Good Food Good Health – Honey

Did you know lurking at the back of your kitchen cupboard you probably have a jar of honey that good old grandma gave you and has never seen the light of day.

Well if you have children and they have coughs, colds or sore throats, honey is great for helping to alleviate the problem.

As we always say you are what you eat and that ‘good food good health’ is the basis for a healthy life and healthy outlook on life. By adding honey to your diet is definitely a step in the right direction.

For centuries the healing power of honey has been legendary, and new research finds that it truly is a ‘miracle of nature’.

This golden sticky liquid made from nectar by bees is full of antioxidants that are great for us, and also antimicrobial agents that help to fight infection.

So now you can see why it is time to add this golden nectar to your regular shopping list, as its uses are endless and is the healthiest way to sweeten your diet, being completely natural and not refined or processed like other sweeteners.

Honey was used abundantly in ancient times, especially being spread on wounds to stop infection, prevent gangrene and improve recovery, and therefore was an important item on the battlefield – a fore runner to antiseptic cream today.

My grandparents swore by a mixture of honey, a dash of vinegar or lemon and a little boiling water mixed together as a remedy for coughs and colds. I remember taking this many times, and especially just before bed it really did help. It was great for sore throats too.

Recent research carried out has shown that it easily outperforms a pharmaceutical cough suppressant that is widely used in many of the popular children’s medicines on sale today.

The key active ingredient in many over the counter cough mixtures is Dextromethorphan or (DM), and is even used in flavoured syrups as well, but was found not to work as well as a spoonful of ordinary buckwheat honey given before bedtime.

They found honey did a better job of reducing and soothing the frequency, severity and bothersome nature of coughs and colds, thus giving a positive effect on the child and parent by enabling a better quality of sleep.

During the tests DM made no appreciable difference to symptoms compared when offering no treatment at all, unlike honey.

Researchers at the Penn State College of Medicine in Pennsylvania said ‘Our study adds to the growing literature questioning the use of DM in children, but it also offers a legitimate and safe alternative for physicians and parents’.

Recently in the United States there have been deaths in young children linked to over the counter cough and cold remedies, and it was disclosed that they have been found to cause serious side effects in children under the age of two.

Some of the same ingredients used in the American remedies are also included in some British brands as well – including some of the most popular, but if taken at the correct amount and intervals have been deemed safe.

Therefore if we can use honey, with it being completely natural must be a plus and with its great flavour should be easier to administer to our little ones.

The researchers also suggested that parents that regularly bought expensive cough medicines might be wasting their money.

As always, medical assistance should be sought with persistent coughs and colds whether in children or adults and if honey is great for children then it is also excellent for adults as well.

Being able to use natural substance and knowing there are no additives is a great bonus, when you look at the length of the list of ingredients on some cough remedies it is amazing, especially today when we are trying to be more aware of what we put into our bodies.

So perhaps we should keep honey in the bathroom cabinet as well as the kitchen.

Yet again you can see that we are what we eat, so just remember good food is good health.

Sandra & Ted

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Why Natural Health Healing Processes Are So Important

I am going to start this article by quoting from an eminent physician – Oliver Wendell Holmes MD. “If we doctors threw all our medicines into the sea, it would be that much better for our patients and that much worse for the fishes.”

How much of the industrialised world’s national incomes are spent on more and more fancy and highly expensive medical ‘advances’ for everything, especially diseases like cancer and heart diseases?

Why is it that we tend to shun any solution that is free, or not very expensive, in favour of the latest, most expensive drug just coming on the market?

In the UK alone, spending on the National Heath Service will surpass 7.9% of the whole Gross Domestic Production, or well over £50 BILLION!

But still many people are excluded from treatment, either in the form of physical operations, or drugs, and there is still not enough money available, so this amount will just inexcusably rise and rise and rise…

Now, this would be justifiable if the health of the nation was rapidly improving but it isn’t. It’s getting worse.

The numbers of people suffering from long term, or killer diseases is increasing, not decreasing – so what’s going wrong?

The problem probably lies in a lack of awareness of how our very on life style, and the food that we consume, affects our well-being, but we don’t change our habits. No – we would rather just do what we feel like, and then seek a physician when we don’t feel well.

This is probably due to ignorance in what is out there in the world that can help you and any healing process in a natural way, which does not rely on some expensive cocktail of drugs to repair.

Natural health remedies – or alternative medicines – are scoffed at as being too ‘old fashioned’ and unreliable. Well, can you say modern day drugs are reliable? What about MRSA? Go into hospital and whatever is wrong with you MRSA could kill you anyway!

Lack of knowledge of alternative medicines is a great problem, but with the advent of the power of the internet that should no longer be an excuse.

The first step must be with each of us, where we all want to be healthy. We then look at our lifestyle, and try to break any bad habits we may have had – like alcohol, smoking, or some other illegal substance. I like to drink, but I do in moderation, I have never been a true smoker, apart from some wonderful holidays in Cuba where a non-inhaled Cohiba on a sun soaked sandy beach was a joy. I have never tried any illegal substances, never having found the need – I find life is quite exhilarating as it is.

I have a natural curiosity so I look up healthy remedies on the Internet – that is totally free to all of us. I read about Green Tea for instance, and its healing properties, so I now drink that with no milk, instead of gallons of coffee. I know that when you eat a meal as you digest it, your body produces masses of harmful free radicals, that can and do damage the body cells, and can and do form cancers. I found out that by eating grapes with your meal actually cuts down much of these free radicals from being generated.

For thousands of years, people have been experimenting with natural products, and unfortunately there are so many, that unless somebody or an organisation pulls them into some kind of catalogue, we are all going to miss out on a longer healthier life, free from some nasty killer disease.

If governments were to concentrate on natural health remedies, so we all live longer, perhaps they could put some of the money they save towards providing us with better pensions in our longer, healthier live

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