Day 23 Quest to Heath: Benefits of Organic Honey

As I entered my courtyard this morning, I heard a very prominent “Bzzzz” sound. I thought to myself, “great”, for I knew exactly what it was. I looked up, and there it was, a cloud of bees swarming above my house! I quickly ran inside… then ran back out to take a picture, lol. My next thought was, “So, if there’s bees, there’s a hive… free organic honey?” I called the experts, who advised me to stay indoors until they could come.

An hour later a man safely relocated over 3,000 bees, and all I have left are a couple sweet photos of the hive, and luckily no stings. Let’s not forget about the $300 price tag that went along with relocating! I couldn’t help but feel some remorse for those bees. They seemed hard at work collecting pollen for their choosy queen. I asked the expert re-locator why he thought the bees chose my roof as a good nesting place. His response was, “That’s where the queen bee decided to perch!” I thought there would be some more scientific reasoning behind it, however that response seemed fitting enough for me. You see, I can truly relate with queen bees, as my mother seems to have always loved to refer to me as one!

Here’s a picture of the process, with the hive still attached to the building:

In remembrance of the bees, and a little pity for mother nature, I have decided to dedicate this journal entry to honey! Honey is a wonderful nutrient, and it tastes so good in hot tea! I have done plenty of research on this stuff, and though it is sugar, I do like to use honey as a healthy alternative to other forms of sweeteners. I love to put it on freshly cut apples with a little cinnamon on top! Not only is this is super yummy, but the mixture of honey and cinnamon is said to rid bad breath and aid in weight loss. I also like to use honey in smoothies, lemonade, and on top of gluten-free toast.


Health Benefits of Organic Honey

Healing- Honey is an incredible antiseptic. It also contains antioxidants and cleansing properties for our health. Its powerful healing attributes have been used for thousands of years to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, correct health disorders, fight infection, aids tissue healing, and boosts immunity! Honey also helps reduce inflammation and scarring. In addition, it is often used for treating digestive problems such as diarrhea, indigestion, stomach ulcers and gastroenteritis. Great news for us celiacs! Honey possesses carcinogen-preventing and anti-tumour properties, which aid in preventing cancer.

Remedies- Honey has been recognized as a natural home remedies to treat ailments including yeast infection, athlete foot, and arthritis pain. Its antiseptic properties inhibits the growth of certain bacteria which helps keep external wounds clean and free from infection. It also contains certain potassium salts which help in absorbing moisture and to kill germs and bacteria. Honey is said to be able to kill bacteria more effectively than some antibiotics. Honey is great for hangovers as it is easy on the stomach and contains a mix of natural sugars, such as fructose, which is known to speed up the oxidation of alcohol. Honey is also able to help soothe and treat sore throats. Adding honey to diary products, such as milk and yogurt can improve your digestion and bowel movements, as well as cure sleeplessness.

Source of Vitamins and Minerals: Honey contains vitamin c, calcium and iron. The amount of vitamins and minerals it contains depends on the type of honey you buy.

Promotes Weight Loss- According to USDA, honey contains about 64 calories per tablespoon, which is why honey can promote weight loss as it is a great source of energy. Honey is composed of the sugars levulose and dextrose which do not need to be broken down by the digestive process. Honey is then quickly absorbed into the bloodstream which gives a quick energy boost to the body. It also contains protein, vitamins and minerals. Honey has more calories than sugar, however, when consumed with warm water it helps in digesting fat. Honey mixed with lemon juice and honey mixed with cinnamon can help in reducing weight.

So here’s to you kind bees that did not sting me today; Let’s all go buy some organic honey! I recently ran out, so I will be picking some up myself. :) Now on to my journal entry for the day…

Fitness

Today is Monday! Monday’s always seem to be killer. Coming back from a weekend of barely any fitness, ay yi yi. I was planning on doing my workout first thing this morning, but due to the bee delay.. I wasn’t able to get it done until that ordeal was over. Also, I can’t eat anything before working out because it will make me feel sick. By the time I started my workout, I had already been up for 5 1/2 hours, and running on no food! I was pushing it. However, I ran really well today thanks to my pre-workout supplements! I didn’t get a chance to fit in my strength training portion of my fitness routine yet. I was so light headed that I made up a protein shake and now here I am, waiting for it to digest.

Health

It’s amazing how great my shakes work! I have been regular since I have started to take them. I am going on three weeks now, and I must say I am quite a genius. I haven’t been taking any medicine to aid in the process for over a week now, so that’s awesome! I have also dropped a few pounds. I’m not sure how much yet, being that I don’t own a scale. However, I fit into some clothes that I had put aside for this exact purpose.

 

Using clothes as a fitness guide is a healthy alternative to weighing yourself. It allows your natural body type to speak for itself rather than a number. I don’t like thinking about my weight really. I prefer focusing on feeling good and strutting my style via an excellent wardrobe. I suggest for those of you who love fashion as I do, even if you don’t have the money to spend on clothes, have it in the back of your mind as a motivator. You can look around for ideas of things you like, or may want to add to what you already own, and use that as a reward for kicking your butt with fitness!

Keep up the good work team!

XOXOX F

Sources:
organicfacts.net
whfoods.org
benefitsofhoney.com

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