9/11/17 — raw honey

What Doesn’t It Fix?

Raw Honey

 

Fun Fact:  Raw honey keeps all of its nutritional value, unlike commercial honey.

Fun Fact II:  There is bee pollen in raw honey, which fends off infections, gives natural energy relief, and heightens immunity.

Fun Fact III:  Honey is called “running fuel” because it gives you a supply of energy that is easily absorbed.  At the Olympic Games in ancient Greece, it was used by runners to supply them with energy.

 

Helps with the following issues:

  • low energy
  • sleep problems
  • allergies (especially local raw honey)
  • infections
  • cholesterol
  • circulation
  • wounds
  • ulcers
  • diabetes
  • inflammation
  • asthma
  • coughs
  • sore throats
  • digestion
  • UTIs
  • eczema (equal parts of honey and cinnamon)
  • dry skin (mix honey, olive oil, and lemon juice)
  • dry hair (hair mask: 1 tsp. honey, 5 cups warm water; rinse well, air dry)
  • nausea (mix honey, lemon juice, and ginger)
  • acne (warm it with hands and apply gingerly; after 10 minutes, rinse with warm water and pat dry)

 

Benefits (if replacing processed sugars):

  • weight loss (activates hormones that suppress appetite)
  • lower blood sugar (its glycemic load is less than a banana)
  • antibacterial
  • immunity
  • exfoliation (add 2 cups of honey to a bath, soak for 15 minutes; then add one cup baking soda and soak another 15 minutes)
  • better sleep
    • the fuel crisis “switch” in the brain is quieted because the honey supplies the liver with glycogen
    • it slightly increases insulin levels, which causes a release of tryptophan in the brain; tryptophan converts to serotonin, which in converted to melatonin
      • melatonin boosts immunity
      • melatonin helps rebuild tissue while you rest

 

Contains:

  • 22 amino acids
  • 27 minerals (iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, selenium)
  • vitamins (B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, niacin)
  • nutraceuticals (help neutralize the damage from free radical activity)
  • phytonutrients
    • pollen
    • 5,000 enzymes
  • protein
  • pre-biotics (help increase good bacteria in the gut)
  • antioxidants
    • block free radicals that cause disease
    • help immune system
    • antioxidant polyphenols
      • lower risk of heart disease
      • lower risk of cancer
    • antioxidant flavonoids
      • support enzyme activity
      • disease-fighting
      • disease-preventing
      • cause cell death of many types of cancer cells

 

Types of Honey:

  • manuka honey: can be used topically as an antibiotic on acne and wounds
  • acacia honey: cleanses the liver and digestive tract
  • neem honey: treats high blood pressure and diabetes

 

Commercial Honey vs. Raw Honey:

  • Raw honey is opaque.  All beneficial properties have been retained in the honey.
  • Commercial honey has been heated, and its beneficial properties have been destroyed.
  • Commercial honey has a clear, sparkling, golden color indicating that it’s been heated.
  • Commercial/processed honey may use the honey from bees that have been treated with antibiotics, or are fed sugar or low-cost syrup.
  • Commercial honey could have high fructose corn syrup in it.
  • Pasteurized honey may have additives.

 

Hot Tips:

  • Replace 1 tablespoon of sugar in a recipe with 2 teaspoons of honey (as long as there’s not a lot of heating in the recipe).
  • Don’t heat raw honey above 95 degrees Fahrenheit.  Cooking will destroy its beneficial properties.
  • Add honey to tea when the tea is comfortable enough to sip.
  • Store honey away from a heat source.
  • Honey does not need to be refrigerated.
  • Make golden milk.  (Honey and cinnamon combined helps with managing blood sugar and also with gingivitis and acne.)
  • Eat 1 tablespoon of raw honey a day.
  • Drizzle it on toast, yogurt, smoothies, or salad dressings.
  • Have honey before bed for better sleep.
  • Eat raw honey right before exercising (for energy) and/or after exercising (for recovery).
  • Have 1/2 to 2 teaspoons before bed for a cough (not for babies one year of age or younger).
  • If you’re treating burns or wounds with honey, apply a dressing of it directly to the body, and change the dressing every 24 to 48 hours.
  • Combine honey and ghee for infected wounds.
  • Use it as shampoo.
  • Buy honey from a local farmer’s market or from a local beekeeper.
  • Consult your doctor about eating raw honey if you’re undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer.
  • Use it in moderation.

 

Tomorrow:

Oatmeal helps with weight loss!

 

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