Smog results from air impurities and pollutants that can be hazardous to human health.
While smog poses several issues, the most obvious being difficulty in breathing, people suffering from allergies and cardiac problems are more prone to be affected by it, especially children and the elderly.
If your body is allergic to dust, your body produces antibodies as a response. Those antibodies cause the production of chemicals, such as histamines. They are what cause congestion, sneezing, watery eyes, itching, a cough, and other allergic reactions.
How does honey treat breathing difficulties?
As far as pollution is concerned, honey can be a great ally. Our liver needs a detox from time to time from the toxic intake of pollution from various sources.
Honey appears most helpful as a nighttime cough suppressant. A form of nighttime asthma, called nocturnal asthma, can cause coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness. These symptoms may disturb your sleep.
Researchers at UCLA suggest taking 2 teaspoons of honey at bedtime. It’s believed that the sweetness of honey triggers your salivary glands to produce more saliva. This may lubricate your airways, easing your cough. Raw Honey is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory in nature. This is why honey may also reduce inflammation in the bronchial tubes (airways within the lungs) and help break up mucus that is making it hard for you to breathe.
You can take the honey by:
Mixing 1 teaspoon with 8 ounces of hot water; have this two or three times a day. Be careful not to make the water too hot.
Squeezing the juice of 1/2 lemon into a glass of warm water and adding 1 teaspoon of honey. Lemon juice has antioxidants that can strengthen the immune system, and may help clear away mucus.
What is the best honey to take?
Unless the honey is raw and you know where it comes from it is not worth buying and consuming. Many mass market honey packs are heat treated and bleached. Also there are fake honeys that have been mixed or totally replaced with glucose syrups or bees have been fed with sugar products.
Generally, all raw and cold-extracted honey contain 22 amino acids, 27 minerals and 5,000 enzymes. Minerals include iron, zinc, potassium, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium andselenium. Vitamins found in honey include vitamin B6, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and niacin.
We particularly recommend Organic Sidr (Beri) Honey for it's exceptionally high minerals, vitamins and active enzyme content.