We’ve all been brought up knowing that too many sweet things aren’t good for you. Fortunately, there’s one ingredient provided for us by nature that goes against this rule. Honey is full of natural and healthy sugars, and comes with a vast range of health benefits and treatments for common ailments. Here are just a few uses for this healthy and delicious sweetener to help you make the most of the benefits of honey.
Honey is naturally antibacterial as well as anti fungal. This makes it an effective but gentle way to remove bacteria and germs from the skin. Dab onto cuts and scrapes to speed up healing, or onto emerging spots or acne, to clear up the breakout without the need for overly drying chemical products.
One of the key benefits of honey is its naturally occurring sugars, which are a great way of delivering a quick energy boost which won’t leave you crashing an hour later. Drizzle onto cereal, spread onto toast or even mix into your tea or coffee to act as an effective pick-me-up without adding excessive calories into your diet.
Honey is an effective ingredient for treating indigestion and other stomach problems. Honey works to neutralize excess acid, soothing the burning pain of indigestion and heartburn. It also neutralizes gas, helping to combat the sluggish feeling caused by a bloated stomach. A teaspoon of honey and a dash of lemon dissolved into a cup of warm water will help to ease an over-indulged stomach, or consume a tablespoon of honey before a big meal as a preventative measure.
Promote healthier blood flow
As well as being a healthier alternative to sugar, honey can work to promote a healthier blood flow, reduce cholesterol and maintain overall better heart health. Mixing honey with cinnamon and taking every day has been shown to reduce cholesterol in the body by up to 10% while also improving the health of veins and arteries. Add a tablespoon of honey and half a teaspoon of cinnamon to a cup of hot water and drink daily to feel the circulatory benefits of this natural sweetener.
Weight loss aid and detoxifier
The health benefits of honey have long carried a strong link with weight loss, not only by working as an effective replacement for sugar, but by helping to detoxify the body. Make your first drink of the morning a warm cup of water with a tablespoon of honey and a dash of lemon juice stirred in. The antibacterial properties of both the honey and the lemon help to clean the liver, flushing toxins from the body and excess fat from the body.
Immune system booster
Honey has been traditionally administered to those suffering from colds and flu. As well as being naturally soothing to the throat and chest, honey contains a wide range of vitamins and minerals which help to strengthen the immune system, fighting off bugs and illnesses. Honey is a source of vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and vitamin C, as well as traces of zinc and copper. Drinking warm water containing honey and lemon helps to administer these vitamins and minerals during a period of illness, helping to restore the immune system back to full strength.
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