If you’re not yet making the most of the many good things honey has to offer, you’ll probably be surprised there’s more to it than sweet goodness. If you’re not sure which honey is best, the darker types have higher antioxidant levels. Monofloral honey (honey from a single plant species) has the lowest glycemic index (GI). The GI is an indication of a food’s effect on your blood glucose. Most commercially blended honey has a moderate Glycemic Index or GI of between 45 and 64 which is lower than sugar – white or brown – at 65. The GI varies with the level of fructose – the more fructose, the lower the GI.
Since the time of Ancient Greece honey has been used for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. It includes vitamins, trace enzymes, amino acids, and minerals like calcium, iron, sodium chlorine, magnesium, phosphate, and potassium.
Honey For Energy, Performance and… Hangovers
One of its best benefits is for anyone looking to replace their sugar intake while not losing any nutritional values and keeping an eye on cholesterol. Health experts recommend 1,000 mg of cholesterol per day. One tablespoon of honey has roughly 64 calories and has no fat or cholesterol.
At the start of the day, you need carbs and calories as much as your important protein to perform effectively in all manners of health and fitness. A challenge can be the balance of your intake and output of energy. Consuming too many calories without enough exercise accumulates as weight gain. In a perfect world, you will only ingest the energy you need. Because of its high carbohydrate content, honey is a perfect source of sugar energy. The glucose and fructose are quickly absorbed into your bloodstream, making it ideal for before and after a workout.
For the other end of the healthy lifestyle spectrum, honey should also be on your list of ingredients for hangover cures. It helps your liver speed up the oxidation of the alcohol, which helps get the toxins out of your body faster and has also been proven to soothe acid reflux and heartburn. The worst part of your hangover is caused by dehydration and low energy levels. Make sure you hydrate by drinking plenty of water and get your honey.
Honey For Healthy Skin
Honey’s anti-bacterial qualities are handy for moisturising your skin. Lesser known is the research that discovered a diluted solution of honey and water applied to your scalp can help with dandruff!
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Honey is essentially a natural vaccine due to the small amounts of pollen it contains. Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, honey can also reduce inflammation in your sinuses.
A recent study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough. Because of this, it is suggested that honey is a cure for anyone who suffers respiratory issues that keep them from a good night’s sleep. So if you (or someone you know) is snoring this summer because of allergies or irritable sinuses, it’s maybe time to look up some hot water and honey recipes.