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The 6 Top Benefits of Natural, Raw, Unprocessed Honey

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Uses for raw honey are many and varied. As part of a holistic health lifestyle it is truly beneficial, not just as a nutritional food, but also as a natural product that can be used both as a treatment for many conditions, and as booster to natural body function.

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 1 – Wound Dressing

Raw, natural honey has excellent, natural anti-bacterial properties, and before the advancement of modern medical science, it was used to dress wounds. An article published in the July edition of the British Journal of Surgery, recorded that honey had been successfully used to heal severe ulcerated wounds in 58/59 patients, whose wounds had not previously responded to conventional medicines.

It is the hydrogen peroxide, and the phenolic acids it contains that imbibe raw, unprocessed honey with this healing ability. When topically applied to a wound, it absorbs moisture, removes bacteria, staves off infection, and promotes rapid healing

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 2 – Sugar Substitute

Honey has proven itself to be the healthiest natural sweetener of all. In recent trials, test subjects who suffered from high cholesterol were given solutions containing either processed honey or natural honey. The subjects given the processed honey solution experienced a slight increase in bad cholesterol, whereas those given the raw honey solution recorded an 11% drop in bad cholesterol (LDL), and a 2% increase in good cholesterol (HDL). Follow this link for full details.

The benefits of raw honey also extend to Type 2 Diabetes sufferers. When compared with refined sugars, unprocessed honey causes a markedly less rise in blood sugar levels. Dissolving raw honey in hot beverages such as green tea is a pleasant and healthier way of sweetening the drink.

It sounds as though Julie Andrews might have to start singing “a spoonful of honey makes the medicine go down!”

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 3 – Destroying Free Radicals

Raw honey has a high antioxidant content. A report published in the April 2002 edition of the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, showed that raw honey had as much, if not more ability to destroy free radicals than either fruits or vegetables; darker colored honey such as Buckwheat honey in particular.

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 4 – Soothing a Sore Throat

Because of its smooth consistency, its “gloopy” texture, and the natural antibacterial agents that raw honey contains, it is an effective soother of sore throats. It also helps to stop tickly coughs.

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 5 – Boosting Energy

Raw honey is great for boosting energy. It contains high levels of natural glucose and fructose which are quickly and easily absorbed by the human body giving a lasting energy boost. It also contains easily absorbed, simple, carbohydrates which discharge slowly, giving increased stamina. It has long been used by athletes (going back as far as the times of the Ancient Greeks), and when ingested before, during and after physical exertion, it increases performance, and accelerates the time it takes for the body to recover to normal (the metabolic rate).

Best Use for Honey (Raw, Unpasteurized) No 6 – Boosting Immunity

Finally, raw honey gives a significant boost to immunity. This is because it contains a high level of a group of bacterium known as Bifidobacteria. This is a natural probiotic that promotes proliferation of good bacteria. Honey also has anti-inflammatory characteristics and may even help to fight off cancer.

It’s a Natural

As can be clearly seen, the benefits of raw honey are both numerous and wondrous. For anyone chasing a holistic health lifestyle it’s a natural!

 

 

 

48 Foods To Balance Your Hormones & Give You Glowing Skin

48 Foods To Balance Your Hormones & Give You Glowing Skin

Did you know that eating the right foods can help balance hormones? And also give you back that glowing skin from your youth! Hormones control much more than most people realize and the nutrients we get (or don’t get!) from our food go a long way to make it all balance out.

Healthy fats are the key! Fatty acids and good cholesterol are necessary to produce hormones and rebuild cells.
Who doesn’t want a rocking reproductive system, balanced hormones, and glowing skin?

I know I do, and eating certain nutrient dense foods will put anyone on this path. Whether we like it or not, hormones control our mood, digestion, energy, libido, metabolism, and how our skin looks.

If we don’t eat foods with the nutrients we need, our body cannot produce hormones correctly or maintain hormonal balance because it doesn’t have the building blocks to do so.

Whatever you’re eating is either helping hormonal production, or causing unpredictable imbalances.

The human body needs a balance of all three macronutrients, carbohydrates, protein, and especially fat.

Fat is one of the most crucial elements for hormonal balance. For years, we’ve been told that fat-free is good, while cholesterol and saturated fat are bad. This is a dangerous lie. Healthy fat is the raw material that we need to produce and maintain proper hormone function.

Here’s why: hormones are produced using certain fatty acids and cholesterol, so if we’re missing these nutrients, hormone problems arise simply because the body doesn’t have the nutrients it needs to make them. Our body needs certain fats for rebuilding cells and stabilizing hormones. This is especially important for the female reproductive system.

How to eat for hormonal balance

Basing meals off clean protein, hormone-balancing healthy fats, antioxidant-rich vegetables, and healing herbs will help your body thrive. Choose one food from each category for an easy, hormone balancing, skin healing, meal.

1. Clean protein

Soaked or sprouted nuts
Beans
Seeds
Quinoa
Lentils
Organic pasture-raised/grass-fed chicken, turkey, beef, bison, elk, pasture-raised eggs
Wild caught fish

2. Hormone-balancing healthy fats

Coconut oil (and all coconut products for that matter). It contains lauric acid, which is incredibly healing to the skin and extremely beneficial for hormonal production. It also kills bad bacteria and viruses in the body, provides a quick source of energy, is easy to digest, and speeds up metabolism.

Avocados. They’re rich in healthy fat that helps our body absorb and use nutrients They are also full of fiber, potassium, magnesium vitamin E, B-vitamins, and Folic acid – all essential for maintaining hormonal balance in the body.

Raw butter/ghee. They provide a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E and K2. These nutrients are key building blocks for hormonal production. Butter provides great amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial properties; meaning, they fight against bad bacteria and viruses in the body.

Egg yolks. They’re rich in countless vitamins and minerals including: A, D, E, B2, B6, B9, iron, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and choline which all contribute to a healthy reproductive system, hormonal balance, and healthy skin. The choline and iodine in egg yolks are also crucial for making healthy thyroid hormones.

Nuts and seeds. Soaked nuts and seeds, olives and olive oil, fermented cod liver oil, hemp seed oil, flax-seed oil, and raw cultured dairy products.

3. Antioxidant-rich vegetables

Look for anything dark green: asparagus, broccoli, spinach, collard greens, cabbage, cucumbers, kale, cilantro, etc.

Opt for brightly colored veggies: green, red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, red cabbage, red/white onions, tomatoes, and carrots.

Don’t overlook starchy vegetables: sweet potatoes, spaghetti squash, yucca, beets, artichokes, butternut squash, and turnips.

4. Healing spices & herbs

Cinnamon
Turmeric
Cayenne
Cumin
Garlic
Ginger

If your body has the nutrients it needs to be in hormonal balance, it will be. You’ll experience glowing skin, stable moods, fertility, and consistent energy. Our bodies have an incredible ability to heal and be in balance, when given the nutrients they need to flourish.