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Health Benefits of Cinnamon

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cinnamon benefitsThe ancient Egyptians knew the worth of cinnamon long before research has been conducted to know its health benefits. Health practitioners back in the day would use cinnamon to treat different kinds of illnesses. Now we know the true benefits of this popular spice. It’s much more than a kitchen ingredient.

It lowers bad cholesterol and triglycerides.

A study done in Pakistan found out that cinnamon can lower LDL cholesterol by up to 27% and triglyceride by up to 30%. This means that eating cinnamon can improve your lipid and cholesterol profile.

It helps control blood sugar.

Diabetes has become a global health concern. Bad diet is one of the most common causes of diabetes. Diet can fix it though, and one way is by eating cinnamon. Moderate consumption of cinnamon has been found to reduce blood sugar and prevent diabetes.

It has antimicrobial properties.

Cinnamon is a natural remedy for stomach flu, which is caused by different species of bacteria. It can fend off E. Coli, Salmonella, and Campylobacter. There are also studies showing effectiveness of cinnamon oil against certain type of viruses. This is why drinking cinnamon tea is an effective way to treat gastroenteritis.

The antimicrobial properties of cinnamon is not limited to fending off bacteria. Cinnamon is also known to fight candida, a common cause of vaginal infection.

It treats IBS.

Irritable bowel syndrome is a common gastrointestinal problem. It is associated with bloating and recurrent or alternating episodes of diarrhea and constipation. Cinnamon works to treat IBS in a few ways. One is by eliminating unwanted bacteria from the digestive tract. Another is by treating GI tract infections and irritation. Cinnamon also promotes natural function of the gastric juices, thus alleviating stomach cramps and discomfort.

It strengthens bones.

Two sticks of cinnamon contain more than 70% the daily recommended intake of manganese, a mineral that is important for building bones. Manganese deficiency has been linked to osteoporosis. It makes sense to include a good supply of this micronutrient to avoid bone density loss.

It prevents cancer.

Cinnamon oil contains cinnamaldehyde and eugenol, two compounds that has been found to stop cancer cells. One explanation for this is that these compounds stop sugar from feeding the fast growing cancer. Different studies have found out that cinnamon may be effective in preventing leukemia, lymphoma, colon cancer, melanoma, and stomach cancer.

It has antioxidants.

Whenever you hear your food has antioxidants, it’s always good news. One of the most important things that antioxidants do is they fight free radicals, substances that accumulate in your body as waste products. Free radicals cause cellular damage. Antioxidants keep free radicals at bay and prevent the cellular damage they cause. A significant effect of this is it prevents premature aging.

Why I’m Ditching Weight Watchers

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Trying to lose weight is nothing new for me. In fact, I have made several noble attempts at it in the past. Some of those have been colossal failures, some have been moderately successful and others were successful for a period until I gained the weight back. Weight Watchers is where I saw some decent success, so it might stand to reason that I would stick with them and give it a go on their program yet again.

But I am not going to do that. Not now and not in the future.

Why not, you ask?

Because Weight Watchers is a diet, not a change in lifestyle. And diets are designed to fail you since they are seen as something that this more temporary and not a permanent change in the way that you feed yourself and your family. As long as you are technically on a diet, then you feel like you can “cheat” on it and you never really develop quality habits that help you to actually keep that weight off for the long term.

So, instead of worrying about how many points a meal or a snack might be, I will instead be worrying about how healthy that food is and what it will (or won’t) do for my body. And yes, I will still indulge on things like chocolate, but I am going to try to make a change to healthier dark chocolate instead of the sugar-filled milk chocolate based candy bars and such that I have a long love affair with. That relationship is getting ready to end. Sure, I might have some milk chocolately goodness from time to time, but it will no longer be the mainstay or my go-to sweet treat.

I mean, why have a Snicker’s bar when I could eat a strawberry dipped in dark chocolate? It is the healthier option and it actually tastes better! I call that a win-win! I have also been experimenting with new-to-me veggies like turnips and such and making veggie chips in the oven. These will be my new salty snacks. And they just happen to be super tasty. Hooray for that!