It's no secret that Kourtney Kardashian is a health fanatic. The eldest Kardashian sister has an enviable set of toned abs thanks to her mostly clean and organic eating habits, and she's also making sure that her kids are getting the right nutrients on a daily basis. But whenever those sneaky little germs try to attack Mason or Penelope she revealed on her website that her go-to secret weapon is Manuka Doctor's Bio Active Manuka Honey. In an Instagram post, Kardashian admitted that she adds the natural sweetener to her smoothies, and she also enjoy's mixing it in a bread recipe. So, what is it that makes the "miracle food" work wonders on the human body? We turned to dermatologist Dr. Mona Gohara to break things down.
"Manuka honey is packed with anti-bacterial properties that boost the immune system," the expert elaborated while adding, "It is packed with a rich source of multiple vitamins, including calcium, iron, and zinc. Manuka honey is also a natural antibiotic due to its high level of enzymes." Now we're starting understand why Kardashian is a huge fan. Dr. Gohara went on to say that, "Ingesting manuka honey is great for overall wellness, and soothes the throat and digestive track."
The sweet ingredient doesn't only work wonders when added to your diet, it can also be added to your beauty routine. Dr. Gohara revealed, "It is also very beneficial when applied topically, and can treat cuts and burns." And it's all thanks "to the hydrogen peroxide within the honey, which helps to stimulate cell repair and growth." If you're like most of us, the winter's low temperatures can leave your skin feeling dehydrated, but Dr. Gohara went on to explain, "Manuka honey is also a natural moisturizer, as it absorbs moisture directly from the air and draws it into the skin, holding it in."
There are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of the super food. "You can make a DIY face mask to hydrate and soften skin. The honey also can be taken by the spoonful, or can be easily incorporated into smoothies, tea, or yogurt." There are also skin care products that incorporate manuka honey, such as Manuka Doctor's facial peels ($46; manukadoctor.com) and masks ($45; manukadoctor.com).
We're definitely going to give the miracle worker a try. Scroll down to see some delicious recipes with the nutritious food.