There is only one food that includes all the substances necessary to sustain life, including water. That food is honey. Honey also known as liquid gold is a natural sweetener, which was also used as a sweetener before the sugar came into existence.
Honey is produced by honeybees from the nectar they gather from flowers via the complicated process of regurgitation and evaporation. Honey is made up of glucose, fructose, and minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphate, sodium, chlorine, potassium, magnesium. It is also fairly rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, and B6.
Due to the presence of powerful antiseptic, antibacterial and healing properties, honey is used as medicine to treat many common health problems. It has infinite benefits on health but can be cruel to infants. Spores of Clostridium botulinum bacteria — found in dirt and dust, which can contaminate honey — may lead to infant botulism and produce a toxin inside the body that can cause muscle weakness and breathing problems. It is recommended to wait until after 12 months of age to give infants honey; consumption is safe for older adults and kids, since they have a mature digestive system that can handle the spores.
Indeed, medicinal importance of honey has been documented in the world’s oldest medical literature, and since the ancient times, it has been known for its unlimited benefits some of which have been documented here
- Energy Booster
Honey can instantly boost your energy level. Due to the natural sugars in honey, it provides a healthy source of calories and energy whenever the body needs them most. It easily fights fatigue and solves the problem of low energy. At the same time, honey satisfies the body’s innate craving for something sweet. This means you can have honey without worrying about putting on extra weight. Next time you feel the urge to eat something sweet, simply have a tablespoon of raw, organic honey.
- Treats Cough
Taking honey in lukewarm water reduces both dry and phlegmatic cough. It clears the phlegm from the chest and thereby relieving the symptoms of cough. Several studies have found that honey is a far more effective remedy for cough compared to many over-the-counter cough medicines. Honey has strong antibacterial properties that help soothe sore throats and kill the bacteria that cause the infection.
- Reduces Weight
Instead of waking up early in the morning and running 2-4 miles or working out in gym for hours one can also reduce weight by not doing this much labor and just consuming honey.Honey contains vitamins, minerals and amino acids. All these elements work together to promote fat and cholesterol metabolism, which in turn helps maintain body weight and prevents obesity.
It has been found that drinking a glass of lukewarm water with honey and lemon juice on an empty stomach, first thing in the morning, is one of the simplest ways to lose weight. Doing this helps with detoxification, cleansing the liver, removing toxins, and flushing fat out of the body.
- Good for skin
Honey is the ultimate ingredient to use for healthy and glowing skin. For blemishes, apply a little bit of honey directly on the affected area before going to bed. This will give the skin all night to absorb the honey’s medicinal properties. Wash it off the next morning with lukewarm water.
Follow this simple remedy for several days and soon you will have clear and glowing skin. Honey can also be used to treat other skin conditions like acne and pimples. Applying the honey and cinnamon paste to acne can rid your skins of the acne and pimple problem. Honey is anti-bacterial and cinnamon is anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant.
- Fights Insomnia
Insomnia, the most common problem of people now-a-days, has adverse effects on the overall life cycle of human, but one can easily beat it with the help of honey. Honey is a fat-digesting carbohydrate that stimulates the release of insulin and allows tryptophan to enter the brain easily. Tryptophan is the compound that makes us sleepy. Simply have a glass of warm milk with honey before going to bed.
- Heals cuts & wounds
Honey was a conventional therapy in fighting infection up until the early 20th century. Now the use of honey in wound care is regaining popularity, as researchers are determining exactly how honey can help fight serious skin infections. After gently cleaning the wound or cut with lukewarm water and mild soap, apply a layer of honey on the affected area and cover the area fully with a bandage. Change the bandage every 24 hours. Honey has natural antiseptic, antibacterial and antimicrobial properties. These properties help clean wounds and cuts. Also, honey can keep wounds and cuts free from infection, reduce odor and pus, lessen pain and promote speedy healing.
- Aid to allergies
Locally produced honey, which will contain pollen spores picked up by the bees from local plants, introduces a small amount of allergen into your system. Theoretically, this can activate your immune system and over time can build up your natural immunity against it. Honey is also known for its anti-fungal properties and has shown effectiveness against the growth of yeast also.
- Checks Indigestion
Honey is an effective antimicrobial agent that benefits the entire digestive tract.Bloating, burping and gas are usually caused by swallowed air or can be caused by some foods that are not digested properly. If honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas. Two tablespoons of honey before heavy meals is the best way to improve the digestion process.
Apart from all the above mentioned benefits honey has other health benefits also like treating arthritis, tooth decay, bad breath, sex boost, increases immunity, leg cramps, general weakness, memory loss, itching etc.
With all these health benefits from honey, it’s a good item to include in your diet plan to stay healthy without much hurting your pocket. Or in short we can also say human HEALTH in itself means “HEAL Through Honey”
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