When I was younger and would catch a cold every five minutes thanks to the good ol’ Canadian climate and my brazen rebellion against proper winter wear, my mother would whip out a spoon of lemon juice with a dab of honey on it to soothe my throat.
It was not just my mother pulling a fast one on me so I would roll out of bed and get to school, either. Honey actually has been found to be a great natural cough reliever, among other things, in this study from JAMA Paediatrics.
I could not believe something so great-tasting could be so helpful and healthy. But it is no hoax – honey is magnificent for you, despite its high fructose content.
And that is just the beginning. Read on to learn more about what drinking honey every day can do for your body.
One of my favourite articles I’ve ever written for this site was about farts. However, while farts can tell you an awful lot about your health and aren’t necessarily the worst things on the planet, let’s be honest – nobody likes that bloaty, gassy feeling that makes it hard to do everything from sleep to keeping a straight face.
As Bembu, and many other popular home remedy sites, reports, honey and cinnamon can be a wonderful combination for fighting a bad case of gas.
Honey and chamomile tea can also be an excellent combination as found in this study.
Honey’s anti-inflammatory effects and ability to soothe coughs has led to the belief it can also reduce seasonal allergy symptoms. Although there are no clinical studies proving its efficacy, Dr. Matthew Brennecke, a board certified naturopathic doctor practicing at the Rocky Mountain Wellness Center in Fort Collins, Colo., told Medical Daily in an email, “A common theory is that honey acts like a natural vaccine.” It contains small amounts of pollen, which if the body is exposed to small amounts of it, can trigger an immune response that produces antibodies to the pollen. “After repeated exposure, you should build up these antibodies and the body should become accustomed to their presence so that less histamine is released, resulting in a lesser allergic response.”
Of course, others are stating that this is completely bogus (even for local honey!). So be prepared for a backup plan in terms of allergies.
All-Natural Energy Drink
Honey is an excellent source of all-natural energy at just 17 grams of carbohydrates per tablespoon. This natural unprocessed sugar — fructose and glucose — directly enter the bloodstream and can deliver a quick boost of energy. The rise in blood sugar acts as a short-term energy source for your workout, especially in longer endurance exercises.
The sweet nectar is loaded with antioxidants that may help prevent cellular damage and loss within the brain. A 2011 study published in Menopause found a daily spoonful of Malaysian honey may boost post-menopausal women’s memory, which can provide an alternative therapy for hormone-related intellectual decline. After four months of taking 20 grams of honey a day, the women in the study were more likely to have better short-term memory than their counterparts who took hormone pills.
Immune System Boost
Honey is also great for your immune system, as reported in the Journal of Applied Microbiology. This is due to the abundance of the lactobacillus kunkeei found in honey. Researchers found that exposure to 1,000 milligrams of kunkeei each month can increase a healthy adult’s saliva IgA (and thereby immune system) significantly.
As the aptly titled www.benefits-of-honey.com reports, honey and warm water can be used as a great detoxing solution, a great alternative to the pricey so-called detox products available on the market currently.
They’ve even put together this helpful set of instructions on what is known as a honey water fast.
Adding lemon to this honey + water mix, in addition to tasting great, will help you urinate more, releasing, even more, toxins from your body.
Honey has long been held in high regard as natural acne treatment in the form of moisturizing masks and cleansers.
Skinacea reports honey to be very effective in this regard, without the use of any additions; you can simply apply it to your face straight from the jar. Beats those name brand acne cleansers with a gazillion ingredients, right?
You’ll Lose Weight
“B…b…b…but there’s sugar in honey!”
I know what you are thinking. But, as reported by Organic Facts, honey is completely unlike the refined sugars that give the word ‘sugar’ such a bad reputation. It in turn also contains many beneficial vitamins and meaningful calories, so to speak. A study filed in the US National Library of Medicine also reports that honey contains cholesterol-fighting properties. If nothing else, it’s a much better alternative to the many brands of sugar waters (if you drink that stuff!)
Go To Sleep
Honey contains several amino acids, including tryptophan that is commonly associated with turkey. Honey triggers a steady rise in insulin, according to Brennecke, causes the tryptophan in honey to enter the brain, where it’s then converted into serotonin and then into melatonin, which is a sleep aid. This hormone is responsible for regulating sleep and wake cycles.
What Else To Mix In
When eating honey daily, mix in these foods for fast activation of certain healing properties.
Honey And Lemon
Improved digestion – Combine honey, water and lemon to improve digestion.
Honey and Apple Cider Vinegar
Gout – Add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar to honey and warm water. Packed with antioxidants and flavonoids, the use of honey and apple cider vinegar increases the excretion of uric acid from the body.
Honey and Clove
Helps with mouth ulcers and sore throat.
Honey and Ginger
Improves digestion, cough, sinusitis, sexual health and migraines.
For migraines: You can either grate or chop ginger into a few pieces. Add these pieces to a cup of boiling water and allow to boil for around 10 to 15 minutes. Add honey and drink for relief from migraines.