Home-made Energy Drinks for a Natural Power Boost

ImageWhile living life in the fast lane, our body often suffers from fatigue and grows weary, but that is no excuse to clock out for the rest of the day. Many of us turn to an Energy drink to help us boost our energy, and also to re-hydrate us during workouts or sports.

Most such energy or sports drinks available in the market contain similar ingredients that act as a temporary stimulant. An artificial stimulant is not real energy, and the boost they provide is short lived. Many experts also believe that these drinks have adverse physical and neurological effects.

 Most such drinks have the following ingredients:

  • Sugar – A common source of empty calories
  • Caffeine – Increases heart rate, insomnia and dehydration
  • Taurine – A nonessential amino acid to help focus and increase the blood flow to the heart. Long-term effects of Taurine remain unknown
  • Artificial Colors

As an alternative to such synthetic energy supplements, why not try making some natural and healthy energy drinks at home?

Honey is a proven alternative to energy drinks. It contains high-levels of fructose and glucose that enter the blood stream gradually. It provides a much longer lasting energy boost, as well as, essential amino acids required for post workout recovery. It is a great, natural fuel for sports and is packed with plentiful nutrients and health benefits.

Follow the easy recipes listed below, to make your own rehydrating and nourishing energy drinks:

DIY Refreshing Fruit Energy Drink

  • Mix 1/3 cup of Natural honey  with 1/3 cup of unsweetened grapefruit, pomegranate or cherry juice
  • Add 6 cups of water.
  • For workouts and outdoor activities, add a pinch of salt
  • Blend well and Refrigerate

DIY Antioxidant Herbal Tea Energy Drink  

  • Steep four bags of herbal/ green tea in two cups boiling water.
  •  Add five cups water and 1/3 cup honey
  • Stir well and store in the refrigerator till ready to use.

There you go- follow these simple recipes to make a bottle of these delicious energy drinks and hit the gym for a full power work out.

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Honey – Sweet Remedy for Losing Weight

Losing weight is almost always a struggle and involves eating bland food, as well as, completely depriving the sweet tooth of any pleasure, whatsoever.

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However, ancient knowledge coupled with latest findings suggests that losing weight can also be a sweet affair with honey. Contrary to common belief, research shows that the daily use of honey instead of sugar does not lead to weight gain. Packed with nutrients- it in fact makes you feel more energetic. This simple, Nectar of Gods, helps in weight loss, while also ridding the body of harmful toxins.

There are various ways of using this nature’s gold to lose weight, boost metabolism and get beautiful, glowing skin.  Listed under are some simple ways of using honey everyday:

Honey and Lemon-  Ayurveda recommends having honey and lemon for effective weight loss. Start your day with a warm glass of water with honey and lemon, on an empty stomach. This drink can be taken throughout the day before meals, ideally half an hour before food.  Digestive herbs like ginger can also be added for boosting flavor and nutrients.

Honey and Lemon in hot water is also a great detox drink, particularly beneficial for glowing, fresh skin.

Honey and Cinnamon- Unani Healing, the ancient tradition of Greek-Arabic medicine, suggests drinking a brew of cinnamon and honey first thing in the morning. This drink can be made by boiling cinnamon in half a cup of water and later adding honey before drinking.

Hibernation Diet- A revolutionary diet that suggests consuming a spoonful of natural honey before bedtime can lead to both- a sound sleep, as well as, weight loss. This easy to follow diet suggests that the nutrients in honey promote fat burning in the body while you sleep. The body burns fat during sleep as a natural self healing mechanism. This is often disrupted by low blood sugar as we sleep. Honey primarily concentrates on bettering the sleep metabolism of the body, by supporting the liver and adrenal function.

Substitute Sugar- Honey is rich in fructose and glucose, which supplies our body with energy to burn fats, while also boosting the metabolic activity in our body. But unlike the empty calories of sugar, corn syrup and other processes sweeteners, honey is nutritionally abundant with amino acids, vitamins and is a rich source of calcium.

Honey not only improves the taste of herbal teas and smoothies, but is also known to curb hunger.

Natural Energy Drink- Avoid expensive and toxic energy drinks. Instead, substitute them with natural honey-based energy drinks. Researchers at University of Memphis have found that honey is an effective energy drink pre and post exercise. Honey gives equal amount of energy as glucose, but with sustained energy and prompt recovery. Make your own energy drink, which is both natural and energizing during work outs and sports.

Raw Honey- The Food of Gods

Here is amber honey sweet, in a crystal bowl. Sun kissed food the fairies eat. Nectar for the Soul – Ann Fairbairn Image

Honey has been praised as “the food for gods” in the scriptures of yore. So is this delicious liquid gold really good for you? Definitely, but being rich in calories- only in moderation. This natural sweetener is packed with natural goodness. Being predigested by the bees, honey is easily metabolized and is extremely rich in nutrients. So much so- that many consider it to be the perfect food. No wonder then, that pots of golden honey were discovered in the pyramids of the great pharaohs.

Benefits of Natural Honey

  • Natural honey is primarily composed of two sugars- laevulose and dextrose. Both of these do not require to be broken down further, and so, are quickly absorbed into the blood stream. This gives the body an instant energy boost.
  • Honey is also rich in amino acids, vitamins and minerals, and no cholesterol. Vitamins and minerals in honey include- vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, and zinc. The exact nutritional profile of honey depends on the floral source of the honey.
  • It contains some potassium salts that eliminate germs and bacteria, even more than some antibiotics. This is why natural honey can never get spoilt. Recent studies recommend using it as a topical treatment for burns and ulcers.
  • The potassium salts in honey also help in lowering blood pressure.
  • Is helpful for fighting obesity and losing weight when taken with lemon or cinnamon on an empty stomach.
  • It’s a great beauty aid and is recommended as a mask to attain glowing silk and lustrous hair.
  • Cures constipation when taken at night with milk.
  • Has some well known antioxidants like chrysin, pinobanksin, catalase, pinocembrin and vitamin C.

Raw Honey v/s Pasteurized Honey

Most of us buy bottled honey from super markets. These bottles are often labeled as ‘natural honey’, however, this is not usually accurate.   Most commercially available bottled honey is in fact pasteurized, to prevent it from crystallizing, and increasing its shelf life.

The commercial, pasteurized honey has been heated at 161 °F (71.7 °C) or higher for the pasteurization and filtered for the appealing, golden glass effect of bottled honey. Although, it makes the honey easier to store and use, pasteurization partially destroys honey’s fragile aromas, yeast and enzymes which make honey so healthy, and are responsible for stimulating vitamins and minerals into the body. According to the “Bee Hive Product Bible”, pasteurized honey has 30-50 percent lesser vitamin content than natural honey.

How is Organic, Raw Honey Different?

Raw honey isn’t very appealing to the eyes. Unlike the beautiful golden liquid available at the super-store, natural honey is slightly cloudy at room temperature since its crystallization properties aren’t harmed by the heat. Unlike popular belief, crystallization is not a sign of honey gone bad, it’s just a natural property of it.

Raw honey is filtered but only to rid it of the dirt and minor particles of the bee-hive, safeguarding all the healthy enzymes, minerals and vitamins that give honey its wondrous quality.

So go on, buy yourself a jar of raw, organic honey from the farmer’s market or a trusted organic store to enjoy the benefits of this wondrous gift of Gaia.