18 May 3 Reasons Why You Need to Add Honey to Your Exercise Regimen
Let’s face it, you really can’t think of anything negative about honey. Try to. The only thing that comes to mind is that raw honey can cause botulism in infants 1 year or younger. Other than that, honey is pretty amazing.
However, the true power of honey is truly evident when you add honey to your exercise regimen. Below are 3 reasons why you should add honey to your exercise routine.
Reason 1 – Honey boosts the body’s energy levels.
Honey has a lower glycemic index than common table sugar. The Glycemic Index is a numerical table that measures a carbohydrate’s glycemic response within the body. The higher the score the faster the body absorbs the sugars. A lower score means that the body absorbs the sugar more slowly. It’s ideal for the body to absorb sugar more slowly because it leads to longer lasting energy. Foods with a high glycemic index cause a sugar high and then a crash. Consuming honey before a workout can help sustain energy levels during exercise, which leads to high quality workouts.
Reason 2 – Honey can help in weight loss.
Studies have shown that substituting honey for sugar in a diet will help with weight loss. The more weight an individual loses the better one can exercise. The trick is to eat raw honey rather than high carbohydrate foods, such as sugary snacks and white bread. One can even substitute honey in recipes that require sugar.
Reason 3 – Honey improves sleep.
In certain studies, honey has been proven to improve sleep. Dr. Ron Fesseden, MD, in his book The Honey Revolution: Restoring the Health of Future Generations, explains that in honey there is “an ideal ratio of fructose to glucose.” This supports the liver, which is working during the sleep cycle, thus improving sleep.
All in all, honey is the perfect fuel to add to your exercise regimen. It contains the perfect balance of fructose and glucose to give you longer lasting energy. Moreover, honey can help you lose weight and get a perfect nights sleep. What more could you ask for?