Why simplicity is often the best medicine for fighting illness

Sunday 19th Aug 2012

This week discover how an amazing natural food combination burns fat, fights infection, prevents illness and keeps you looking younger…but first..

…Well you did it again.

Last week I told you about the chance to get hold of some rather special honey from our shop, and within days the whole lot had gone!

I really hope that everyone got what they wanted, and can only apologise to those who missed out – we do have a few jars left in the shop but we have run out of the free jars I’m afraid.

But, in the words of Eric Idle – always look on the bright side of life.

There was a lot to be happy about in the past week... thanks to a dose of good British weather, and some rather impressive antics at the Olympics.

I got really hooked on the coverage of the games from London, which surprised me.

Had you told me that I would be glued to the screen awaiting the outcome of the 10km open water swim, or the bronze medal under 60kg Taekwondo fight or the clay pigeon shooting, I may well have questioned your sanity.

As it happens I was totally hooked.

I loved seeing those who won, but also just enjoyed the spectacle of seeing the athletes perform at the highest level.

I decided to celebrate so last Sunday, after I'd sent out The Good Life Letter, I decided to throw a barbecue for friends.

I make a mean homemade burger... and, if I say so myself, my salad with homemade manuka honey and vinegar dressing is the business.

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And yes... I DID bore my friends with the health benefits of the manuka honey dressing.

And yes... my wife did threaten to stick her head in the barbecue if I carried on about honey, garlic or vinegar one more time.

But then one of her best friends arrived nursing a nasty insect bite. She ASKED me for some manuka honey to put on it. And by the time she'd finished her Ray Burger, the bite hardly hurt at all.


Aside from me gambolling about on the lawn, woozy on glasses of wine and thrusting honey at people, there was another reason to be cheerful about the weather....

A team at Warwick university has just shown that by spending some more time in the sun, you can significantly cut your risk of heart disease and diabetes.

As you know from my previous letters on this, sunlight stimulates your skin's production of vitamin D, a vitamin that is seriously lacking in most older people.

In the study the researchers looked at 3,000 people aged 50 to 70. A whopping 94% had a vitamin D deficiency.

The good news is that the simple remedy for this is to get out in the sunshine as regularly as you can.

As per my usual advice, don't stay out in the sun too long. Go out for short periods of time, or utilise that garden shade.

Ed Yong from Cancer Research told the Express newspaper when these findings were released:

“The amount of sunlight it takes to make enough vitamin D is always less than the amounts that cause reddening or burning so it should be possible to get the benefits of this vitamin without increasing the risk of skin cancer.”

Hopefully me saying all this hasn't jinxed the weather so that it rains for the next three months!

The three everyday remedies you can rely on

Never forget just how powerful some of the simplest natural products can be to fight illness for better health.

In my world there are three that deserve special mention:

- HONEY... honey is good for us in so many ways. It's packed with antioxidants, the powerful little compounds which fight free radicals. And we need all the help we can get, because you just can't walk down the street without getting hassled by free radicals...

They're in the air, in food, even in sunlight. And they're being released into our bodies all the time, which ain't good, because free radicals seem to be at the root of cancers, heart disease, Alzheimer's and practically every serious ailment you can think of.

So the more antioxidants you get inside you, the more you're helping your body to fight free radicals and all the dangers they possess.

And honey is a great source...

In a 2004 study conducted by the University of California, 25 people were asked to eat between 4 and 10 tablespoons of buckwheat honey each day for a month. They could eat the honey in almost any form, but it couldn't be baked or dissolved in tea.

After the month was up, the researchers analysed the blood of all 25 people, and discovered that eating more honey had increased the level of polyphenolic antioxidants in the blood.

So, honey is good. Honey is VERY good.

- GARLIC... this brilliant little flower has been linked to dozens of great health benefits, including lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, and cutting down the threat of stroke

and heart disease.

In one study, a group of people who added garlic to their diets over a month enjoyed a 12% drop in cholesterol levels.

And the Journal of Hypertension reported that taking garlic tablets could cut the risk of stroke by 30%-40%, and the risk of heart disease by 20%-25%.

So garlic's another of my 'must-have' natural remedies - something I think we all need to get into our diet as much as possible.

And my third everyday favourite...?

- VINEGAR... vinegar is packed with healthy nutrients, including potassium - a mineral that helps relieve cramps, fatigue and heart arrhythmia.

I could list a whole host of other ailments vinegar tackles, but I don't think you want to

still be reading this letter on Tuesday!

However, if you really want the full facts about these three delights you could do worse than pick up a copy of my book, called ‘The Honey, Garlic & Vinegar Miracle’ – it is packed with valuable information.

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But put simply, I believe these three natural substances are wonderful everyday remedies that can help you fight illness, help maintain your vigour, and help protect you from dozens of ailments that we're bombarded with.

Yours, as always






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