Today is a much-needed rest day.  I feel worn out.  The fact is that getting out of shape is more fun than getting in shape.  Yesterday I had quite a bit of pain in my knee and my quads were screaming at me every time I stood up.  I did some research and found out that you’re supposed to turn your feet out at a 45 degree angle when doing squats or you can get knee pain.  I probably could have done more push ups and some sit ups but I didn’t have a lot of energy.  I’m going to rest up today and see how I feel tomorrow.  I definitely think I should take tomorrow off from doing squats.

I wrote this article a couple of years ago about cinnamon and decided to share it today –

For years I’ve put cinnamon in my food to flavor it up and make things more interesting. For example, a little bit of cinnamon and stevia are perfect additions to oatmeal. Several recent studies of cinnamon have shown that there are many health benefits to adding this spice to your life.

Did you know that just one teaspoon of cinnamon contains as many antioxidants as a cup of pomegranate juice and one half cup of blueberries which are often said to be super foods. Consuming just one half teaspoon per day of cinnamon can help to lower your LDL cholesterol.

People with Type 2 Diabetes can benefit from cinnamon as well. Several studies have shown that cinnamon has regulatory effects on blood sugar. It also has anti-clotting effects on the blood. Please note, however, that taking cinnamon with other diabetic medication can cause your blood glucose levels to dip too low. Diabetics should always talk to their doctor before introducing cinnamon into their regular diet.

In a study conducted by the Department of Agriculture in Maryland, researchers discovered that cinnamon reduced the proliferation of leukemia and lymphoma cells. Researchers at Kansas State University found that it fights the E.Coli bacteria in unpasteurized juices. It has also been found to be a natural food preservative. When added to food, cinnamon will inhibit bacterial growth and food spoilage.

In other studies, cinnamon has been shown to stop medicine-resistant yeast infections. Another showed that smelling cinnamon boosts your cognitive function and memory. It is also a great source of calcium, iron, fiber and manganese.

Cinnamon can also be used as a bee sting remedy. Combine one part honey, two parts luke warm water and add a small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. Make a paste out of it and rub it on the affected part of the body. After a few minutes the pain should be gone.

Cinnamon has been used for centuries. In Chinese culture, it has been used to treat colds, nausea, flatulence, diarrhea and menstrual cramps. It is also used to increase energy, vitality and circulation. If you feel warm in your upper body but have cold feet, cinnamon may help you.

It should be noted that in high doses, cinnamon can cause damage to the liver. It also should not be taken if you are anti-clotting medications or if you have a bleeding disorder. Pregnant women should also avoid cinnamon and should not take it as a supplement.

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