Green Tea With Lemon And Honey In Empty Stomach
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
One common question that arises from tea drinkers is: What happens if you drink green tea with added honey and lemon on an empty stomach?
It’s a great question and one that may have varying answers.
Most people who drink green tea, without food, have shared many positive health benefits from this practice.
Before we get into those benefits, let’s take a quick look at why people tend to combine green tea with lemon and honey in the first place…
Why Add Lemon and Honey To Your Green Tea (Especially When You Have an Empty Stomach)
For those of you who don’t know, green tea is one of the most powerful drinks around. Filled with antioxidants, polyphenols, and other helpful compounds, it could drastically change the way your body looks and feels.
Not to mention the many health benefits it may provide.
Green tea, which is the second most consumed beverage in the world (next to water), and has been used for centuries in China and Japan, not only as a drink, but as a powerful medicinal tool.
Studies have confirmed the health benefits you could see from consuming green tea. Even though there is no set amount you should be drinking, in order to reap the benefits, you should consume two to three cups per day.
Anything above five could lead to negative side effects that could detract from your health.
If you’re an avid tea drinker—or even a newbie who’s looking to include this healthy practice—you may wonder what benefits you may achieve by adding lemon or even honey to your tea.
Well, let me tell you…there’s a lot!
Both lemon and honey contain potent vitamins and minerals that could improve a number of different functions in your body.
Let’s take a look at both in detail:
Lemon and Green Tea
As you know, green tea contains potent catechins, including EGCG that could add improvements to your health.
However, those catechins thrive in a very acidic environment, which may pose problems once they enter into your intestines.
Your intestines are a very alkaline place, which could speed up the breakdown of those catechins BEFORE they are able to add improvements.
Adding lemon to your daily cup could fix that. Since lemons are very acidic, it could prevent the breakdown of those catechins in your body.
Not only will the lemon prevent breakdown of the antioxidants, it could also lead to SIX TIMES the absorption of the catechins once they enter your body.
Honey and Green Tea
Just like lemon, honey is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants your body can use to improve health.
The darker the honey, the more antioxidants you’re going to get. Not only is honey packed full of nutrients, it is also antimicrobial and antibacterial.
This means honey could destroy pathogenic molecules that could be destructive to your body.
Most people who add honey to their tea do it for a specific reason:
To stop their cold from getting worse! Thanks to the antimicrobial properties, you may see improvements to your cold, sore throat, and cough.
Although the addition of lemon and honey is great for giving your health a much needed boost…
The Benefits of Green Tea Lemon and Honey in Empty Stomach
Here are some of the benefits you may see:
1. Enhancement to the Digestive System
Just the right amount of this drink with lemon and honey could enhance your digestive processes.
Sometimes your digestive system is thrown out of whack, which could lead to indigestion, bloating, cramping, and pain.
However, the combination of green tea with lemon and honey could alleviate digestive issues. The catechins may enhance the activity of the enzyme, pepsin, which could help the digestive system work more effectively.
And the more effective your digestive system, the better your body will be at extracting the nutrients it needs from food.
2. Weight Loss
Studies have shown the combination of catechins and caffeine could boost both metabolic rate and fat oxidation.
In fact, studies have shown a four percent increase in metabolism just by including atleast one cup every day.
This is impressive because, without lemon, you may be getting a smaller concentration of catechins. But when you add lemon, you could increase the absorption rate, therefore putting your body in a better position for weight and body fat loss.
3. Cholesterol Management
In order to protect your heart, you need to lower your cholesterol to prevent LDL cholesterol from being oxidized.
Including this yummy drink may reduce cholesterol levels, thanks mainly to the catechin EGCG.
The combination of green tea with lemon and honey on an empty stomach could lower LDL cholesterol and could give your HDL (the more protective cholesterol particle) a much-needed boost.
This could enable your body to sweep your arteries clean, keeping LDL cholesterol levels down.
The second way it helps is by preventing the oxidation of LDL cholesterol particles. The powerful antioxidants and polyphenols could prevent oxidation of LDL cholesterol, therefore preventing damage to your artery wall.
This could lower your risk for heart disease, heart attacks, or even strokes from occurring.
4. Combats Fatigue
It has been proven to...
- has been used for centuries as a way to boost your energy and prevent bodily fatigue from ruining your day.
- is chock full of magnesium, zinc, and chromium, which could lead to better blood flow through your body.
This could lead to more nutrient-rich blood reaching your cells and organs. The end result could be less fatigue.
Conclusion on This Tea...
Drinking green tea with lemon and honey on an empty stomach could:
• Boost your immunity and help alleviate cold and cough symptoms
• Accelerate your metabolism and enhance fat oxidation, therefore leading to better weight and body fat loss
• Increases energy levels so you can stay active and going all day
• Protect your heart from heart attacks or strokes by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels
• Increase the activity of pepsin, which could improve your digestive system.
However, there could be some side effects associated with drinking green tea with these things added on an empty stomach, which could deter someone from drinking it. If you want to prevent these side effects—and bathe your body with the powerful antioxidants you need—then there is another way…
Page Medically Reviewed and Edited by
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD
Cyrus Khambatta, PhD, is a cofounder of Mastering Diabetes and Amla Green is an internationally recognized nutrition and fitness coach who has been living with type 1 diabetes since 2002. Using an evidence-based approach to nutrition and fitness, he first reduced his own insulin usage by more than 40%, and has educated thousands of people with all forms of diabetes how to reverse insulin resistance using food as medicine. Cyrus earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford University in 2003, then earned a PhD in Nutritional Biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley in 2012. He is the co-host of the annual Mastering Diabetes Online Summit, a featured speaker at the Plant-Based Nutrition and Healthcare Conference (PBNHC), the American College of Lifestyle Medicine (ACLM) Conference, Plant Stock, and has been featured on Forks Over Knives, NPR, PBS, KQED, Fast Company, and is the author of the upcoming book Mastering Diabetes.
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