Honey possesses anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-oxidant and anti-septic qualities which makes it one of the most beneficial foods to consume. We all know that honey is a great replacement for sugar and is very healthy when mixed with lemon and warm water or with apple cider vinegar, but, there are A LOT of other superb advantages to this that we are not aware of. Let’s have a look at some of them.
1- Strengthens immune system: Because of it’s high anti-oxidant and medicinal properties, honey is known to help improve your immune system thus making you less prone to diseases and sickness.
2- Used for healing wounds: The anti-septic, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities in honey helps heal wounds and destroy the bacteria your skin has been infected with. It is used to sooth and heal wounds and skin injury.
3- Helps in sleeping well: It’s an old tradition to mix one or two teaspoons of honey with warm milk and consume it before sleeping! Helps get a calm and deep sleep. If you are lactose intolerant, you can mix one or two tablespoons of honey in some warm water along with your favorite tea leaves. (insert the link to the honey)
4- Did you know? Honey doesn’t get spoilt: Pure and high quality honey has a long long shelf-life. The bees always draw out the excess water and the chemical compound of honey allows it to be free from bacteria.
5- Remedy for a cough: Honey is one of the most natural and the best home remedy for dry cough. It sooths the throat and heals it. Just drink a tablespoon of honey and see how the irritation of your throat calms down.
6- Aids weight loss: Mike Mcllnes, the nutritionist and an author, says that honey burns fat even while you are sleeping. It is one of the best foods to consume if you are looking at weight loss foods. Have a spoon of honey before sleeping or have it early morning with warm water and see the results.
If you are looking to buy pure and high-quality honey, you should know how to differentiate original ones from the fake one.
This infographic will show you just how you can differentiate.
With the Capital’s air continuing to record high pollution, we will have to find ways to deal with it. Of course with the elderly and children being more vulnerable it is advisable for them to stay indoors with a high-quality air purifier.
The effects of pollution include irritation in the throat, worsening of asthmatic conditions, heavy chest, itchiness of skin and burning eyes.
We need to fight pollution by building up a stronger immunity and this is where superfoods can come to the rescue. A diet rich in antioxidants helps to improve lung performance, while vitamin C helps as a shield against toxins and infections. A diet rich in protein helps the body get stronger while high fiber food helps in effective absorption of nutrients and elimination of toxins. Superfoods also help to reduce inflammation. And also taking plenty of fluids will help the situation.
Listed below are some super foods that can help you in these times of pollution –
Green Tea – The high antioxidants present in green tea makes it one of the best remedies for pollution. It is loaded with polyphenols like flavonoids and catechins, which function as powerful antioxidants. As an exception during these days of pollution, you can top up your consumption of green tea. Since it is advisable to take a lot of liquids, you can use green tea to detox your system from within.
Honey – We have always used honey as a remedy for all respiratory problems and we can continue to do so especially in these times. Honey is known for its healing properties. Use honey in green tea to make it the most potent antipollution drink. Combine honey with turmeric to help reduce inflammation in the respiratory tracts caused due to pollution. Honey combined with ginger is also highly anti-inflammatory. Using neem honey, eucalyptus honey or raw wild honey will be advisable.
Vitamin C – Consumption of vitamin C can reduce the harmful effects of pollution on the body, advise doctors. Scientific studies have shown that Vitamin C, which acts as an antioxidant can protect against the effects of air pollution. While all citrus fruits are high in Vitamin C, superfoods like Goji berries have 500 times more vitamin C than an orange. Also, another superfood with high vitamin C is Camu Camu powder.
High protein and Fibre – High fiber foods also help in detoxing the body. Step up your intake of both by eating superfoods like Quinoa and Black rice. There are many interesting ways to cook both quinoa and Black rice. Both these superfoods are high in protein and fiber and are also high in antioxidants. Mixed nuts also serve a good purpose to fight the effects of pollution.
You should consider the intake of pure and high-quality superfoods to combat Delhi air pollution.