Top 5 Raw Honeys for Anti-Viral, Immune Support, Antioxidants, Vitamins, Minerals, Enzymes, and More

Real honey has proven therapeutic benefits.

Most people will digest honey well and experience the benefits of it.

Honey is one of the most perfect survival and storage foods as bacteria and viruses won’t be able to grow and honey contains a tremendous amount of energy and nutrients. It has a low moisture content, which keeps it preserved for longer periods of time. Even though you can store it, the nutrient value remains high.

I’ve compiled a list of some of the most powerful honey’s that I have personally consumed, experienced, and rated.

Top 5 Most Beneficial Raw Honey’s for antioxidants, immune support, health, vitamins, minerals, enzymes, micronutrients, phytonutrients:

Let’s just go ahead and start this list!

1. Tualang Black Honey

Did you get sticker shock when you saw the price?

Most people are not accustomed to eating wild food and they might benefit even more from something like this. The darkness of the honey (black) indicates significantly higher antioxidant value than your typical grocery store bought honey. The wisdom of nature is strong in this one. Research has backed this up.

Findings thus far show that, TH has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antimutagenic, antitumor, and antidiabetic properties, in addition to wound-healing attributes.

Even though this might be the most expensive honey you buy, no doubt the value is there.

This stuff tastes good to me, but just know that it will be more bitter than the normal honey you might be used to.

2. Manuka Honey

Most people have heard about the topical benefits of manuka honey, but not everybody knows that it is just as healthy to use internally. I used to work at a supplement store years ago and people would come in to buy manuka honey to heal their wounds. More research suggests that it is also great for dental, oral health and so much more.

“Therapeutic Manuka Honey: No Longer So Alternative”

Our results showed that honey, in general, and particularly manuka honey, has potent inhibitory activity against the influenza virus, demonstrating a potential medicinal value

Manuka honey has a pretty smooth texture and taste. It goes great with greek yogurt in my opinion!

3. Marri or Jarrah Honey

These honey’s I’ve listed can be pretty intense. Thick and dark, sweet but subdued. The flavor is unique for sure.

Jarrah and marri honey: A liquid goldrush of medical benefits

Independent testing of jarrah and marri honey in New Zealand in 2016 found that it had stronger antimicrobial properties than the much prized manuka honey

“Diversity is a very good thing because … what we end up with is stronger therapeutic outcomes.”

The good stuff is out there. I hope to bring awareness to it!

4. Wild Oregano Honey

If you’ve been in the alternative or holistic scene for a bit, you’ve probably heard of the benefits of oregano oil for the immune system, but you may not have heard about oregano honey. First off, yes, there is a nice spicy aroma that hits you when you open this jar of honey. It is quite an experience to enjoy the flavors and the immune boosting benefits.

Namely, melanoidins content, phenolic content, electrical conductivity, and mineral content were shown to be positively influencing the gained antibacterial activity.

This is a truly special and unique honey. I personally feel that oregano oil extract is a bit too harsh on my body, so if I can experience the benefits of oregano in a wild/raw food form, then I’m all for it.

5. Black Seed / Cumin Honey

Just like the other honeys, the flavor is intense. The antioxidants are high and the price is a good value considering the benefits.

…[used] as a natural remedy for many disorders like cough, jaundice and gastrointestinal disorders.

There is a common Islamic belief that the black seed is a panacea (universal healer) which is a remedy for all ailments

I really enjoyed this honey and will be buying it again.

Will you let food be your medicine?

I cannot diagnose, cure, or prescribe anything for you… only educate.

I implore you to redefine your view of, “natural / alternative,” health.

We need for “alternative remedies” that actually work for people to go mainstream. Including food such as raw honey into your lifestyle could provide many nutrients that you didn’t even know you needed!

Stay tuned. Follow the blog for updates.

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5 Reasons Your Body Love Carbs

Would it be sweet to enjoy carbs and be lean 365 days a year?

This doesn’t have to be such an unusual concept.

Activity + nutrients + recovery = fit body.

Most active people can thrive on a balanced diet that includes plenty of fats, proteins, and yes, CARBS!

I’m here to give you a brief list of the benefits of various food known for containing high carbohydrates.

1. Some of the best fiber in the world comes from foods high in carbohydrates.

Various types of beans, lentils, and peas are very high in fiber. Berries like raspberries contain significant amounts of fiber. These foods also provide most of their calories from carbohydrate sources and that isn’t a bad thing. Keep reading for more.

2. Fiber is an extremely important energy source for anti-aging purposes.

I just wrote, “anti-aging,” in the title for more effect.

The truth is that all cells benefit from the energy extracted from fiber. It’s true that our human cells are unable to extract and absorb energy from fiber, but that is actually a good thing because it allows the gut microbiota to break down and utilize the fiber.

As a result, beneficial bacteria in the gut can convert fiber into short-chain fatty acids that can be used as energy directly within the human cells.

I believe that fiber is one of the key elements for fat loss because it’s a nutrient that provides no calories in the traditional sense, yet it gives valuable cellular energy provided through bacterial fermentation that occurs inside the gut. Furthermore, this energy is particularly beneficial in the organs and brain so that the systems in the body can operate functionally.

3. Genetic expression is altered through nutrition.

Fiber impacts your genes, yes.

Components of dietary fiber may influence gene expression indirectly through changes in hormonal signaling, mechanical stimuli, and metabolites produced by the intestinal microflora. In addition, consumption of water-soluble fibers may lead to changes in gene expression mediated through indirect mechanisms that influence transcription rates. In the large intestine, short-chain fatty acids, including butyric acid, are produced by microflora. Butyric acid can indirectly influence gene expression.

Let’s look at cranberries for more:

Cranberries possess a distinctive composition of phenolic compounds, including three classes of flavonoids (flavonoids, anthocyanins, and proanthocyanidins), catechins and an assortment of phenolic acids that induce various biological effects, such as antioxidant, enzyme activity modulation, and gene expression regulating effect.

4. Carbs before a workout can make your workout better and help you feel improved mood afterwards.

It makes sense that if you fuel a high intensity workout with something that includes carbohydrates, you’ll have more energy to be productive during the workout. You might be able to do something you’ve never done before. Then after the workout, you feel great. You go have a nutrient dense meal with balanced carbs, fats, and protein and you recover your body.

You burn fat while you sleep.

5. Carbohydrates are delicious.

I read a story about a tribe of people who would go hunting for animal meat and they were very serious about it. They would be stalking some animal in the jungle, forest, or plains and then somebody would notice the buzzing of a bee. All of a sudden, they forget about the animal and go hunt for the honey because that was more valuable to them.

Honey: The O.G. Carb. Don’t let refined sugar replace this nutritional badass.

There are obvious survival reasons for why humans have developed a taste for the sweet. Truthfully, not many experiences in life are more enjoyable than having the flavors and sweetness of foods dancing in your mouth. I acknowledge that.

I would never expect somebody to stop enjoying food just to get lean and ripped abs. I’m here to tell you that there is a balance that can be achieved and that healthy food can be delicious with a little bit of planning and creativity. The more practice you get at preparing healthy food, the more you can look forward to eating that which actually nourishes you.

In Carbclusion,

Carbohydrate containing foods support health of the gut microbiome, promote healthy inflammatory response, provide nourishment of the cells, and may even promote anti-aging.

Quality is everything when it comes to carbs, and portions are also important. The best part of carbohydrates for people looking to burn fat is definitely fiber. The fiber helps to make you feel more satiated while still giving the cells plenty of energy via bacterial metabolites.

Antioxidants are the next best component of foods containing carbs. It’s important to maintain healthy levels of inflammation (not too much, not too little) because if the inflammation is too high, then disease is more likely. For disease to exist in your body, there must be inflammation. Consuming antioxidant-rich carbohydrates is beneficial for managing inflammation.

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Three Must-Eat Foods for Fitness, Fat Loss, Health, and Disease Prevention

The Science of Nutrition continues to make advances in discovering the keys to a fat loss lifestyle.

When it comes to burning fat, there is one thing we all have in common: IT’S NEVER EASY. Okay, well maybe it’s easy for a short period of time, but for sustainable fat loss and lean lifestyle it will definitely take some effort. 

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What I ate today and why it matters

I’m mostly mindful with my food.

It matters that I think about food a lot. Even though I still enjoy the pleasures of some foods more than others, consuming balanced nutrition is not easy to do.

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One of the best carne asada I have had in the Puget Sound area, but I couldn’t eat like this every day — or could I.

Just look around at the actions of people and you will notice that it really is difficult to keep the healthy eating patterns.

It all begins in the morning.

I don’t really have a lot of time in the morning, whether I’m tweaking the playlists or twerking in the shower (not true).

Today, I woke up and mixed a whey protein isolate shake with water. I like that particular brand of powder because it mixes easily and digests well. This gave me some revitalizing and so I got ready to head to the studio.

I also sipped on some pomegranate juice because lately the QFC has had a two-for-one deal on the big POM juices. Even though there is the sugar content, I do feel that some antioxidants like pomegranates are the real pharmacy – you know what I’m saying.

Fortunate for an afternoon meal.

I finished a block of morning work and was able to reach my apartment with ease even though the wind was blowing like crazy. Today’s lunch was around 2:00 PM and included two pieces of baked trout and a pound of asparagus.

With the asparagus, I either steam or satay it so that it finishes before the Steelhead. Once the asparagus finishes, I eat as much as I can because I haven’t had a solid meal since before this and hungry enough to appreciate bitter foods.

I am practical about this meal and realize that I probably won’t be making more vegetables later on, so I’m just going to eat them all. As long as I get enough greens for the day, it really doesn’t matter when.

I’m about halfway through my plate of asparagus when I take the fish out of the oven. It is flaky perfection. The oily goodness and soft textures make this protein delicious as it is fresh out of the oven. I don’t even care about the bones.

Kombucha to top it off and then I don’t eat for a while.

Breakfast for dinner.

Eggs are a protein source that I used to eat often but haven’t eaten much lately and of course there was a sale on the eggs I like today. Since I had some fresh eggs, I decided to prepare them for my last meal of the day.

I turn on the stove top to medium, get my pan ready and scoop a tablespoon of coconut oil onto the hot pan. The eggs go in, and today I ate eight eggs and make it four whole eggs and four egg whites.

Why today did I decide not to eat all the whole eggs?

Because, avocado. Since the avocados are a great source of healthy fats, I was able to reduce the fat content of my protein by taking out some of the yolks.

Not to mention, with pepper, herbs, and/or seasoning, it is delicious again! Taste my favorite of the senses.

People who drink a lot of water, I’m proud of you.

People who drink a lot of water are doing it right. It’s a relatively simple habit and largely possibly thing to do that helps fitness. Make the habit of drinking water over the day and it will help the body head to toe.

Thank you and stay tuned all!

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Why is Recovery more important than workouts for Fat Loss?

Power up your workouts 

Many people will reach a fat-loss plateau if their workouts have no progression. You need progressive resistance techniques. You must strive to do more physical work in a shorter time period.

The body always seeks to adapt, therefore the work is never truly done.

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Challenge in new ways, kneeling cable pallof press for core strength and stability

Always strive for more, while understanding that recovery is even more important than your workouts.

You will burn more fat outside of a workout 

By focusing on recovery, you will burn more fat in the day than you could ever burn during a one hour workout session. Here are some practical recovery trips:

RECOVERY TIPS

  • Consume lean protein and ideally a nutrient dense carbohydrate within 0-60 minutes post-workout
    • example: eggs/beans, chicken/rice, protein powder/designer carbohydrate, etc
  • Move around and stay active
    • stretches (especially dynamic stretches), bodyweight squats and hip bridges, going for a brisk walk, outdoor activities, jumps/leaps or sports
  • Consume lean protein at every meal 
    • feed the lean, simple as that
  • Prioritize sleep
    • examples: drink relaxing tea after dinner, minimize exposure to light in the hours before bed, try a melatonin if you are forced into a different sleep schedule (such as shift work), naps
  • Hydrate with water 
  • Eat living food with active cultures and live probiotic bacteria
    • You want to support the symbiotic colonies that make your digestion even possible.
    • Having a healthy gut ecosystem affects all things human (from the smell of your feet, reproductive health, and even whether you’re more likely to burn additional fat)
    • Other option is eating pre-biotic (food that is pre-curser to the natural bacteria present from birth). Examples: ginger, banana, onions etc
  • REMEMBER: Muscle groups can take between 12-36 hours to recover and a big part depends on your lifestyle factors

I would always kick your butt in a workout and leave you destroyed, but unless the recovery is a priority for you then we have to possibly limit the intensity of your workouts.

Bonus: things that hurt recovery

  1. Alcohol
  2. No sleep
  3. Stress

If fat burn is your priority, avoid those and deal with it.

Thanks for reading people, stay tuned..

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Food is healthful, healing, and promotes Fat LOSS for Lean muscle tone

We have come a long way in the types and varieties of foods we consume.

You could go find quite a pleasure of food on busy commercial streets like Broadway and Pike/Pine in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood.

Appealing places to go in Seattle

Appealing places to go in Seattle

 

At the same time, visit the block convenience store and there’s nothing but bagged chips and greasy or sugary foods. Is that even food?

How do some people seem to have a healthy relationship with food?

Many of the people who become conscious of their eating habits are the ones who have experienced some sort of low in their life. Or maybe they just want to be better. To feel better. Enjoy a sense of vitality. Freedom of moment. Unrestricted access to confidence in your step. Fitness.

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Food is life

There is much which cannot be explained inside the human body, more specifically in your human body. We are all some sort of ecosystem, with many trillions of bacteria that give us benefit for providing a safe home.

Focus on being healthy from the inside out

Focus on being healthy from the inside out

Sometimes the system goes out of balance and then you can experience a loss of equilibrium. You feel out of whack. It could have to do with the (im)balance of bacteria in your gut causing negative systemic reactions. This is just one very important part of the fat-loss process, to heal the gut will almost always promote a leaner you.

It’s about the gut to become lean with fat loss and to stay lean thereafter

You can do something good about it today

  • Consume fresh vegetables
  • Enjoy unsweetened probiotic beverage or healthy fermented foods
  • Living foods promote living well

It’s about healing first. Then it’s about longevity and anti-aging.

That’s big for fat loss too

Being lean means so much more than having visible muscle tone

Being lean means so much more than having visible muscle tone

Stay tuned for more my readers…

 

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What should you eat before and after a HIIT workout?

Pre and Post-Workout nutrition enhances the effectiveness of your workouts

Let’s talk about some benefits of consuming some nutrition before the workout.

Do you want to reduce body fat and get lean? Use nutrient timing to enhance fat loss and get lean.

Carbs can be your friend, if you stay active

Carbs can be your friend, if you stay active

Pre-Workout Nutrition benefits

If you consume nutrition pre-workout, you may:

  • Fuel your workout, so you push harder and make progressions
  • Feel energized and improve recovery for afterwards
  • Preserve more lean tissue while eliminating fat

We can talk about the post-workout foods next.

Post-Workout Nutrition benefits

Consuming nutrition post-workout is very valuable for these reasons

  • Faster muscle recovery and potentially reduces soreness
  • Increases protein synthesis to protect muscle and burn fat
  • Helps with recovery of many systems in the body
  • Best time to consume nutrition is within 0 to 60 minutes of exercise

What should you eat pre/before and post/after a workout?

Most of the nutrition research and our experiences lead us to the same elements.

  1. Water
  2. Protein or amino acids
  3. Carbohydrates
Supplements can make it easy, especially if you aren't hungry after the workout

Supplements can make it easy, especially if you aren’t hungry after the workout

The protein is necessary for muscle recovery, even if your number 1 goal is to burn fat. The carbohydrates also improve muscle recovery by drawing more protein and refilling the stored muscular energy. If the calories are low enough, you will burn a lot of fat and be able to feel great after your workout.

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