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Whole Body Beautiful: The Benefits of Honey
March 7, 2013 - By Lisa Fallon Mindel
Sweet, thick, rich and smooth, its no wonder people have been using honey since 2100 BC. It was not only used for its incredible sweet taste but also for its numerous health benefits.
THE AMAZING HONEYBEE
Bees produce the only food made by an insect that is eaten by humans.
The honeybees wing stroke is about 200 beats per second giving it its Buzz.
It takes one ounce of honey to fuel a bees flight around the world.
A honeybee visits 50 to100 flowers during collection and has such a keen sense of smell that it can distinguish the difference between hundreds of floral varieties.
A colony of honeybees ranges anywhere from 20,000 to 50,000 workers and has one queen. The worker bees are female and live up to six weeks, while the male bee has no stinger, does not partake in working, and its sole job is to mate.
Honey is the only food that has all the ingredients to sustain life.
MULTIPLE HEALTH BENEFITS
Honey has been used as a sweetener for thousands of years. Known also for its numerous health benefits, it is now used as a preferred alternative to refined sugar.
While refined sugar has very few vitamins and minerals, honey is packed with an assortment of complex sugars, antioxidants, amino acids, B vitamins, Vitamin C, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, and water.
The natural sugarsboth fructose and glucosein honey play an important role. The glucose absorbs quickly and translates to immediate energy while the fructose absorbs slowly for sustained energy that is needed for long workouts. It is known to boost performance, endurance and decrease muscle fatigue in athletes.
Honey is a natural immune booster, as well as a good source of carbohydrates that provide natural energy for our bodies. As an immune system builder, honey is known to have antibacterial properties that aid, among other ailments, sore throats, cuts, abrasions, eye infections and yeast infections. Its antioxidants also help fight diseases and aid in digestion.
Can honey fight allergies, too? It is said that by taking local raw honey a few months prior to allergy season, one digests small amounts of pollen and the body starts to build immunities. Thus, when allergy season rolls around, the body does not respond to the allergy as it used to.
It is best to use raw honey when possible (Manuka is my preference). Just as vegetables in their raw state preserve nutrients, minerals and enzymes, the same goes for honey. The heating process of pasteurized honey destroys all those vital nutrients that we are looking for.
Enjoy this liquid gold and all the benefits honey has to offer you. And, while youre at it, thank those honeybees, too!
MORNING CLEANSING DRINK
Before breakfast, have a teaspoon of raw honey, lemon and some warm water.
Lisa Fallon Mindel is a qualified holistic health and nutrition Coach as well as a model and triathlete. She counsels people on how to effectively reach their health, nutrition and wellness goals. With her personalized step-by-step program and support, reaching goals is enjoyable and lifelong. For more information, go to: Wholebodybeautiful.com nSweet, thick, rich and smooth, its no wonder people have been using honey since 2100 BC. It was not only used for its incredible sweet taste but also for its numerous health benefits.