Honey has been around for thousands of years.  Archaeologists have found ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics that contained records of beekeeping.  The Egyptians even added honey in the process of mummification.  Honey had many uses in the ancient times.  The Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans offered it as a gift to their gods, mixing it with cakes and meat.  It was excellent for healing wounds, and the Greeks also believed eating it would help them live longer and healthier lives.   Honey is a sweet liquid produced by honey bees using nectar from flowers through a process of regurgitation and evaporation.  To keep it simple, honey is basically bees’ vomit! 5277200_orig Oh, don’t worry Pooh Bear, it’s not as bad as it sounds!  A honey bees collects nectar from flowers and stores it in its extra stomach, which is called a crop.  Then, the nectar mixes with the stomach cells’ proteins, thus creating a chemical reaction.  This transformation makes the nectar last longer.  The bee regurgitates it into another bee’s mouth; this, slightly disgusting, process is repeated until the last bee puts the remaining amount of the partially digested nectar into a honeycomb.  Then, the bee uses its wings to fan the honeycomb; this allows the extra water to evaporate quickly.  The honey eventually hardens in the comb and can literally be stored for centuries!  Think about it: As long as bees and flowers are on this Earth, the honey supply is endless! maxresdefault   Pssssst, Pooh… Focus! Anyways, honey is not only used for snacking, Pooh Bear, it is a great antidote for many medical problems, including acid reflux and even gastroenteritis.  Studies show that Manuka honey is a special type of honey from New Zealand, and it has all-natural antibiotics.  It can help heal the tissue and lining in the stomach, which was damaged by acid reflux.  The natural cultures of the good bacteria in the stomach are revived, and the bacteria increases the immune system and helps with digestion.  At the University of Amsterdam, scientists from the Academic Medical Center performed multiple experiments with honey against different kinds of bacteria, and the honey was victorious.  The scientists used “medical honey”, which is basically unprocessed honey, either called manuka or jellybush.  They confirmed honey is successfully defensive against most antibiotic resistant bacteria.  Since bacteria is quickly evolving and becoming antibiotic resistant, I think it is smart to have researchers and scientists find an alternative to kill bad bacteria.  It is amusing to me that some people believe humans are becoming smarter over time, when in reality, we use ideas from the past to succeed.  Our ancestors use honey for healing, and we’re doing it again!  Think about it: God created honey because he knew the many purposes it would serve!

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