Honey is a fantastic natural substance that has been used since the beginning of history as both a stable part of our diet and for its medicinal properties. Studies have shown that the best honey to use is RAW honey or honey that has not been treated. Most of the honeys that you find in the supermarkets are ‘commercial’ honey that has been treated. This is done by heating the honey and then filtering it so that it looks cleaner and is more appealing to the consumer. The down side of this is that when you heat honey you partially destroy its yeast and enzymes which is how honey helps you. So if at all possible always try to buy and consume raw honey as it will be more beneficial to your health. Raw honey is readily available in whole food stores and health food shops, or purchased on line.
Over recent years a number of studies in both Asia and Canada have concluded that consuming honey is a great way to get a better night’s sleep. These studies have found that honey works in a number of ways to promote better sleep. These are:
1. Honey helps your body release the hormone melatonin, which helps you feel relaxed and sleep better.
2. Honey also helps you to get a full night’s sleep without waking up early in the morning. This is due to your body storing an adequate amount of liver glycogen to prevent or limit early morning release of adrenalin and cortisol. Adrenalin and cortisol are what your body starts to produce in order for you to wake up in the morning.
3. It has been found that honey also helps to stabilize blood sugar levels which makes it a very healthy alternative to sugar and a great choice for diabetics.
With this in mind if you’re looking for a great night time drink to help you sleep how about:
A. Chamomile tea with 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey added or
B. A glass of warm milk with 1-2 teaspoons of honey added.
Both of these combinations make fantastic and relaxing before bed drinks. By using them you will be able to have a better night’s sleep.
And raw local honey contains pollens unique to the area as well as antioxidants. These boost immunity and help prevent local allergies, which can interfere with sleep.
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