PROS AND CONS OF USING HONEY
From the office of Dr. Joshua Levitt:
September 09, 2015
Hippocrates (the father of modern medicine) used honey as a treatment for pain, dehydration, and fever. And this isn't just some "folk remedy" discredited by modern science either. Researchers (in thousands of peer-reviewed papers) continue to uncover just how healing honey can be.
Honey contains a concentrated dose of vitamins, minerals and nutrients that nourish and re-vitalize your body. And it possesses unique antimicrobial properties that help you fight off infections.
Throughout history, honey has been used to treat...
•Coughs,Wounds Indigestion Skin infections Fatigue Flu's Burns And more!
For example, honey was the most popular ancient Egyptian healing remedy (and was mentioned over 500 times in 900 remedies.)
We've all heard about how sugar causes obesity, diabetes, and a bunch of other chronic diseases.how leading health figures like the Dutch health minister, Paul Van der Velpen, proclaim sugar to be worse than alcohol, tobacco, and cocaine combined.
Sugar can be extremely hazardous to your health.
But this depends on two critical factors...
1. How much sugar you consume.2. What kind of sugar you eat.
Consumed in moderation, sugar is a helpful source of energy. That is... provided you get it from the right sources.
We humans evolved to get our sugar by eating whole foods like fruits, vegetables, and yes, even honey. Your body knows how to extract the maximum benefit from these whole foods.It's all true.Honey, in particular, has three critical healing effects...
First, honey supports your immune system and fights off harmful bacteria.
As you know, your body is under constant assault by numerous viruses and bacteria that threaten to tire you out, make you sick, and even kill you.Fighting off this threat is key to staying healthy.
One of the vital components in honey is an enzyme called glucose oxidase. This enzyme, when exposed to oxygen, produces hydrogen peroxide -- a strong acid that dissolves the cell walls of bacteria. (Most human cells have thicker cell walls and can resist the low amounts of acid honey produces.)This makes honey a powerful tool for fighting skin infections, healing wounds, and otherwise supporting your immune system. (And its why honey is able to last for so long in your cupboard without going bad.) Second, it supplies the "building blocks" for healthy cells.
In addition to giving you sugars, honey equips your body with a complex array of proteins, enzymes, minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients. The second these nutrients hit your body, they go to work...
•Tuning up your heart, lungs, stomach, brain, eyes, and skin...
•Controlling cancer-causing free-radicals and stopping cell damage in its tracks...
•Detoxifying your body of harmful pollutants and other toxins.
•However, honey still has a very high sugar content (70%-85% depending on the type of honey you get.) And as just about any health official will tell you, sugar is a major cause of obesity, diabetes, and all the other chronic illnesses we see in abundance today.
•So shouldn't we avoid honey despite its antimicrobial and nutritional properties?
•Well, that brings us to the third healing effect of honey. It turns out...
•You've probably experienced just how rapidly most sugar burns in your body -- how it gives you a sudden surge of energy followed shortly by a complete crash.
•Yet when you eat honey, you don't get that same "flare effect". Instead you get a slow, even burn of energy -- which you can put to use for things like working, playing sports, or spending time with your family.
•That's because all the extra enzymes and nutrients in honey not only help the body rebuild itself -- they also regulate how the body uses the sugar.
•It's kind of like the flame on your stove.
•Contained and controlled by the burner, valves, and the rest of the stove, you can safely use the fire for cooking.
•But take that flame out of context -- by putting it on your living room floor for example -- it can quickly burn out of control and cause all kinds of damage.
•In the same way, sugars eaten outside their normal context of whole, complete foods run riot in our bodies -- leaving us exhausted, overweight, and sick.
•The sugars that you must avoid to hold onto your health. (Caution: these are everywhere!)
•As with any sweets, moderation is key. Learn how you can use far less honey than white sugar in your cooking (and still maintain the same level of sweetness).
•The "gift enzyme" bees provide that lets us take full advantage of the energy and nutrition found in honey. (Refined sugars, in comparison, force the body to use its own precious reserve of this enzyme before we can process them.)