Magical effects of Honey – weight loss and other great stuff!

Over the weekend a few people reached out to me (in regard to the ‘have some honey honey‘ post) and asked me to write briefly about Honey for Weight loss. So here we are!

I’ve taken it a little further and planned out this post around the ‘magical effects of honey’. I know that seems over-the-top but bear with me and I think by the time you reach benefit #7 you’ll agree with me.

1. Skin Care

The Honey-Cinnamon recipe works brilliantly on your skin, where minor skin infections and pimples can be treated with a simple application of the paste. This may be applied on actual wounds, or on the skin as a general spread due to its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, and antioxidant characteristics. Honey can reduce the appearance of age-related spots and wrinkles by reducing the impact of free radicals in the skin.

Magical effects of Honey

2. Dental Care

Did you know honey doesn’t give you bad breath? In fact the Honey-Cinnamon recipe given above actually removes bad breath and kills mouth bacteria!

Honey is naturally high in calcium and other mineralizing salts – which is why pure honey doesn’t freeze in the freezer – and this adds direct value when applied to the teeth/gums and rubbed in.

3. Cholestrol and Sugar regulation

Honey does not work the same as sugar – in the body honey causes a reduction of cholestrol, normalizes insulin levels and brings an overall sense of well being. While this is not medically speaking a ‘treatment’ for diabetes – it can help both prevent it and reduce your dependency on insulin on a day to day basis.

4. Blood cleaner and Digestion booster

Honey brings increased enzyme function which detoxifies blood and eliminates improves digestion – thus causing the magical effects to continue long after it’s digested – in the bloodstream and in the gut. Flatulence, bloating, etc are all a thing of the past with just one teaspoon of honey + sprinke of cinnamon!

5. Arthritis treatment

Honey and cinnamon are beneficial in providing relief from arthritis. Regular intake of their paste helps to maintain bone health and relieves joint pain.  You can also mix honey and cinnamon powder in warm water and enjoy the results.[1]

6. Weight Loss

I’ve personally experienced weight loss thanks to a honey-lemon drink my grandma used to prepare [Also, HA has written an awesome article about Benefits of lemons here]. A tablespoonful of honey, half a lemon and a pinch of ginger powder (or a few drops of squeezed ginger) – in a glass of warm water. The magical effects of this helped me bring my weight down from 95kg to near normal at 75kg. And this was within a matter of months, with no additional exercise!

Honey can also help in weight loss when consumed with warm water and lemon juice. Many people drink this formula at the start to their day as a way of stimulating weight loss. Honey is packed with 22 amino acids and a number of valuable vitamins and minerals, many of which benefit the body’s metabolism. By regulating the function of the metabolism, food is utilized properly, fat is converted into usable energy, and overall health is improved. [2]

Honey and Hibernation Diet
Make naps extra-good for you with a spot of Honey

7. Hibernation Diet

With all of the new diets that spring up every year, it is difficult to know which one will benefit your body and weight loss efforts. One aspect of the hibernation diet to lose weight is to consume a spoonful of honey before going to bed. This is still a bit experimental; but I’m hearing good things about it.

The theory is that as you sleep, the honey continues stimulating liver function and keeps your metabolism high. This burns fat, and reduces stress hormones in your system. It’s supposed to help you ‘hibernate’ in a healthy and relaxing way.

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Acupressure for your Liver and Kidneys

With the high volume of crap we breathe, drink and eat on a daily basis, everyone is suffering from an overload of toxins. Some people just don’t know it yet. This is often the result of eating an unhealthy diet. Environment and pollution can also lead to a buildup of harmful debris in your body. This usually impacts the liver and kidneys the most since these organs focus on removing toxins from the body.

When you tend to feel fatigued on a regular basis or find it difficult to lose weight, you may be dealing with a buildup of toxins. Many people turn to juice cleanses to help detox their body. While these solutions work, acupressure does not require you to make any changes to your diet or lifestyle. But, of course with diet improvement, it will certainly be helpful to far improve your health.[1]

Optimize functions

Here’s the 4 acupressure points for detoxifying your kidneys and liver. I use these every now and then; usually on a fortnightly basis.

Before applying pressure, you should prepare your body. Take a few deep breaths. Stand up and place your arms over your head. Breathe in and stretch backwards. Exhale as you lean forward while lowering your arms to the floor. This helps to get your blood and oxygen flowing, which may help with the detoxification process.

Drink a large amount of water before you begin these acupressure procedures – the toxins flushed out are finally removed in the form of urine – so you need to have an adequate amount of moisture to allow that to work.

1. Upper Sea of Qi

Upper Sea of Qi

This first point is located just below the center of your breastbone.

Applying pressure to this point should help clear chest congestion and get qi flowing freely through your lungs.

This should also help boost your immune system. This combination of benefits may help your kidneys and liver to begin flushing out toxins.

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Kidney detox: going Raw

The kidney is one of the most important organs in the body’s ‘blood management’ department. It cleans your blood and regulates water levels in the body. It’s main job is removing toxins from the blood stream directly. Keeping this in mind, let’s see why we need to cleanse the kidneys – and what benefits this […]