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Boost Your Health with Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey

| 4/25/2013 3:03:00 PM

"The noblest of fruits is the apple. Let the most beautiful or swiftest have it" –Henry David Thoreau, 1851

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" originally comes from the Old English proverb “To eat an apple before going to bed will make the doctor beg for his bread.” But this popular saying isn’t just a bit of folk lore. Apples are extremely good for your health. Take advantage of apples’ health benefits by eating them whole, using them in your cooking or—my new favorite way—using apple-derived apple cider vinegar. I recommend you go one step further and double up on the health benefits by pairing apples with honey—another health-benefiting food that is also a natural antibacterial. When you mix apple cider vinegar and honey together you benefit from natural sugars, vitamins, minerals and enzymes with one swift health choice.

The Health Benefits of Honey

"We've got to trust someone—why not let it be the bee?” –D.C. Jarvis

Honey—a sweet food made by nectar-loving bees—is a popular alternative to sugar in many desserts. Rich in vitamins, minerals and enzymes, raw honey is helpful for soothing the stomach, as it is said to be a natural laxative that can improve constipation and prevent fermentation from occurring in your gastrointestinal tract. Honey is also excellent at improving the absorption of calcium, increasing your hemoglobin count and treating nutrient-deficient ailments such as anemia. This popular sweetener is also a natural antibiotic and antibacterial that is useful in treating parasites, and bacterial and fungal infections. In fact, one Bulgarian study of almost 18,000 patients showed that honey improved chronic sinusitis, bronchitis, allergic rhinitis, asthma and hay fever, and stimulated the immune system.

Raw Honey
Raw honey can treat allergies, anemia and insomnia, just  to name a few.

When applied externally, this antibacterial treats infections, skin grafts, gangrene, stings, bites and burns. In clinical settings, honey has been found to effectively treat fist-sized ulcers and first to third degree burns (found more effective than silver sulfadiazine), where complete healing was “reported without the need for skin grafts and with no infection or muscle loss” by stimulating new tissue growth. It can even draw poisons from the body. So as long as the wound is clean, honey is an excellent healer!

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