Ultimately, life is good, if not stressful at times. And because of that stress, and the little glitches along the way, we can all use a little sweetness from time to time, right? So if you need a sugar binge every once in a while, who am I to tell you not to? We all need to indulge now and then, and sweet treats are the way to go for a lot of us- I totally get it. But… what if you could get some sweet in and know that it’s actually good for you- how great would that be? That’s where honey comes in! It’s sweet, rich in flavor, and chock full of health benefits!
1. Antibacterial and antiviral properties:
Yes, honey has the power to keep you from getting sick!
Honey is a great source of antioxidants that prevent cell damage, which is a cause of aging skin and cancer.
3. Cough suppressant:
Try a spoonful of honey instead of over the counter cough medicine for a sweet and natural way to control a cough.
4. Soothes acid reflux:
A painful symptom of acid reflux is a raw feeling in the esophagus. Swallowing some honey relieves that burning.
5. Digestive enzymes:
Honey may even have certain digestive enzymes that can help prevent acid reflux in the first place.
6. Controls cholesterol:
Honey lowers the “bad” LDL cholesterol and raises the “good” HDL type.
7. Controls blood pressure:
Honey may help lower high blood pressure.
8. Helps heal burns and wounds:
Apply some honey to a burn or wound to speed up healing.
9. Keeps your memory sharp:
Those antioxidants again!
10. Meat tenderizer:
Okay, not a health benefit, but useful anyway. Add some honey to your meat marinade to tenderize and add delicious, rich flavor.
Honey can do all this- who knew?!? One important thing to keep in mind, though: Never give honey to babies under one year of age! As good as honey is for everyone else, for young babies, eating honey can be deadly!
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