Have you ever thought what honey really is? Why is honey good for you?
Bees are the one making honey from flower nectar. They use their tube-shaped tongues in extracting the nectar and then store it in their second stomach. In these extra stomachs, the nectar mixes with enzymes. Through a digestive assembly line, bees will pass the substance on to other bees until the last bee deposits the honey into the honeycomb. Using their wings, the bees fan the honeycomb until the extra water on it evaporates. Then, the honeycomb is sealed with beeswax—a substance that hardens.
What really makes honey so nutritious? Honey is the food source of bees. It is made up of approximately 18 percent of water and 80 percent of natural sugar as well as two percent of minerals, vitamins, protein, and pollen. Consuming honey in moderate amounts is not bad even if it is high in sugar. Actually, what makes honey really quite healthy are its minerals and vitamins.
Continue reading to know the benefits of honey and how regular consumption of it can improve your overall health!
1. More Energy
Studies found out that honey can be an effective pre and post workout energy source for athletes. The reason is that honey does not cause blood sugar to drop after an initial, unlike with other carbohydrates. As with endurance athletes, honey can improve their speed and power.
Additionally good news for everyone! As an alternative to sugary soda for a snack, you can try eating a piece of toast with a tablespoon of honey.
2. Burn Fat
Aside from additional energy it can give, honey helps burn fat! A spoonful of honey before bedtime can help burn fat. It’s because of the reason that honey reduces stress hormone and speed up your metabolism as you sleep. You can try a detox drink made of honey and cinnamon tea.
3. Heal Cuts and Burns
Linden and manuka honey have strong antibiotic properties that are good for healing wounds and cuts as well as to heal acne. Just rub honey directly on the affected area.
4. Treat Cough
To suppress a nighttime cough take 2 teaspoons of honey 30 minutes before going to bed. This method is effective and safe for adults as well as children above the age of 1.
5. Relieve Nausea
A wondrous treatment for nausea is a honey combined with lemon. Pregnant women suffering from morning sickness knows this. Lemon’s astringency clears toxins from troubled stomach. However, it needs the honey’s delivery system in order to slowly release the lemon’s cleansing power.
6. Lower High Blood Pressure
Honey contains a carbohydrate known as oligosaccharide. It is an amazing blood-pressure-lowering mechanism and antioxidant. It’s a good idea to add a tablespoon of honey to your daily diet if you are suffering from high blood pressure.
7. Treat Dandruff
Honey has antifungal, antioxidant and antibacterial properties making it an effective treatment for severe symptoms of dandruff as well as seborrheic dermatitis, like hair loss and scaling. Dilute honey in warm water and rub it gently onto your scalp. Leave it for three hours and rinse with warm water. Do these regularly, until the symptoms become unnoticeable. To maintain a healthy scalp, apply honey onto the hair once weekly.
8. Better Sleep
A restful night’s sleep could be the result of eating Himalayan salt and a bit of honey. Himalayan salt contains magnesium. Because of its magnesium content, Himalayan salt reduces cortisol (a stress hormone) and makes it easier to fall asleep. Honey helps the body heal the liver and other organs while you sleep. You just need to mix 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt and 5 teaspoons of honey. Store it in a jar. Dissolve 1 teaspoon of the mixture under your tongue every night.
In this planet, honey is considered one of the yummiest, most delicious and sweetest naturally occurring foods. It’s really wonderful to know that it has so many health benefits! So hurry up! Add a teaspoon of it in your coffee and tea or slather it on your whole grain toast. You can also mix it with your yogurt. Its benefits and possibilities are endless!
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