12 Jan Include Honey In Your Fitness Goals
It’s a new year. And with a new year comes new resolutions and goals. One of the most common new year’s resolution that individuals set for themselves is of course to be healthy and fit. For many, however, those fitness goals don’t include important weight loss foods, such as honey.
Why is honey important to include in your fitness goals? For one, there are many amazing health benefits of honey. Below are 5 reasons why you should include honey in your diet to help you achieve your fitness goals.
Incorporate Honey into Your Diet to Achieve Your Fitness Goals
Honey Boosts Energy
It’s no secret that honey is an energy source. Sugar, which is the most common carbohydrate, has a high glycemic index, roughly from 65 to 100. Honey, on the other hand, has a glycemic index of only 55. Why is this significant? The reason is the higher the glycemic index of a food the faster the sugar is absorbed by the body’s cells. This leads to an instant burst of energy. But very soon after consuming the food the body will experience a sugar crash, a period of time of extreme fatigue. Foods with lower glycemic indexes are absorbed more slowly by the body’s cells. Consequently, the body is provided with longer lasting and sustained energy. Honey’s glycemic index is only 55. Therefore, it is the perfect food to boost energy.
Honey Improves Athletic Performance
Studies have shown that honey actually does improve athletic performance. When taken before a workout, it helps maintain stable blood sugar levels. Thus, improving performance. When taken after a workout, research has shown that honey replaces muscle glycogen that is lost during a workout.
Honey Helps with Weight Loss
Honey has been proven to raise the HDL (the good) cholesterol within the body. It has also been shown to mobilize the fat stored within the body. In other words, it gets the fat moving so that it can be burned. Also, honey is a great substitute for sugar in recipes. Sugar is the great culprit in excess fat. The reason is the body doesn’t burn all of it because of its high glycemic index. As a result, the rest is stored as fat. With honey’s low glycemic the body slowly burns it off, leaving very little to be stored as fat.
Honey Builds Up the Immune System
Another reason to include honey in your fitness goals this year is that it helps build the immune system. With a healthy immune system, a person is healthier, which leads to a more active lifestyle. Honey contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. It also contains nutraceuticals. Nutraceuticals bind free radicals and toxins within the body and eliminates them, thus ridding the body of dangerous toxins.
Honey Improves Sleep
Studies have shown that eating honey before bed improves sleep. And with better sleep comes a healthier body. Ingesting honey before bedtime replenishes the liver with with glycogen. Consequently, the body will not wake up because it is not searching for fuel. Honey also triggers the release of melatonin within the brain, which leads to better sleep.
There you have it – the five reasons to include honey in your fitness goals this year. Honey truly is a miracle food, and the more you ingest the better you will feel. So get started today. What better way to start than to include Cox’s Raw Honey into your diet each and every day.