Thursday Health Hacks! Cinnamon – easier to eat than spell.

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“There are 20.8 million children and adults in the United States, or 7% of the population, who have diabetes. While an estimated 14.6 million have been diagnosed, unfortunately, 6.2 million people (or nearly one-third) are unaware that they have the disease.” – American Diabetes Association

About a year ago, I started gaining weight. A lot of it. Yes, two moves, two job changes, and the end of a long-term relationship may have led to just a little stress – and to being on a first name basis with my pizza delivery guy.

But when life calmed down again and I went back to the gym and a healthy diet, the weight kept coming. And I started becoming fatigued daily to the point of having to leave my job to rest in the car every day – no matter how much sleep I got. 

Six months, a dozen blood tests and a sleep study later, I finally had a diagnosis: hypoglycemia. Luckily hypoglycemia can mostly be managed with dietary changes (lots of little, protein-heavy meals).

Like diabetes, hypoglycemia is a problem with blood sugar levels. A new study shows that cinnamon can significantly reduce blood sugar levels – a good goal for everyone, even non-diabetics, since high blood-sugar can cause long-term damage to the eyes, kidneys, and nerves. In the short term, high-blood sugar puts you on that frustrating energy roller-coaster that can ruin your day.

How to get the benefits of cinnamon? The Cinnamon Hack!

You only need 3/4 teaspoon a day to reap the sugar-busting benefits, and the chemicals that make the difference are in the oils the cinnamon releases. When you brew your coffee, add 1 teaspoon of cinnamon for every two tablespoons of coffee grounds. Now every time you drink your coffee in the morning, you’re improving your health! Easy and delicious.

 

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