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The 8 Health Benefits Of Honey

Now that the seasons are changing, my allergies are beginning to flare up yet again. I’ve always had bad allergies once new things begin to bloom, once the weather switches from warm to cold, you name it.

I’ve been told that local honey would help my allergies, so this year I decided to try it out. As I’ve researched more and more about honey, I’ve found out that there are quite a few health benefits of implementing it into your diet.

Here are 8 health benefits of honey to convince you to start having some honey on-hand more often.

1. Reduce Allergies

Dr. Matthew Brennecke told Medical Daily “A common theory is that honey acts like a natural vaccine,” because of the amounts of pollen in the honey. “After repeated exposure, you should build up these antibodies and the body should become accustomed to their presence so that less histamine is released, resulting in a lesser allergic response,” he said.

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2. Decrease Recovery Time After Exercise

According to Care2, honey will improve recovery time after exercise. So, you can use it as a sweetener in your post work-out smoothie.

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3. Help Fade Scars

“Honey is said to lighten skin, and its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds help to decrease the appearance of scars and increase healing and tissue regeneration,” according to Women’s Health Magazine.

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4. Suppress Coughs

Honey will naturally coat and soothe the throat, relieving it from pain and irritation.

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5. Heal Dry Skin

Honey will help your skin retain moisture, perfect for keeping your skin from getting too dry as the fall and winter weather set in.

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6. Treat Wounds And Burns

According to Medical Daily, “Honey is a natural antibiotic that can act both internally and externally.” So, it can help heal those cuts and burns.

 

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7. Act As A Sleep Aid

“Having a little extra sugar before bed can help your brain function better at night,” it states in a Bulletproof article. “Raw honey is preferentially used to stock liver glycogen, so it is used first for brain function.”

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8. Boost Energy

Honey is a source of carbohydrates and can help fuel the body. It’s an all-natural way to put a little extra pep in your step.

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Honey has a lot of health benefits that I never knew about. I mean, just a spoonful of honey can help you sleep at night? Who knew? I certainly didn’t.

But, now you know that honey is definitely worth implementing into your daily routine. Whether it’s for your allergies, for your skin, to sweeten your tea, the list goes on and on. Whatever the reason, go have some honey!