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10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Honey

10 Amazing Health Benefits Of Honey

Oh, honey.

Honey has been used as a sweetener and preservative throughout human history. But who knew such a sweet, sugary substance could be so good for you? While we all know a sweet treat is good for the soul, honey has incredibly positive effects on the human body that we probably never think about when dripping some over our morning waffles. Mmmm…waffles…

Ahem, without further ado, here are ten ways eating honey can have a positive effect on your health and your body:

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Honey is a source for vitamins and minerals

Most honey is full of three incredibly important vitamins and minerals. Honey is a source of Vitamin C, which has a variety of benefits on the human body, including strengthening the immune system. It also is a source of calcium, which strengthens the bones. Lastly, honey is shown to contain iron, which is helpful to the circulatory system.

Honey can increase your red blood cell count

Drinking water mixed with honey increases the body’s red blood cell count, in turn oxygenating your blood. High levels of oxygen increase a body’s productiveness, as well as its ability to stave off bacteria and disease. Increased oxygen levels also increase energy levels as well, making aerobic exercise easier on the body. When a person’s body is more apt to physical activity, their mind is also more susceptible to positive thoughts and moods. Drinking honey water, therefore, can lead to increased productivity in a person’s body, as well as the mind.

Honey is a great alternative to sugar

Honey contains sugar; there is no doubt about that. However, the type of sugar it contains is different from the white sugar we put in our morning coffee. Without getting too much into the chemical structures of each, let’s just leave it at the fact that real honey contains real sugar. Other compounds found within honey, such as dextrin, combined with the natural sugars found within honey, help to regulate a body’s blood sugar level.

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Honey has many medical uses

Honey has been proven to have antibacterial characteristics, and can also be used as a disinfectant. In clinical tests, a certain purified honey was used to treat ulcers and other leg wounds; the treatment was a success for 99% of the patients involved. Honey has shown the ability to eradicate E. coli and salmonella, commonly found in uncooked meats. Honey has also been used for treatment of lung diseases such as mucus and asthma.

Honey is a prebiotic

Honey may be used as a prebiotic. This is not to be confused with probiotics, such as yogurt, which contain healthy microbacteria that aide the intestines in the digestive process. Prebiotics, however, serve as food for these bacteria, which in turn increases the amount of “healthy” bacteria within your body.

Honey conditions the skin

Honey can alleviate skin conditions such as dermatitis and dandruff. The application of honey to affected skin has shown to alleviate conditions after the completing the regimen. Using honey as a remedy for skin conditions has proven to soothe itching and scaling, and also has shown promise in improving hair loss.

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Honey is an alternative to cough medicine

Honey can alleviate symptoms of congestion, especially in children. The syrupy consistency of honey forms a film in a person’s mouth and throat that soothes the irritated areas and shield the areas from further infection. Using honey to soothe sore throats works especially well to regulate sleeping patterns when a cough is keeping you up at night. The protective film created continues to work its magic throughout the night, allowing for a good night’s rest.

Honey may reduce allergy symptoms

Honey made from locally pollinated flowers may alleviate allergy symptoms in the same way vaccines inoculate us from diseases. By introducing the body to small amounts of an allergen, it is possible for the body to built up an immunity to the chemical in question over time. Of course, this method requires patients to use honey that is produced locally, but the benefits of doing so include suffering a smaller amount of allergic reactions, and less intense reactions as well.

Honey gives you a quick energy boost

Athletes have been known to take a spoonful of honey when they’re feeling drowsy or light-headed. As mentioned, honey has a positive effect on a person’s red blood cell count, as well as his oxygen levels. Of course, higher oxygen levels mean higher energy levels. The consistency of honey also gives it “time-releasing” qualities, making it even more beneficial for athletes who must be active for long periods of time, such as marathon runners.

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Honey can possibly stave off cancer

Honey contains various flavonoids, which reduce the risk of some cancers. However, this has not been clinically proven to reduce the risk of all cancers; but it has shown significant effects in some smokers and women.

Honey-filled Recipes

As previously mentioned, honey can be used in place of syrup on waffles or pancakes, in tea, and in various other recipes. You can check out the Food Network’s page for a list of meals, snacks, and desserts which include honey. And now that my mouth is watering, I’m going to cut this a bit short as I make a bee-line to the pantry. See what I did there?

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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