Sunday January 21, 2018

Five Benefits of Honey and Lemon Drink that Can’t be Ignored

Lemon and honey mixture helps you lead a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

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Lemon and honey drink. Pixabay.
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  • Lemon and Honey drink helps you maintain a healthy lifestyle.
  • The mixture gives you the right amount of nutrients and removes toxins from the body.

The advise of drinking warm water mixed with lemon and honey has been given to all of us. But how many of us do really follow the advise? Very few. We tend to avoid natural remedies and seek for synthetic ways to improve our health and skin. But, this is one remedy which cannot be ignored. From physicians to gym trainers, everyone will give you a heads up to the healthy mix. All you need to do is, mix some warm water with half lemon and honey and wait for wonders to happen.

How To make the honey- lemon drink (low-calorie drink):

  •   Boil a cup of water and allow it to cool until it is just warm to touch.
  •   Add a teaspoonful of organic, unprocessed honey and stir well to dissolve.
  •   Squeeze the juice of half a lemon into the honey water, give it a stir and drink up.

Below are some benefits of Honey-Lemon drink:

  1. Boosts your immunity:

Lemon juice is a cocktail of all kinds of the body’s most essential nutrients. It has Vitamin C that help in fighting cold. Lemon is high in potassium as well, which stimulates nerve function, controls  blood pressure, helps in balancing pH Levels and reduces the overall acidity in the body. And, lemon juice’s mixture with honey cleanses the liver. This is one of the most amazing benefits of honey-lemon drink.

2. Helps in weight loss:

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Lemon juice mixed with honey helps you in losing weight. Pixabay.

Your health conscious friends would be the first ones to recommend you the healthy drink, as it prevents obesity. Since it cleanses the liver leading to body’s detoxification, your system’s metabolism rate gets boosted, and you start functioning better. The concoction is rich in pectin fiber, which helps in battling food cravings.

Also Read: Skin Benefits Of Coconut Oil: Beauty Tips using Coconut Oil

3. NO Acne! It promises you a clear and glowing skin:

If you’re dealing with an acne problem, then this is probably the best thing you could have.The anti bacterial properties of lemon and honey would do wonders to your skin.  The Vitamin C component reduces wrinkles and blemishes. Thus, a glass of this tasty and healthy drink, will in no time give you a clear skin.

4. Aids in food digestion:

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Lemon and honey mixture helps you with good digestion. Pixabay.

The honey & lemon drink helps the liver to produce bile, which is an acid required for digestion. Right digestion prevents constipation and heat burns.

5. Honey & Lemon Drink Boosts your energy early in the morning:

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The juice gives you energy to work throughout the day. Pixabay.

Benefits of honey & lemon drink: Lemon juice always freshens you up, but mixing it with honey will sustain your energy for a longer time. Honey is a food item providing lots of energy. Its composition of simple sugar like glucose and fructose will give you instant calories; therefore, giving you the power to work the whole day.

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12 things you must know about cold drinks in India

If you're addicted to cold drinks, chances are that you are not the only one.

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By Ruchika Verma

  • Cold drinks are one of the lesser known addictions in India
  • Sodas or cold drinks be it cola or non-cola can have harmful effects on us
  • The key is to consume cold drinks in moderation and not excessively

If you’re addicted to cold drinks, chances are that you are not the only one. Everyone loves the sugary, carbonated taste of cold drinks, especially during summers.

Cold drinks tastes good, but they have some harmful effects on us too. VOA
Cold drinks taste good, but they have some harmful effects on us too. VOA

Even in winters, we don’t really hesitate in consuming our favourite cold drinks. However, it is important to know their effect on our health and environment. Here is the list of 12 things you must know about cold drinks:

Obesity

Increase consumption of soda or cold drinks is said to one of the major reasons for high obesity rates and other health problems associated with it, as per some health experts. One can of soda contains about 150 calories, which if consumed regularly, can increase your weight by 6 kgs per year.

Sodas and cold drinks can cause obesity and diabetes. VOA
Sodas and cold drinks can cause diseases like obesity and diabetes. VOA

Causes Diabetes

High consumption of cold drinks can cause diseases like Type 2 Diabetes. Use of artificial sweetener leads to diabetes and thus children and sugar patients should refrain from consuming soft drinks in excessive amount.

Tooth decay

Cold drinks can cause tooth decay and no, not even your toothpaste and toothbrush can save you from this. The acid in cold drinks can damage your teeth more than sugar. The acid present in soft drinks weakens tooth enamel, which leads to cavities and tooth decay.

Also Read: 5 Drinks Which Will Help You Lose Weight

Cold drinks can cause a lots of harm to our body and its immunity. Wikimedia Commons
Cold drinks can cause lots of harm to our body and its immunity. Wikimedia Commons

Caffeine dependency

Many carbonated drinks, be it cola and non-cola, contain caffeine. Caffeine is addictive and can cause insomnia, irritability and other related symptoms in some people. If one is already having problems with caffeine, they should avoid cold drinks as much as they can.

Nutrition deficiency

It may sound quite weird, but it all boils down to the fact that sodas and cold drinks are simply not healthy. Many people have a habit of choosing soda over other beverages like water, milk, juice, etc. If you are one of those people too, chances are, you’re not getting the required amount of nutrients into your body.

One should go for healthier alternatives of cold drinks. Wikimedia Commons
One should go for healthier alternatives of soft drinks. Wikimedia Commons

Weak bones

Not getting required nutrients will obviously have an effect on your health. However, cold drinks can affect your bones as well. Studies suggest that excess consumption of soft drinks which contains acid can reduce the calcium quotient of our bones by preventing the nutrient from getting absorbed.

Artificial sweeteners

This should not really come as a surprise. All cold drinks have artificial sweeteners. Artificial sweeteners are not necessarily unhealthy. However, recent studies show that long-term consumption can damage our sugar taste receptors, leading us to crave more sugar oriented food.

Also Read: Sugary drinks responsible for 1 in 200 deaths

Cold drinks can cause tooth decay, obesity, etc. Wikimedia Commons
Cold drinks can cause tooth decay, obesity, etc. Wikimedia Commons

Slows Metabolism

When tired, try not to consume cold drinks and instead go for fresh juice or water. A soft drink can decrease your metabolism rate by 2 times. It also destroys fat burning enzymes leading to obesity.
Affects Reproduction Capabilities
Few studies have suggested that the use of artificial sweeteners in cold drinks, like saccharin and sucralose, can affect reproduction capabilities in humans. It can decrease the chances of pregnancy in women. The presence of caffeine in cold drinks can also decrease the sperm count in men, it may affect the quality of the sperm too.
There are many brands which are famous in India and are regularly consumed. Wikimedia Commons
There are many brands which are famous in India and are regularly consumed. Wikimedia Commons
Top Selling Brands of cold drinks in India
In India, a cold drink is consumed every minute by someone. The most popular brands of cold drinks in India are Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Thumbs Up. Other drinks include Limca, Mountain Dew and Sprite, which have the lemon essence in them. There are other brands like Fanta and Miranda too which are orange flavoured and less preferred drinks.
Controversies
Controversies and cold drinks are almost synonymous. There have been many controversies which revolve around cold drinks and its effects on our health. Concerns over usage of water, accusations over pesticides and sweeteners, and also, the general concerns about how these drinks are unhealthy, keep on plaguing these drinks.
Coca Cola is known to spend a huge amount of money on its advertisement campaigns. Wikimedia Common
Coca-Cola is known to spend a huge amount of money on its advertisement campaigns. Wikimedia Common
Advertising Expenses 
Cold drink brands hire the most famous celebrities to be their brand ambassadors. Their campaigns are often huge and present ideas which are larger than life. A lot of money is being spent on the advertising of these soft drinks. Coca-Cola normally spends up to $3.499 billion in a year on its advertising campaigns.