Many women may be reluctant to add honey to their tea or other beverages because of worry over excess calories, but this natural sweetener is much healthier than either refined sugar or frankly dangerous substitutes like aspartame. And it brings with it a whole array of health benefits that make it more than worthwhile. Below are seven reasons in favor of adding honey to tea or other hot beverages.
Fight off Infection
One of the best health benefits to consuming honey is that it is possesses natural antibacterial compounds that can help fight off infection. The good thing is that these compounds can actually differentiate between disease-causing bacteria and the healthy flora that is such an important part of the digestive tract and other areas of the body. However, it is always best to consult with your medical practitioner before using honey for these purposes.
Supplement B-Vitamin Levels
Many people are deficient in the B-Vitamin complex without even realizing it, especially if they are vegetarians since most sources of this vitamin are animal-based. However, honey is also a good source and it also known to have one of the most complete plant sources of protein available. This combination of vitamins and protein and really give a boost to the energy levels.
Strengthen the Immune System
Honey in tea is a common treatment for colds, flu and other infections. This is because it has strong antiviral and antifungal properties which make it a great natural treatment for this kind of illness. It can also be taken daily in the diet and used preventatively to ward off cold and flu viruses in the first place.
Honey is also a traditional homeopathic remedy for disorders of the digestive tract. It can help treat temporary issues like heartburn, bloating or cramps and even helps chronic conditions like colitis or irritable bowel syndrome. Again, honey can be used to treat the problem or taken in preventatively to keep the digestive tract healthy.
Fight Free Radicals
One of the best ways to increase the dietary intake of antioxidants which fight cell damage caused by free radicals is a daily intake of honey. A diet rich in these antioxidants is a great prevention against illness and premature aging and can even fight off serious conditions like cancer. Honey is a concentrated antioxidant source.
Relieve Seasonal Allergies
To alleviate the itching, watery eyes, stuffy nose and sneezing of allergy season, consume small amounts of local organic honey daily. Because it is made with local pollen, honey from one’s own area is thought to help build up immunity to these allergens and strengthen the body’s natural tolerance to them.
Ease a Sore Throat
Whether the sore throat is from a bacterial infection, a virus or even irritation from allergies, tea with lemon and honey can help to soothe it down naturally. Because of its consistency, it will coat the throat and give some much needed relief from pain, discomfort and that uncomfortably raw feeling.
Honey is probably one of the healthiest natural sweeteners there is. While it is not a low-calorie food, its array of health benefits still make it worthwhile to consider as a daily intake because of the many positive impacts it can have on the body.