Tuesday, July 30, 2013

FitTip Tuesdays - Spice up Your Life

Cinnamon is a great additive when cooking, not only because it makes food taste that much better, BUT also because cinnamon has an abundance of health benefits!

• Cinnamon has been shown to lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol – this is especially beneficial for people with Type 2 Diabetes

• The scent of cinnamon helps to increase alertness

• Cinnamon provides antioxidants that create healthier arteries and thus reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease

• Cinnamon reduces pain linked to arthritis

•  Research has shown that cinnamon may reduce the proliferation of cancer cells

•  Cinnamon has been proven effective for menstrual pain and infertility due to it containing a natural chemical that increases the hormone progesterone and decreases testosterone production in women, helping to balance hormones

•  Cinnamon has the effect of thinning your blood, thereby increasing blood circulation. Increased blood flow generally boosts your metabolism which is why it may be helpful in weight loss

• Cinnamon is a warming agent, so mixed with an oil it is highly effective in relaxing and relieving muscle pain – you can add a few drops in your bath to sooth tired and achy muscles

• Cinnamon naturally kills athletes foot

•  Cinnamon oil is a natural bug repellant

•   If you are coming down with a cold, sore throat and/or cough and drink cinnamon tea or take a cinnamon stick within 5-10 minutes of the first signs of it, it is said to stop an impending illness in its tracks due to the anti-bacterial and warming properties

There are many more to add to the list, but these are the ones I find the most interesting!

You can add cinnamon to your food simply! I add it to my coffee, oatmeal, egg whites, greek yogurt, sweet potatoes and tea. The possibilities are endless!


  1. It's also YUMMY in peanut butter:) Glad you started a blog!!

  2. I love cinnamon! In Mexico, they have a drink called canela tea made from canela cinnamon sticks. You just boil water with 3-4 sticks (or however strong you want it with more sticks) and then let it steep/cool with the sticks in it. Then sweeten it with your favorite sweetener. You can drink the tea with the sticks still in it, but I don't. Also, canela cinnamon is a soft cinnamon so you can grind it in your coffee grinder and have fresh fine ground cinnamon. Thanks for the tips! I enjoy your blog and instagram pics!