WHAT DO HONEY AND ONION HAVE TO DO WITH HAPPINESS?

There is a famous Arabic saying:

“Some days are Honey, Some days are Onion”

And boy oh boy, there is so much depth and truth in this saying on so many levels.

Looking Deeper Into The Characteristics Of Both, Paints Quite An Accurate Picture Of The Life Experience.

Honey: smooth, sweet, clear, flowing, soothing, healing, sticky

Onion: Firm, layered, spicy, makes you cry, healing, juicy,

Both have ‘pleasant’ attributes and ‘unpleasant’ qualities.

And they both have one attribute in common Healing. — That’s because both aspects of the ‘positive’ and the ‘negative’’ are important for our healing and personal growth.

Here’s what’s really interesting:

While we contribute much goodness to honey. There is very little scientifically based evidence for those claims.

Research supports some of the following:

Honey contains mostly sugar, as well as a mix of amino acids, vitamins, minerals, iron, zinc, and antioxidants. In addition to its use as a natural sweetener, honey is used as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial agent. People commonly use honey orally to treat coughs and topically to treat burns and promote wound healing.

Research supports some of the following:

  • Cardiovascular disease. Antioxidants in honey might be associated with a reduced risk of heart disease.
  • Cough. Studies suggest that eucalyptus honey, citrus honey, and Labiatae honey can act as a reliable cough suppressant for some people with upper respiratory infections and acute nighttime cough.
  • Gastrointestinal disease. Evidence suggests honey might help relieve gastrointestinal tract conditions such as diarrhea associated with gastroenteritis. Honey might also be effective as part of oral rehydration therapy.
  • Neurological disease. Studies suggest that honey might offer antidepressants, anticonvulsants, and anti-anxiety benefits. In some studies, honey has been shown to help prevent memory disorders.
  • Wound care. Topical use of medical-grade honey has been shown to promote wound healing, particularly in burns.
  • Anti-inflammatory Effects. Honey contains antioxidants, which can protect the body from inflammation. Inflammation can lead to a variety of health issues, including heart disease, cancer, and autoimmune disorders. One study discovered that antioxidants in buckwheat honey were detectable in blood plasma, showing that eating honey could enhance antioxidant activity in the body.

However, when it comes to Onions…

We’ll, Onions are a good source of vitamins, minerals, and fiber and are known to offer a variety of health benefits. According to research, there are many benefits in onions such as:

  • Lower Risk of Cancer. Many kinds of onions contain a wealth of chemicals that help fight cancer. Onions are among the richest food sources of a nutrient called quercetin, which is known to prohibit the activity or creation of cancer-causing elements. A quercetin-rich diet has been associated with a lower risk of developing lung cancer.
  • Lower Risk of Heart Disease and Stroke. Onions contain organic sulfur compounds. These compounds are the reason why onions have such a sharp, strong taste and smell. Organic sulfur compounds help reduce the level of cholesterol in your body and may also help break down blood clots, lowering your risk for heart disease and stroke. You should eat onions raw rather than cooked to get the most sulfur compounds from them.
  • Diabetes Control. Both the quercetin and organic sulfur compounds found in onions are known to promote insulin production, making them a helpful vegetable choice for those with diabetes.
  • Lower Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease. Flavonoids come from plants and are found in particular abundance in onions. One study has found that those who consume a long-term diet high in flavonoids decrease their risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease

Based on the written above…

My conclusion and wish for you

I would like to wish you all a life filled with happy honey-sweet, soothing experiences, filled with love, laughter, clarity, and joy.

A life that will challenge you at times, bring tears to your eyes, and invite you to grow, overcome, cope, and conquer.

A life filled with proud moments when you prove to yourself that you can do, be, and become more than you ever thought possible.

May your life be filled with

Honey and Onion days.

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Lian Allweis

Practical Philosopher (coined by friends) with a Love For Words, Nature & all animals —Almost. I think a lot, laugh a lot & try to make the wold a better place