by David Sautter
Honey is often associated with bees (obviously), Winnie-the-Pooh, and that candy that you can never seem to get out of your teeth once it’s in there. Not exactly the best reputation for something that is considered a super food throughout the health and fitness world. Honey is a wondrous thing. It can protect you during cold season, improve your athletic performance and help you heal. I’ll review the top 5 benefits of honey but first, let’s take a quick look at that golden prize that many of us take for granted.
Honey has been around for a long time… a very long time. Many ancient drawings show primitive bee keepers. When they recently unearthed the tomb of an Egyptian king, they found, next to the treasure, urns of honey. Get this: that 5,000 year old honey was, believe it or not, still good.
Our ancestors knew the stuff was special but only now do we know exactly why. Honey is a powerhouse super food. It has a complete amino profile, antioxidants, vitamins (especially B vitamins), and minerals. You don’t need to eat a tub of the stuff to reap the benefits that honey provides. Two tablespoons is all it takes. I’d recommend four if you are an athlete or exercise frequently. Which brings us to our first point.
1.) Honey & Exercise
You can waste your time and money buying energy drinks that are packed with processed sugar, or you can visit your local farmer’s market, contribute to your community, and help your body as well. Taken pre-workout, honey acts as an all natural pick-me-up. You don’t have to worry about crashes either, unlike many pre-workout supplements that are loaded with caffeine. You can also take it post-workout to help with recovery. Remember that complete amino profile we talked about?
2.) Honey & Allergies
The never-ending runny nose, the bloodshot eyes, the sneezing, the pressure… Allergies can ruin a day in an instant. For those of you who suffer from allergies, you are in luck. Honey acts as a natural antibiotic helping your body to adjust to the pollen laced environment and build better defenses. Make sure you buy the honey directly from a local farmer. Local farmer means local pollen. (Yeah the same pollen that has been driving you insane.) Most commercial companies strip the honey of its nutrients including the pollen which is what you need. Local farmer’s markets always have a huge supply of raw honey at prices that are far below those of your typical chain grocery store.
3.) Honey & Topical Uses
As a natural anti-bacteria and anti-fungal, honey can be used to treats wounds, including burns. It can also be used on acne prone skin. It cleanses while it moisturizes as honey is jam packed with water. To wash your face with honey, it is as simple as placing a small amount (no more than a teaspoon) in your palm. Rub your hands together then spread the honey evenly on your face. Wash off with warm water and pat dry.
4.) Honey & Internal Uses
We already know that honey does wonders for your health but what about internal problems you are having. Eaten regularly, honey’s anti-bacteria properties have been said to help with ulcers and heartburn. Consult your physician before considering ditching any medication and replacing it with honey.
5.) Honey & Colds
When Winter arrives, many of us scramble to fortify ourselves for the battle against cold season. Over-the-counter products claim to be the holy grail but too often fall short. With its anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, honey should always be in your medicine cabinet. (Not literally… Unless you’ve stocked up on the stuff and have no where else to put it.) Loaded with crucial vitamins and minerals, honey will help build up your immune system. If you do happen to get a cold, keep taking honey because it will dramatically shorten the duration of it. Sore throat have you down? Put honey in a tea cup with a slice of lemon (and a slice of lime if you’re feeling dangerous) and pour in hot water. The honey soothes your throat while the lemon gives you a vitamin C boost.
Simply put, raw honey is amazing. There’s a reason it’s been around for so long. Isn’t it about time that you found out why?