For this reason, natural skin and hair products have honey as their main ingredient, whereas cheap chemical products still leave it out.
They say health and good looks come from stomach, so you may reap more benefits by consuming honey drinks rather than applying it topically.
Is honey good for you when consumed on its own?
It definitely is good! So, do try to use honey not as tea, coffee or lemonade sweetener only. Think of it in another, much healthier way.
It is true that we are all burdened with the harmful effects of white sugar to the extent that we avoid sugar in any edible form. But! You simply must exempt honey drinks from that myriad of sodas, energizers, fruit yogurts, cocktails, milk shakes or other ready-made coffee drinks that do contain harmful amounts of added sugar. What you need is pollen-rich honey to make a real change in your diet of life!
In case you are not sure about the health benefits that honey abundantly pours into your body, here is a quick overview of them:
1. Honey unlocks your auto defense mechanisms:
How does honey do the ‘unlocking’? Actually only raw, unadulterated honey can do the ‘unlocking’ of your self-defense abilities and keep them ‘on guard,’ because only raw, organic honey is loaded with helpful minerals, vitamins, flavonoids, and enzymes that keep your gut clean and healthy.
Your immune system is simply in the ‘out-of-order’ position when your body is not properly detoxified or hydrated. And bee honey taken with some water can be instrumental in flushing out the toxins from your body!
2. Honey reduces cough and throat irritation:
It helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of the drugdextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing of proper sleep.
Therefore, seasonal allergies, cold, and different strains of flu with symptoms like coughing, sore throat and bouts of fever, can be effectively warded off by consuming honey and water on a daily basis.
3. Honey is anti-bacterial, antiseptic and anti-viral:
The fact that all types of honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide was proven by Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand. Indeed, honey has powerful anti-bacterial, antiseptic, anti-viral and even anti-fungal properties.
If you smear some honey on minor cuts and burns, it acts as an anti-bacterial and antiseptic agent, and also helps the wounds heal faster. It cleanses the affected area and speeds up the body’s healing response. Actually, honey soothes any skin inflammation!
4. Honey aids in indigestion
Besides purifying our bodies of toxins, honey dissolved in water also aids indigestion (acid or upset stomach) by easing the food passage from the intestines to the colon. It neutralizes the gas produced in the body and soothes the stomach suffering from the after-effects of overeating. Recent research convincingly shows that honey treatment may help stomach disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis.
5. Honey assists in weight loss
Drinking warm water with honey and a few drops of lemon juice is part of the majority of detoxifying and weight loss programs. Since honey is naturally sweet, it will sweeten your food in a natural way.
White sugar, which has lots of empty calories, can be replaced with pure honey, or honey and water, for a unique flavor in any home-made beverage. That expanding waistline, which has been bothering you for so long, will be under control very soon!
6. Honey increases athletic performance
Honey provides essential energy for a quality athletic performance. Ancient Olympic athletes would eat raw honey and dried figs to enhance their sports performance. This has now been verified by modern studies, showing that honey is superior to other sweeteners in maintaining glycogenic levels and speeding up recovery time.
The naturally-occurring sugar in raw honey is a great source of energy for the body, minus all those calories which are linked to other sweet foods. Honey and water can also be used to suppress cravings for sugary cakes, pies or pastry. Adding honey to taste to your daily beverages will keep your energy levels up during the day.
Honey Water Recipe
- Organic raw honey
- Add one table spoon of organic raw honey in a cup of warm (not hot) water and mix well.
- In this simple recipe, you can also add some freshly-squeezed lemon juice and some freshly-ground cinnamon powder to enhance the taste.
- This honey-water drink should be taken on an empty stomach in the morning for best results.
Water is essential for metabolic processes in the body to take place, so it is very important to get the right amount of this fluid in order to be healthy. And water is simply indispensable for proper hydration of the skin as well.
However, it is mixing honey with water, which this recipe suggests, that increases its potency multiple times. Prepare this ‘divine nectar’ for yourself, and count on it to keep your body hydrated and supple all day long.