturally antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-parasitic. It’s so effective against powerful bacteria that scientists are researching the possibility that honey may reverse antibiotic resistance. Considering the threat posed by the overuse of antibiotics, this would be an incredible discovery. Long before there were pharmaceutical drugs (or even modern medicine as we know it) honey was used on battlefields of the Roman Empire to prevent infection.
Honey Water Benefit #5
It helps me beat colds faster. If you have a little person around you, you already know he/she is a Typhoid Mary for every cold, flu, or stomach bug. Until small ones entered my life, I was rarely knocked down with illness. Last year, I was sick half a dozen times by this point in the fall/winter months. None of us have time for that. I started my honey (and lemon) water trial about six weeks ago. So far, I had a minor “something” that I worried would become a cold. I drank the honey water in the morning, had tea with honey in the evening, and it was gone in two days. It’s not a cure-all but anything that helps me stay on my feet…I’m there.
A word of caution…honey shouldn’t be given to children under one year old. Pediatricians warn against it since baby’s digestive systems are still developing. The spores easily handled by adult bodies can result in potentially fatal botulism for a baby.
Honey may not be a miracle food but there have been hundreds of studies to verify (and explore) the naturally good stuff in it. Your body loves it because it’s easy to digest and useful in many biological functions. Buy local honey and enjoy a glass of beneficial honey water first thing tomorrow morning.
Do you use honey in your daily life? Tell me how in the comments below!