Have you ever wondered what honey is and why it’s so good for you?
According to “Live Science,” bees make honey from flower nectar, using tube-shaped tongues to extract the nectar and store it in second stomachs. The nectar mixes with enzymes in these extra stomachs. Bees then pass the substance on to other bees in a digestive assembly line until the last bee deposits the honey into the honeycomb. Bees fan the filter with their wings until all the extra water is evaporated. The comb is then sealed with a substance that hardens into what we know as beeswax.
But why do bees make honey? Because it’s their food source! So what makes honey so nutritious? According to “Benefits of Honey,”baby is approximately 80 percent natural sugar and 18 percent water. The remaining 2 percent is vitamins and minerals, as well as pollen and protein. Though honey is high in sugar, it is not bad for you when consumed in moderate amounts. In fact, the vitamins and minerals make honey quite healthy. Continue reading to learn how regularly drinking and otherwise using honey can benefit your health!
“Nutra Ingredients” reports a study by the University of Memphis Exercise and Sports Nutrition Laboratory found honey to be an active pre and post-workout energy source for athletes. This is because, unlike other carbohydrates, syrup does not cause blood sugar to drop after the initial spike. Honey has also been found to improve power and speed in endurance athletes. This is good news for everyone, not just athletes. Instead of drinking a sugary soda for a mid-day pick-me-up, try eating a piece of toast with a tablespoon of honey.
Not only does honey give you more energy, but it also helps you burn fat! Mike McInnes, the founder of the “Hibernation Diet,” says that consuming a spoonful of honey before bedtime can help burn fat. This is because honey can speed up your metabolism and reduce stress hormones as you sleep. Try a detox drink made from cinnamon tea and honey.
Heal cuts and burns
According to Dr. Axe, manuka and linden honеy are particularly useful for healing cuts and wounds. This is because they have strong antibiotic properties. Rub honеy directly on the affected area. You can also use these types of honеy to heal acne.
Treat a cough
WebMD says that just two teaspoons of honеy 30 minutes before going to bed can suppress a nighttime cough. This method is safe and effective for adults and children above the age of 1.
Honеy, when combined with lemon, is a wondrous treatment for nausea. Many pregnant women suffering from morning sickness know this, but “Blessed Herbs” explains the science. The astringency of lemon clears toxins from an upset stomach. But it needs the delivery system of honey to release the lemon’s cleansing power slowly.