Why Honey Is Still The BEST Antibiotic
Written by: Kat Gal
Clothes, books, my favorite stuffed animals… and antibiotics…
This is what I had in my suitcase when I first moved to the U.S. 15 years ago.
Yeap, new country, new diseases… What if I got sick, couldn’t find a doctor or didn’t understand him? I figured it’d be better to have some antibiotics with me, considering the wisdom of my mother and grandmother.
For decades I viewed antibiotics as miraculous drugs that would kill any disease and I had to take at the first sign of illness. Moving to the U.S. only supported this belief; in fact, it made it stronger.
So I took antibiotics religiously wherever and whenever I was not feeling well.
In my late 20s, however, my health broke down: non-stop chronic headaches, fibro-pain and so on. When my doctors couldn’t help me, I began looking for my own answers. I then learned about holistic health and whole foods nutrition.
- I learned that pharmaceutical drugs are overprescribed and in many cases, are causing more problems than good outcomes.
- I learned that conventional antibiotics were in fact NOT a miracle, but in many cases, actually damaging and unnecessary.
- I learned that organic whole foods have healing powers.
Once I started to employ what I learned – eating whole foods and taking care of my mind and soul – I recovered.
Conventional antibiotics are given out like candy – they are over-prescribed and over-consumed. 2010 data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed that on average 833 antibiotics are being handed out per every 1000 patients.
Conventional Antibiotics Are Making Us All Sicker In The Long Run
Antibiotics, as their name indicates, are only effective for breaking up bacterial infections and are not effective for viral infections. Yet, there are doctors that carelessly prescribe antibiotics for viral infections ‘just in case.’
The overconsumption of antibiotics leads to the depletion of good bacteria in your gut and makes it harder for you body to fight future illnesses. A bit counterproductive, don’t you think?
Antibiotic-resistant bacteria are adapting to the antibiotics, making them less and less effective. The CDC’s recent findings identified 20 resistant strains of bacteria that are a result of this. According to the CDC, 2 million people contract antibiotic-resistant infections each year.
No wonder that some scientists are getting curious and are looking for simpler and more natural alternatives.
Raw Honey – The Best Natural Option
Looking for natural antibacterial sources, researchers from the Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island have recently come to realize just why it is that RAW HONEY is still one of the best natural antibiotics.
Here are 4 reasons why raw honey is ranked so high in the world of natural antibiotics:
1. Honey Fights Infections On Multiple Levels And Doesn’t Promote Resistant Bacteria
According to lead author Susan M. Meschwitz, Ph.D., “The unique property of honey lies in its ability to fight infection on multiple levels, making it more difficult for bacteria to develop resistance.”
Meschwitz explained that honey uses a combination of ingredients, including polyphenols, hydrogen peroxide and an osmotic effect. Honey can be incredibly healing, because of how it uses multiple modalities to kill bacteria.
One of honey’s fighting methods is its osmosis effect caused by its high-sugar concentration. In this process, water is drawn from the bacteria cells, forcing the pathogens to dehydrate and die off.
2. Honey Breaks Up Bacteria By Destroying Their Modes Of Communication
Honey also stops the formation of biofilms, bacteria communities that harbor diseases. Honey breaks up a bacterial communication process called quorum sensing, keeping biofilms from congregating.
Essentially, honey bans the bacteria from communicating and expanding their viability. As a result, bacteria cannot release the toxins that increase their ability to cause disease.
3. Honey First – Antibiotics As A Last Resort
Honey is incredibly powerful for destroying bacteria. Honey prevents the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; conventional antibiotics only target the essential growth processes of bacteria and, as a result, allow bacteria to build up resistance over time and destroy healthy gut bacteria as well.
Honey is clearly more superior with its lack negative side-effects. Honey is also filled with powerful antioxidants necessary for health and healing. Next time you’re feeling unwell, try giving honey a try before reaching for the conventional antibiotics to see how it works for you.
4. Honey Is Antiviral, Antifungal And Full Of Antioxidants
Conventional antibiotics only target bacteria, not viruses or fungus. But honey is not only antibacterial, but is also antiviral and antifungal. This alone helps make honey more powerful than conventional antibiotics. Honey may also target undetected fungal conditions that can be the root causes of serious illness.
“We have separated and identified the various antioxidant polyphenol compounds. In our antibacterial studies, we have been testing honey’s activity against E. coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, among others,” said Meschwitz explaining how her team has been measuring honey’s level of antioxidant activity.
Where To Buy Raw Honey And How To Best Use It
When buying honey, you have to be careful. Many commercial brands are filtered or even fake without much or any actual honey. Look for organic and raw honey for the most beneficial effects.
The best place to look for medicinal, unfiltered and delicious raw honey is always at your local honeybee farms and farm stands at your farmer’s market. Alternatively, go to your local health food store or order organic raw honey online.
You can use honey in a variety of ways:
- Add a tablespoon or more honey to your morning warm lemon water.
- Add it to your teas or homemade lemonade.
- Add it to your green smoothies or even your green juice.
- Spread it on your sprouted bread or raw crackers.
- Add honey to your fruit salads.
- Add it to your oatmeal or granola.
- Add it to your yogurt.
- If you are coming down with a cold, you may eat honey buy the tablespoon. You can add cinnamon for an extra boost.
- Use honey as a natural, alternative sweetener in your raw or baked healthy desserts, or anything else that may call for sugar.
- Use it in your salad dressings. For example, you can mix 1 – 2 tbsp of honey, ⅓ cup of olive oil and ½ cup of of apple cider for a honey-apple dressing.
- You can use honey on your pancakes or waffles instead of syrup.
Do you know any other awesome to use honey in your diet? Please share with us in the comments below!
Kat Gál is a professional holistic health writer who helps health, wellness and nutrition businesses to market their products and services through quality online content. She is also a Certified Holistic Health & Life Coach. Kat is a multi-passionate writer, world traveler, nomad, runner, and cat-person. She is a lifelong learner who lives outside of her comfort zones stretching her boundaries and discovering beauty around the world. Reach out if you are looking for amazing blog content at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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