Article by: Diet of Life
All diet experts agree that honey holds the supremacy over other natural foods. Its natural soothing and rejuvenating effects on the skin and hair surpass the great majority of advertised day or night care creams, lotions, shampoos, leave-in-conditioners, gels… you name it ! For this reason, natural skin and hair products have honey as their main ingredient, whereas cheap chemical products still leave it out.
They say health and good looks come from stomach, so you may reap more benefits by consuming honey drinks rather than applying it topically. Try to use honey not as tea, coffee or lemonade sweetener only. Think of it in another, much healthier way.
It is true that we are burdened with the harmful effects of sugar to the extent we avoid sugar in any form. But! You simply must exempt honey drinks from that myriad of sodas, energizers, fruit,yogurts, cocktails, milk shakes or ready-made coffee drinks that do contain harmful amounts of added sugar. What you need is pollen rich honey to make a real change in your diet of life !
In case you are not sure about the health benefits that honey abundantly pours into your body, here is a quick overview of them:
1. It unlocks your auto defense mechanisms:
How does honey do the ‘unlocking’? Actually only raw, unadulterated honey can do the ‘unlocking’ of your self-defense abilities and keep them ‘on guard’. Because only raw, organic honey is loaded with helpful minerals, vitamins, flavonoids and enzymes that keep your guts clean ‘n’ healthy.
Your immune system is simply in the ‘out-of-order’ position when your body is not properly detoxified or hydrated. And bee honey can be instrumental in flushing out the toxins from your body !
2. It reduces cough and throat irritation:
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing of proper sleep.
Therefore, seasonal allergies,cold,and different strains of flu with symptoms like coughing, sore throat and fever, can be effectively warded off by consuming honey on a daily basis.
3. It is anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-viral:
The fact that all honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide was proven by Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.Indeed, honey has powerful anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-viral and even anti-fungalproperties.
If you smear some honey on minor cuts and burns, it acts as an anti-bacterial and antiseptic agent and also helps the wounds heal faster. It cleanses the affected area and speeds up the body’s healing response. Actually, honey soothes any skin inflammation !
4.It aids in indigestion
Besides purifying our bodies of toxins, honey dissolved in water also aids in indigestion by easing the food passage from the intestines to the colon. It neutralizes the gas produced in the body and soothes the stomach suffering from the after-effects of overeating.Recent research convincingly shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
5. It assists in weight loss
Honey mixed with warm water and a few drops of lemon is a part of all the detoxifying and weight loss programs in the world.
Since honey is naturally sweet, it will sweeten your food in a natural way.
Sugar, which has lots of empty calories, can be replaced with honey for a unique flavor in any home-made beverage.That expanding waistline, which has been bothering you, will soon be under control !
6. It increases athletic performance
Honey provides essential energy for a quality athletic performance.Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified by modern studies, showing that honey is superior to other sweeteners in maintaining glycogenic levels and speeding up recovery time.
The naturally occurring sugar in raw honey is a great source of energy for the body, minus all those calories which are linked to other sweet foods. Honey can also be used to suppress cravings for sugary cakes or pies. Adding honey to your beverages will keep your energy levels up during the day.
How to prepare honey with warm water:
- Add one spoon of honey in a cup of warm (not hot) water and mix.
- You can also add some lemon juice and cinnamon powder to enhance the taste.This drink should be taken on an empty stomach for best results.
- Water is great for hydration.But it is mixing honey with water that increases its potency multiple times.Prepare this ‘divine nectar’ for yourself and count on it to keep your body hydrated and supple all daylong!
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