Consume honey in winters to stay healthy

October 22, 2013 2:19 PM |

A whole wheat toast with honey is the perfect way to pep you up during the chilly cold winters. Apart from rendering sweetness to your toast, it’s a natural source of carbohydrate which will provide the much needed strength and energy during winters.

Honey has been traditionally used as an ayurvedic medicine since time immemorial for its potential health benefits. This sweet liquid is produced by honey bees by sucking in nectar from flowers by a process of regurgitation and evaporation.The benefits of honey have been recognised by early Greek, Roman, Vedic and Islamic civilisations and accepted by Aristotle and Aristoxenus as well.

Composition of Honey

Honey contains about 70 to 80 per cent sugar and rest of its composition includes water and minerals such as iron, calcium, phosphate, sodium chlorine, potassium and magnesium. It is a store house of monosaccharides, fructose and glucose and also possesses antiseptic and antibacterial properties, effective in curing material imbalances in the body.

Honey for skincare

A few drops of honey can work wonders for your skin. Now that you have already made up your mind to substitute sugar for honey in your tea, it’s time to reap in honey’s beauty benefits. Honey will help to nourish, hydrate, keep your skin supple and glowing throughout winters. Treat your blemishes with an equal concoction of honey and freshly squeezed lemon juice. You can also add honey to all your hair packs. Besides honey, essential oils can also help to maintain the health of your skin and hair during winters. Read to know more…

Check the purity of honey

Nowadays, honey is easily available in the market but it is important to know if it is adulterated with jaggery, sugar syrup or even water. Impure honey has none of the health benefits we have talked about; so here are the ways to find out its purity levels:

  • Honey is not meant to be frozen as pure honey will always remain as viscous as ever. Impure honey will however, lose its consistency after a while if kept in a warm environment.
  • A Pure honey jar will never attract ants
  • In case your honey gets crystallised, know that it has good amount of sugar added to it

Benefits of honey

Honey will instantly boost your performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue, which is very common during cold weather. We can conclude that honey is a great solution for a lot of the winter related problems since it is a super ingredient that is a sumptuous treat, good for your health, skin and hair.

 

 

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