In recognition of September bee-ing National Honey Month (pun intended), did you know that honey is a lot more than just a sweetening agent? Honey is considered a super food because of all the health benefits it offers, including potential antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies even suggest that honey contains powerful antioxidants that can reduce the risks of diseases, too.
Likewise, honey is used by some people to treat a cough and lessen throat irritations. It is also used as an ingredient in beauty products. Did you know that in some cultures, people put some honey on their face to act as a moisturizer and to soften skin? Others add it to baking soda to use as an exfoliator.
Honey for Better Sleep?
Having a rough night sleeping? Consider adding honey to your diet. Studies suggest that honey may support better sleep in a variety of ways. (Source: http://dailyhealthpost.com/honey-promotes-sleep/)
- Most of the time, the reason you wake up at night is that your brain tells you that you need fuel to your body. Honey may keep your liver full and support sufficient glycogen. A tablespoon of honey before bedtime may restock the glycogen levels in the liver.
- A tablespoon of honey is enough to potentially spike insulin levels. As a result, tryptophan may be released. Tryptophan is converted to serotonin which is then converted to melatonin. Melatonin is well known for supporting sleep.
The inclusion of honey in your diet sounds like it may do wonders. And the latest benefits suggest that honey may also promote better sleep. What do you think?