Honey – Why You Need It In Your Diet
If the Bee Disappeared Off the Face of the Earth, Man Would Only Have Four Years Left To Live – Albert Einstein
Bees swallow, digest and regurgitate nectar from flowers to create honey. This nectar contains close to 600 different compounds. One of the oldest sweeteners known to us, honey, is packed with health benefits.
Let us look at the health benefits of honey.
A Spoon of honey taken with lemon and warm water in the morning, on an empty stomach, is traditionally known to be useful in losing weight. The honey and warm water help boost metabolism, burning the fat. Natural treatments like Ayurveda prescribe this combination to lose unwanted water retained in the body, also reducing weight.
Honey is a healthier substitute for sugar when counting calories, as it has lesser calories (63 calories per teaspoon) than sugar and contains vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well, which are good for health.
Natural Energy Source
Honey is a source of carbohydrates, providing 17 grams per tablespoon. Its natural sugar and carbohydrates are easily digested by the body, making it ideal for working muscles in the body from carbohydrates are the primary fuel that the human body uses.
Honey, when used in your diet is known to aid in digestion. It does wonders in keeping constipation at bay, heals ulcers, and reduces inflammation of the digestive tract. It has anti-bacterial properties which make it a ready remedy for bacterial infections in the digestive system.
Cough and cold
We never know how much we swallow, until we get a sore throat. Honey is a sure-shot remedy to soothe sore throats naturally. Ginger extract and honey mixed with warm water is a popular remedy used to soothe sore throats. Cayenne pepper powder (yes!) steeped in water and honey eases aching and burning throats and counters throat infections.
Not for nothing did Cleopatra soak herself in tubs full of milk and honey. Honey is known to be useful for the skin because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties. It also lightens blemishes and dark spots on the skin, and increase healing and tissue regeneration. The anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties of honey make it an effective treatment for scars and skin infections.
Slows Down Aging
Here comes the nectar part! Honey is full of anti-oxidants that slow down the aging process. Used on the skin, it acts as a natural skin lotion, keeping the skin hydrated and smooth.
Enough reason to quit artificial sugar and switch to honey today, we say!
*Crudo products use honey as a sweetening agent in all coldpressed juices, smoothies and yogurts.