In its purest form, raw organic honey has many health benefits and can also aid in weight loss. The sweet liquid sunshine we know as honey is created when bees gather and modify the nectar from plants, which is stored in the honeycomb. What’s the difference with raw honey you ask? Raw honey is not heat treated, pasteurised or processed unlike most commercial honeys. Because of this, the raw honey retains more of the good stuff, yeast and enzymes, which can help us make use of vitamins and minerals in the body.
This natural super food is an essential addition to your pantry and even your medicine cabinet!
Here are 7 surprising ways you can use honey to benefit your health and achieve your weight loss goals:
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1. Cold and Flu treatment
Add raw organic Manuka honey to ginger and lemon tea for a soothing cold and flu tonic. Not only does it taste great, Manuka honey is said to offer the highest antiseptic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, antiviral, antifungal, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity of all varieties. Be sure to choose a UHF activity rating of 15 or higher to obtain this amazing multitude of nutritional benefits. Furthermore, unlike cold and flu medications that only treat symptoms, honey is non-toxic and studies show that its numerous properties treat the infection itself.
2. Topical treatment for wounds, burns and cold sores
Honey has been used for centuries as an ointment for treating many skin conditions including wounds, burns and cold sores. Studies have suggested that honey can reduce the healing time of burns by up to 4 days. If you suffer from annoying cold sores, you’ll be pleased to know that applying honey can help reduce the healing time by half according to a UAE medical study. The high levels of flavonoids and phenolic acid found in honey are known to inhibit the cold sore virus making it a safe and effective natural alternative.
3. A homemade honey oatmeal rejuvenating face mask
Try this easy and affordable anti-aging, zit zapping, anti-oxidant, exfoliating face mask, without the harmful chemicals of shop bought skin care products. The soothing, healing properties of honey along with the cleansing, exfoliating properties of oatmeal make this a great all purpose face mask. Mix ¼ cup of oatmeal with ¼ cup of warm water, add 2 tablespoons of raw organic honey and apply to the face. Leave for 15 to 30 minutes and then gently rub the mask off the skin, removing any excess with warm water.
4. Increase muscle gains post workout
The heightened insulin sensitivity immediately after a workout allows for a window of opportunity for increasing muscle protein synthesis through ingested nutrients. Taking a teaspoon of raw organic honey after your workout can induce an insulin spike and allow your muscles to get the most out of your post workout meal. Ideally, this should be 30 to 60 minutes and should include a healthy dose of protein.
5. As a weight loss aid
According to nutritionist Mike Mcinnes, a spoonful of honey before bed each night can help you lose weight. Through his research, he claims that honey causes changes to our metabolism that help curb the sugar cravings that so often sabotage our weight loss efforts. Replacing refined white sugar for organic raw honey as a natural sweetener is a far healthier and weight loss friendly way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Combine a teaspoon of honey with a teaspoon of cinnamon in warm water to help balance blood sugar levels, an essential factor in weight management.
6. As a hangover remedy
A heavy nights drinking can leave you feeling drained and without much of an appetite for food. The main problem with drinking large amounts of alcohol is that it leaves us dehydrated due to the kidneys being over stimulated making us excrete more water than we take in. Combine that with low blood sugar levels and you’ve got a hangover! Add honey to a big glass of water with a pinch of Hymalayan pink salt to help replenish electrolytes, blood sugar levels and aid in rehydration.
7. As an allergy reliever
It is said that taking a daily teaspoon of honey produced in your local area can help in reducing allergies. It could be that exposure in small amounts to the pollen spores found naturally in honey help the immune system to build a resistance to pollen, therefore reducing the allergy in much the same way as a vaccine works.
So there you have it, just 7 magical benefits of honey!
Of course these are just a few and there are hundreds of varieties to choose from. Make sure to add this miracle must have to your shopping list and start experiencing the benefits for yourself today!