Although a healthy diet along with regular physical activity is the best and most effective way to lose weight and promote wellbeing, it’s a good idea to add one or two “quick fixes” to your weight loss agenda too. And one of the best quick fixes when it comes to losing weight is a homemade tasty beverage: hot water, honey and cinnamon.
Honey Health Benefits
Thanks to its amazing taste and medicinal properties, honey has been used since ancient times. It is anti-microbial, anti-viral and anti-fungal, which means it can prevent infections and colds if consumed regularly. It’s also rich in antioxidants such as phenols, enzymes and flavonoids.
Studies have shown that honey can help:
- Lower blood sugar,
- Reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increase good cholesterol (HDL),
- Boost heart health,
- Promote wound healing (topical),
- Relieve a sore throat and suppress cough.
Cinnamon Health Benefits
The aromatic and tasty spice cinnamon has been used even by Ancient Egyptians. Thanks to its specific medicinal properties, cinnamon was highly valuable and even regarded as a gift for kings. Today, we know that cinnamon is loaded with antioxidants and has serious anti-inflammatory properties.
Studies have shown that consuming cinnamon can:
- Increase insulin sensitivity,
- Lower blood sugar levels,
- Reduce the risk of heart disease,
- May protect against cancer,
- Fight bacteria and fungal infections.
Hot water, Honey and Cinnamon
Although the health benefits of honey and cinnamon are great and well-documented, can these two ingredients really help you with weight loss?
Studies have found that replacing sucrose (regular sugar) with honey can prevent weight gain, help improve insulin sensitivity and even activate hormones that suppress appetite.
As for the cinnamon, it’s a well-known fact that it increases insulin sensitivity, which is great news for those already struggling with insulin resistance, high blood sugar and stubborn belly fat. Furthermore, consuming cinnamon can boost your metabolism and help you feel fuller longer.
- 200 ml water
- ½ teaspoon of cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon of honey
Boil the water and then add the cinnamon, mixing the two ingredients. Leave the mixture to cool down. Once cold-ish, add the honey and stir well.
Drink this healthy, tasty beverage every day before going to bed. Not only will you sleep better and improve your overall health, you’ll also shed those pounds much easier!