Unless you’re one of those fabled morning people, no one wakes up feeling amazing. Mornings are characterized by sluggishness and fatigue. If you’re unlucky, the condition might persist throughout the day. Some people turn to energy drinks or non-natural remedies and end up feeling worse than they did originally.
While there’s no magic pill to make you feel great, there is hope. Drinking an organic cocktail of warm water, lemon, honey, and apple cider vinegar first thing in the morning can make a world of difference. This mixture will improve both your digestion and immune system, give you more energy, and even help you lose weight.
Warm water, lemon, honey and apple cider vinegar are known to have tremendous properties on their own. Combining them into a single drink lets you reap their individual benefits quickly and without much fanfare. Following are some of the positive effects of each ingredient.
1. Apple Cider Vinegar
When apple juice is fermented, it becomes apple cider. When apple cider is fermented again, it becomes apple cider vinegar. This double fermentation endows apple cider vinegar with tremendous enzymes and prebiotics that have lots of health benefits.
For example, apple cider vinegar is shown to boost bile production in the liver, which helps your body break down cholesterol. It can also help relieve the symptoms of acid reflux disease by supporting digestive functions. If you’re looking to lose weight, you’ll be interested to know that apple cider vinegar increases metabolism and reduces water retention. It may also reduce appetite, but scientific consensus isn’t clear on this. Last but not least, ingesting apple cider vinegar helps your body absorb nutrients from the food you eat more efficiently. All in all, it’s a pretty great addition to an organic pro-health cocktail. Be sure to buy apple cider vinegar that comes with the mother—the bacterial culture that causes apple cider to become vinegar.
Honey’s use as a soothing agent goes back a long way in human history. The ancient Egyptians used it to dress wounds—it contains agents that help fight off infections. It’s also used as a contemporary at-home cure for sore throats. However, there are additional, less-known health benefits attributable to honey.
Honey contains natural carbohydrates and sugars that can be absorbed quickly by the body. Drinking it first thing in the morning gives you the boost you need to start the day off right. Honey also supports the immune system. Its antimicrobial and antioxidant properties inhibit the development of viruses and bacteria. When you’re buying honey, go for the organic, local option. Store-bought honey is often over processed and may contain glyphosate—a type of herbicide.
As a citrus fruit, lemons are understood to contain a wealth of health-positive nutrients. The one that comes to mind most readily is vitamin C, but it would be hard to overstate the amount of vitamins, nutrients and acids found in lemons. To avoid pesticides, use only organic lemons!
Lemons, when consumed first thing in the morning, help facilitate the digestive process. They do this by cleansing the digestive tract. Like apple cider vinegar, lemons trick the liver into producing more bile, which helps your body rid itself of toxins. Benefits of this include relief of bloating, heartburn, and indigestion.
A common weight loss aid, lemons contain pectin, a fiber that helps people feel fuller longer. Some people also report drinking lemon water in the morning provides an energy boost that eliminates the need for caffeinated beverages. Additionally, lemon water is a diuretic, meaning that it speeds up the elimination of waste from the body. And, speaking of the urinary tract, the American Urological Association claims that consuming lemons can help reduce the incidence of kidney stones. There’s also evidence that lemons can make it harder for bacteria to grow in the urinary tract due to their acidity.
4. Warm Water
Drinking warm water in the morning helps your body flush out toxins. Warm water in particular—as opposed to cold water—is especially beneficial. Similarly, warm water helps prevent constipation and helps your body break down food passing through the intestines. Use filtered water to remove any particulates that might be found in your tap water. Whereas cold water can aggravate headaches, warm water can reduce many bodily pains, including cramps.
Trying to lose weight? Warm water can help with that. Warm water keeps body temperature, and thus metabolism, high. Drinking warm water first thing in the morning, in particular, helps jump-start metabolic activity.
How to Prepare
After all the awesome health benefits, the best things about this cocktail are how easy and affordable it is to make. To prepare, simply fill a glass with 12 ounces of filtered warm water—neither too hot nor too cold. Then, juice half a lemon and add it to the water. Finally, add a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and one to two tablespoons of raw honey to the mixture. Stir and enjoy