Honey, like any other organic food item, is preloaded with health benefits its processed substitutes can’t replicate nor replace. You can never go wrong with honey- whether making baked ham or salad dressing, or using it as a detox drink ingredient, you can’t get a more natural sweet taste than from raw and unfiltered honey.
But honey is not just sweet it’s good for you!
Here are the reasons why you should incorporate honey in your diet and why it’s great for your health:
1. Honey boosts your energy level.
Honey has a good amount of calories (67) and causes a good kind of sugar rush to perk up a person. It is essentially made of sugar anyway and composed of 69% glucose and fructose. If you’re feeling in a slump, eating or mixing honey with your drink is a great way to stay smart and alert. Upon consumption, glucose is released into the bloodstream which is used by the body for a quick energy jolt, while its fructose, which is absorbed by the body gradually as compared with glucose, provides you fuel to last you throughout a rigorous physical activity. It prevents muscle fatigue so it is great for athletes who don’t want to hit the wall or feel burnt out.
2. Honey boosts the immune system.
Honey keeps you healthy from the inside and out by acting as an antioxidant and antiseptic. It improves the performance of your digestive tract, thus helping you eliminate toxins from the body effectively. This is the reason why honey can alleviate some cases of allergies, which are generally caused by toxins and other foreign bodies our bodies are not used to. Eating 2 teaspoons of local, raw, unfiltered honey daily can boost the immune system and reduce the effects of pollen allergies. It is like taking allergy shots, but a lot more pleasant. Many of our returning customers are amazed at how well it works. Remember, the honey must be local (all local, raw, unfiltered honey has amazing health benefits, but the closer to home the better) to experience allergy benefits, because only local raw, unfiltered honey will contain the pollen from local pollen sources. If you decide to give local honey a try for allergies, here are a few tips:
3. Honey aids weight loss.
Honey is a simple carbohydrate which means it is easily digested and converted into energy by the body. Honey is also rich with vitamins and nutrients that speed up your metabolism. These vitamins and minerals prevent your body from dipping into your body’s stored nutrients, and when your body runs of these nutrients, the metabolism of stored fats slows down. Also, one of the time-honored methods of losing weight involves the use of honey— drinking warm water mixed with the juice of one lemon and a teaspoon of raw honey on an empty stomach is believed to keep the weight off of most people.
4. Honey as a home remedy for various types of ailments.
When ingested or applied topically, honey can provide a wide array of benefits to a person. Because of its antiseptic properties, honey is proven to cure or soothe sore throat, hastens the healing of wounds and cuts, yeast infections, as well as athlete’s foot. It kills off bacteria by keeping the skin dry. Manuka honey is said to be the best kind of honey for the treatment and cleaning of wounds.
Honey is also great for people battling arthritis as it prevents the swelling and inflammation of joints. As an arthritic medication, honey can be made into a paste mixed with water and cinnamon and be applied directly to the swelling joints and muscles. Honey can also be mixed with hot water and cinnamon powder to make a drink that should be taken at least twice daily. This concoction can also help alleviate the symptoms of arthritis.
Other medicinal effects of honey include alleviating a hangover and inducing sleep. Mixed with orange juice and yogurt, a teaspoon of honey can get rid of nasty hangovers. If you’re also finding some troubles sleeping, a spoonful of honey mixed with milk or chamomile tea can make you relax and feel sleepy.
If you’re not using honey at home, then you better switch to it, as you’re missing out a lot on its natural goodness.