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Honey suits our beverages in order to soften our throat, but this is not the only way we can use it. A portion of honey for the dressing we make for salad, chicken, smoothies and yoghurt always gives a sweet and healthy touch while having a lot to offer to our body.
See the most important benefits and put honey on your diet, always figuring out that a spoonful produces about 65 calories.
1. It can benefit in cases of gastroesophageal reflux
Honey is 125.9 times stickier than water and, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal, it can protect you from gastroesophageal reflux, creating a layer on the mucous membrane of the esophagus. It looks like that 5ml of honey per day is enough to do the… work if your stomach heartburn hurts in your everyday life.
2. It gives you energy in a natural way
If you want to increase your energy levels, try adding some honey to your diet. Its carbohydrate content gives to it this quality and is what you need to add to your breakfast, cereal, milk, tea or yogurt. A good idea is also to add honey to some hot water and drink it.
3. It helps you sleep better
If you experience sleep problems you can try to drink a glass of warm milk with a portion of honey. Honey in this case is thought to act soothingly in the brain and helps you to relax and fall asleep more easily than usual.
4. It does good to your heart
Frequent consumption of honey may also have a positive effect on factors related to the risk of developing cardiovascular disease. In particular, it appears to contribute to the reduction of the C-reactive protein and has a relative effect on blood glucose, insulin and lipid levels relative to glucose or some other sweetener.
5. Soothes the throat
The sore throat can be unbearable sometimes. Honey, however, is the ultimate natural remedy plain, in a hot drink or combined with salt and a spoonful of lemon juice for more action and relief.
6. Fights the… hangover
That’s right! Honey contains the natural sugars necessary to speed up the oxidation of alcohol by the liver. The next time, then, if you drink more, make sure there is plenty of honey in your kitchen cabinets. A good idea is to consume it in a smoothie, which you can make with honey, yoghurt and orange juice.
7. Fights bad breath
This does not mean that you can stop brushing your teeth or that you can eat garlic and restore your breath freshness with a spoonful of honey. However, if you are experiencing chronic short-breathing problems – which your doctor should investigate to find the cause – you can combine honey with a little cinnamon and… freshen your breath in a minute.
8. It strengthens the immune system
It contains minerals such as potassium, calcium, chlorine and sodium, which help in the functioning of the body’s cells, several vitamins such as C, A, and B1, which, although in small quantities, play a role in the body’s good functioning while its enzymes result in the breakdown of free radicals.