There has been much debate on the best ways to stay healthy, keep the weight down and look your absolute best. From various organic DIYs–berry face washes, spiced body scrubs, yogurt face packs and egg yolk conditioners–the options are endless. Sometimes though, the simplest, and often most effective remedies are age-old solutions that your grandparents would probably swear by.

One such magical elixir is the warm water with honey and lemon concoction that you may have seen your mommy or grandmother sip on every other morning. This potion in all its humility is not a hoax; there’s really something to it. We tell you why sipping on the mix every morning (yes, every morning!) is exactly what you should be doing:

It Triggers Weight Loss
Apart from cleaning your stomach lining and regulating your digestive system and bowel movements, lemon juice contains a fiber called pectin that makes you feel full and keeps cravings at bay. The warm water, honey and lemon combination creates an alkaline atmosphere, increasing your metabolism and leading to accelerated calorie loss.

It Keeps Your Skin Looking Healthy
Both honey and lemon are rich in antioxidants that clear the skin and help heal scar tissue. They purify the blood, aid in the production of new blood cells, have unique restorative properties, and boost the production of red blood cells and collagen, which makes your skin look healthy, fresh, and plump naturally.

The simple and effective remedy in all its 180ml glory is an easy-peasy way to reap multiple benefits. There’s really no reason why you shouldn’t load up on it, save for the fact that the hot beverage may not exactly seem like a good proposition on a summer’s day.

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Charlene Flanagan is a lifestyle journalist whose love for language drove her to earn her Bachelor’s degree in English literature, as well as pursue her Masters in Arts. Over the last five years, she’s contributed to a number of leading publications, and has particularly enjoyed reviewing books and restaurants, as well as interviewing celebrities. Her recent switch to a holistic lifestyle has her looking at her food choices very differently—although she won’t admit it. When she’s not busy writing up about workouts, home remedies, and skincare essentials, she spends her time being the quintessential city girl who’s excited to see what life has in store for her.