A glass of milk before bedtime has been the golden rule for children’s development and growth. However, as recent studies show this routine of having a glass of milk a day should no longer be limited to children only because grown-ups can greatly benefit from it as well. Just add a teaspoon of honey to your daily glass of milk and enjoy its many benefits.
Here are the health benefits that you’ll experience if you make drinking milk with honey a habit:
Slow Down Aging
Research shows that the honey and milk combination has a positive effect on the body’s overall health, not only on the skin. Many ancient civilizations drank this combination and used it to nourish their bodies and skin, which is why this combination is believed to be “the elixir of life”. In addition, “the many antioxidant properties that occur when milk and honey are combined are the scientific explanation behind the anti-aging properties because antioxidants attack free radicals which so drastically affect the organ systems.” (OrganicFacts.net) So, if you want to maintain your youthfulness, start drinking milk and honey from now on.
The milk and honey combination can successfully fight against staphylococcus (a dangerous bacteria), which is why it is believed to possess strong antibacterial properties.
A glass of warm milk before going to bed can help you fight insomnia and improve sleep. Even though this claim is still debatable, many people have sworn by milk as a sleep aid. In spite of all studies concerned with the “biochemical link between warm milk and sleep”, the most plausible solution to this dilemma might be the existence of “a psychological one”. Considering the study published inNeuroendocrinology Letters, which “found that infants go to sleep faster after feedings,” Klein (2006), suggested that:
“While no research has yet examined this phenomenon in adults, it’s not unreasonable to suggest that milk-guzzling grown-ups are unconsciously reminded of an infantile state which causes them to drift off.” (Klein, A., 2006 – Scienceline.org)
A glass of milk combined with 2 tablespoons of honey, drunk in the morning, can increase one’s stamina during the day. This is due to milk’s high protein content and honey’s high carbohydrate content.
Milk combined with honey helps improve digestion. Honey contains “prebiotics, nutrients that stimulate the growth and development of probiotics which are beneficial bacteria that grow and develop in our intestines and digestive system.” (OrganicFacts.net) In addition, milk contains “bifidobacteria, a type of probiotic” the function of which is promoted by the carbohydrates and oligosaccharides contained in honey. Therefore, a cup of warm milk with some honey in it can help relieve constipation, irregular stool, bloating, and many other bowel disorders.
Warm milk, as well as honey, is an excellent cure for common cold and cough. When combined together, they make a remedy better than any commercial product.