Honey. That golden yellow liquid that holds the secrets to health and beauty. The benefits of honey is well known and it dates back thousands of years. Prophet Muhammad PBUH glorified the healing powers of honey.
In the Quran, the honey’s special qualities are mentioned:
“And thy Lord taught the Bee to build its cells in hills, on trees, and in (men’s) habitations; Then to eat of all the produce (of the earth), and find with skill the spacious paths of its Lord: there issues from within their bodies a drink of varying colours, wherein is healing for men: verily in this is a Sign for those who give thought.”
ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTISEPTIC QUALITIES OF HONEY
Honey possesses antibacterial and antiseptic qualities and even in modern times, honey is used in healing and managing wounds that have become chronic. Aristotle and Aristoxenus highlighted the benefits of honey even during times. The Ancient Greeks believed that the secret of longevity can be found in honey. In pre-ancient Egyptian times, honey was used topically in the treatment of wounds. In the Old Testament, King Solomon said, “My son, eat thou honey, for it is good”.
Honey has a pH level which is slightly acidic in nature, between 3.2 and 4.5 and this causes honey to be anti-bacterial and prevents bacteria from multiplying. Honey also has anti-oxidant qualities and is known to clean up free radicals from our body. As honey is made by bees as they collect the nectar from the flora in their environment, the constituents of honey is therefore varied, dependent largely on the flowers in which the nectar was collected from and also the water content in the honey itself.
7 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD TAKE HONEY ON A REGULAR BASIS
Now let us look at some of the health benefits of honey. Here are 7 reasons why you should take honey on a regular basis.
1. Honey as an Energy Booster and Great Workout Fuel
First of all, honey contains natural sugars and this helps in preventing fatigue during exercise. As such it is often consumed by athletes and sportsmen as a natural source of carbohydrates that provides energy and gives more strength for carrying out physical exercise and sports activities.
Honey is also known to improve an individual’s performance, endurance and in reducing muscle fatigue. A spoonful of honey taken before exercise is adequate in providing that extra energy and boost to performance. It should be noted that honey contains both glucose and fructose. Glucose in honey is speedily absorbed by the body while fructose is slowly absorbed and will last through the sporting or exercising regiment.
2. Honey as an Immunity System Booster
Honey has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties. Starting your day with a spoonful of honey raw or mixed with your tea will be a good thing to do as it is a powerful immune booster and can help guard you against the many pathogens and germs out there in our environment.
In fact recent clinical studies have shown that medical grade honey has been found to eliminate and destroy food-borne illness pathogens like E.coli and salmonella. Other pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa which can be commonly found in hospitals and the general practitioner”s office have also been known to be eliminated by honey.
3. Honey Promotes Restorative Sleep
It has been found that a teaspoon or two of honey will be able to help an individual with sleep problems. In fact, honey as a sleep remedy have been used for centuries. There is even a Chinese saying that involves “eating honey every night”. In Europe, during the middle ages, there have been records of Europeans carrying out a practice of drinking a cup of warm water mixed with a teaspoon of honey.
Research conducted in this area have found that honey is able to help ensure that one gets restorative sleep. You just need to consume one or two teaspoon of honey to be able to enjoy this benefit.
The human liver acts as a storage of an important brain food called Glycogen. So during the day, there wouldn’t be any problems with this as the food we eat is able to restore the levels of Glycogen in the liver. However, if you stop eating at 7 pm, you would have a shortage of Glycogen levels by 3 am. This would lead to the brain releasing cortisol which is a stress hormone. When cortisol is released into the body, it goes about its job of using the resources in our body by melting the muscle tissue it finds and transforming it into Glycogen to nourish the brain. Cortisol is also known to cause our heart to beat much faster and also can cause an increase in our glucose insulin levels in our blood.
So how does honey help this natural process from causing any harm to our body?
Here is why: Honey acts as a fuel to the body and the best part is that honey releases this fuel slowly and hence allow our body to benefit from honey throughout the night. Honey acts as a supplier of fructose and glucose to our liver. This prevents the liver from releasing cortisol and helps us gain a more restful sleep.
On top of that, honey also encourages the production of melatonin. It is a hormone released by our body to assist in the recovery and the reconstruction of tissues when we are resting. As such, a teaspoon or two just before sleep will help you improve on your sleep. Moreover, it also helps in your body’s recovery and prevents diseases caused by stress related hormones.
So, gulp down that honey and see your sleep and recovery improve. If you need to be further convinced, read this blog post between Brian Schulmeister and Jason DeFillippo on Brian’s experience downing honey and apple cider and how it has improved his sleep and made him a sharper guy in the day to do his projects.
4. Honey is Good For Your Skin
There are beauty benefits that one can gain from honey and it can be safely used on the skin. You would need to use raw honey in this case and you will be able to take advantage of honey’s anti-bacterial properties and its anti-oxidant properties that can do so much more glow to your skin. Honey is relatively inexpensive and having powerful qualities that is beneficial to the skin is an ideal skin care item to be included in your skin care regime.
What are some of the properties of honey that can help our skin?
Honey is able to open up the pores on our skin. This makes it easy for us to unclog the pores and clear it from any unwanted grime. The golden liquid is also able to moisturise and sooth the skin. This helps to create a glow on our face when used consistently.
Another positive attribute of honey is its antioxidant qualities. Antioxidants are like a million microscopic soldiers whom are on a mission to save your body from the inside out. We are exposed to pollution in our environment and and these pollutants need to be eradicated. Antioxidants in short does this job for us and helps us remain healthy even though our environment might be full of silent killer pollutants. The beauty benefits of honey is well known and it has been used as a facial cleanser and even as a treatment for acne. Honey is indeed a miracle liquid from nature.
5. Honey Helps Reduce Blood Pressure
Clinical studies have shown that hypertensive rats which has been given honey on a daily basis benefited from honey and help reduce hypertension. Honey have also been found to reduce the stress on kidney and hence explain why there might be an anti-hypertensive effect on consumers of honey. What is clear from the research is that supplementing one’s diet with honey significantly reduces blood pressure and reduces kidney stress.
In fact buckwheat honey have been known to be used by the Russians as a traditional remedy to treat high blood pressure. To understand the relationship between honey and the reduction of blood pressure, you might want to look up the book The Healing Powers of Honey by Cal Orey.
6. Honey is a good Alternative to Sugar
We know how white sugar can negatively affect our body and fructose from corn doesn’t seem to help either. There have been many studies correlating white sugar and fructose to health conditions. As such, a substitute for sugar is definitely a welcome. Honey have the attributes to play that role.
Not only is honey as sweet as sugar, it contains about 30% glucose and 40% fructose, 2 monosaccharide or simple sugars and the other 20% consisting of complex sugars. On top of that, dextrin (a starchy fiber) is also a component of honey. With a myriad of health benefits, honey is a natural replacement to sugar.
7. Honey Helps Relieve Sore Throats and Coughs
Honey have been used to treat sore throats and coughs. Honey’s antibacterial properties helps to provide relief for individuals suffering from these ailments. It is able to kill off the bacteria causing these infections and hence allow the affected areas to recover more easily.
The best way to consume honey for a sore throat or cough remedy is to mix one to two teaspoonfuls of honey with some freshly squeezed lemon. You should prepare a few cups of these and drink it throughout the day. This will help alleviate the cough and sore throat that you are facing and at the same time provide you with Vitamin C that can help you improve your immunity levels.
THE BENEFITS OF TAKING HONEY AS A HEALTH SUPPLEMENT IN A NUTSHELL
It is clear that the consumption of honey as a health supplement brings with it multiple benefits. The best thing is that there is a wide of variety of honey for us to choose from. There are honey from Africa to Australia and the mountains of the Himalayas. They come in various colours and some are more expensive than others.
Each type of honey is affected by the geography as the bees will be collecting nectar specific to that particular location. Manuka honey from New Zealand for example is well known for having its own unique properties due to New Zealand’s unspoilt environment. We then have the Sidr honey from the deserts of Yemen and they command a high price too as the honey there is difficult to find, yet at the same time has a huge demand from middle eastern countries and beyond. You can try also Australian honey that is usually considerably priced and can be found in most nutrition stores.
Most importantly, you have honey ready for your family’s consumption and may they benefit from it.
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