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Mrsarcasm
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   Posted 12/2/2008 9:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Has anyone read that honey helps reduce inflamination?
 
Just something I read.  But I don't hear it talked about a lot.
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pb4
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   Posted 12/2/2008 11:25 PM (GMT -6)   
Yup, honey can help with inflammation...if you have allergies to bees then it's best to consume honey made where you live...Honey has powerful antimicrobial properties, which can soothe your raw tissues. Pour a teaspoon of honey into a large serving spoon and then top off the spoon with lemon juice. Swallow the concoction (without water) every few hours until symptoms clear up. Some people add a pinch of black or red pepper to increase blood circulation to the throat.] Due to its natural anti-inflammatory effect, it will help to heal the wounds more quickly.It also has different phytochemicals--chemicals found in plants and different foods--that kill viruses, bacteria, and fungus making it a good substitute for wound dressings. The taste may also take your mind off the pain. There is evidence that honey diluted in water will help with your stomach aches and dehydration.

Honey is a natural antiseptic. Medical journals cite more than 600 cases in which honey was employed to treat wounds.By applying honey to your wounds, you prevent infections. Honey contains antimicrobial agents, which prevents infections by killing the bacteria in and around your wounds. When using honey it may help to heat it up before putting it on your wound (caution test the heat before you place it on the wound).Many types of bacteria can’t survive in honey, so wounds heal, swelling eases, and tissue can grow back.

Honey may also be effective in the treatment of your ulcers.In Europe, honey has been used internally to help cure ulcers, particularly stomach ulcers. Burns, too, heal better with honey, studies show. The advantage of honey is that it not only prevents infections from occurring, it actually accelerates skin healing.. Since the sugar in honey absorbs water it helps to trap some of the moisture so that the bacteria and other microbes can’t grow as easily as in other food.

I use honey every single day in my chamomile tea, another excellent treatment for bad guts (it's also a natural anti-inflammatory).

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sadgirl1984
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   Posted 12/3/2008 2:44 AM (GMT -6)   
but does it make stomach upset or diarrhea?

quincy
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   Posted 12/3/2008 5:43 AM (GMT -6)   
honey has laxative qualities...for some, it would cause looser stool if too much is eaten.
I wouldn't see that as a negative unless one is upset about having a loose or softer stool...

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Gigi1227
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   Posted 12/3/2008 7:36 AM (GMT -6)   
Interesting post! Thank You! Next time I go to the market I will buy the chammile tea and honey. Whether we are in a flare or not sounds like it's a good thing for us to drink each day.

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Dr-A
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   Posted 12/3/2008 10:03 AM (GMT -6)   
Get the good stuff. The clear thin looking stuff you buy at the grocery store isn't the same as the nice thick stuff you get locally. The thicker the better. I keep manuka on hand too, to mix in with some warm ACV if I get acid reflux. mmmmmmm
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pb4
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   Posted 12/3/2008 2:04 PM (GMT -6)   
Honey may have a laxative effect in certain otherwise healthy individuals, probably because of incomplete fructose absorption. Honey has more pros than cons though that's for sure...and BTW it makes chamomile tea taste sooooo much better...enjoy!!

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Limeycricketlover
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   Posted 12/3/2008 3:39 PM (GMT -6)   
Hmm, honey with Camomile Tea - sounds good, am going to give it a try right now!
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UChick
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   Posted 12/3/2008 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
I read about the apple cider vinegar & honey for treatment of sore throat, but then I found that it can be used for UC too.
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pb4
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   Posted 12/3/2008 6:03 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, apple cider vinegar is suppose to be quite the "cure all" so to speak with aiding many health issues, too bad it tastes so gross LOL!

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Dr-A
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   Posted 12/3/2008 7:58 PM (GMT -6)   
UChick said...
I read about the apple cider vinegar & honey for treatment of sore throat, but then I found that it can be used for UC too.


Good stuff. Tablespoon braggs ACV, tablespoon good honey, add that to a coffee cup about 3/4 full of warm water.
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pb4
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   Posted 12/3/2008 9:44 PM (GMT -6)   
hmmm, never thought to mix it with honey...might try that, thanks Dr-A!!

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SnookieBow
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   Posted 12/3/2008 9:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, honey is a wonderful healing food, but you do have to use the good kind.  I buy my honey from All about Bees.  A local honey shop in Omaha, NE. 
They sell raw clover honey which is delicious.  When I was really sick, I mixed Maranatha creamy peanut butter and honey and ate it like that.   I add  this honey to my breakfast oatmeal.  I went through a quart a week and never had a laxative effect from it. I feel it has helped heal my colon.  I am happy to say I had a colonoscopy December 2007 and my colon was healed.  I have not taken any precription medications since December 2007.  I eat a normal diet and have not had any problems.  I have had a variety of stress and my UC has not returned.  Here's the website if you are interested.
 
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   Posted 12/4/2008 2:10 PM (GMT -6)   
Well, honey is a sugar, and sugars are super-fuels for bacteria- both the good and the bad. So I think it's debatable, and case by case, as to whether honey is risk free for IBD. Of course, if one is consuming a high carb, sugary diet anyway, honey is obviously healthier than, say, high fructose corn syrup. Unprcessed honey is loaded with all sorts of nutrients and is certauinly not just empty calories as something like that would be, but it will send blood sugar sky high and, with respect to the gut, provide a superfuel to pathogens and not just probiotic bacteria. But I am biased because I am one of those whose UC is dampened by a low carb diet and worsened considerably by sugars, incl honey (tough for me because I have sweet tooth and always loved honey!) So I would experiment with caution unless one is already taking in lots of sweets and fructose anyhow.  Note that the SCD benefited me but not until I basically eliminated the perfectly "legal" honey and other higher carb treats from that diet.  But I do know many don't seem to be adversely affected by honey so mileage may vary.


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pb4
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   Posted 12/4/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Honey is derived from the nectar of flowers and, unlike refined sugar, consists of various sugars which enter the blood stream at different times. It therefore has less effect on blood sugar levels than refined sugar.

Everyone needs healthy sugars, via fruits and veggies or their glucose levels will drop and that can be dangerous. Honey is safer/better than refined sugar any day...Stevia is great as well and it's a great alternative for diabetics.

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