I was up at 5 a.m. again this morning eager to get downstairs and create another relevant and practical post for my growing audience of readers. I found myself going back to read some of my earlier material to see if there were any topics on which there should be some follow-up. I was struck by the realization that there were several posts made back when my wife was my only follower that, in my humble opinion, were pretty good and deserved broader exposure. Thankfully, my readership has been growing steadily, but rarely will people take the time to go back and read archived posts. There is a lot of meaningful material on fitness, nutrition, finances and general lifestyle that I feel you should at least know is there.
So, here is an index of some interesting articles more than a week old. If you find one that catches your attention, just click on it and you’ll be magically transported there. Enjoy!
Need something sweet? Reach for the honey! Aside from being sweeter than sugar, there are material health benefits to using honey over other sugar products. Honey contains a significant amount of different vitamins, minerals and other useful nutrients. The most important benefit of honey over sugar is that honey contains complex carbohydrates, along with fructose and glucose, meaning the energy released from honey occurs over a longer period of time, reducing the effects of a “sugar spike”.
Honey also contains amino acids, which are the building blocks for protein and muscle. While the amounts found in honey are moderate, honey does contain two very important amino acids, tryptophan and lysine, which are not found in fruits and vegetables, only animal sources. This makes honey an important food source for vegetarians or for those who try to limit their meat consumption. Honey contains most vitamins and minerals that we need for a balanced diet. It does contain significant amounts of B-complex vitamins, Vitamin C and Potassium, a mineral in which many people are deficient. Potassium helps to regulate blood pressure and water retention, and in many ways counteracts the harmful effects of high sodium consumption. B-complex vitamins are used to convert food into energy, and Vitamin C is important for the immune system and for proper skin and mucus membrane integrity. Honey also contains some of the same beneficial bacteria found in yogurt, called probiotics. These bacteria are needed by the body in the intestines to help digest food.
Some interesting tidbits:
Honey has a laxative effect on the digestion system and helps provide relief from constipation.
Honey has been effective with the treatment of persistent coughs and sore throat.
Consumption of honey is believed to provide relief from diarrhea and dysentery.
Honey has been found to have anti-bacterial properties, which seem to increase when it is diluted with water.
Honey helps in cleansing blood and has positive effects on the regulation of blood circulation.
Having antiseptic properties, honey is good for treating burns, infected surgical wounds and ulcers.
Honey is easily digested by the most sensitive stomachs and helps kidneys and intestines function better.
Honey is good for improving appetite, especially in children.
Honey reduces the production of acid in the mouth and thus, is good for maintaining oral health.
Being much lower in calories, as compared to sugar, and having a very low fat content, honey is good for those trying to lose weight.
Honey, with properties to make the body heal faster, helps in convalescence.
Majority of the allergies can be treated with raw honey.
Taking 1 tsp. of honey mixed with juice of half a lemon and added to a glass of hot water helps reduce stomach pain.
When used in the form of face packs, honey helps in rejuvenating the skin and also helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Honey has been found to be beneficial for those suffering from anemia, asthma, baldness, fatigue and exhaustion, hay fever, headaches, high blood pressure, infertility, insect bites, insomnia, osteoporosis, paralysis, stress, tuberculosis.
Pretty impressive list of benefits! For all youBaby Boomers out there, next time you need a sweetener, think HONEY!