Have a bit of raw honey around the house? If not, maybe you should. This tasty tea-sweetener isn’t only good for improving peanut butter toast or adding a hint of sugar to your morning cup. Raw honey has a host of other benefits, including:
1.A spoonful of raw honey before bed may help you sleep.
If you are struggling to get enough sleep at night, try eating a spoonful of raw honey. Honey can cause a rise in insulin and release serotonin … “The body converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and the quality of sleep.” Noshing on a bit of honey before you hit the sack will help your body produce natural sleep aids so you get better sleep at night.
2.A Good Source of Antioxidants
Raw honey contains antioxidants called phenolic compounds. Some types of honey have as many antioxidants as fruits and vegetables. Antioxidants help to protect your body from cell damage due to free radicals.
Free radicals contribute to the aging process and may also contribute to the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Studies show that polyphenols in honey may play a role in preventing heart-disease.
3.Antibacterial and Antifungal Properties
Raw honey can kill unwanted bacteria and fungus. It naturally contains hydrogen peroxide, an antiseptic. Several hospitals in Europe have used Manuka honey to fight methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), a type of staph bacterial infection that’s become resistant to antibiotics. The effectiveness of honey as an antibacterial or antifungal depends on the type of honey.
4.Boosts the Immune System
The immune-system is very important for good health because it wards off sickness and disease.
In a fast-paced world where many people complain of chronic stress, being able to use a natural substance to boost your immune system is a godsend.
If your immune system is running low, you’ll feel zapped and be more susceptible to sickness.
The good news is that regular consumption of honey can give your immune system a wonderful boost because it has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.
It can also help cleanse and build up your digestive system, which is essential for optimal health.
Here is a fabulous daily cleansing drink for you to try and give your body the boost it needs:
• Get a warm glass of water and add ½ the juice from a lemon and a teaspoon of honey.
• Mix it well and drink.
• Do this each day in the morning or evening within a short period of time; you should notice that you’re feeling more energetic and perhaps even less stressed.
5.Honey may soothe ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders.
If you have tummy troubles like an ulcer or digestive problems, ingesting honey may help. Raw honey contains probiotics which help your digestive system reset itself (restoring proper acid balance)
6.Honey may help to treat colds and sore throat.
It’s practically common knowledge that honey can help ease a sore throat. The soothing texture coats the throat and makes it easier to swallow. But, honey can actually help treat your cold too!
Raw honey is known to reduce levels of an inflammatory marker called homocysteine. This is considered to be an important indicator of protection against chronic inflammatory illness such as heart disease.
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