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Raw Manuka Honey: A Powerful Anti-Aging and Longevity Enhancing Food

Various factors contribute to an individual’s longevity: gender, genetics, access to health care, hygiene, diet and nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, etc.

Some of these factors are beyond our control, but the most important one of them, our lifestyle, is definitely something we do have a say in.

Anti-aging is about looking and feeling young and the easiest and fastest way to boost your longevity is by introducing some natural anti-aging lifestyle habits.

Anti-Aging is all About Lifestyle

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While you can’t stop aging, you can, in a way, slow it down. There is no easier way to do so than through healthy lifestyle habits.

The five most important elements of a lifestyle are:

  • Diet

    Rather than worry about the calorie intake, you should place an emphasis on eating nutrient-rich, natural foods that can provide all the fuel your body needs to stay healthy long past retirement age. Start by avoiding highly processed foods, sugars, and trans fats, and opt instead for fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, and plenty of water. But, perhaps the most important change should be to incorporate good quality raw honey into your everyday diet. Honey comes from different plants and areas, and its nutritional value varies greatly. The most superior honey known today is the Manuka honey, that comes from a small, isolated area in New Zealand.

  • Exercise

    Physical activity makes your heart rate go up which ensures that more oxygen is circulated through your body.

  • Sufficient Rest

    Sleep for at least 6 hours a night because it’s well-known that sleep deprivation can make your skin age prematurely.

  • Stress Management

    Stress is a “normal” part of life, normal in the sense that it can hardly be avoided. However, learning to manage stress makes the difference between living a life, and just coping with life.

  • Positive Attitude

    Positive outlook on life is very important and it’s no secret that positive people live on average 7 years longer.

How Manuka Honey Boosts Longevity

 

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Raw Manuka honey contains unique antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic, stomach-healing, wound-repairing properties that make it one of the most important “power foods” you could include in your diet.

Raw Manuka honey boosts your longevity by ensuring you remain healthy, fit, disease-free, with regular digestion, healthy skin and eyes, that you sleep soundly and peacefully throughout the night, maintain a healthy weight and have plenty of running fuel to keep you going throughout the day.

  • Antibacterial, antiviral and anti-fungal properties destroy any infection you might accidentally pick up and boost your immune system.

  • Anti-inflammatory properties heal ulcers and coughs.

  • Antioxidant properties help neutralize damaging free radicals activity.

  • Antiseptic properties heal wounds.

Anti-aging is about postponing the onset of old age, while maintaining strong and healthy body. Raw Manuka honey does not only protect your overall health, it also boosts your metabolism. Sluggish metabolism and slow fat burning are typical of old age. By replacing sugar with honey you will speed up the rate at which you burn calories and thus lose weight natural way.

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Five Easy Ways to Incorporate Raw Manuka Honey into Your Diet

Honey has been used for thousands of years both as an instant energy booster and for its medicinal properties.

The raw Manuka honey, being 4 times more powerful than ordinary honey, not only boosts your energy, but your immune system too. Incorporating it into your diet will not only ensure tasty meals, but it will also improve health and boost the immune system.

Honey in Your Diet

 

 

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Everyone can use honey, unless they are allergic to it.  So, start with a teaspoonful and gradually increase it to two spoonfuls a day. You should not give honey to babies under 1 year of age.

Honey can be incorporated into your diet in many ways:

  • Use it instead of sugar

  • Use it instead of jam on toast, or instead of syrup on pancakes or waffles

  • Take it before going to bed for restful sleep

  • Take a spoonful of raw honey in a glass of water first thing in the morning if you’re constipated

  • It helps fight obesity and loose that extra weight if you take it everyday in the morning on an empty stomach with water and lemon.

Cooking with Honey

 

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Despite many mouthwatering recipes, honey should not be used in cooking. Heating honey destroys enzymes and considerably dilutes a lot of its medicinal value. Only raw, ie unheated and unfiltered honey has incredible anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Even according to Ayurveda, honey should never be used heated as it becomes not only useless, but toxic when heated.

This means you should NEVER put honey in hot tea or use it in baking. The reason raw honey is so healthy is because it has not been heated, a process that destroys most of its healing properties.

One of the features of a beehive is that bees maintain a constant temperature inside the hive of about 36 degrees Celsius. Therefore, that is the ideal temperature at which honey should be used.

Different Ways Raw Manuka Honey Can Be Used

 

There are many ways of including honey in your diet, without exposing it to high temperatures:

  • Use it to sweeten your dressings or marinades

  • Stir it into warm tea, coffee, milk, lemonade, milkshake, latte or water

  • Drizzle honey on top of toast or pancakes

  • Mix honey into yogurt, cereal or oatmeal

  • Spread raw honey over toast or over peanut butter

  • Drizzle honey over ice cream or fruit salad

  • Dip grilled fruit kebabs in honey

  • Drizzle honey over roasted vegetables (this goes well with sweetish-tasting vegetables such as carrots, pumpkin and sweet potatoes)

  • Add a little bit of honey into pumpkin soup

  • Drizzle honey over roasted apples or grilled squash

  • Add it to melted cocoa powder and butter to make a Honey Chocolate Sauce

  • Make honey butter spread by adding orange rind and honey to warm butter

  • Mix sour cream, cocoa powder and honey to make a chocolate honey dip (for fruit kebabs or fresh fruit)

  • Use it as fruit preservative

  • Make honey wine (mead)

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Raw Manuka Honey Before Bed Promotes Deep and Restful Sleep

Raw Honey is great for those looking to get a better nights sleep.  It can definitely improve the quality of sleep as well as promote restful sleep.

Raw honey differs from ordinary honey because of its natural healing properties which have not been destroyed by heating and filtering, the process ordinary honey goes through.

The main reason raw honey is so beneficial for your sleep is that it contains an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose (1:1), which is exactly what the liver, an organ that works while you sleep, needs to restore and detoxify your body while you rest.

Manuka raw honey, with its unique anti-bacterial properties, being 4 times more powerful than ordinary honey, not only ensures a restful sleep, but helps destroy any infection that might be developing in your body.

Raw Manuka Honey Before Bed

 

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Honey promotes sleep in two ways:

  1. Keeps liver full

     

    Eating honey before bedtime re-stocks the liver with glycogen and ensures getting through the night before the brain triggers a crisis search for fuel, which would normally wake you up. While you rest, your liver breaks down the toxins that are stored in fat cells, and in the process improves your metabolism.

  1. Promotes melatonin production

     

    Honey helps you sleep well by contributing to the release of melatonin in the brain. Melatonin is necessary for restorative sleep. Often called the “wellness hormone,” it helps to enhance immunity and facilitate the rebuilding of tissues during rest. Not only will it help you fall asleep faster, it will also heal you quicker and revitalize you for the next day.

  2. Reduces stress hormone

     

    According to a 2006 study, our bodies are kept more wakeful when our stomachs are empty, and more relaxed and ready to fall a sleep when our stomachs are full. This means that having a light meal at bedtime may actually promote quality of sleep. This is one of the key principles followed by those on the Mediterranean diet. And if that light meal includes some raw Manuka honey, you’ll sleep like a baby.

 

Raw Manuka Honey, Metabolism, and Restful Sleep

 

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Manuka Honey is an excellent natural healing agent and in addition to its other many benefits, it can be used as a sleep aid. However, you have to make sure that it’s “active” ie that it’s been tested and verified to be UMF10+ or higher. Only Manuka honey above the grade 10 is considered to be suitable for therapeutic use.

Raw Manuka honey is one of the most unique and beneficial types of honey in the world. The high content of amino acids, vitamins and minerals, combined with powerful anti-bacterial properties, helps soothe the nerves and support natural healing.

Taking 1 or 2 spoons of raw Manuka honey before bedtime will provide sufficient glycogen necessary for restful sleep. Glycogen is important because if your liver runs out of it, your brain starts triggering stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenalin to convert protein muscle into glucose.

Manuka honey with its soothing and health-promoting properties is an excellent remedy for insomnia because it helps fuel the brain, so the metabolic stress during sleep is reduced.

You can take it in warm milk or tea, or eat it straight from the jar.

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Pathogen Fighter: Raw Manuka Honey and its Antimicrobial Properties

Honey has a long history of medicinal use dating back thousands of years.  While the health and healing properties of honey are wide and varied, it is raw honey’s antibacterial, anti-fungal, and pathogen fighter properties that make it ideal for use on wounds, burns and infections.

Manuka raw honey, being 4 times more powerful than ordinary raw honey, goes even further. Its antibacterial powers easily destroy even the toughest bacteria, such as the life-threatening methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

What’s more, none of the pathogens killed by Manuka honey were able to build up immunity. At a time when antibiotic-resistant pathogenic microorganisms are a serious threat to millions, Manuka honey offers a holistic, 100% natural treatment for even the toughest infections.

The Magic of Honey

 

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The ability of honey to attract and hold water, enables it to draw the moisture out of any bacteria or mold. That way, the bacteria found in infectious wounds are dehydrated and killed off by the application of honey.

Besides, honey contains the enzyme glucose oxidase that upon contact with the skin, breaks down and slowly releases hydrogen peroxide in the process. Thus, honey provides a degree of antiseptic action that is unparalleled in the world of medicine.

When it comes to burns, raw honey is superior to other treatments. In less than a minute after application, a honey poultice will stop the pain by sealing off the wound from the air.

In addition to the antibacterial action described above that prevents infection, honey keeps the burn site moist so that the typical pain associated with the changing of burn wound dressings is significantly diminished.

Why Makes Raw Manuka Honey Such a Potent Pathogen Fighter?

 

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Unlike antibiotics we use to fight infections, and to which “superbugs” eventually become resistant, Manuka honey has anti-microbial properties which not only effectively kill germs and pathogens, but prevent them from developing resistance.

According to one study, chronic wounds are becoming a major health concern world wide, due to antibiotic resistance issues. The solution to this potentially very serious problem may be in applying raw Manuka honey to open wounds, regardless of what had caused them.

The raw Manuka honey, containing unique antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and wound-repairing properties is proving to be a gentle, but very effective treatment for a wide range of infections.

With herpes infections (both the sores on the lips and the genital sores), the overall healing time with the raw Manuka honey gave about 50% better results, compared to those achieved with the Acyclovir antiviral drug normally used for such infections.

Manuka honey also successfully fights common fungal infections, such as Athlete’s foot and ringworm.

Besides, both the Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria, commonly found in wound infections, and both antibiotic resistant, have been successfully killed with the Manuka honey.

It is well known that honey naturally speeds up wound healing, but the Manuka honey, makes the healing process even faster.

What makes Manuka honey so unique, is that it comes from only one type of tree and from one small area in New Zealand. The tree contains very high levels of an antibacterial compound which is eventually passed on to the honey. It is this compound that makes Manuka honey such a powerful healer.

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How Raw Manuka Honey Can Aid Digestion and Improve Gut Health

Prolonged stress, overuse of antibiotics, sugar-rich diet and chronic anxiety, all help to create imbalance in your gut and you end up feeling bloated, constipated, with heartburn and maybe even with Irritable Bowl Syndrome.

It’s been known for a long time that honey can be used to overcome gastrointestinal problems. According to apitherapy, a branch of alternative medicine which uses products derived from bees as treatments, honey can successfully be used to cure stomach pains, disorders of the gastrointestinal system, digestive problems, gastritis, stomach ulcers, heliobacter pylori, Crohn’s disease and peptic disorders.

Raw honey, being unheated and unfiltered, is packed with antioxidants and flavonoids, and its acidity is low enough to hinder or even prevent the growth of many types of bacteria.

Manuka raw honey, being 4 times more powerful than ordinary raw honey, with its unique antibacterial activity, provides a proven, non-invasive way to help with most digestive ailments.

Gut Health

 

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Gut flora consists of trillions of microorganisms that live in your digestive tract. Both good and bad bacteria line your intestines, but there has to be a balance between them. While good bacteria helps you digest food and extract vitamins and nutrients from it,“bad” bacteria can cause digestion and even mental problems, if allowed to multiply out of control.

Unfortunately, bad lifestyle habits often wreak havoc on our gut. Besides, our environment (air, water, food) is becoming increasingly toxic with catastrophic consequences on our general well-being.

It’s no secret that there’s a global contamination with mycotoxins (aflatoxins and ochratoxin). They are commonly found in foods and this is of great concern, because they are both natural carcinogens. Fortunately, scientific evidence is emerging that substituting sugars with honey in processed food can inhibit the harmful and genotoxic effects of mycotoxins, and improve the gut microflora.

So, the easiest way to boost your gut health is to include raw honey in your diet.

Manuka Honey for Healthy Gut

 

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Whether you are experiencing minor stomach upsets, more serious ailments such as ulcers, or you simply want to improve your well being, you will find using honey for digestion very beneficial.

Manuka honey, being raw and unpolluted, is ideal for digestive health. But, to fully benefit from its antibacterial properties, you have to choose the right strength of Manuka honey, as the antibacterial potency of Manuka honey varies greatly.

  • Use UMF 5+ to maintain well-being and improve general digestive health

  • Use UMF 10+ for relief of non-specific upsets of the digestive system such as indigestion and stomach upset

  • Use UMF 15+ honey for digestion disturbances that are more pronounced, such as gastric reflex, persistent indigestion, vomiting and diarrhea

  • Use UMF 20+ and above for strong, fast-acting antibacterial and healing action of gastritis and stomach ulcers

Good digestion is vital for your overall well-being. For stronger immune system, improved mood and clear skin, focus on rebuilding your gut health.

The ancient Greek philosopher Hippocrates said it all with the following quote, “All health begins in the gut”.

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