The diet industry is a true giant. Even with a small 1% decline this year, it still equates to an eye-popping $60 billion annually. And that’s in the US alone! This dip is largely explained by people becoming more aware of the dangers of “diet” soft drinks. Drink laced with aspartame, as well as a general downswing in the economy. Also, we are becoming more aware and savvy as consumers. We are empowering ourselves.
Today we will look at 10 reasons demonstrating why you should shelve any thoughts of a formal diet. 10 reasons which will outline clearly why the standard method of dieting does not work and why it does not work
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We all know the warming effect cinnamon has to our taste buds and as well as the aromatic impact, as your mouth starts to water as soon as you catch a whiff of the delicious scent. What’s even better, are the tremendous amount of health benefits!
Yes, it tastes amazing and it’s great for you. Love it when that happens!
Cinnamon had been used for centuries and dates back to ancient Egypt. It was considered a gift fit for kings as it was rare and therefore very valuable. It was even used as a natural food preservative during medieval days. Fortunately, for us, it’s easily accessible these days.
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Ceylon, is known as the “true” cinnamon. Cassia is more common and probably the one you’ll find most often in your grocery store. Ceylon is lower in in coumarin then Cassia which can be harmful in high doses. In addition, Ceylon has been found to contain more of the health benefits listed below.
Read labels carefully, Ceylon is the one you want.
Most of the health benefits come from cinnamaldehyde and comes from the oily part of the bark that carries the distinctive smell and flavor. The benefits of which, may surprise you.
One of the most powerful antioxidants
Anti-inflammatory benefits and improves circulation
Reduces risk of heart disease by reducing LDL and Triglyceries and increasing HDL, while at the same time lowering blood pressure
Improves Insulin sensitivity, the hormone that regulates metabolism and energy use. Lowers blood sugar levels
Has an anti-diabetic effect by decreasing the amount of glucose that enters the bloodstream after you’ve eaten
Has to be shown to have numerous benefits in the treatment of Parkinson’s and Alzheimer by preventing the buildup of a protein called tau in the brain, a key factor in Alzheimer’s disease
It’s been proven to improve cognitive function even with use of a scented candle.
Fights bacterial and fungal infections with oil being very effective in treating respiratory infections caused by fungi, but also inhibits the growth of bacteria like Listeria and Salmonella
Useful in combatting congestion by clearing up mucus and improving circulation and not just good for viruses like the common cold. It’s been effective in studies on HIV by preventing the virus from entering the cells
The antimicrobial effects can even prevent tooth decay and reduce bad breath (a great addition, if you make your own toothpaste or look for it when shopping for a natural brand)
Whew! I did say it was a power house of taste and health benefits and this isn’t even an all-inclusive list. In short, it can combat free radicals with its anti-inflammatory benefits, reduce the risk of heart disease, stabilize your total cholesterol level, improve Insulin sensitivity, boost brain function and fight bacterial and fungal infections.
Experts do warn of incorporating too much cinnamon into your diet if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have a heavy menstrual cycle. As always, if any of this applies or you’re looking to add it as part of a healing protocol, please consult your health care professional. The recommended dosage according to the U.S. Department of Health is up to 6 grams daily but should not be used for more than 5 days a week. Add cinnamon into your diet slowly. Even half a teaspoon a day has a positive effect.
Here is one great way to enjoy cinnamon’s power house of flavor along with it’s healthy benefits. Try our Mini Cinnamon Spiced Cake.