Honey

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(Peterson)

In previous posts, I have spoken about the advantages of using products with natural ingredients, as well as natural remedies; I will now be going into more depth on one specific ingredient, and how its presence in our daily lives can improve our health exponentially. Honey is commonly incorporated within many foods and drinks, but is often overlooked as a healing agent and a performance enhancement. I feel that honey is a great treatment for minor ailments, and my family and I use it quite often with successful results. This ingredient can be used alongside conventional medications to treat conditions such as gastrointestinal disorders, throat irritation, wounds, and burns; it also known to act as an anti-bacterial, probiotic, and immune system strengthening agent, as well as an aid in preventing cancer and heart disease (Herrington). I find it very interesting how a simple and redly-available ingredient can be used in such a variety of health-promoting fashions, and although it has been used vastly throughout history, its presence has been deemphasized in exchanged for harmful chemicals. Our society should work to bring back these natural ingredients, and make them norms within Western culture, since their absence is simply caused by the introduction of newer technologies — even as many of them are incredibly potent and harmful both to ourselves and the environment. As honey can be used as a healer, it can also be used within the practices of athletic activities: “Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners” (Herrington). This is one use of honey that I was completely unaware of, and I find it fascinating that it has been confirmed through scientific studies; these tests prove that the many benefits of natural products are, in fact, accurate and should be more widely used. The incorporation of honey in the many outlined approaches allows for the same benefits as chemical alternatives, and given that it is made by a natural means, it allows for the environment to remain unharmed. I think that this is especially important given that Earth Day has recently passed, which reminds us of our obligation to the health of our planet. When used both in and out of its conventional applications, honey aids in our overall well-being while keeping the health of the environment in mind.

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