Stress, fear, anger and frustration can cause your body to release cortisol, a hormone associated with the "fight or flight" emotion. Unfortunately, for many of us, a fast-paced, hectic and highly stressful lifestyle means that we are constantly releasing cortisol into our system. Some of the negative effects of too much cortisol include: (1) spikes in our blood sugar; (2) weight gain through fat storage; (3) a weakened immune system; (4) heart disease; and (5) gastrointestinal distress. If any of these problems are serious, then you need to see a doctor. But for everyday relief of minor to moderate stress, several scientific studies have shown the raw honey is very beneficial. Here are 3 easy ways to get natural honey relief:
- Take a small spoonful of honey and let it dissolve slowly on your tongue. Savor the flavor notes of a fragrant honey variety such as citrus, orange blossom or tupelo.
- Dissolve a teaspoon of honey in a cup of warm water and then add a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice. Blackberry or thyme honey would be good choices here. Sip slowly.
- Brew a cup of chamomile tea, allow it to cool a bit, and then stir in a teaspoon of mild, raw honey such as acacia, clover or holly. Sip slowly.
Feeling better yet? You should.