Waking up feeling bloated can certainly be a frustrating feeling, especially when you’re trying to start your day off on the right foot. While there are several factors that may lead to uncomfortable morning bloat (including this dinner mistake), there are also many steps you can take to promote better digestion and find some relief. For example, adding anti-inflammatory ingredients to your diet is one great way to keep your digestive system healthy and avoid bloating—and luckily, there’s one easy way to do just that each morning. As it turns out, sprinkling some cinnamon into your coffee could be the solution you’re looking for.
To learn more about how adding cinnamon to your coffee can help keep morning bloat at bay, we spoke to dietitian Trista Best and nutritionist Mary Sabat. Find all of their expert insight below.
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Cinnamon to relieve bloating
If you’re looking to relieve bloating, Best and Sabat say you can’t go wrong with a little bit of cinnamon in your morning coffee. This is thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, which aid digestion and keep things moving so you can get rid of that gas and discomfort quickly.
“One of the best anti-inflammatory spices to add to coffee is cinnamon,” Best says, noting that this spice “contains powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds that can help reduce inflammation in the body.”
Sabat echoes this statement: “Cinnamon contains anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce bloating by aiding in digestion,” she tells us. These benefits stem from an antioxidant compound in the spice called cinnamaldehyde.
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Cinnamon as a natural sweetener
In addition to these anti-inflammatory properties that help you find relief from bloating, cinnamon works perfectly as a way to add a bit of sweetness to your morning joe without putting your health at risk. Adding too many harmful ingredients to your coffee, like refined sugar and high-sugar creamers (which you can learn about the risks of here) can take a serious toll on your health. Cinnamon, on the other hand, offers health benefits, making it a great alternative.
“It has a natural sweetness that can enhance the flavor of coffee without the need for added sugars or artificial sweeteners,” Best says. Perfect!
She recommends adding cinnamon to your coffee by either sprinkling it on top of the grounds before brewing or stirring it into your finished cup. Regardless, it’s sure to taste great—and to put an end to morning bloat.
Learn more about anti-inflammatory spices here.
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