Question: My neighbor has diabetes and she puts honey on her foot to heal a cut. How crazy is that?
Answer: Given that sugars like honey should not be part of a diet for diabetics, the idea of honey wound treatment is bizarre, but here’s the shocker– its actually a good treatment option. Honey is a centuries old remedy for a wide variety of skin problems. It contains an astonishing number of beneficial ingredients including carbohydrates, different forms of vitamin B, minerals( eg calcium, zinc, and potassium) antioxidants, lactic acid , and powerful flavinoids. These components give honey powerful antibacterial, antitumor, antiviral, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers.
Some studies have shown that honey can heal burns, ulcers and wounds while other research has indicated that it stimulates the production of fibroblasts. These are the fibers that go on to become collagen and elastin. Seriously.
Last week I woke up with bright red splotches on my cheeks and leathery dry patches under my eyes. I tried using my usual mixture of a daily moisturizer mixed with a dab of anti-inflammatory steroid. No change. Thinking it was some kind of allergic reaction I mixed some oatmeal in cool water and dabbed the mixture on my face. This usually soothes anything, but this time my skin seemed to get worse.
I was on my way to call Dr Marmur when I glanced at the hygrometer ( it measures humidity) on my dresser and solved the mystery of my mutant skin. The humidity in my apatment was a surprising 28%. The unseasonable snow storm that whipped through the tri-state area had brought cold windy weather that lowered natural humidity. For healthy … Continue Reading… →
I’m working my way through the vegetable aisle, picking out items in no particular order. Recently I added big bunch of curly kale to my cart and started to explore its nutritional profile. I was blown away! This common, affordable leafy green is so high in nutrients its ridonkulus. One half cup of cooked kale, which clocks in at just 21 calories, is practically bursting with a boatload of the strongest antioxidants. Its got twice the RDA for both vitamin A and vitamin C–both key anti-wrinkling nutrients. It even has respectable servings of calcium, iron and fiber. But wait there’s more. There is evidence that kale is anti-inflammatory, offering a healthy dose of cancer fighting indoles. Even better, Kale preserves these nutrients after steaming, a stint in the microwave or stir … Continue Reading… →