Busy as a Bee
by Marlana Prowal
All my life, I've gone through bouts of lethargy coming out of the winter months. I have tried so many things to keep me alert and active. (My love affair with black, strong coffee has been a crutch during these times.) But while some sugary foods and drugs like caffeine kept me awake, there were other problems to factor in as side-effects.
Now that summer is practically here, I had hoped my winter fog would have burned away by now, but it hadn't - until now. All these mornings I wanted to wake up feeling brighter and ready to take on the day were first met with a hot cup of coffee... or two... or three. I would eat foods to give me a quick buzz that had too much fructose or glucose. In the end, I was not getting a restful sleep, and my craving for sugar foods never decreased. I was going through the same cycle every day.
On a recent visit to a bee farm in the Okanagan, I began to do a bit of research on a supplement called Royal Jelly. Royal Jelly is secreted from worker bees to feed their larvae. Then left-over Royal Jelly is primarily fed to a developing queen bee. Since the honey bee produce an abundance of Royal Jelly, it is then collected, preserved, and manufactured in to a supplement that is rich in B vitamins, vitamin C, as well as minerals, enzymes, amino acids, and protein.
After reading more about Royal Jelly online, I read many testimonials about the benefits of taking Royal Jelly daily. It's been described as a "youth" supplement, as it can have positive affects to one's appearance. Skin and hair may appear more radiant. Also, its antibiotic-mimicking properties, cholesterol-lowering, and preventatives to ailments were good enough for me to try it out for myself.
Within days, I felt not only more alert and active, but my metabolism turned up a notch, and my appetite for junk food was whittling away.
The benefits of bee products such as bee pollen, and of course honey, are all over the Internet. Suggesting, having a cup of tea before bed with some honey added goes to work to aid the liver while you sleep.
You can bet I've added this to my routine as well. I'll take Royal Jelly in the morning to start my day, and end my night with a cup of tea (preferably lavender tea, or any herbal tea) with honey added.
PLEASE DO YOUR OWN RESEARCH, OR TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR IF TAKING ANY OF THESE PRODUCTS IS RIGHT FOR YOU, AS SOME INFORMATION ONLINE WILL INDICATE THAT THOSE PRONE TO ALLERGIES WILL LIKELY FIND AN ALLERGY IN ROYAL JELLY AS WELL.
Honey bees really are amazing creatures. If they can tirelessly work throughout the day without a coffee break, then obviously the secrets they keep in their honeycombs might just be the key (to me) to giving us humans a boost to our daily routine as well.
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