Sweet but not fattening! What’s more, it has proven slimming effect. In a word – honey.
You don’t need to convince anyone about the healthy properties of honey. But for some, it may be surprising that this sweet goodie has slimming properties. Why is it so? According to Ayurveda, it has a beneficial effect on the Kapha dosha which is responsible for the appearance of extra kilos. In addition, honey kindles agni, or digestive fire, and thus boosts metabolism.
Water with honey and lemon drunk on an empty stomach helps regulate digestion and is a great remedy for constipation.
The slimming properties of honey may be enhanced by cinnamon, which according to Ayurveda has many health-promoting properties. From The Yoga of Herbs by David Frawley and Vasant Lada we can learn that, in addition to stimulating digestive fire, cinnamon strengthens the heart and warms the kidneys, harmonizes circulation, and also helps with colds and flu, being a natural diaphoretic and expectorant agent. [Cf. Frawley D., Lad V., The Yoga of Herbs, p, 123]
Cinnamon is especially recommended for „cold” doshas, namely Vata and Kapha. Its warming properties may exaggerate Pitta excessively, so people with this constitution should be careful with cinnamon.
So how can you benefit from these properties of honey and cinnamon and step into the spring lightly?
- Eating a teaspoon of honey with cinnamon in the morning on an empty stomach (another option involves honey with ginger, powdered or fresh, grated);
- Adding a little cinnamon to the water with honey and lemon.
Finally, one more remark about honey. So that it doesn’t lose its properties, we never add it to very hot drinks, we don’t heat it, we don’t cook it. According to Ayurveda, heated honey not only loses its properties but even becomes toxic.