Does adding herbs, spices and honey in warm lemon water aid weight loss?

Luke Coutinho tells you if adding ingredients like honey, cardamom, tulsi leaves in warm water and lemon actually helps.

Drinking warm water and lemon early in the morning aids in weight loss is a known fact. To further improve the taste and flavour, many people add common spices like cinnamon, black pepper and herbs like tulsi. For some people, warm water with lemon and honey has become a morning drink. However, if you are among those who believe that adding spices, herbs or honey can boost your weight loss goals, then here s what Luke Coutinho, Holistic Nutritionist and Integrative and Lifestyle Medicine expert, Mumbai has to say.

While it is not a bad idea to add honey, cardamom or tulsi leaves to warm water and lemon, adding these ingredients to the drink does not play a major role in weight loss. However, it helps in building immunity due to the presence of anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds present in the spices and herbs. Moreover, warm water, lemon, honey, tulsi leaves, ginger, cinnamon and cardamom act as an excellent detox drink which cleanses the harmful toxins from the body. But when it comes to weight loss, only warm water and lemon helps because lemon has pectin fibres which assist in controlling hunger pangs. Hence, this drink not only aids in weight loss but also prevents you from bingeing.

If you are planning to drink warm water and lemon throughout the day, you can do so. As this magic potion not only helps in weight loss but also aids in digestion, rejuvenates the skin, alkalizes the pH of the body and also boosts immunity. However, make sure you do not add sugar as it might alleviate the overall health benefits of warm water and lemon. Also, keep one thing is the mind that drinking only warm water and lemon may not work until you keep a tab on your diet. Hence, choose the right foods to be put on your platter and control bingeing on junk food. Also, ensure that you get your daily dose of eight hours of sleep to lose weight in a healthy way. Here is an expert-recommended Indian diet plan for weight loss that might help.

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