Melissa Paris Fitness

Jun 30, 2013

What’s All The Buzz About Honey?

by Melissa Paris

There are so many different kinds and variations of honey that it's hard to choose which one is best for you! There are about 40 different kinds of honey, all with unique tastes and characteristics. But rather than purchasing store bought honey from the supermarket, try getting jars of fresh local honey from farmer's markets. It’s not only better for your allergies but it’s a lot more flavorful than regular brand honey. Studies have even shown that US supermarket honey is roughly 75% artificially processed and laundered from China. Gross! Honey has so many health benefits that it’s impossible to name them all! But here are some of the main ones that you might find interesting.

1. It’s GREAT for working out
The natural sugars in honey help prevent fatigue during exercise by maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time. Glucose in honey is absorbed quickly and gives a quick energy boost! So before you work out, take a spoon of honey to help you improve your endurance, or mix it in yogurt with fruit for a tasty post workout.

2.Helps build your immune system
The antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties of honey may help improve the digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight diseases. It also may contribute to heart health in addition to serving as an anti-cancer.

3.Treats acne
Put some honey on your skin before you go to bed, you’ll be amazed at what such a simple food can do for you. Blend honey with other ingredients such as carrots to create a nourishing and moisturizing face mask that may smooth your skin, reduce wrinkles and blemishes and even out your skin tone.

4.For other skin ailments
The strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects of raw honey has been used to help treat cuts, scrapes and burns. Honey lifts the dead skin cells off and also supplies the sound with sugar that will help produce new skin cells to close up the wound. It can also help reduce scar formation!

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