Manuka Honey – Help with Antibiotic Resistant Bugs.

For those that are unfamiliar with the great health benefits of honey, and/or specifically with Manuka honey, here’s some good information.

From http://www.realfoodforlife.com:

Health Benefits of Honey

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease
It contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit.

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal
“All honey is antibacterial because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance 
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.

5. Reduces a cough and throat irritation
It helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 105 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements honey
It has been used in Ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation
Even though it contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some kinds of honey do have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar.  Watch this video Sweetener Comparisonwhere I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses, and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.

8. Heal wounds and burns
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazine. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s antibacterial nature combine to create this effect. Studies have shown it to be very successful in healing wounds.

9. Probiotic
Some varieties possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Strengthen the immune system
Manuka Honey has been found to stimulate the production of immune cells according to a study at the School of Medicine, Cardiff University, UK. Manuka is a favourite of mine.

Manuka honey comes from bees that feed on the Manuka plant in New Zealand, and it is a “super honey” because it has high amounts of methylglyoxal (MG) which is very therapeutic.  All honeys have MG but Manuka has much higher amounts.  Also found as UMF honey (Unique Manuka Factor).  The honey is rated by the level of MG in the honey.  Anything over 10 is considered having therapeutic effects.  It can be as high as 20 percent from higher quality sources.

Manuka is effective against MRSA!  So maybe it should be the go to “antibiotic” of the future!

To Your Health! 

 

Kuerig – Great way of making coffee?

Keurig is very convenient, but is it a healthy way of making your coffee?  Not so much!

From www.Greenmedinfo.com:

  • How fresh is the coffee in a K Cup?
  • What toxins am I exposing myself to as the hot water forces the coffee through the little holes poked in the plastic cup?
  • What is that lid made of that is poked at the top to allow the water to enter the cup?
  • What chemicals are used in the flavored coffee selections?
  • Is there a filter inside the plastic cup? What is it made of and how is it secured inside the plastic cup?

Mold and mildew is a big problem!  Some people have this issue and are affected by it, some not so much.  The problem is that the internal tank and tubes never get drained out and dried!  Dark, warm. moist, the perfect breeding ground for mold!

Then there is the problem of the quality of the coffee.  Is it fresh?  What toxins am I exposed to from the machine itself?  What are the coffees flavored with?

If you consider all the toxin exposure, and the freshness of the coffee, doing “your own” makes a lot of sense!

Personally I just use organic green coffee beans, roast and grind myself, and use an Aeropress coffee brewer to make it.  Best coffee ever!

To Your Health!

Hearing loss is caused by various things…However, nutrition helps!

Hearing loss is usually associated with seniors, but it can be an issue at any age!

Our ears are like any other organ in the body, they need good nutrition to function at their best. If good nutrition is lacking hearing will be affected just as much as any other organ functions!

Inflammation and free radicals (caused by various factors) are the main culprits in most chronic diseases, and the best way to mitigate them is through proper nutrition via good food and supplements.  The B vitamins (particularly folate, B9 and B12)  play a large part in mitigating hearing issues.

Whether you, or a loved one, is suffering from hearing loss, please heed this advice and put more of a priority on nutrition as something that helps in ALL diseases, and without the “side effects” of pharmaceutical drugs!

To Your Health!

Health Benefits – Fulvic Acid

Fulvic Acid is found in the soil, and is present in organic crops.  Consuming Fulvic Acid is very safe, as it is a natural substance.

Some benefits include:

  • digestion
  • boosting nutrient absorption
  • gut health
  • immunity
  • cognitive functioning
  • improving energy levels
  • protecting us from infections, viruses, yeasts and fungus
  • boosting skin health
  • slowing down aging
  • and more

Fulvic acid and other humic acids contain a plethora of nutrients that improve gut health, including: trace minerals, electrolytes, fatty acids, silica (which boosts collagensynthesis), prebiotics and probiotics.

There are 3 ways to get it:

By eating organic you increase the level of consumption.  However the soils are so depleted it might not be enough!  This is a great way to get it, however supplementation might be needed if you’re experiencing health difficulties.

Personally I’m going to give it a shot!  Maybe I will post an update if I do notice any changes (positive or negative)!