Why take a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down when you can just have honey?… health and happiness in one go?
Honey is a sweet, thick golden liquid produced by honey bees. It is made from the floral nectar of plants and is stored in honeycombs. In addition, this golden elixir has multiple variations! These include floral, raw, honeydew and pasteurized forms of the liquid.
No matter which type of honey, their benefits remain more or less the same. Since centuries, honey has been used in cooking (and as a food item) and for medicinal purposes.
So let’s have a look at some of the health benefits of honey:
1. Honey As An Anti Inflammatory And Antioxidant
Honey helps lower blood pressure, reduces the chances of a stroke, and in general, gives you a healthier functioning heart. Its properties help cure certain types of cancers for it builds a stronger and more effective immune system!
2. Better Cholesterol
Honey lowers overall cholesterol levels, especially LDL (which is considered bad as it increases your chances of stroke). It increases the good cholesterol, HDL, which helps in making a healthier you.
3. Benefits for Diabetic patients
Honey is better than sugar! It decreases the chances of heart diseases that patients of Diabetes Type 2 may be prone to. While honey may increase blood sugar levels, the sweet’s impact is nearly not as large as that of white or brown sugars. Honey can be used as a sweetener or it can simply be eaten in its raw form. (in low quantities).
4. It Heals Burns and Wounds
Since the times of the Ancient Pharaohs, honey has been used for pharmaceutical purposes. Now, modern studies have proved that the application of honey on burns and wounds aids them in healing more swiftly.
For burns: Apply honey to the affected area immediately. It will reduce the burning instantly and heal the skin. At times, it removes the scars too.
For wounds: Honey can heal wounds, infected areas and even ulcers. Results are long term.
(FUCHSIA Plus Point: Honey can also be used to treat psoriasis and other skin conditions)
5. It Helps Prevent Coughs
Coughing is a common problem among children for it disturbs one’s sleep schedule and takes a toll on an individual’s body and health. Since medicines such as cough syrups, painkillers can have side effects, honey is the best alternative!
One such study suggests that honey may provide an effective way to decrease the severity and frequency of a child’s nighttime cough. It has been researched that a milk and one type of honey mixture relieved children’s coughs as effectively as an OTC medicine.
To relieve a cough, take a teaspoon of raw honey and avoid other liquids or foods afterward to allow the honey to coat the throat.
So what do you think?
It might be the right time to switch to a better alternative: honey. You can incorporate it into your diet through several methods.
A Little FUCHSIA Tip: In the morning, add honey to a glass of lukewarm water and lemon and just drink it! This will boost your metabolism and immune system!Your Daily Dose of Honey
Oh and don’t forget to keep in mind that the results are long term!
Risks associated with taking Honey
If you have a bee pollen allergy, raw honey is generally safe to use.
Honey to infants under the age of 1 is not advised because of the risk of infant botulism. Honey is safe from the age of 1 upwards. This applies to both raw and regular honey.
Disclaimer: Please consult a medical health professional if you feel you might be allergic to honey. Also, consult your physician before initiating any dietary change.
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