Lose Weight & Feel Great With Cinnamon, Lemon, and Honey

 Everyone knows that the holiday season is a time for enjoying our favorite sweets and treats. From the pumpkin pie we all probably ate on Thanksgiving, to the chocolates and cookies we'll be enjoying later this month beside the Christmas tree - there's always an excuse to indulge during this time of year! However, all of that indulging comes along with calories, fat, and carbs that can cause weight gain and contribute to unwanted belly fat. Luckily, we've got a tasty drink that will not only warm up your winter mornings, but also help you slim down!

Ingredients:

Makes 1 Serving:

  • 8 oz. of hot water (not boiling)
  • 1 large teaspoon of organic cinnamon powder
  • 2 teaspoons of organic raw honey
  • The juice of 1 large lemon

Directions:

  1. Add your cinnamon powder to your hot water, and allow it to steep for about 3 minutes, or until the water is no longer very hot, but warm. This is important as to not denature the honey.
  2. Once your water has cooled down a bit, add in your honey, and then squeeze in your lemon juice.
  3. Drink one serving abut 25 minutes before eating breakfast, and another before eating lunch.

The Benefits:

Honey: Honey helps to optimize the metabolism, speeding it up so that fat is burned and energy is used more efficiently. Our livers also love honey because it supports their work in detoxifying our bodies.

Packed with beneficial flavinoids, amino acids, and immune-boosting antioxidants, raw honey is also an anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory. It contains certain vitamins, minerals, and trace enzymes that refined honey does not. Raw honey has been found to help regulate both blood sugar and glycogen levels, as well as help our bodies better absorb calcium. It is an all-natural energy booster, as it contains roughly 17 grams of good carbohydrates per tablespoon. The best part? It's cholesterol-free, sodium-free, and fat-free!

Cinnamon: Cinnamon is known to help regulate blood sugar levels, as well as increase and imitate insulin. This is makes it great for weight loss because high blood sugar levels result in extra fat storage within the body, and insulin helps to increase the metabolism of glucose. Additionally, cinnamon prevents metabolized sugar from turning into fat - helping you to avoid weight gain.

Cinnamon is also a powerful antioxidant with strong antiviral, anti-fungal, and antibacterial properties, all of which kill harmful viruses and bacteria in the body. It's antioxidant properties surpass those of nutmeg, mint, and even ginger! It helps with lung congestion and aiding in circulation within the lungs. Cinnamon also helps to reduce the risk of heart disease, and studies have shown that is has the ability to slow the growth of cancer cells.

Lemon: Lemon contains ascorbic acid, also known as Vitamin C. Studies have shown that those with sufficient blood levels of Vitamin C break down more fat during physical activities or exercise than those with insufficient Vitamin C blood levels. Additionally, drinking lemon-infused water, like this recipe, can have a mild diuretic effect and help prevent bloating.


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