Honey as a wound treatment is a long-standing practice. In a historical document from 1392, the method was cited as having roots in ancient civilizations. Honey is delicious and may have properties that help fight infection. Use of honey as a healing agent fell out of favor with advances in medicine and increased use of antibiotics. But as more viruses and bacteria become antibiotic-resistant, use of honey outside holistic medicine is enjoying more mainstream attention. Not all honey is the same, however. Blends of honey and those harvested from largest beekeeping farms may not have the analgesic benefits found in small-batch natural honey. Manuka honey, harvested from the Manuka tree in New Zealand, has unusual properties. Although all honey contains antimicrobial properties, only Manuka Honey contains non-hydrogen peroxide, with greater antibacterial power.
Adding Manuka honey to your diet can help with a host of stomach issues, including small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO), low stomach acid, and acid reflux. The antibacterial properties of Manuka honey help reduce harmful bacteria in the stomach and gut. In fact, in a recent study, one dangerous bacteria related to all three conditions, Clostridium difficile, was found to be quite susceptible to Manuka honey’s bactericidal effects. Therefore, taking Manuka honey is very beneficial in reducing acid reflux and balancing your digestive system to heal stomach and intestinal imbalances.
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