Benefits to Eating Honey after Exercise
Right after you've put yourself through the exhilarating exertion of a workout, you need to refuel your body. You should put something into it that will start repairing muscle damage and help you recover in general. Bypass the fast food and opt for something much healthier.
Taking a look at the benefits honey has to offer, you'd think it was tailor-made by nature to be your go-to post-workout food.
Balances Blood Sugar Levels
When you exercise, you will spend energy and your blood sugar levels will drop, even to dangerously low levels. To keep your blood sugar up, you need to replenish your glucose reserves and ingest some carbohydrates relatively soon after the exercise.
Foods with a lower glycemic index are better for the job than foods with a higher glycemic index because they lead to a more sustainable rise in blood sugar over time.
Honey is perfect for keeping your sugar levels balanced since it has a lower glycemic index than carbohydrates and processed sugars.
Taking a tablespoon or two of honey after exercise will recover your blood sugar levels in the healthiest way possible!
Enables Quick Recovery
If your muscles cannot find any blood glucose to use after a workout, they won’t be able to recover properly. There is a so called anabolic phase, which is the time 30 – 45 minutes after your workout,when your body tries to recover and build muscle. This is when you should provide enough fuel for your body and supply it with enough new energy.
In order to repair and grow, your body will be asking for carbohydrates and protein, and using honey as the healthy carbohydrate source together with some protein will do wonders for your body.
All you have to do it make sure to add some honey to your protein shake around 20 minutes to half an hour post workout. Or have it by the spoonful, your choice!
Provides Antioxidants and other nutrients
This is a great way that eating honey after exercise can benefit you! Working out burns up the fuel of our body but it also makes it vulnerable to oxidation which is dangerous for our body tissues and can negatively impact our immune system and overall health.
That’s why we need to replenish our antioxidant supplies and boost our immune system, and honey is the perfect solution.
Natural honey contains as many antioxidants as spinach, garlic and apples, dark honey contains more of them, Happy Valley’s Mānuka Honey contains up to four times more nutrients than normal flower honey. Some of the nutrients are amino acids, B vitamin group, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Potassium, Zinc and Phosphorus, to name just a few.
Mānuka honey also has a higher level of enzymes and better antibacterial activity. So, taking a few tablespoons of honey after workout will keep you in a good shape and healthy.
Helps in weight loss
This might be one of the benefits of eating honey after exercise that you are the most interested in! There is no better substitute for sugar than honey: it is natural, sweeter and has fewer calories.
Lemon juice provides Vitamin C which further helps detoxification and burning of fat. Another ingredient you can add is cinnamon powder as it also helps regulate our metabolism and blood sugar levels.
So, drinking warm water with lemon juice, a tablespoon of cinnamon powder and honey might be your golden recipe for losing weight.
If you’re a lemon water lover then you can also try our Lemon Infusion Honey!
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