Honey Benefits for Health

Honey benefits heath in more ways than one. The world’s oldest medicine, honey is blessed with excellent healing qualities.  A product of the hardworking bee, honey has been widely in use for beauty, healing, nutrition, and skin care. While refined sugar is dangerous to health in innumerable ways, nature has blessed us with this amazingly sweet yet safer alternative to processed sugar! However, please remember to buy only raw, organic honey to reap maximum benefits.
Hippocrates, renowned as the father of medicine, believed that honey made a great natural remedy for several ills, calling it the great golden healer. Roman lesions used honey as a topical treatment to heal their wounds, while in Egypt, honey was surprisingly used as a form of currency.
In the words of Hippocrates, “Honey causes heat, cleans sores and ulcers, softens hard ulcers of the lips and heals carbuncles and running sores.”

Honey does make a great sugar substitute. So if you are planning to get your sugar intake under control, you can replace refined sugar with honey in most recipes.

I have come up with some recipes that taste great even with the addition of honey. Try almond butter kulfi, which does not use cream or sugar, but does make a lip-smacking delight.

Health Benefits of Honey

Honey nourishes the body and is one of the most powerful ways to protect and improve health. The benefits of honey are not just limited to its taste. In fact, it won’t be wrong to say that honey is:
  • ·         an energy booster
  • ·         an immunity builder
  • ·         an allergy buster
  • ·         a natural remedy for several ills
  • ·         a weight loss wonder

Take A tablespoon A Day To Boost Energy

Strange it might sound, but true. Honey is a good natural source of carbohydrates that not only boosts energy, but also provides strength to your body. So if you wonder whether you should be taking those energy boosters, think again. Honey offers a great natural substitute, thanks to its effectiveness in reducing muscle fatigue and instantly boosting performance and stamina. You won’t feel fatigued during physical activity if you take a tablespoon before leaving for your workout. Honey contains glucose that is absorbed quickly and gives an instant boost to your energy levels. Not only this, honey is also known to keep blood glucose levels constant as opposed to other types of sugar.

Kick-Start Your Day With A Dose of Honey To Boost Immunity

With its antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties, honey works great in improving the digestive system.  Rich in vitamins and minerals, raw, unheated, and organic honey boosts the immune system and protects your body from bacteria. You would be surprised to know that honey is one of the most effective remedies for cold and flu symptoms, including sore throat, cough, and congestion.  A spoon a day taken with warm water gives a magical boost to your immune system. For an extra boost, do not forget to add cinnamon powder and lemon juice to the warm water and honey mixture. This excellent cleansing tonic is just the right way to start your day in order to stay healthy and ward off any disease.

One Spoonful of Honey to Treat Allergies

One of the unknown benefits of honey is its use as a remedy for allergy.  Though no study has clearly proved that honey is effective against allergies, it is believed that this natural sweetener vaccinates the body against allergens. [i]
Honey contains a range of pollen spores that are known to cause allergy. By taking honey regularly in small doses, the body becomes accustomed to them, thus reducing the risk of immune system response to the pollens. Now you must be wondering whether directly ingesting these pollen spores causes any allergic reaction. Well, the answer is NO - since there is low concentration of pollen spores in honey, no trigger symptoms are reported in a person despite the production of antibodies in the body. This means, you won't experience any allergic reaction.


Join A Honey Regimen to Ward Off Infections, Ills

·         Sore throat: Honey is an effective remedy for sore throat, thanks to its anti-microbial properties. It kills certain bacteria that are known to cause infections. This is one health benefit of honey that has proved quite helpful in treating my sore throat. Whenever I feel the first symptoms of cough, I start taking a tablespoon of honey with warm water. I take this simple concoction every 2-3 hours and experience relief from itching and sore throat.

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  Cuts and burns: As an antiseptic, honey inhibits the growth of certain bacteria. Not only this, honey has long been used as a first aid treatment for burns, cuts, and wounds, helping keep external wounds clean and prevent infection. It works by absorbing moisture from air and promotes healing. As an anti-inflammatory agent, honey reduces pain, swelling, and scarring. So the next time you hurt yourself, use honey as an external wound dressing aid.

·         Weight loss: Health benefits of honey also include its effectiveness in flushing fat from the body. The concoction of lemon, honey, and warm water is a big detoxifier, which removes toxins and detoxifies the lover.  

·         Digestion: As a probiotic, honey has a laxative effect that keeps the digestive and immune system health and helps fight bloating and constipation. Try consuming tea with lemon to aid in digestion. Take 1 to 2 teaspoons on an empty stomach before meal three times a day to treat ulcers and assist in healing.

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  Healthy skin: Honey benefits skin in several ways. It works as a great moisturizer, locking in moisture. If you suffer from dry skin, a regular application honey blended with turmeric on your skin will leave your skin soft and fresh. As an antibacterial aid, honey works great for acne.

·         Sleeplessness: Honey is your best cure for insomnia. If you are unable to enjoy a good night’s sleep, a glass of hot milk blended with one or 2 tb of honey makes a great insomnia remedy to calm the soul and promote good quality sleep.[ii]

·         Cholesterol: Surprisingly, health benefits of honey also include its effectiveness as a remedy for high Cholesterol. Research suggests that honey reduces cholesterol numbers. A research study published in “The Scientific World Journal” had concluded that honey does reduce cholesterol readings.  On top of it, the study stated that honey raises HDL or good cholesterol levels in the body. [iii] Mix cinnamon powder with a tablespoon of honey to revitalize arteries and veins to manage cholesterol problem. [iv]                                                                                                             

No Honey Dose for Infants

Despite so many health benefits of honey, experts advise against the use of honey  for infants and pregnant women. Experts claim that it is not safe for pregnant women due to the pollen in it. Infants below 12 months of age might face severe allergy reactions when given a dose of raw honey.



[i] http://health.howstuffworks.com/diseases-conditions/allergies/allergy-treatments/local-honey-for-allergies2.htm
[ii] http://www2.hawaii.edu/~sierramf/Assn_2/insomniahoney.html
[iii] http://www.livestrong.com/article/40719-effect-honey-cholesterol/
[iv] http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-8743/6-delicious-health-benefits-of-honey.html

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How To Make Coconut Milk At Home; Benefits of Vegan Milk

homemade coconut milk benefits


Rich in vitamins and minerals, coconut milk is more than being just a beach-side drink. In fact, the benefits of coconut milk make it an ultimate ingredient for some weight loss treatments, skincare and hair care products and arthritis remedies. Derived from the flesh of mature coconut, coconut milk is a rich antioxidant with plenty of uses.

Alternatively, the vegan milk is a miraculous drink for those with lactose intolerance.

What is Coconut Milk

In order to make coconut milk, you need to grate coconut, process coconut flesh and steep it in hot water. Then the milk is squeezes using a cheesecloth. While the cream will float on top, the liquid milk sits. Coconut milk can be used as a substitute for cow milk in areas that face milk deficit. Compared to older coconuts with dry flesh, fresh coconut that has thick, creamy flesh will result in good quality milk.
It is quite simple to make coconut milk. Place 2.5 ounces of fresh grated coconut in a heat proof bowl. Add 1 ½ cups of hot simmering water to it.
Stir the mixture well. Keep it aside for cooling at room temperature.
Upon cooling, pour the liquid into a sieve or strainer placed over a large bowl, which is covered by a double layer of cheesecloth.
Lift the cheesecloth. Squeeze out the coconut milk. Refrigerate the milk.

Coconut milk is different from coconut water as it uses both grated coconut and water in equal proportions.

If you are lactose intolerant and cannot have cow's milk, homemade coconut milk can come to your rescue. Additionally, it can be put to varied uses in different recipes.

Coconut Milk Nutrition

You will be surprised to know that one cup of coconut milk comprises magnesium, calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorus, manganese, zinc, copper, selenium, vitamin C, E, K, B6, thiamin, niacin, folate, Omega-6 Fatty Acids, fiber, proteins, sodium, and Monounsaturated Fats, with ZERO CHOLESTEROL.

Coconut Milk Benefits for Health

With a sweet flavor, coconut milk forms a key ingredient in several smoothies and desserts. This vegan milk is loved not only for its taste, but also for its plenty of benefits.

Antioxidants

coconut milk benefits
Enriched with antioxidants that prevent free radical damage, coconut milk helps check production of toxins in the body. Free radicals damage the body in more ways than one and are often associated with several health issues, including cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, heart problems, and age-related dementia. Researchers claim that coconut milk works wonders for your health, slowing down the aging process. If used in moderation, coconut milk benefits you through its anti-aging and anti-microbial properties.

Wondering how to make coconut milk at home? It's super easy to process milk from coconut.

I am sharing a super easy homemade coconut milk recipe with you all below.

Vitamins & Minerals

Coconut milk is highly nutritious, which means it can supply you with 20% of the required daily dose of potassium for the proper functioning and growth of the body. While magnesium helps in the regulation of the heart’s rhythm, it plays a crucial role in several biochemical functions. If you are suffering from migraine attacks or insomnia, you can derive several benefits from coconut milk. Incorporating coconut milk in your diet can help you manage migraines. Coconut milk also contains potassium, which is essential for the heart, kidneys, muscles, and tissues of the brain. A glass of coconut milk can supply you with the required dosage of vitamins and minerals.

Lauric Acid

Like mother’s milk, coconut milk is also rich in lauric acid - a medium-chain fatty acid. Lauric acid is known for its anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal properties. According to National Center for Biotechnology Information, lauric acid has germ-fighting properties, thus removing disease-causing bacteria and viruses from the body. Studies reveal that foods rich in lauric acid are great for reducing cholesterol and triglyceride levels, and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and heart stroke. The best thing about coconut milk is that 60% of its fat is lauric acid, which is directly transported to the liver, where it is used as energy. Lauric acid has plenty of other benefits, such as helping eliminate stomach bacteria and fight cold, cough, flu symptoms.

Weight Loss
Coconut milk benefits overweight and obese people. Coconut is rich in dietary fiber, thus reducing appetite while making you feel full immediately and creating a feeling of satiety. This means after a cup of coconut milk, you won't feel the urge to eat. Remember not to drink more than a cup or two of coconut milk per day. 

Heart Disease

According to a report published in Ceylon Medical Journal, homemade coconut milk is composed of 60 percent medium chain triglycerides that are not as unhealthy to the heart as trans fatty acids. MCTs are not stored on the liver but converted into fuel. As a result, fat in the coconut is not linked to cholesterol or heart problems. Moreover, there is no risk of clogging of arteries and blood vessels from coconut milk.

Skin and Hair

coconut milk benefits hair
Just like coconut oil, coconut milk benefits hair and skin. The high fatty acid content can be used as a hair conditioning agent. The highly nutritious coconut milk can help boost hair follicles and stimulate hair growth. Coconut milk contains medium chain fatty acids that work as a natural antiseptic, helping you treat dandruff and dry, itchy skin and promoting hair growth.
Thanks to its soothing properties, coconut milk works equally great for the skin and can be an integral part of your regular skincare regimen, helping combat dry skin, maintain skin elasticity, and prevent sagging skin.

Let's see how to make coconut milk at home. Ever wondered how to make coconut oil at home? Yes, homemade coconut oil is a breeze to process. It is healthy, virgin, and pure! What more could you ask for?

Step-wise Procedure to make homemade coconut milk:

1. cut coconut pieces
coconut
2grind or grate coconut pieces

3. grind coconut along with water


4. run the processor to get milk

Arthritis & Inflammation

coconut milk for arthritis
If a loved one is suffering from arthritis, try giving him a daily dose of coconut milk, which helps such patients immensely due to its selenium content. As an antioxidant, selenium alleviates inflammation and arthritis symptoms. Research reveals that people with inadequate levels of selenium are reported to suffer from rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and joint inflammation problems.

Blood Pressure

Coconut milk is rich in magnesium and potassium, which benefits people suffering from high blood pressure problems. The combination of magnesium and potassium helps calm and relax nerve cells and prevent muscle contractions.
So if you are fighting sleeping problems, try consuming this vegan milk to experience better sleep.

All in all, coconut milk benefits for health are aplenty. So treat yourself to delicious coconut milk delicacies and enjoy one of the nature's best products. However, use coconut milk in moderation to make the most of this wonder milk substitute. Two cups of coconut milk are more than enough for a daily dose!

Please get the recipe of how to make coconut milk at home here. You will also get the recipe of homemade coconut oil on the same page.
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