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Some Things You Didn’t Know About Honey by By Dr. Mercola

Honey has been valued as a natural sweetener long before sugar became widely available in the 16th century. Honey production flourished in ancient Greece and Sicily, for instance, while animals other than humans – bears, badgers, and more – have long raided honeybee hives, risking stings for the sweet reward.

Honey is truly a remarkable substance, made even more extraordinary by the process with which it is made. This blend of sugar, trace enzymes, minerals, vitamins, and amino acids is quite unlike any other sweetener on the planet.

And while honey is high in fructose, it has many health benefits when used in moderation (assuming you’re healthy). Before I delve into those, here’s a brief “lesson” on how honey is made…

How Honey Is Made (Fascinating!)

It takes about 60,000 bees, collectively traveling up to 55,000 miles and visiting more than 2 million flowers, to gather enough nectar to make one pound of honey.

Once the nectar is gathered, the bee stores it in its extra stomach where it mixes with enzymes, and then passes it (via regurgitation) to another bee’s mouth. This process is repeated until the nectar becomes partially digested and is then deposited into a honeycomb.

Once there, the honeybees fan the liquid nectar with their wings, helping the water to evaporate and create the thick substance you know as “honey.” This honeycomb is then sealed with a liquid secretion from the bee’s abdomen, which hardens into beeswax. As Live Science reported:

Away from air and water, honey can be stored indefinitely, providing bees with the perfect food source for cold winter months.”

There are more than 300 kinds of honey in the US, each with a unique color and flavor that is dependent upon the nectar source. Lighter colored honeys, such as those made from orange blossoms, tend to be milder in flavor while darker-colored honeys, like those made from wildflowers, tend to have a more robust flavor.

Source: 5 Things You Didn’t Know About Honey

10 Tips for a Healthy Digestive System

Your digestive system is responsible for converting the food you eat into the nutrients needed to power your day. When your digestive system is out of sync, it can cause major problems while it attempts to function normally. Here are 10 ways to help keep your digestive system operating at peak performance levels:

1. High-fiber diet: Keep your insides happy and healthy by incorporating foods that are high in fiber, including whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. Not only will the added fiber keep food moving through your digestive tract, it can also ease the symptoms of various digestive issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome.

2. Diversify your fiber: When adding fiber to your diet, try to include both insoluble and soluble fiber. Both work together to benefit your intestines in different ways. Insoluble can be found in wheat bran, whole grains, and vegetables. Soluble fiber comes from oat bran, nuts, seeds, and legumes.

3. Limit high-fat foods: Some healthy fat in your diet can be beneficial to your overall health but eating too many fatty foods can cause constipation and overall digestive slowing. If you’re going to indulge, pairing high-fat foods with high-fiber foods can help alleviate some of the stress on the digestive system.

4. Lean is better: High fat foods also include fatty protein sources such as beef, pork, and some wild game. While protein is essential to your diet, be sure to focus on lean sources such as skinless poultry, pork loin, and low-fat beef cuts.

5. Power of probiotics: Probiotics are beneficial bacteria that live inside your intestines. They are essential to the digestive process and a healthy immune system because they defend against damage caused by a poor diet and stress. They also help your body maximize the nutritional value of each meal.

6. Snack on schedule: Your body loves routine, even if you do not. You can help your digestive tract stay healthy and active by consuming your meals on a regular schedule. Focus on eating breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks around the same time each day.

7. Hydrate: It’s no secret that drinking enough water every day can help you feel more awake, have fewer cravings, and reduce dehydration headaches, but did you know water can also help your digestive tract? Water in your digestive system helps your body dissolve fats and soluble fiber more efficiently.

8. Ditch bad habits: Too much coffee, alcohol, or cigarettes can impair your body’s ability to digest food and can lead to other digestive issues like ulcers and heartburn.

9. Sweat it out: Exercise is beneficial to almost all of your body’s systems, especially your digestive system. Regular exercise stimulates your intestines, which keeps foods moving through.

10. Stress management: Bodies can internalize external stress. Internal systems have a physical response to stress about finances or a big project at work. When we are overly stressed, our body responds by sending our digestive tract into chaos. Keep an eye on your stress levels and invest time into stress-relieving activities.

How your body feels inside can directly affect your overall wellbeing and health. Be sure to incorporate these ten tips to take care of your digestive system so it can take care of you.


Source: Synergy Worldwide


Karate World Champion Gains Competitive Edge with Synergy Products

Cathy McAleer is one tough woman, both mentally and physically, and is an elite athlete in mixed martial arts. Her schedule is booked with all things karate, from training herself and other karate champions to playing crucial roles in the operations of karate businesses throughout Ireland.

She is the Founder of NIKA (Northern Ireland Karate Academy) and runs two clubs in Queens Leisure Complex Holywood and Stormont Pavilion where she helps train a number of World, European, British and Irish champions. However, neither of these responsibilities are her full-time job. She works day-to-day as a general manager of one of Northern Ireland’s Virgin Active Health Clubs. In addition to being certified in sports massage therapy, Cathy has a bachelor’s degree in sports marketing.


  • World WKC Kata Champion 2014
  • World Kumite Karate Champion 2014
  • WKC Silver Medalist 2014
  • WKN European Full Contact Kickboxing Champion 2014
  • WKN Draw for K1 World Champion 2014
  • Undefeated Northern Ireland champion for 10 consecutive years
  • 3rd Dan Karate Instructor and national coach for Northern Ireland

“Many people ask me how I fit it all in and also have the energy to compete and train,” Cathy said. “Synergy’s range of products has made a big difference. All of the products are compliant with WADA, the World Anti-Doping Agency, as being free of banned athlete substances.”

Source: Ireland & U.K. – Synergy WorldWide Blog: Karate World Champion Gains Competitive Edge with Synergy Products

IAM Cycling Finishes Tour de France in Top 10

Exhausted yet determined, IAM Cycling’s Mathias Frank battled downpours and slick pavement to climb his way to 8th place in the overall classification after the final push on Les Champs-Elysées in Paris. Mathias was the first Swiss rider since 1999 to earn a spot in the Top 10.  While Mathias’s ranking was the biggest victory for IAM Cycling, the team was able to take 9th place overall, which was a solid placement for this new team.

IAM Cycling Founder Michel Thétaz said: “We achieved the goal we set early on in this season, which we reiterated at the start of the race. My group of riders showed themselves to be strong and at the front often, which was topped with a fantastic 3rd place from Pantano in Gap and a 6th place in the team time trial. The guys have really applied themselves and worked hard to help Frank earn his 8th place in the overall. We will come back in 2016 with Mathias Frank to return to the Top 10, and win some stages. As our leader, Frank, has extended his contract, and we are confident that he will live up to all our expectations.”

“I have not regretted one second of every sacrifice I have made to get here,” Mathias said. “After two failed attempts, I managed to meet the challenge and finish in the top-10.  This is a great accomplishment for the whole team who was a huge help to me and believed in me. I am not about to forget these moments of emotion once I climb off my bike.”

Source: Ireland & U.K. – Synergy WorldWide Blog: IAM Cycling Finishes Tour de France in Top 10

Pushing physical boundaries with Synergy products

SalmeReijo2If you had asked them five years ago whether or not they could hike 70 kilometers and spend eight days in the wilderness, they would have thought you were crazy for even asking.

However, a few weeks ago, Salme Ala-Heikkilä and Reijo Ojanen, a couple in their mid-sixties, conquered what they once thought was impossible. Many years ago, Salme and Reijo hiked regularly, but health issues made it difficult to continue this hobby. Now, hiking is something they look forward to together.

They left their hometown of Tampere, Finland and traveled 14 hours to Utsjoki where they found beautiful rivers and rolling hills close to the border of Norway. Close to this city is the Kaldoaivi Wilderness Area where Salme and Reijo started their journey.

Their backpacks were loaded and ready to go, Salme’s pack weighed 18 kg, which is almost one-third of her total weight. Reijo’s pack weighed 26 kg, and some of its contents were Synergy products.

“Leaving our products at home wasn’t a thought that ever crossed our minds,” Reijo said. “It wasn’t hard to take the extra weight because need them. They were worth carrying because they helped us through our adventure.”

The pair claims they have never been the athletic or very active type, especially in the last decade of their life as exercise has become more straining on their bodies. However, they love the outdoors and the chance to get away from people, electronics and the sounds of the city. They can rest their minds, listen to the birds and replenish the energy they were lacking in their daily lives.

“We enjoy taking in the nature, and it’s great to be able to have natural products in this setting that gave us the energy we needed to complete the 70 kilometers,” Salme said.

Thank to Synergy products, Salme and Reijo plan to make this 8-day hiking tour an annual tradition. Their fantastic health is what allows them to seize the days and moments in their lives, to live every day with energy and excitement. When they introduce Synergy to those they meet, one of the messages they share is that Synergy products can be the ticket to rekindling the passions and dreams you gave up years ago.


“We love being a part of Synergy,” Salme said, “and we love that we can be adventurous again. We want people to know there are products that can help them change their lives like we have changed ours.”