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Healthy Living: Local Honey

I have horrible allergy problems.  The irony is that I’m not allergic to anything except cats – which I don’t have – and sulfa medications, which I avoid taking.

Now, when I say I’m not allergic to much, I’m not allergic to much that standard tests cover. But even one allergy doctor told me those skin prick tests don’t test for a lot of environmental factors.

For a vast majority of the year, I couldn’t breathe through my nose and nothing seemed to help. I’ve been through every allergy medication there is and nothing really worked. Then a few years ago, I decided to cut out as many medications as humanly possible and I found myself being more open to natural remedies for simple ailments.

Last year, my friend told me about the benefits of local, raw honey. Not the stuff in the squeeze bear, the stuff sold in the produce department at Brookshire’s stores.

Local honey can help alleviate allergy symptoms. The thought is that the bees are collecting nectar from the very plants that are making you feel bad, and so with honey you can ingest small amounts of the very allergen that is troubling you and build up a resistance to it. Just a tablespoon of local honey each day can relieve the symptoms of pollen related allergies, many experts say. Start taking the honey about one month before you typically experience symptoms of allergy problems.

Other health benefits of local, raw honey include:

  • Increases calcium absorption
  • Can increase hemoglobin count and treat or prevent anemia caused by nutritional factors
  • Can help arthritic joints
  • Works as a natural and gentle laxative, aids constipation
  • Provides instant energy without the insulin surge caused by white sugar
  • Contains a wide array of trace minerals such as calcium, iron, zinc, potassium, phosphorous, magnesium, copper, chromium, manganese and selenium̶  all essential elements for productive cellular insulin sensitivity and blood sugar balance. Honey does have an effect on blood sugar and contains approximately 53 percent fructose, so one should only consume this in moderation.


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