Beauty & Health
When I know something is good for you I like to share
I love honey. I mean really love. I think it doesn’t go a day by without eating some honey. Since first time I tasted honey I fell in love. So, I’m picky now. I have tasted many good ones but now I’m lucky since my husbands parents has their own honey in the garden. And for me it’s the best taste ever. Every time we are visiting them in Serbia we make sure to bring home to have. It has a nice soft delicious taste and it’s so smooth! But honey has many healthy things that I’m gonna remind/learn you readers here about.
Honey contains antioxidants, vitamins and proteins that, on regular consumption, can cleanse the body from different toxins. In addition, the honey’s antibacterial properties will improve the conditions for your skin to feel good. For example, many make “honey masks” and feel that it works well. The qualities of the honey can make a good impression, it seems calming and delights.
If you wear any extra weight, most doctors and experts recommend that you check your sugar intake.Honey is a very good supplement as sweetener as it keeps the blood sugar even and can help you lose weight. Honey contains vitamin B6, folic acid, vitamin C, iron, calcium, sodium, zinc, potassium and phosphorus, minerals and white names that are known to speed up your metabolism. Studies have also shown that a diet of honey can also reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in obese people.
Honey has no cholesterol at all. On the contrary, its minerals and vitamins can help reduce levels of “bad” cholesterol, the BBC writes referring to studies at, among others, the University of Illinois. A daily consumption of honey also has a beneficial effect on the level of antioxidant compounds in the body, which is also believed to fight cholesterol. Research shows that the antioxidants present in honey can prevent arteries from constriction and thus combat a number of heart-related diseases. In a study, 25 men, aged between 18 and 68, were given a mixture of 4 tablespoons of honey in a glass of water. It turned out that this improved levels of antioxidants in their blood, writes Daily Mail.
Eating honey seems to be able to fight stress – but did you know it can boost memory? A 2011 study showed that menopausal women, who received 1 tablespoon honey a day, got better memory. Honey also has the ability to help the body absorb calcium, which has a beneficial effect on brain function, according to researcher Matthew Brennecke.
Honey can help you who have trouble falling asleep. Like sugar, honey can cause an increase of insulin and release serotonin: a signal substance that improves the mood and gives happiness. “The body converts serotonin into melatonin, a chemical compound that regulates the length and quality of sleep,” according to Rene Ficek, senior experimentalist at Seattle Sutton Healthy Eating.
Honey has antibacterial properties, so many recommend eating a spoon of mancha honey on fasting stomach. This simple ritual can help prevent various diseases associated with the gastrointestinal tract, according to several studies. When the honey passes through the stomach it can counteract bacteria and heal small wounds in the mucosa, the researchers believe.
Some people do not usually believe me when I say that a glass of warm milk with honey helps me to fall asleep easier. But if you do not trust – listen to the researchers. A Dutch study showed that just warm milk can seem calming and work against sleep problems. Honey also plays an important role in this classic cure – for the amino acid tryptophan in the milk to work, it needs some help with insulin. It is made in the body when we eat something sweet – therefore it fits perfectly with a teaspoon of honey that will melt the milk.
So now there is no excuse to not eat honey. I love to put on my greek yoghurt with some cinnamon.
There are 5 good things with summer. And I know there is more but this is 5 scientific reasons why summer is the best season. Think about it for a second. You always feel lighter when summer is close. You feel free and uninhibited. There is no more must do this or must do that. Of course you still have a job but the feeling of doing some obligations is more simple. Summer makes you feel like you can do whatever you want. It brings new life to you. And to not talk about inspiration. How many times during winter time you have been thinking, ‘Can’t wait till summer then I can do this or change something’.
So, lets start:
1. Vitamin D – We are already familiar with this but we can’t say it enough. In Sweden we really need vitamin D. I even eat extra for this since we have so little sunlight here. But the natural sun is the best. Your immune system will get boost and it works to prevent diseases in almost every system of the body. Here is an interesting article form Dr Holic, author of “The Vitamin D solution”.
2. Sleep gets better – To wake up in the morning is much more exciting then during the cold winter time. You feel more fresh and the body is waking up nice from the light. The sunlight makes you have a more restful sleep at night. Also the heat makes you sleep naked to lower your body temperature. This benefits it’s own set of health, not least of inspiring you to have more sex. Dr. Virgil D. Wooten explains in an article for How Stuff Works.
3. Fruits – This is something I notice I do more during summertime. I fill up the body with fruits and smoothies. It’s boring always drinking water so the fruit makes it more nice to dehydrate. The best is if you find a good tasty watermelon. Here is an interesting article from Rosanna Lee, a nutrition educator, who told the Huffington Post, “These summer fruits not only taste great, but they also provide your body with water and a combination of nutrition, keeping your body healthy and happy.”
4. Your sweat – Sounds not so nice? But this is good for you since the body is detoxing from nasty bacterias that builds up and open the pores. So this is a boost for your mood by upping up your endorphins. It also makes your skin healthier. This is also interesting. In a study reported on by UC Berkeley, male sweat has been found to boost females’ hormone levels. In fact, it can actually improve a woman’s mood.
5. Swimming – Instead of being stuck in a boring gym why not be in the water? Swimming is really good and the water resistance works all your major muscle groups, including the shoulders, arms, hips, glutes, abs and legs. It also builds up your cardiovascular system by testing your lungs and getting your blood pumping. A nice and refreshing way to work out when the heat wave is all over the place.
I love to follow different blogs with good inspiration and to learn new stuff. I found this interesting article about three famous nutritionists how they eat and their rules to keep healthy. Me myself have my good way through Tone it up, check my post about 4 healthy morning routines for more information. But it is always interesting reading new stuff and see how other people think around the healthy eating. So go to this website Cupcakes and Cashmere. The photo is from there.
I have noticed how the days are shorter now. By that mean the evenings are getting darker earlier on the evenings then before. I can feel how the end of summer is lingering. For us here in Sweden, I think we have finally been blessed. It’s been an unexpected warm summer and we had so much sunlight what we are not used to. So I say, we got a real boost of D-vitamin.
Now is the time to take care of the last summer days with daylight. Explore your city. Lie down in the park, go to the beach or sit outside for a cup of coffee as long as possible. I don’t want summer to end but still I feel like this year it’s gonna be really nice and cozy with fall.
Also this summer have taught me some valuable things. Think for yourself a moment and reflect over what the passed few months has been for you. Have you learnt anything new? Maybe something you want to change for yourself?
Photo by Element5 Digital on Unsplash
During the years I have really got to know my body. I have read myself through diets, personal trainers, listened to people and so on. But I never felt I found a good way though peoples talk and advice. And absolutely not from media. Till finally I found the Tone it up community. This is made for women and not men talking about how your female body is working. Cause what do they actually know about that. We women have all things in life happening, hormones, our monthly period, more body fat and like I’m in now, a pregnancy. I never liked the advice form a man about workout and food. Cause this never helped me! And are you in the same situation? Tone it up is the key. This is not a sponsored post I just want to share and maybe to inspire other women who feel the same. But it’s important to know that this is hard work as well and it’s not coming just for free. But it’s fun, inspiring and it made me to stick to that life time now since my membership 2013. Now when I’m pregnant I have got good advice for prenatal workout. I’ve done small changes with food, since the body needs more calories.
So, to my healthy morning routines that I have learnt from Tone it up. I keep part of it now like the drinking water but since my baby wants breakfast immediately I’m not doing my workout the first thing but will definitely start with that again in postnatal.
- Coffee / Awaken tea + healthy shot – TIU have nice recipe on something they call Meta D. It’s a mix of apple cider vinegar, water, organic apple juice, cinnamon, cayenne pepper. So it’s a refreshing strong mix. Photo by Matthew Kane on Unsplash
- Morningwalk/ cardio – Always 30 minutes with a powerwalk or some cardio. Even yoga is good. However you feel and what your body is up for.Photo by Joanna Kosinska on Unsplash
- Water with lemon and some honey – I like the taste of hot water with squeezed lemon and honey. Feels like tea. Always the first thing you do is to drink a glass of water no matter what. It’s proven that this is healthy and wakes up the body from the night and to dehydrate. It helps the metabolism to get started. Photo by Alison Marras on Unsplash
- The breakfast after workout – Here I always go for the same since I’m crazy about it. Granola with almond milk (sometimes I change to greek yoghurt), some honey and peanut butter. Also I always have blueberries at home since I am crazy about them. And for this a grape fruit. So refreshing and just love it. I am not so happy about warm breakfast like scrambled eggs but that’s something of your own choice.
I tend to love fresh squeezed lemonade, especially when it’s summer time and hot as this summer have been. So here is my own blend that I like.
It’s simple, refreshing and taste delicious. It’s also simple to mix, you don’t need to have so many things.
1 grape fruit
1 cm ginger, grated
1-2 teaspoon of agave syrup or how much you like.
This is not necessary but I love to get the sour taste a bit sweeter.
For another nice lemonade I’ve made, check here.
I’ve changed my plastic food boxes to these IKEA glas boxes. Much better for the environment and your health.