Home cure for hangovers: Honey

If you’re guilty of overindulging once in a while you’ll be pleased to know that there is a sweet little hang-over cure that is probably already in your cupboard: honey. Honey contains powerful antioxidant properties that can neutralize the harmful effects of alcohol. The natural fructose content helps the body to rapidly metabolize and digest alcohol. According to Dr John Emsley from Britain’s Royal Society of Chemistry, the fructose in honey is an essential compound that helps the body breakdown alcohol into harmless by- products. Dr Emsley continues to say that hangovers are caused by alcohol breaking down into the toxic substance acetaldehyde.The body can then use honey fructose to convert the compound into acetic acid, which is burned up naturally by the body. Furthermore, research suggests that using traditional painkillers for a hangover long term may lead to liver damage. The reason being that when the two mix, your liver releases bad toxins. So next time you’re feeling a little ‘under the weather’ go natural.

For added health benefits use Active Manuka Honey UMF 15+. The UMF (Unique Manuka Factor) describes the anti-bacterial property sought after for its unique healing qualities. Active Manuka Honey’s UMF rating is determined through independent laboratory testing. The higher the UMF level, the higher the level of anti-bacterial benefits. However, you don’t need to buy a higher UMF rating than 15+ to get the additional health benefits unless you are taking it for medicinal purposes.

How to use it for a hangover: Before bed, stir two spoonfuls of honey in a glass of hot water. When you wake whizz two large spoonfuls of honey, a banana and glass of milk together in a blender. This power smoothie will help rehydrate your body, soothe your stomach (thanks to the milk and banana) and cut your hang-over pain in half.

Active Manuka Honey UMF 15+ is available here

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6 Replies to Home cure for hangovers: Honey

  1. I totally agree with you that honey has enormous health benefits. Honey has anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties as you rightly pointed out. Beyond the benefits of using it to treat hang-over, it can also be used to treat conditions such as athlete’s foot, yeast infections and some bacterial infections. Particularly because of its anti-bacterial properties, It has been shown to cure common infections such as pharyngitis. Honey has been demonstrated to have wonderful healing properties, hence it is great for wound dressing especially in burns and septic wound.
    Honey contains simple sugars such as fructose which is easily absorbed into the body and you can replace sugar with honey. Instead of adding sugar to your tea, you can use honey especially in diabetics.
    some authorities have said that honey has some cancer-preventing properties. This however remains debatable. I must stress that honey can not cure cancer.
    Because of its anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties, honey has been shown to boost the immune system.
    Honey indeed has numerous health benefits and its use should be encouraged.

  2. JackieJ says:

    One more reason to love honey! I’d be interested to know – does honey have any specific benefits to women trying to get pregnant, or who already are pregnant?

  3. Sarah Kapeli says:

    Hi Jackie
    Manuka Honey has been taken by pregnant women for many years with no reported issues and I’ve even heard of it being a good morning sickness cure. Active Manuka Honey has anti fungal and anti microbial properties which are also beneficial to women who are pregnant or trying. However, it’s always best to consult your doctor when it comes to pregnancy and nutrition. In the case of gestational diabetes honey is not recommended. Hope that helps.

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