Honey is a miraculous product that has benefits both medicinal and topical. It is sweet and delicious, an excellent substitute for sugar in many foods. Honey has been used by humans for thousands of years, with the earliest known record of a honey harvest shown in an 8,000 year old cave painting found in Valencia, Spain. And while the best health advice recommends seriously limiting intake of sugar, you can eat honey every day with no worries. In fact, some pretty incredible things may happen. Read on to find out more.
1. You’ll have more energy
Honey is a great addition to your breakfast or a pre-workout meal. You need glucose for energy, but a sugary blast causes a spike in glucose that quickly passes. Honey has a glycemic index ranking of 43, which makes it a medium-glycemic food. It is able to slow the release of glucose into your blood so that you have sustained energy
but no sugar shock.
2. You will recover more quickly from workouts
Honey is an awesome choice for a post-workout meal, as well. After you exercise, your body needs additional glucose to replenish what was depleted
Your muscles will also be looking to replace stores of glycogen in order to rebuild. Taking in some honey accomplishes both without setting you up for a sugar crash.
3. You will support your digestive health
A spoonful of honey can make more than medicine go down. Honey can soothe an upset tummy caused by gas, indigestion, ulcers, and acid reflux. Mix honey with lemon or cinnamon to treat inflammation and abdominal pain more fully.
The enzymes contained in honey also support the heath of your gut
– while we don’t fully understand how gut microbiota influence almost every physiological function there is, we know that a healthy balance is crucial.
4. You’ll sleep better
The conventional wisdom is to avoid eating a lot of sugar before bed, and that’s still good advice. But did you know that your body needs energy to effectively manage the tasks related to sleep? Obviously you need to keep breathing; your heart needs to keep beating.
But the brain is also extremely busy processing and storing the day’s events. If you take a tablespoon of honey before bed, you help stimulate the production of melatonin
, the chemical responsible for allowing the body to drift off to sleep. The steady release of glucose then fuels your slumber.