Whether in health or sickness, there is a very good reason as to why lemon, honey, and cinnamon, combined within hot liquid are a mixture that is almost guaranteed to improve your well being. Each one of these quiet wonder foods, has it's own wealth of nutritional, and medicinal, health benefits. Combined together in a hot drink they are able to help relieve and shorten the symptoms of colds, flu, sore throat, and other common bacterial or viral ailments.
Honey is a powerful antioxidant that also has antibacterial properties within it. Studies are showing that honey can soothe a dry throat, and help to eliminate a cough, as well as any over the counter decongestant can. Honey can also be used to treat asthma, upset stomach, or be used as a salve on open cuts and burns. Known as a natural antiseptic honey is believed to improve human digestion tract health in a manner similar to yogurt. It is believed that the friendly bacteria within honey is what provides it's antibacterial properties.
A natural sugar honey is rich in potassium, magnesium, calcium, iron and phosphate. It also contains vitamin B and C, and is more easily digested than the more complex, refined sugars. At around sixty calories per tablespoon, honey contains about forty percent less calories than other sweeteners, such as refined sugar.
In a hot drink honey is a refreshing, and nutritious means of controlling a sore throat, or cough.
Lemons, and the juice that they contain within them, are another soothing hot drink to sip. Whether served in a glass of hot honey water, herbal tea, or sipped simply as lemon water, lemon is an excellent source of vitamin C. Because of their high vitamin C content they were actually highly valued back in days of yore as an effective measure to prevent the occurrence of Scurvy. Lemon juice is still used today to provide a rich source of Vitamin C during cold and flu outbreaks, but lemons have a second factor that makes them especially important in this area, they are a powerful diuretic. This means that lemons have the ability to help increase the rate at which fluids move through the body. This is very important for people with gout, liver or kidney illness. It is also very important for those individuals who are suffering from bacteria, or viral infections, as these need to be flushed as quickly as possible through the body. Any time that your body needs a little extra cleansing is a great time to add a little lemon into your diet plan.
A little known fact about the ancient spice Cinnamon is that it is a powerful antioxidant. It also has antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties, and is rich in manganese, dietary fiber, iron and calcium. It also tastes great! Cinnamon has been used as a seasoning, as well as a medicinal product, for thousands of years. Cinnamon can be added to desserts, hot drinks, herbal teas or cold apple ciders.
Cinnamon is a natural anti-inflammatory and has been used to help people suffering from arthritis. While it's antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, have made it useful in the fight against bacteria, and bacterial infections. Cinnamon has been used in blood-sugar control and may help to improve diabetes. It is also helpful for improving colon and heart health. Cinnamon does however come with a warning, it should not be taken in large quantities because of it's anti-clotting abilities, so use it responsibly.
Lemon, honey, cinnamon and hot water are a drink that can keep you healthy in all seasons. You choose whether you wish to drink them individually or combined together. Either way they are a delicious, nutritious, and soothing beverage to consume. Do something nice for your body today, put your feet up, and relax with a soothing cup of this beverage.