Honey and cinnamon are two of the most powerful kitchen ingredients that are commonly found in Indian households for various culinary as well as medicinal purposes. These two ingredients have long been associated with Chinese traditional medicine and Ayurveda. Individually, they have wonderful qualities for one’s health and beauty. But what if you combine the two? Does that make them more potent? Let’s learn more about the amazing benefits of honey and cinnamon. Benefits of Honey
Honey has a long standing reputation of containing medicinal properties which are excellent for both skin and hair. In olden times, Egyptians used it as a healing agent and even documented the same. It has abundant minerals and enzymes. Due to its acidic level, it is often used as an antibacterial and has antioxidants that ward off any free radicals (damaging cells) in the body. It makes for a healthy and natural replacement for sugar. Honey also has a low hypoglycemic index that helps regulate your blood sugar levels.
Benefits of Cinnamon
Cinnamon is a highly aromatic and delicious spice commonly used to add a distinct flavour and aroma in baked goods. However, it is much more than that. It has been prized for its exceptional medicinal properties. Cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants that protect the body from cell damaging agents. It helps the body to fight infections and repairs tissue damage. It is good for diabetics and it slows the breakdown of carbohydrates in the digestive tract. It also helps fight bacterial and fungal infections.
Combination of Honey and Cinnamon: Is it a Miracle Cure?
It is a known fact that honey and cinnamon offer plenty of benefits when consumed individually, however, the important question is do they make an excellent combination together? Macrobiotic Nutritionist and Health Coach, Shilpa Arora says, “Raw honey is a great substitute for sugar. It is excellent if combined with cinnamon as they complement each other. They control sugar spikes by reducing triglycerides (type of fat in the blood) and are a good option for diabetics. Both honey and cinnamon are anti-inflammatory, also combat allergies and boost your immunity system. They are also a great combination for curing constipation.” Take a look at the following benefits of honey and cinnamon when consumed together.
1. Good for Healing Wounds
When combined together, both make a great component for healing wounds and various skin infections. The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties in cinnamon helps the body fight infections and inflammation. Honey contains hydrogen peroxide which is effective in inhibiting bacterial growth, which further speeds up wound healing. Apply cinnamon oil mixed with honey on the wounds caused by infections or any other ailment for best results.
healing wounds honeyBoth when combined heal wounds due to the presence of anti-bacterial properties
2. Good for Diabetics
Cinnamon and honey are excellent for lowering blood sugar levels. While cinnamon lowers the blood sugar by increasing insulin sensitivity, honey is a healthier alternative to refined sugar. Although diabetics should consume honey with caution, and only after consulting their doctor, as it is not devoid of calories.
diabetesHoney and cinnamon help in lowing blood sugar levels
3. They Combat Various Allergies
Cinnamon has essential oils that help curing various allergies. Honey is rich in pollen which can boost your immune system and helps build tolerance against these allergies and naturally fight them. When two of them are consumed together, they tend to boost the immune system of the body.
kids allergiesHoney and cinnamon boost the immunity system further preventing allergies
4. A Great Cure for Constipation
Cinnamon provides an antispasmodic effect and thus, prevents gaseous formations in your stomach. It also eases indigestion by blocking the production of body chemicals leading to inflammation. Honey contains enzymes that aid digestion and help cure constipation. It also contains potassium that helps to balance acid accumulation in your body.
5. Both Fight Skin Problems
Both are loaded with anti-bacterial properties and help fighting skin problems like dead skin cells, excess oil secretion and breakouts (acne and pimple). Manuka honey or raw honey has antimicrobial properties that make it a great agent for reducing breakouts.
pimple acneHoney and cinnamon help remove dead skin cells to prevent from breakouts
6. Power-Packed with Antioxidants
Both honey and cinnamon are packed with abundant antioxidants that are great for your overall health and well-being. Honey is rich in phenol antioxidants that may help reduce the risk of heart disease. The combination can be very useful for fighting free radicals in the body and preventing the risk of several chronic diseases.
How to Consume them Together
Shilpa suggests that you could consume honey and cinnamon water first thing in the morning to cleanse and detoxify the body. Raw honey applied to your skin can work as a natural moisturizer. One could simply add honey and cinnamon instead of sugar to your hot cup of tea or coffee for a healing boost.
Here are some more forms of honey and cinnamon that can be consumed together suggested by Nutritionist and Dietitian Mehar Rajput from FITPASS:
If you’re looking to lose weight, take one teaspoon honey and one fourth teaspoon cinnamon in one glass of water every day. Drink this 30 minutes before breakfast on empty stomach and at night before sleeping. This will help you lose those few extra pounds.
If hair loss is your concern have cinnamon added in olive oil and apply it on your hair twice a week.
Honey and cinnamon when combined together are great for a healthy body and skin
To reduce your cholesterol level, take two teaspoon honey+ three teaspoon cinnamon in water and drink it through the day.
For PCOS soak cinnamon powder in one glass of water overnight and drink on an empty stomach through the day. This can help regulate the menstrual cycle and promote fertility.
To get your skin glowing naturally, add one teaspoon of raw honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon in a bowl and blend it into a paste. Apply it on your face using a brush or your fingers and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing it off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask once or twice a week for best results.
If You Want To Lose Weight, Eat This Much Protein Daily
An avid diet plan follower would know how important proteins are. Proteins are nutrients which are not only important for building muscles, but are extremely important for weight loss.
However, it is important to know the right quantity of protein you must have every day. Because of its appetite controlling properties, a person might think that eating lots of protein will speed up weight loss. However, this does not stand true in as creating a balance of all nutrients is important to keep you healthy.
How protein you should eat every day to lose weight?
Studies have mentioned that people who consume 25 to 30% of their calories from lean protein are likely to lose more body fat. It may also help in burning more calories when at rest.
Overweight and obese women who include more proteins and dairy in their diet have been found to lose more body fat and gain lean muscle mass. Lean muscle mass burns more calories even when the body is at rest.
However, consumption of too many calories, even in the form of protein, will make you gain weight.
How much protein you should eat with exercise?
Of course, weight loss cannot be achieved without physical activity. And, proteins are a must for people who exercise. In fact, athletes need more protein than typical dieters. According to VeryWellFit, a person who is on food diets regularly needs 0.8 to 1 gm of protein per kg of body weight. People who exercise heavily, nearly 10 to 12 hours in a week, can increase protein intake by 1.2 to 1.7 gm of protein per kg of their body weight.
Do you need protein supplements?
Well, ideally, you should focus on including protein in your diet through food sources.
Food sources of protein
Following are the food sources of protein which can easily make up for your daily recommended intake of protein for weight loss
4. Dairy products
7. Nut butters
10. Sunflower seeds
15. Pumpkin seeds
All of the aforementioned foods are nutritious, healthy and can help you gain muscle and lose weight.
As far as you are consuming them in the right quantities, you are getting sufficient protein along with other nutrients like calcium, iron, niacin and thiamin. You don’t need protein supplements unless it is recommended to you by your doctor.
Less sleep may lead to poor diet, obesity in kids
Insufficient sleep duration in children may be associated with poor diet, obesity and more screen time, a study warns.
The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine, shows that less sleep was linked to unhealthy dietary habits such as skipping breakfast, fast-food consumption and consuming sweets regularly. Insufficient sleep duration also was associated with increased screen time and being overweight/obese, researchers said.
“Approximately 40 percent of schoolchildren in the study slept less than recommended,” said Labros Sidossis from Rutgers University in the US. “Insufficient sleeping levels were associated with poor dietary habits, increased screen time and obesity in both genders,” Sidossis said. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends that children six to 12 years of age should sleep nine to 12 hours on a regular basis to promote optimal health. Teenagers 13 to 18 years of age should sleep eight to 10 hours.
Population data were derived from a school-based health survey completed in Greece by 177,091 children (51 percent male) between the ages of 8 and 17 years. Dietary habits, usual weekday and weekend sleeping hours, physical activity status, and sedentary activities were assessed through electronic questionnaires completed at school. Children who reported that they usually sleep fewer than nine hours per day, and adolescents sleeping fewer than eight hours per day, were classified as having insufficient sleep.
A greater proportion of males than females (42.3 percent versus 37.3 percent) and of children compared with adolescents (42.1 percent versus 32.8 percent) reported insufficient sleep duration. Adolescents with an insufficient sleep duration also had lower aerobic fitness and physical activity. “The most surprising finding was that aerobic fitness was associated with sleep habits,” said Sidossis.
“In other words, better sleep habits were associated with better levels of aerobic fitness. We can speculate that adequate sleep results in higher energy levels during the day,” he said. “Therefore, children who sleep well are maybe more physically active during the day and hence have a higher aerobic capacity,” said Sidossis.
The researchers noted that the results support the development of interventions to help students improve sleep duration. “Insufficient sleep duration among children constitutes an understated health problem in Westernised societies,” he said.
Parents, Make Your Child Have A Bedtime Routine For Healthy BMI Later
Is your child facing trouble in sleeping? If so, parents take note. Regular and sufficient sleep from early childhood may be important for gaining healthy body weight in adolescence, suggests a new study.
The study revealed that those who had no bedtime routine at age nine had shorter self-reported sleep duration and higher body mass index (BMI) at age 15, when compared to those children with age-appropriate bedtimes.
“We think sleep affects physical and mental health, and the ability to learn,” said Orfeu Buxton, Professor from the University of Pennsylvania in the US.
“Parenting practices in childhood affect physical health and BMI in the teenage years. Developing a proper routine in childhood is crucial for the future health of the child,” Buxton added.
Previous studies have shown that poor sleep can affect academic performance, as well as contribute to death and cases of heart disease and stroke.
For the study, researchers analysed 2,196 children.
The findings, published in the journal SLEEP, showed that one-third of children consistently adhered to age-appropriate bedtimes for ages five to nine.
Bedtime should provide enough of a “window” for the child to get an appropriate amount of sleep, even if the child does not fall asleep right away, said Buxton.
Future family interventions may need to include parental education about sleep health, particularly focusing on parents with low income and low education, Lee said, adding the need for research in childhood sleep behaviour and weight in later life.