Food swaps to a healthy diet!

Going on a diet to lose weight or to get healthy doesn’t automatically mean cutting down on food or giving up something for life. Most of the time, it all boils down to making a healthy choice.

Here are some food swaps that you can do to reach your health goals:

  • Swap your sugary, calorie-laden soda for water or other sugar-free options

A 12-ounce can of Coke shockingly has around 9 ½ teaspoons of sugar, which in Coke’s list of ingredients, is hiding behind the name high fructose corn syrup.
This is way above what the American Heart Association has recommended, which is no more than 6 teaspoons a day for women and up to 9 teaspoons for men. So drop the coke and reach for plain water and see the pounds drop.
A study has shown that people who switched to water were twice as likely to lose 5% or more of their body weight.
There are also other health benefits to drinking water.
But if you’re one of those who don’t like the bland taste of water, go for soda water and add a bit of flavour with a little cranberry juice or a slice of lemon.

  • Swap your regular butter for ghee, nut butter and other spreads

Butter might have a bad reputation among some groups for being a health villain, an unhealthy ingredient that should be avoided at all cost.
However, it’s actually margarine, which is chockfull of trans fat, that should be avoided. While butter might have saturated fat, full fat butter that’s produced from grass-fed cows has vital nutrients like Vitamin K12 and butyric acid, which helps keep our colon healthy. The trick here now is choosing an organic butter or its healthier alternatives, like ghee.

  • Bake better brownies with black beans

Make your pastries or baked goods healthier by adding black beans. Black beans can minimize the blood sugar spikes people experience when eating sweets.
Using black beans in brownies, for instance, won’t affect the chocolate taste. But it will add much needed protein and fiber.

  • Replace tortillas with spinach

Put a paleo spin to your favorite fajitas recipe by ditching the tortillas and using spinach instead. You still get to enjoy the meats, spices, peppers and onions that make fajitas great, but you won’t miss the carbohydrates and calories the tortillas bring.
On a related note, this swap can also be used on another Mexican favorite – the burrito.

  • Swap pasta for vegetable noodles

It’s hard to imagine living in a world without pasta. Luckily, you don’t need to give it up as you can make noodles out of almost any vegetable and even some root crops with the help of a good vegetable spiral cutter.
Once you have one, you can start making your own squash or zucchini spaghetti.
There are a wide range of sauces that you can do, like sesame ginger sauce or ginger almond butter sauce for your veggie pasta.
You can even go all out and make your own pesto bacon sauce.

To achieve a healthy diet is by making healthy food choices.
This is not just about choosing fresh produce over frozen ones, but also the kind of produce you pick.

Keeping healthy or losing weight is not always easy.
But with a little know-how, some creativity and these healthy food hacks, you can be on your way to a healthier and happier life.

5 Moisturizer Myths You Should Stop Believing Right Now

The relation between women and moisturisers has been going strong for generations.

Undoubtedly, moisturiser is a critical part of a healthy skin routine, however, there are a few tales going around which advise you to avoid moisturiser completely.

But, lovelies, let that not bother you. The moisturiser has always been an integral part of our daily skin regime, and do not let anyone tell you otherwise.

Here we are all-set to bust a few popular moisturizer myths for you.
Let’s get started.

  • Myth 1: All creams are same

If you feel that all creams are same, you might need to reconsider your views. It is true that all moisturisers contain water and other ingredients in a certain proportion. However, the basic difference lies in the proportion of the ingredients used.

Thus, there is nothing like one fit standard solution. A moisturizer might work wonders for dry skin and can be a complete disaster for the oily skin.

This is why it is highly recommended to choose a moisturizer which is in line with your skin type and skin needs.

  • Myth 2: Your skin gets addicted to moisturizer

Our skin tends to lose its moisture quite quickly than you might think. It gets dehydrated due to harsher climates, air conditioning systems at our homes, water exposure and genetics.

Since you overall cannot escape these unavoidable factors, it is essential to keep your skin moisturized with the help of a moisturizer on a daily basis.

Thus, it is wrong to conclude that our skin gets addicted to moisturiser, instead, moisturiser helps our skin to stay hydrated.

  • Myth 3: People with oily skin should avoid moisturiser completely

No, you should not avoid the moisturiser completely, but be careful while choosing a moisturiser. Choose a moisturiser which doesn’t add oil to your skin but just hydrates it enough.

You should investigate the ingredients present in your moisturiser for best results. Essentially look for ingredients like hyaluronic acid which keep your skin hydrated without making it look oily.

  • Myth 4: You don’t need sunscreen if your moisturiser has sufficient SPF

Well, this depends.
In winters, a moisturiser with enough SPF might work, but in summers, and especially when you are visiting warm places like the Caribbean, you should always apply a high quality sunscreen for full proof UVA protection.

  • Myth 5: You should always apply moisturiser to a dry skin

This again is a myth. Your skin absorbs the moisture best when it is slightly damped. Thus, make it a point to apply the moisturiser once you have taken bath and within 3 minutes of patting your body dry with a towel.

Otherwise, you won’t be able to lock in the moisture of the skin.

Your Turn

We hope that this article would have cleared a lot of myths we often hear and there. So, stay confident and slay with your beautiful skin!

Best Under Eye Wrinkle Treatment Tips You Need To Know About!

Do you hate those under eye wrinkles? We all do.

Eye wrinkles appear due to the presence of thin skin around the eye area. You could make use of some natural treatments at home to get rid of these wrinkles. Here are some ideas.

 

  • Sunscreen

A large amount of sun exposure can have an adverse effect on your skin.  When it is too sunny, your face squints naturally, and due to prolonged exposure to the sun, this becomes permanent in the form of wrinkles.

Thus, one way to prevent wrinkles due to the sun is by using a sunscreen cream. It protects your skin from cancer and aging. In fact, you should start using sunscreen as early as possible to prevent future wrinkles.

 

  • Proper skin care

With age, your skin becomes dry and tight. It loses its elasticity and when this happens, over time, you get wrinkles on your skin. In order to prevent that, you should take proper care of your skin right from the onset.

Moisturizers might not be able to prevent wrinkles directly, but they work well to moisturize and hydrate the skin. In turn, the skin stays less dry than usual. It also prevents the skin from tearing and bruising.

 

  • Face yoga

Believe us, face yoga can help you in controlling wrinkles to a large extent. Face yoga is a combination of exercises and relaxation treatment that can help prevent the skin from getting wrinkled too early.

You could try out some simple face yoga exercises and spend 20 minutes to 30 minutes every day to get naturally beautiful skin! Not only does this prevent the appearance of wrinkles under the eyes, but your forehead and cheeks remain fit as well.

 

  • Skin nutrition

While moisturizers and sunscreen lotions will help in the long run, there are a lot of things you can eat to keep your skin in shape. The idea is to infuse as many antioxidants in the body as possible.

This could be achieved by adding a lot of fruits and vegetables to your diet. Antioxidants, in combination with Vitamin A, C and E can keep the skin healthy and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. Controlling your diet from an early age can keep the skin nourished.

 

  • Eye massage

There are very few things that can have the same benefits as a good eye massage. The whole point of the massage is to enhance your blood circulation. What this does is basically delivers nutrients and oxygen to the areas around the eyes such that the skin stays fresh and healthy. It is best to apply some light cream and pressure for massaging the eye.

 

  • Face mask

Using a face mask every now and then can also help you treat eye wrinkles. You could choose a suitable combination like a potato-honey mask or brown sugar-milk mask and then apply it on the skin and keep it for 30 minutes before washing it off. 

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A Men’s Guide To Wrist Watches: Which Is The Right Pick?

Supposedly, you are in a business meeting or maybe in an interview.
You are confident, well-prepared and wonderfully dressed.
Just before it was going to start, someone asks the time by your watch, and there it is.
A sports watch with a rubber band.

FAIL.

This is how a watch can make or break your look.
Yes, okay, the above scenario might be a bit exaggerated, but we’re sure, you must have understood what we are trying to convey.

When it comes to watches, there is an array of them out there, the only limitation being taste and budget. But, choosing a right watch for your outfit is an art.
A perfect watch should not stand out and catch all the eyes, but rather should just compliment your outfit and be a mere extension of it.

So, how do you select the right watch?

Let’s find out.

  • Just one watch or a range of them?

The first step in order to match your watch with your outfit is to determine your interest level in watches. Do you want just one watch or a range of them?

If you are not too much passionate about watches, and would just like to have one, you should buy a watch which is stylistically neutral – one which will go with almost all your outfits. It can be a simple watch with a plain metal band and a face.

If a leather watch interests you, make sure that you pair it right. A black leather watch will look best with black leather shoes and vice versa.

If you love to have multiple watches, you can explore and experiment a bit around. You can buy a sleek watch for formal meetings, sports watch for a casual look and so on.

 

  • Choose between leather strap and a metal band

Metal bands are more neutral but should go with all the jewelry that you wear. As a matter of fact, men don’t wear a lot of jewelry, so you only need to match it with your belt’s buckle and cufflinks. Thus, pair a silver metal band with silver belt buckle and the likes.

If you are going for a leather watch, it should perfectly match with your shoes and belt.

Thus, choose the one which suits your wardrobe and style.

 

  • Watch dial

The dial of your watch also dictates the style of your watch to an extent. Does it have Roman numeral indices or  numbers?
Roman numerals or stick are found in most of the watches and look formal. On the other hand, the presence of numbers makes it look a bit casual.

Further, more the functionalities and complexities in a watch, the more casual it is.

 

So, Which Watch Is The Right Pick?

The answer to this question is dependent on your taste and budget to an extent. However, to play safe, here are a few pointers which should cover you up:

  • It is easier to match watches with a metal band than with a leather strap. But, then watches with leather strap look more formal and dressier.
  • The colors of your strap and metal band should match with your outfit. As a rule of thumb, colors of all metals in your outfit should match, (and correspondingly, colors of all leather items in your outfit should match as well).
  • The busier and colorful the dial is, the more casual it is.
  • If you are wearing formal shoes, go with a formal looking watch and if you are flaunting sneakers and casual shoes, go for a casual watch.
  • A simple dial with roman or stick indices and a simple leather or metal band stripe would make your watch formal.
  • A watch with a rubber strap and digital interface is a sports watch and should be paired accordingly.

Oatmeal – The Powerhouse of Goodness

Oatmeal, as the name suggests, is made from hulled oat grains which have been grounded or milled.

How often have we come to enjoy a bowl of hot oats and milk in the morning? This is because they are healthy and nutritious.

Furthermore, oats are even useful for the skin.
This makes them a perfect ingredient of face scrubs and the likes.  In general, oatmeal is also known to lower the chances of heart attacks and keeps your blood cholesterol in control.

Ways Oatmeal Benefits You

Oatmeal presents a number of different health benefits when either consumed directly or applied as a skin product. Here are some ways in which oatmeal can be advantageous for you.

  • Oatmeal can hugely reduce the cholesterol level in the body. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, one should consume 3 grams of oatmeal on a regular basis. For better results, you should combine it with fruits containing vitamin C.
  • Oatmeal also works well against skin acne. When it is used as a facial mask, the oatmeal works treats and cleanses your skin well.
  • According to studies, oatmeal also helps you in losing. Since it is high in protein content, consuming a bowl of oatmeal in the morning keeps you satiated for a long time. This, in turn, reduces the fat intake of the body and keeps the metabolism rate high.
  • It has also been found that oatmeal can actually decrease the chances of childhood asthma. According to researchers from across the globe, when a child consumes oats on a regular basis, he or she has lower chances of suffering from asthma or any allergic diseases.
  • Oatmeal can also act as a great moisturizer for the skin. This can be attributed to the high protein and lipid content in these grains. In effect, it helps soften the skin and keeps it hydrated. Add to that, the soothing properties of oatmeal can actually help the skin recover from sunburn.
  • When you are out in those bright sunny days, an oatmeal sunscreen can help you protect the skin from the harmful UV rays and prospective sunburn. 
  • Oatmeal is also known to benefit your hair greatly. It can be used to treat dandruff and prevent hair loss. When mixed with fresh milk and almond milk, and applied on to the hair as a mask, oatmeal can help strengthen the hair roots.

Home Recipes for Oatmeal

Oatmeal can be used to prepare a lot of recipes at home. Read on.

  1. Exfoliating skin mask

Oatmeal can clean your skin and treat your acne. All you need to do is mix some rose water, honey, applesauce and oatmeal. Use this mask on your face for 10-15 minutes before washing it off with lukewarm water.

  1. Oatmeal mask for oily skin

If you are one of those suffering from an extremely oily skin, an oatmeal mask can help you in the process. Add some cooked oatmeal, honey, and plain yogurt and mix it well. Apply the mixture thoroughly on your face. After 10-15 minutes, wash it off with cold water.

  1. Oatmeal scrub

Oatmeal can also work well as a face scrub. Add one tablespoon of oatmeal, some warm water, and wait till it gets soft. In a circular motion, apply it on your skin in circular motion for best results.

  1. Oatmeal breakfast

If you want to consume oatmeal for breakfast, all you have to do is add it to a bowl of milk, and top it with fruits like apples, almonds, and the likes. This will give you a healthy and filling breakfast option.

6 Botox Facts That Might Come As a Surprise to You

You might have already heard enough about Botox?

Well, there is a lot of hype that a proper Botox treatment can make the wrinkles, crow’s feet and frown lines disappear.
This is the reason perhaps why every year hundreds of thousands of men and women undergo this treatment to get a wrinkle-free and smooth skin.

So, what it actually is?
Let’s start with the basics first and then talk about surprising facts related to it.


What is Botox?

Botulinum Toxin (BTX), commonly known as BOTOX, is a protein obtained from different bacteria and chemical compounds. Botox relaxes and softens the wrinkles, and helps you in getting a smooth skin.

Why Botox?

Botox is one of the safest cosmetic treatment as it is well researched, legal, and effective and approved by FDA (in 2002). It is older than you might think; it accidentally came into existence when doctors were attempting to determine the cause of the sudden death of Germans due to food poisoning.

But that’s not just about Botox. There is a lot more to it. Here are 6 Botox facts that may surprise you!

Little-Known Botox Facts

  • Botox was discovered accidentally!

Dr. Justinus Kerner accidentally invented Botox in the 1820s when he was attempting to find the cause of food poisoning that led to the sudden death of Germans due to eating meat. He discovered botulinum toxin, in the meat, and named the ailment that killed the Germans, “botulism.”

  • Botox can help with chronic pain and cure migraine

If you thought that Botox is just for enhancing your beauty, you might be mistaken.

In fact, doctors have developed FDA-approved Botox injections that can help in the treatment of migraines.
The complete treatment requires 31 Botox injections that are injected over seven different sites on head and neck in a span of 12 weeks.

  • Botox can help you through depression

Yes, you read that right.

Botox is helpful in limiting the body’s ability to frown. As frown sends a signal to the brain that can signal depression, the people who could literally not frown were happier than people who could frown.

  • Botox was almost used as a weapon in World War II.

 This might sound a bit weird but the United States almost used Botox as a weapon during World War II where they developed a pill of toxins that would be used to intoxicate the food and drinks of high ranked Japanese Officials.

Prostitutes were expected to execute this plan but it was never really executed.

  • Botox is not permanent.

Many of us assume that Botox is permanent, but the actual results last only for an average of 4-6 months for most of the people.

  • Botox has many medical uses.

Like we already said, Botox has many medical uses that include fixing brow asymmetry, minimizing lines around the nose, decreasing oiliness of skin, minimizing the appearance of the pores, correcting a droopy nose tip, and decreasing scalp sweating.

Were you surprised by any of the above-mentioned Botox facts?

Eat and Feel Good

With unhealthy food choices easily available around us today, it becomes pretty difficult for us to successfully break out of the clutches of junk food, which contain high amounts of starch and carbohydrates.

Some reasons why these types of consumables remain our best choice is: they’re both appealing and easy to get.

You can easily buy a candy bar or potato chips when you are hungry; and when you do, you are satisfied both by how it tastes and how it’s packaged.

However, this kind of meal should be eaten sparingly, because they don’t really help us. The brain needs about 25 grams of glucose circulating the blood stream to function best and maintain alertness; this is the same amount found in one banana.

By consuming a high-sugar and high-carbohydrate meal, your body is given too much glucose at once, which won’t last as insulin kicks in to regulate the sudden spike in sugar levels.

You will be left hungry and weak few moments after consuming these kinds of food, which leads you to eat some more without actually solving the issue.
Therefore, part of the key of being healthy is finding the kind of meal that not only supply your body with the glucose it needs, but can leave you feeling satiated for a longer time.

Food like beans, fish, meat, and some types of vegetables are the kinds of food you want to eat if you intend to eat healthy.

Unlike foods that are high in carbohydrates, these kinds of food don’t just release all the glucose they contain at one go; instead, they release this glucose slowly in the body, ensuring that every time the hypothalamus in your brain checks your blood, there is a good amount of glucose to keep it going.

Having established the above points, its time to cultivate some good methods to help you make the shift from unhealthy eating habits, to healthy eating.

Its all in making good decisions, one step at a time.

Does Cutting Carbs Really Help with Weight Loss?

Carbs рrоvidе your brаin with gluсоѕе, whiсh your brain uѕеѕ fоr its fuеl supply.
Eat tоо much аnd your bоdу stores it аѕ fat.
It аll bоilѕ down tо whiсh саrbѕ (саrbоhуdrаtеѕ) уоu аrе еаting nоw аnd whiсh оnеѕ уоu wаnt to сut bасk оn.

Let’s brеаk it dоwn, there аrе 2 tуреѕ оf carbs: Cоmрlеx саrbѕ аnd Simple саrbѕ.

Cоmрlеx саrbѕ consist of fооdѕ thаt are highеr in ѕtаrсh such аѕ potatoes, brеаdѕ, pastas аnd cereals. The соmрlеx раrt comes in because thеѕе fооdѕ are made uр оf lоng, соmрlеx сhаinѕ of ѕimрlе sugars.
Thе best раrt аbоut соmрlеx саrbѕ is that they lаѕt longer in уоur ѕуѕtеm, аlоng with providing уоu with energy tо kеер gоing throughout thе dау.

This iѕ imроrtаnt bесаuѕе the lоngеr a food tаkеѕ tо break dоwn and mоvе thrоugh уоur ѕуѕtеm, the lоngеr it’ll take your bоdу to feel hungry again.

Simрlе саrbѕ hаvе gаinеd a reputation for bеing “bаd” оnlу because thеу are often аѕѕосiаtеd with sweet products such аѕ chocolates, ѕnасkѕ аnd саndiеѕ.
Thеѕе саrbѕ brеаk down quickly in your system and givе you q
uiсk bursts оf еnеrgу, knоwn as thе “sugar high.”
Yоu fееl great and likе уоu саn dо anything.
The trouble is, it lаѕtѕ fоr a short time аnd you uѕuаllу feel thе “сrаѕh” soon аftеrwаrdѕ.

Thiѕ is ѕignifiсаnt bесаuѕе thе quiсkеr these саrbѕ move through your ѕуѕtеm, thе fаѕtеr уоur bоdу will wаnt аnd nееd mоrе fооd оr sustenance.

Thiѕ саuѕеѕ уоu tо overeat, whiсh leads tо taking in mоrе саlоriеѕ that you nееd and can ultimately lеаd tо wеight gain.

 

Cutting Cаrbѕ Equals Wеight Loss…Right?

Cаrbѕ аrе nееdеd fоr еnеrgу, if уоu еаt too muсh of either type, mеаning more than уоur body nееdѕ, thеу ultimаtеlу gеt ѕtоrеd аѕ fаt.
Thiѕ iѕ why реорlе miѕtаkеnlу feel that cutting саrbѕ will lеаd tо wеight lоѕѕ.

Hоwеvеr, whаt уоu fаil tо undеrѕtаnd iѕ that cutting саrbѕ mеаnѕ сutting еnеrgу. Just think оf all thе low саrb diеtѕ thаt are out thеrе nоw and thе milliоnѕ of people who hаvе triеd thеm, lоѕt weight аnd аrе nоw overweight аgаin.
Thеу аrе NOT ѕuѕtаinаblе. Your body nееdѕ саrbѕ to ѕuррlу energy оr fuel tо run it’ѕ ѕуѕtеmѕ.

 

Cutting Cаrbѕ iѕ NOT thе Anѕwеr

Instead оf thinking about hоw muсh саrbѕ уоu саn cut frоm уоur diеt, think about hоw уоu can lеаrn tо eat the proper саrbѕ, in thе соrrесt аmоuntѕ, fоr уоur bоdу аnd ѕtор thе wеight loss/weight gain сусlе, оthеrwiѕе known as YO-YO diеting.

Bу learning a fеw ѕimрlе rulеѕ аbоut carbs аnd how thеу work in уоur bоdу, you can conquer this dilemma оf wеight lоѕѕ/wеight gain аnd lеаrn to manage уоur weight for good.

 

Better habits, Better you!

With unhealthy food choices easily available around us today, it becomes pretty difficult for us to successfully break out of the clutches of junk food, which contain high amounts of starch and carbohydrates.
Some reasons why these types of consumables remain our best choice is:
they’re both appealing and easy to get.

You can easily buy a candy bar or potato chips when you are hungry; and when you do, you are satisfied both by how it tastes and how it’s packaged.

However, this kind of meal should be eaten sparingly, because they don’t really help us. The brain needs about 25 grams of glucose circulating the blood stream to function best and maintain alertness; this is the same amount found in one banana.

By consuming a high-sugar and high-carbohydrate meal, your body is given too much glucose at once, which won’t last as insulin kicks in to regulate the sudden spike in sugar levels.
You will be left hungry and weak few moments after consuming these kinds of food, which leads you to eat some more without actually solving the issue.

Therefore, part of the key of being healthy is finding the kind of meal that not only supply your body with the glucose it needs, but can leave you feeling satiated for a longer time.

Food like beans, fish, meat, and some types of vegetables are the kinds of food you want to eat if you intend to eat healthy.
Unlike foods that are high in carbohydrates, these kinds of food don’t just release all the glucose they contain at one go; instead, they release this glucose slowly in the body, ensuring that every time the hypothalamus in your brain checks your blood, there is a good amount of glucose to keep it going.

Having established the above points, here are some good methods to help you make the shift from unhealthy eating habits, to healthy eating.

 

  • Take It A Step At A Time.

You know how difficult it is for a smoker to just quit on his or her smoking habit?

That’s how it is with changing your eating habit, or changing any behaviour you have turned into a habit. Why?
Because before it turns into a habit, your brain and body adjusts to accommodate your new behaviour, and after years of practicing that kind of behaviour, it becomes something you do subconsciously.

Now, telling your body to change is like you trying not to be yourself anymore. It takes patience, and slow steady steps. Hence, you shouldn’t just jump into changing your eating habits but rather, take it slowly.

You can start with baby steps by trying to eat low starch or low sugar meals four times a week, for two weeks.
When your body seems to have adjusted to this change, extend it to five days. You should continue with such small increments until you can eat low-sugar and low-starch meals comfortably for a whole week, to a whole month, and then a whole year.
Baby steps.

 

  • Replace The Crispy

We know how much we love crispy food; once we hear the word crispy, we can already imagine the sound and taste.

However, in order to eat healthy, it’s best we look for other alternatives that don’t only leaves you full for a longer duration, but also have a crispy feel for the satisfaction. Consider fruits or vegetables like cucumbers.

 

  • It is Okay To Indulge Sometimes

Yes, trying to eat healthy doesn’t mean you are then banned from eating high-sugar and high-carbohydrate food other than once in a blue moon.

You can treat yourself to a high-carbohydrate meal one or two days a month.

 

  • Keep Your Mouth Busy

For those who tend to eat a lot, even after they’re filled, this is for you.

Research has shown that, your nose being exposed to strong mint scent, can do wonders to reduce food consumption as the smell influences your appetite.

Hence, you try chewing a mint gum after meals.

 

  • Don’t Skip Breakfast

Research has shown that skipping breakfast only increases the tendency of you consuming more at lunch.

Hence, it is advisable to consume something before leaving your house.
When doing so, ensure there is a healthy mix of the six essential nutrients your body needs to be lively, productive, and healthy: protein, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, mineral and last but not least, water.

 

Follow these simple tips and slowly, but surely, improve your health through better eating habits!

The Ever Benefits of Honey

The 1970s and ’80s saw a spike in generic food.
Many supermarkets sold food (or “food”) in white containers labeled with only the name of the food.
These days, consumers are more aware of where their food comes from, how it is processed, and the varieties available.

Consumers can buy honey in many forms, ranging from honeycombs to the popular liquid honey.
In addition to the different forms of honey, there are different varieties of honey – determined by the type of nectar used to produce it.

Honey can be purchased raw, but most commercial honey is processed in one or more ways.
Honey may be filtered, pasteurised or creamed, and each process alters the honey with the goal of making it more desirable to consumers. Increasingly, however, folks are becoming aware of the health benefits of raw honey.

Most commercially available honey is filtered. Although raw honey is perfectly safe to eat, it may not appeal to consumers.

Honey can be filtered to various degrees.
Some raw honeys undergo a coarse filtration that really only removes wings and “chunks” large enough to be seen with the naked eye. Most commercial honey, however, is filtered to remove particles down to 0.1 to 10 micrometers.
This filtration is tight enough to not only remove macroscopic contaminants, but most pollen as well.

Many honey producers also sell raw honey. Raw honey is usually lightly filtered – just enough to remove the large bits. Raw honey will crystallize, but can be reheated to dissolve the crystals. Because it is not pasteurized, the aroma of the honey will not be diminished. Raw honey may be slightly more nutritious than filtered honey because of the small amount of protein found in the pollen grains.

Mead makers – the folks who make honey wine – view raw honey as the highest quality honey. Compared to other forms of honey, raw honey just smells and tastes better. Some claim honey harvested earlier in the season is generally preferable to honey harvested later.

Raw honey is generally sold as a liquid, although it may be crystallized on the store shelf. Some sources also sell chunks of honey-comb. This is, of course, as raw as honey gets – but it also takes more work to get the honey you want if you need to drain it from the comb.

Different honey varieties smell and taste like the nectar from which they were produced. For many plants, the flower’s nectar has a similar flavor to the fruit.
For example, raspberry blossom honey has a flavor and aroma reminiscent of raspberries.


BENEFITS

  • Natural Energy Source
    Honey is known as an excellent source of natural energy as the natural unprocessed sugar present in it enters the bloodstream directly and this in turn can give a quick boost of energy.
    This quick boost works like a wonder for your workout, especially in longer endurance exercises.
  • Strengthens Immune System
    Honey has countless medicinal properties that naturally help in curing a sore throat. Its antioxidants and bacteria-fighting assets also help against fighting infections that are caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.
    According to doctors and scientists, buckwheat honey has the highest number of antioxidants and when consumed daily can be beneficial for boosting immunity in the long run and this is why honey has known to be one of the best immunity boosting foods.
    It is always advisable to consume honey every morning before breakfast or even workout to get an extra kick of energy for the whole day. It also works as a cleansing toner which improves immunity in children
  • Nourishes your Face and Skin
    Using Honey for skin is very useful because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties.
    Honey is the best natural moisturizer, especially for your dry skin and it is also very easy to apply.
    It also helps curing cracked lips during winters. Many people also use honey masks for skin tone correction.
  • Boosts your memory
    We are what we eat and hence it is very important to consume foods that help make our mental health strong to sustain in old age.
    Honey, the eternal sweetener has numerous health benefits, one of which includes boosting memory and concentration.
    Honey not only increases brain power and memory but also makes you a healthier person altogether. Consumption of honey prevents metabolic stress and helps calm and soothe the brain, which helps in augmenting memory in the long run.
  • For Healing Wounds
    Honey has antibacterial, antifungal, and antioxidant properties, which is why honey is used for healing wounds.
    After any skin injury, bacteria that live on your skin can infect and penetrate the wound site. Honey, has been found to destroy these bacteria.
  • Home Remedy for Coughs
    Honey is known to be one of the best home remedies for dry cough as well as wet cough. Research has also shown that drinking a tablespoon of honey can reduce irritation in the throat.
    Honey is the preferred natural remedy for cough, especially for kids, as it helps to relieve nocturnal cough, allowing proper sleep.

Honey is a wonderful creation that everyone can try to introduce into their lives.