Health Benefits of Honey
History tells us that humans have loved honey since the Stone Age, and the newest research confirmed that there is a great reason for the love we have towards the sweet taste of honey.
The first rock art pictures of harvesting honey date back to approximately 8000 B.C.
The ancient Egyptians offered honey to Gods, while Chinese, Romans, and Greeks understood the health benefits of honey, treating fever, stomach pain, and wounds.
Today, researchers are going so far as proposing that the miraculous health properties of honey can prevent heart disease, cancer, reduce ulcer, regulate blood sugar, ease digestive problems, soothe coughs and sore throats and even increase athletic performance.
There is no doubt that honey has antibacterial properties. Modern science proved that honey is effective in treating bed sores, skin sores, burns, and inflammation. After all, we all experienced the soothing effects of honey for a sore throat. A study of 139 children proved that honey could be more effective easing nighttime cough and improving sleep better than popular medicine. However, we should be careful since honey should not be given to children younger than 1, since the digestive system of an infant can’t handle the contaminants in honey.
We should think of honey as we would about healthy veggies, fruits, tea, and nuts. Eating a mix of healthy power foods can help us fight any disease and more importantly prevent disease.
Discrimination Can Be Bad for Your Health
It’s not that shocking, right? Discrimination and the stress that comes along with it can be really bad for your physical and mental health. Researchers have noticed that African-American teenagers are more likely to have a chronic health condition than white, better-off teenagers. Constant stress that comes with the environment, poverty, and discriminant can have a great effect on human health.
Marginalized people have to cope with the small and big stressors that are a part of being discriminated against.
However, some argue that black, poor people have health issues because of their unhealthy life choices and even immutable genetic differences. From the other side, researchers have proved that the stressors that impact people of color are repeated and chronic throughout their life course, and it may be highest among young adults rather than earlier in life.
Furthermore, discrimination has a great impact on mental health. Constant stress, feelings of struggle and discrimination, not being able to find a proper job, all have a significant effect on physical health, as well as mental health.
We should not forget that there is probably a combination of factors impacting human health that are closely related to discrimination. People who are marginalized and discriminated against are more likely to be poor. Furthermore, poor people usually have a poor diet and unhealthy life choices such as smoking and not going to the doctor as often as people who are not struggling financially. The cycle of discrimination and poverty could be deadly to people dealing with these issues around the world.
Let’s Talk About Mental Health
The importance of mental health is wholly neglected. Policymakers should be the first to recognize the importance of taking care of your mental health and schools, companies, and media should pay more attention to mental health.
Mental health issues and substance use disorders usually start early in life and relapsing is the norm. We should talk more about mental health in media and schools not only to prevent and treat mental health in time but to reduce the costs of healthcare and increase productivity later in life.
As you can imagine, mental health has a large effect on society, and we should pay more attention to preventing mental health disorders and treating them in time.
Many mental health conditions are more prevalent among people who are struggling emotionally and socially than among those who are living a more comfortable life. The main reason behind this is being exposed to risk factors in their daily lives.
What we should understand is that there is no health without mental health. Many psychological issues have a direct impact on our physical health as well. The main thing we should do from an early stage is the prevention of any mental disorders. For that we need our government to recognize the importance of mental health in society as a whole.