01 Apr Superfood Tuesday – Bee Propolis
When I first stepped foot in my nutrition class, I was immediately drawn to the energy around me…I was surrrounded by people concerned with bettering the health of themselves and others, who got really excited about things like chia seeds and goji berries (these are my people!) Every class that goes by I find myself thinking, “Man…I cannot wait to share all of this information with everyone!” Thus, “Superfood Tuesdays” was born.
So what is a superfood? Well it’s not just a healthy food, it’s also one that’s insanely nutrient dense and usually boasts natural healing properties as well. There are a ton of them out there, some you may know about and some you may not (we’ve got more than just kale!) So every other Tuesday, I’m going to empower you with some serious superfood knowledge. Because, as GI Joe would say, “knowing, is half the battle.”
This Tuesday, we are focusing on…
What it is: Bee Propolis is the sap from trees that bees use in the entrance to the hive and around the queen bee to keep the hive sanitary. Hives would normally be a very dirty place (can you imagine 100 sweaty people running around a small room?) but they can’t afford to bring in any kind of bacteria or viruses as disease would spread rapidly, so as they enter, they “clean off” by using proplis at the entrance.
What it does: In many expert opinions, Bee Propolis is the best natural “anti-anything” that exists. Extensive studies have shown that it’s antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial. It is one of the only substances that can kill almost any kind of bacteria and maybe even more importantly, bacteria is not able to build up a tolerance against it. It has had positive results against food poisoning, throat infections, urinary tract infections, yeast infections, athletes foot, herpes and many other bacteria and viruses.
How to use it: Bee Propolis comes in tincture and capsule form. In most cases, Bee Proplis only needs to be used for a short period of time for a certain ailment. If you feel symptoms coming on, take twice the recommended dose initially and then the regular dose every 2-3 hours, up to 5 times a day. You can continue a day or two after the symptoms are gone with no negative effects. You can also apply it topically if you are treating something externally.
In my experience: I keep a tincture of this on hand at all times. I’ve had food poisoning a few times and I never want to have to go through that again. I’ve also used it to heal myself of a UTI and kill a cold sore before anyone ever saw it (topically and internally). I started by taking 2 dropperfulls initially when I felt the first symptoms and another dropperfull every 2-3 hours. I swear by this stuff.
Where to get it: You can get it at your local health food store (Gaia or Herb Pharm are good brands) or online at Vitacost:
*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor and this should not be taken as medical advice. Please consult with a healthcare professional if you are sick.
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