Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Cinnamon


With the growing rate of diabetes and obesity in America it is important to focus on healthy eating. In America 70 percent of people are considered obese, and this is adding to the growing rate of diabetes. We live in a country where we are hypnotized by giant marketing campaigns about the ease of eating packaged foods, foods loaded with sugar, foods loaded in sodium, and foods loaded in starch. A diet that is too high in sugar and starch can lead to diabetes and obesity without even being aware of it. Once we eat sugar and starch food gets broken down to glucose, which circulates in our blood, insulin is what helps the body absorb the glucose, which will be used as energy or stored in fat. Type 1 diabetes is when the body doesn't produce insulin, Type 2 diabetes is when the person loses its sensitivity to insulin. In Ayurveda for years cinnamon has been used to help with people who have blood sugar issues. Using cinnamon improves insulin and glucose metabolism and reverses insulin resistance. Studies have shown that cinnamon is especially helpful for Type 2 diabetes. It is also good for prevention. You can add cinnamon to your tea, to your foods recipes, etc. Another nice thing to take some cinnamon sticks and boil them till the water turns golden brown, let it simmer, and drink up. It is a yummy healthy cinnamon tea without the dust, soy lecithin and other unnecessary fillers found in many packaged tea bags. The home made cinnamon tea also adds a beautiful aroma to your home.

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