Fitness & Nutrition

A Little Miracle Called “HONEY”

This is my first of many to come pieces on miracle foods.

Honey is so often overlooked these days.  Until recently, I really couldn’t stand it.  I can remember my brother making peanut butter and honey sandwiches and thinking he was disgusting.  However, after one of the most brutal cold seasons ever and hearing it is a great alternative to cough medicine, I had to check it out.  After a lot of research I have concluded that honey will be a part of my daily lifestyle.

Honey has been a valued and even considered invaluable food since the beginning of time.  From Biblical to pre-Ancient Egyptian times, from the Xin dynasty all the way to Medieval Europe, to modern day, honey has been used and cherished among natural remedies.

Honey is an instant energizer.  It is actually one of the few foods that can sustain human life.  That’s right dooms day preppers!  Store your honey.  It never goes bad and it contains all of the substances essential for life, including water.  No, I’m not saying go on a honey diet.  I’m simply saying that if you are starving and have practically no food, make sure you have honey.  And what a versatile little miracle it is!

Honey is a healing food.  The antioxidant, “pinocembrin” is found only in honey!  It is a natural alternative to cough medicine.  1 tsp a day should cure a cough.  It has even been shown to relieve respiratory disorders.  Honey helps combat infections because of its powerful antioxidants that are both antiseptic, as well as antibacterial.  This little food is so amazing that when applied topically, hydrogen peroxide is produced by the dilution of the honey with the body fluids.  This creates the slow release of hydrogen peroxide which acts as an antiseptic. Honey is fantastic for burns and some people consider it to be a better healer than the modern topical lotions such as silver sulfadiazine.  Honey also prevents scarring.

And since we are approaching allergy season, find some local raw honey!  Since it is local, it will have some of the pollens in it that you are allergic to, and consuming it is similar to getting an allergy shot.  Eating this type of honey daily prior to allergy season will help you build a tolerance to the pollens and help build an immunity to it.

If this doesn’t make you want to eat honey, than consider its cancer fighting benefits.  It helps prevent the growth of tumors.  Honey will keep you looking younger as well, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t want to look 20? 😉  Honey and its antioxidants ward off free radicals in your body, helping to prevent certain cancers AND keep you youthful.

So in short, in a world where natural health is in fact becoming more and more unnatural, reach for some honey daily.  The benefits are so astounding.  Now that you know, I bet you will find a way to make yourself love it like I did.

 

A few tips on how to incorporate honey in your diet:

Add to plain greek yogurt.  Yes, plain yogurt always grossed me out as well, but this is delicious.

Add it to your coffee instead of sugar or artificial sweetner.

Put it in your tea.  I know, that’s not very innovative, but just do it.  There’s a reason why everyone else does.

Peanut butter and honey is so good!  Substitute honey for jelly in your kids’ sandwiches.  Think of all the health benefits they will experience instead of the nutritionally devoid jelly.

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4 Comments

  • Reply Lisa March 6, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    I have been researching this as well. I also found out from my local bee keeper friend that there is something called “Royal Jelly,” which has a massive amount of health benefits as well. Enjoying your posts Michelle! 🙂

    • Reply admin March 6, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks, Lisa! I was researching “Royal Jelly” as well. The part of dying if you have an allergic reaction scared me. It seems like they don’t really know who will have a reaction and who won’t, but people with allergies are more prone to a reaction. Did you try it?

  • Reply Lisa March 7, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I tried it last year in my tea (beekeeper friend was a coworker) and I didn’t have any reaction to it. It is really thick and almost looks white.

  • Reply Michelle March 8, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Wow, then I would use it if I were you, Lisa! It sounds like it has amazing benefits. I would like to try it.

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