One of the oldest and most important sweeteners used by humans, honey, has a beneficial effect and deserves to … take the place of sugar.
When it’s winter, honey fits into our drinks to soften our throats, but that’s not the only way we can use it. A little honey in the dressing we make for our salad, chicken, smoothies, yogurt always gives it a sweet and healthy note, and at the same time has a lot to offer our body.
Let’s have a look at its most important benefits and put it into your diet . . .
It gives you energy in a natural way
If you want to increase your energy levels naturally, try adding some honey to your diet. Its carbohydrate content is what gives it this property and is all you need to add it to your breakfast, cereal, milk, tea or yogurt. It is also a good idea to add honey in a little warm water.
It helps you sleep better
If you have sleep problems lately, in addition to stopping negative thoughts and stress, you can try drinking a glass of warm milk with some honey. Honey in this case is thought to act as a sedative to the brain and helps you to relax and fall asleep more easily than usual.
It does good in the heart
Frequent consumption of honey may also have a positive effect on factors associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease. In particular, it appears to contribute to the decrease in C-reactive protein and has a relative effect on blood glucose, insulin and lipid levels relative to glucose or some other sweetener.
Softens sore throats
Sore throat can be unbearable for hours. Honey, however, is the perfect natural remedy either plain or in a hot drink or with a little salt and a spoonful of lemon juice, for greater action and relief.
Fight the… hangover
And yet! Honey contains the natural sugars necessary to accelerate the oxidation of alcohol by the liver. Next time, then, as you drink a little more, make sure there is plenty of honey in your kitchen cabinets. A good idea is to consume it in a smoothie, which you can make with honey, yogurt and orange juice.
It fights bad breath
This does not mean that you can stop washing your teeth, nor that you can eat garlic and toss it … with a spoonful of honey. But if you have a chronic bad breath problem – which your doctor needs to research to find the cause – you can combine honey with a little cinnamon and … freshen your breath in a minute.
Boosts the immune system
It contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, chlorine and sodium, which help the body’s cells function, several vitamins such as C, A, B1 which, although in small quantities, play a role in the proper functioning of the body, while its enzymes result in the breakdown of free radicals.