We all know that honey is sweet and that it’s good for our health, but aside from using honey as a natural sweetener, do we know what else we could use it with?
Here’s a few more facts that most of us probably don’t know about honey.
- Honey is a natural energy source. Most people would think that carbohydrates is the ultimate critical nutrient in endurance exercise but according to studies, it is the supplementation of glucose that provides the extra staying power. Richard Kreider of the University of Memphis Exercise and Sport Nutrition Laboratory says that that honey, a ‘cocktail’ of various natural sugars, performed just as well. Honey also facilitates in maintaining blood sugar levels, muscle recuperation and glycogen restoration after a workout. So instead of hoarding on carbs on a hectic day, try a spoonful of honey instead. It’s the same amount of energy without adding on the weight.
- Honey can cure nasty hangovers. When you get a hangover from drinking too much alcohol, combat its effects by applying honey remedy. It is gentle on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars such fructose which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver, acting as a ‘sobering’ agent. Follow this recipe: 15ml of liquid honey with 80ml of orange juice and 70ml of natural yogurt. Blend them together until smooth.
- Honey can be used to manage and treat wounds, cuts and burns. Significant research showed the benefits of honey in treating wounds. Its antiseptic properties inhibits the growth of certain bacteria and helps keep external wounds clean and free from infection. Honey can be used as a natural cure in first aid treatment for wounds, burns and cuts as it is able to absorb moisture from the air, promotes healing by stimulating wound tissues and its anti-inflammatory properties reduces swelling and pain, and even scarring. It has antibacterial properties prevent infection and even deodorizes malodorous wounds.
- Honey can make you relax and sleep faster. Natural form of honey is high in tryptophan, an amino acid that helps to regulate sleep cycles. Along with tryptophan , the potassium in honey has a soothing effect on brain and nerves. Potassium works against excessive acids and stress hormones to relax our nervous system. You can take a glass of hot milk with a teaspoon of honey to calm the soul and induce sleep. Or, add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey to a cup of chamomile tea and sip.
- Honey can make you lose weight. Though honey has more calories than sugar, honey when consumed with warm water helps digest the fat stored in your body. Similarly honey and lemon juice and honey and cinnamon help in reducing weight.
Health Hazards from Honey
- Honey is not for everyone. It is not recommended for children under one year of age because of the natural presence of botulinum endospores in honey and they might contract botulism from honey consumption. The more-developed digestive system of older children and adults generally destroys the spores
- Honey produced from certain flowers can cause intoxication. Honey from the flowers of oleanders, rhododendrons, mountain laurels, sheep laurel, and azaleas may cause honey intoxication with symptoms such as dizziness, weakness, excessive perspiration, nausea, and vomiting. Less commonly, low blood pressure, shock, heart rhythm irregularities, and convulsions may occur, with rare cases resulting in death. Honey intoxication is more likely when using “natural” unprocessed honey and honey from farmers who may have a small number of hives.