Honey has been used by doctors for hundreds of years and has been revered for its healing properties, which include preventing infection, helping soothe ulcers, and treat diarrhea.
Throughout the centuries, honey has held a place in popular culture. Besides the stories of that beloved bear Pooh, always pursuing the ever elusive honey pot, Greek mythology tells of a tale in which the life of Zeus is saved by bees feeding him honey. Though it is technically not much different than table sugar, there seem to be healing properties hidden in its gooey goodness.
Doctors have been using honey in healing for centuries. There are three ingredients in honey that make it ideal as a healing compound. Many types of honey are found to be high in hydrogen peroxide, which you probably use at home to disinfect scrapes and cuts. In addition to this disinfecting power, the high sugar content in honey is great for absorbing moisture inside wounds. This makes it difficult for bacteria to survive. The final blow is propolis, a compound found in the nectar of some honey, which can actually kill bacteria. Dr. Peter Molan has been researching honey at the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand for 15 years. In his research he has discovered that honey effectively kills all seven types of bacteria that can cause wound infection.
Not only has it been found to stop infection outside your body, but certain types of honey have been found to stop infections inside your body as well. A study conducted at the Honey Research Unit discovered that a certain type of honey, indigenous to New Zealand, has been found to kill the bacteria that forms ulcers in the stomach. Ulcer sufferers were given 4 tablespoons of honey a day and 100% of those involved in the experiment found relief from their ulcer symptoms. Traditionally, children suffering from diarrhea have been given a sugar solution to help rehydrate and replace essential minerals. Researchers in South Africa have discovered that honey can be more beneficial than sugar in these instances, because the bacteria-killing compounds in the honey can actually kill the bacteria found in the intestine that can be causing the diarrhea. On the opposite side of the problem, honey can also be used as a cure for constipation. The high amounts of fructose in honey cause it to arrive in the large intestine undigested, which begins a fermentation process. This process allows fluid to be drawn into the bowel which acts as a laxative.
When shopping for honey, however, there are two things you must be aware of. Always buy raw honey. Once honey has gone through the high heat processing procedure, it loses a great deal of its healing power. When choosing raw honey , be sure to choose Manuka honey. This honey is produced in New Zealand, where the bees feed on a particular type of flowering shrub. Manuka honey has the highest anti-bacterial compound composition. It can usually be found in health food stores. Be sure to read the label and look for the words "active Manuka honey" This will be the most effective honey in your fight against bacteria and is especially effective against stomach ulcers.
Learn about skiing: techniques, equipment and instruction
If you've never set foot in skis before, this article will instruct you on the basics of putting on your equipment, getting on and off the ski lift, and going down the mountain for the first time.
It's a cold winter day and here you are standing on top of a steep snow covered hill with nothing but a pair of thin boards on your feet. Relax you're going to be just fine, in fact you might even enjoy yourself. So take a deep breath and let's start to ski.
By now you've got your equipment, you must have asked the teenager in the red and blue jester's hat in the ski-shop before you got on the ski-lift to face your doom, but for those just joining us lets take a look at exactly what you should be wearing. You will need a pair of well fitting ski-boots. They come in a variety of colors and sizes and are available at your local sporting goods store. Some boots are heat fitted to specially mold to your feet. Next you'll need skis. Skis are typically long and straight. Some skis are curved at the ends. Most modern skis have a contraption in the center that hooks on to your boots. Use your pole or lean on someone's shoulder and step toe first into the contraption. When you have placed your toe under the bar, next apply pressure to the center of your foot. It should click into place. Lift your foot up, and if the ski comes with it, you did this correctly. Repeat with the other foot.
Now considering it is winter, and this is a snowy mountain side, we'll assume you've dressed warmly for the occasion. It's best to dress in layers. Start with long-johns which is what my grandfather called flannel underwear, then maybe a tee-shirt, jeans, a sweater, etc. The key is to have many thin layers so you can strip them off one by one if you get too warm. Some skiers prefer not to wear cotton and opt for flannel, wool, and fleece because cotton absorbs a lot of water, and this is not good when you're trying to stay warm. This is especially important when it comes to your socks. Wear at least two pairs and bring an extra two. Nothing can spoil a fun day of skiing like a pair of wet socks! On top of your bottom layers you'll need a warm winter coat and ski-pants - preferably made of nylon, or some water resistant fabric. Make sure you tuck your regular pants into the boot, but let your ski pants hang over. This will help to prevent wet socks. It's also best to tuck your mittens and scarf in tightly as well. Every now and then in skiing you do fall, and what you going to fall in? Cold wet stuff! It's best to keep it outside your clothes, trust me you'll be much happier.
Okay speaking of mittens, you'll need a pair. Some people prefer gloves, but I know from personal experience that mittens keep your hands alot warmer. Your fingers' body heat works together to keep them all warm, gloves separate your fingers depriving them of that natural source of warmth. You're also going to want a neck warmer or a scarf. I prefer a neck warmer, because there not as easy to loose, and you can pull it up over the bottom of your face to protect it from the cold blasts of wind that often meet you when you get up off the ski-lift really far up. Also you will need a hat, or ear warmers. Your ears are extra prone to these cold blasts, and they will be ringing and stinging if you don't cover them up.
So let's see ? you're dressed warmly in layers, you've got your hat, mittens, neck warmer, ski boots and skis?I'd say your ready to go. The easiest way to move around on flat ground is to walk in your ski boots and wait until you're close to the lift to put on your skis. Otherwise you can use your ski sticks to push yourself forward.
The key to not getting run over by the ski lift chair is to all about timing. Wait for the chair above you to leave the launch spot. There should be some kind of line indicating where you should stand, then quickly move to this line and look over your shoulder, when the chair is just about to hit the back of your thighs, sit down. Wait until you have cleared the launch area to pull down the safety bar. While riding on the lift hold tight to your possessions and refrain from sticking your wet tongue on the cold metal bars of the lift as it will get stuck.
Getting off the lift without getting run over is indeed an art. Pull the safety bar off well before you reach the landing spot. Slide your butt to the edge of the seat and bend your legs at the knees. As soon as you feel your skis touch ground, STAND UP, keep your knees bent and point your toes together. This is called the snow plow position. It will slow you down. Be sure to glide out of the way of the landing spot, because, if you don't you can be hit by the next lift.
Now this is where we saw you last, standing at the top of the hill, looking down and cringing. Again I tell you, relax - it will be fine. Resume the snow plow position. Make sure to bend your knees and hang your butt back like you're about to sit down. This position is called snow plow for a reason, if you slide a little way on your skis you'll find that by pointing your toes in it will slow you down.
This is your first time on the mountain so we're going to keep the first lesson simple, all you have to do is get from here, all the way to down to the bottom where your friends are standing with the video camera and those big grins on their faces?come on you can do it. Keep your toes together and make big zig-zags down the mountain. This is called a sloum. If you go all the way from one side of the trail to the other, you should find that your speed will be slow enough you won't loose control. If you find your self losing control relax and go with gravity. You'll find that you fall much more when you fight gravity. One of the most important lessons of skiing is trusting yourself. If you keep to this simple maneuver you'll gain balance and confidence and will be able to move on to lesson two in no time. Good luck and Relax!
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