Should I drink tea or honey limeade after waking up?

June 8, 2024 | 05:00 pm PT
Besides water, should I drink tea or honey limeade every morning to boost energy and enhance immunity? (Lan, 33, Hanoi)


Both honey limeade and green tea are beneficial for health, allowing you to choose based on personal taste and needs. For instance, tea is generally less popular among young children, honey limeade is favored by women, and men tend to prefer green tea.

Honey limeade possesses antibacterial qualities and is high in vitamin C, making it very beneficial for our health. It can be especially helpful in cold weather or when you have a cough, as it soothes the throat, alleviates cough symptoms, and helps prevent the flu. Additionally, drinking honey limeade can enhance skin beauty, assist in weight management, and boost immunity.

However, due to the high acidity in limes, it’s advisable not to consume limeade continuously for extended periods or use it as a water substitute. Individuals with gastric issues should avoid drinking limeade on an empty stomach in the morning, as it may cause stomach ulcers, acid reflux, and heartburn.

Honey limeade. Illustration photo by Pixabay

Honey limeade. Illustration photo by Pixabay

Consuming honey might lead to acne, so it’s recommended to use it every other day rather than daily. Furthermore, ensuring the purchase of pure honey is essential for your family’s health.

Green tea is a healthful drink rich in antioxidants, which supports liver function, aids in detoxification, and helps prevent acne, digestive issues, and bacterial infections. It’s good practice for everyone to drink green tea in the morning, and it can be enjoyed with cookies for added flavor.

Nevertheless, green tea should not be consumed immediately after meals or overly hot, as this can ruin the taste and potentially damage the stomach and throat. Green tea contains caffeine; excessive consumption may result in fatigue and tiredness.

It is also recommended to avoid green tea right before bedtime—ideally, drink it two to three hours earlier. Additionally, it’s best for young children and pregnant women to avoid green tea.

It’s beneficial to cultivate the habit of drinking warm water in the morning and aim to consume about 1.5-2 liters of water daily. You can also drink coconut water and eat fruits to obtain essential vitamins and fiber, which aid in detoxifying the body.

Dr. Bui Dac Sang

Oriental Traditional Medicine Association of Hanoi

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