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10 benefits of honey

Lately following my penchant for sweet treats, I’ve been eating quite a bit of honey. To be exact, the manuka kind. The blend of this natural elixir is so sweet that it makes me wonder if I’m doing my waistline any good, whatever is left of it, anyways! When I checked the content of the bottle I am happy to announce that it has 0 fat content. 0!! I’ve never been more ecstatic about this particular number. Further research has converted me to a daily honey consumer. The health benefits of consuming honey is amazing. It is a preventive measure to many different kinds of maladies and I have started feeding Little Man a teaspoon every day ! He loves licking the spoon for afters. And in actual truth, so do I!

honeycombHere are the 10 health benefits of honey:

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease:
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit…

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal:
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance.
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduce cough and throat irritation:
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements:
Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. (Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.)

8. Heal wounds and burns:
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazene. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.

9. Probiotic:
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Beautiful skin:
Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, can also be moisturizing and nourishing!

So there you go! Have you had your teaspoon today?
Sourced from http://www.care2.com/greenliving/10-health-benefits-of-honey.html
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and we are discharged!

Yipeeee!! Finally, we are able to leave! It’s amazing this hospital care. I swear Little Man was just on paracatemol and some saline drops, nothing else! Nothing like $3,000 to solve your sickness, heh?!

But look at these pictures for yourself:

on admission day
crankiness personified!

Just two days after:

Well…what did I tell ya?!
my little bundle of sunshine of ward 75!

Coincidentally, this was also the hospital he was born in. It was such an amazing experience back in 2010 when we were there and now, it is the same wonderful experience all over again! Thank you to the nurses and doctors of ward 75 for treating us! Way to go KK Hospital !

Has any of you been to the KK for any type of treatment. For me, it has always been the best of care, no complaints! What about you? Do share your stories here with me! In the meantime, let’s all hydrate well, what with the heat and the haze.

Take care, readers!

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Sleepless nights

Hello!! I hope the last long weekend was rejuvenating for everyone. To be honest, we needed a break anyways. Little Man actually has been unwell for at least a week prior to the holidays. He has been away from school for that long too. He has a temperature that fluctuates in the day and goes terribly high in the evenings.  Every night, he would wake up every hour on the hour and start screaming. He was delirious. And this went on for 8-10 days. He was completely tired out and we were exhausted. Neither of us got any good sleep and despite treatments from a GP, he never got any better even after a few days.

We drove him to the hospital’s ER and they sent us home with bottles of drugs enough to drown you. Little Man took the meds till he was swollen in the face and in fact, he got worse. A day after his neck started to swell. Oh well!! That’s what you get for sending your kid to a slaughterhouse !
( I just had a bad feeling when I was in the ER coz the doctors looked so young and inexperienced. They always give me the feeling that they don’t really know what they are doing!)

We decided we needed a more experienced doctor who can actually help him. We went back to the same hospital but this time to the private clinic. The doctor was poised, calm and did her checks on Little Man. Standard procedure. It didn’t take too long. After that, she sanitised her hands in the sink, (yes, I watching her!) turned to us, and announced that Little Man has glandular fever, and with a curtsy no less! (haha, so cute! )But waaat? I’ve never even heard of this virus up til now!

 Its a tricky virus that leaves you with fever for 2-3weeks in the least with no cure. You need to wait till it leaves you! Great isn’t it?! And, this malicious thing can also attack your throat. Which was why Little Man was screaming every single night while he was asleep. It was unimaginably sore and I just can’t believe how THIS escaped 2 doctors who supposedly treated him! PFFFT!!! But, a big thank you to Dr Barathi Rajendra for finally enlightening us of the situation after 10 days of sleepless nights!
(By the way, I really think hospitals should cease sending their interns/trainees/ junior doctors to real patients in the ER! We want our kids to get well, PLEASE!)

So on Dr Barathi’s advice, we admitted Little Man to the hospital ward and hope for an end to this madness. For him and for us. Here he is lounging in his recliner bed in full control of its electronics. He seems content despite his suffering!

Get well soon mon petit cheri!