Month: April 2018

Benefits of Dark Chocolate – Fact Or Fiction?

It’s hard to believe that the most loved food on the planet could actually be healthy for you. Did you know that the average American consumes about 12 pounds of chocolate a year. How could something so fattening and loaded with sugar actually be healthy for you?

History of Chocolate

Let’s start with a little history lesson to better inform you on how there could actually be some benefits of dark chocolate. Chocolate has a long history, dating back to around 600 AD when the Mayan Indians established cocoa plantations in the Yucatan region of Mexico. The Mayans and later the Aztecs created a chocolate drink called ‘xocoatl’ or ‘chocoatl’ which originated from cocoa beans taken from cocoa trees. This ‘chocoatl’ drink consisted of chocolate flavored with vanilla and spices and had the consistency of honey. Chocolate was only consumed in liquid form at this time.

The Dutching Process

When the Europeans were introduced to chocolate it was still in its purest form. This changed in the early 1800s when a Dutchman by the name of Coenrad Jahannes van Houten discovered that if you added alkali-potash to the beans before they were roasted it would neutralize the acid or bitter taste of the natural cocoa.
While there were some obvious benefits of the “dutching” process, the biggest problem was that because of that process the most important benefits of dark chocolate were being removed.

Chocolate in the Raw

One of the most important nutrients being eliminated during the “dutching” process was flavonoids. Flavonoids are antioxidants found in raw fruits and vegetables that help to slow down the oxidation or aging process in our bodies. Therefore, the most healthy chocolate is raw or unalkalized.

What About the Fat?

Cocoa butter, like its name suggests, is the natural fat of the cocoa bean. For years it was believed that cocoa butter was a harmful ingredient found in commercial chocolate products. New research now shows that cocoa butter is actually a “neutral” fat, meaning that it does not increase blood-cholesterol levels.

Worried About Caffeine

Would you believe that natural chocolate has little or no caffeine. However, more and more manufactures are adding caffeine to their products, so check the label before buying.

Bitter is Best

To receive the benefits of dark chocolate, you must find it in its purest form. The typical processing of the cocoa bean kills at least half of the antioxidants found in the pure cocoa bean. Try to consume products that contain at least 70% pure cocoa powder.

Drink of the Gods

The Aztec Indians placed great importance on chocolate, believing that chocolate was consumed by the Gods in paradise and that the cocoa seed was brought to earth as a special blessing for the people by the God of the Air. The last Aztec emperor, Montezuma, reportedly drank only ‘chocoatl’. He was supposed to have drunk up to 50 goblets of chocolate a day.

Fact or Fiction

More and more research is being done on the health benefits of raw unprocessed cocoa. Searching for dark chocolate studies. The science is there ready to be discovered and what a great discovery it is. Doctors will soon be prescribing chocolate for all our ailments

Healthy Choices to Battle Obesity With Healthy Weight Loss

Healthy choices are the first step to creating lifestyle habits and a wellness experience. Everyone wants to look good and feel good. No one consciously chooses to be overweight or obese, yet, more than half the population of North America is battling weight gain and the related health problems that often accompany it. Being obese, on its own, seriously compromises human health and significantly increases the severity of many major diseases. With all the medical information available it should be easier to make healthy choices.

Obesity is a condition that sneaks up on you and develops slowly, over time, one pound at a time. It is easy to be in denial as you are slowly putting on extra pounds. After all, most people do not worry about a few extra pounds. Sooner or later though, those extra pounds cross that line into being overweight and then to being obese. At some point denial has to give way to the frustrating realization that you are much bigger than you want to be.

Everyone has the ability to make healthy choices. Obesity can be brought under control by making some lifestyle changes. Replacing poor eating habits and a sedentary lifestyle with a balanced diet and regular exercise is the first step. Developing new habits requires dedication, commitment and a real desire to slim down.

Scientific studies are unraveling the secrets of the body. Understanding how the body functions at a cellular level and how it utilizes food or reacts to exercise is changing the way we perceive health. Genetic markers and genes discovered during studies on risk factors that affect diabetes have confirmed that people really do have fat genes and they can be inherited. The good news is a healthy lifestyle can offset the genetic predisposition to obesity.

The health risks associated with weight gain and obesity are well documented. Awareness is increasing throughout the general population and there is a movement towards better health. Nutrition and dietary information is readily available and more people are taking the recommendations seriously.

Scientists are researching and developing new products to help in the battle against being fat. More effective dietary or nutritional supplements are available to  suppress appetites and boost metabolism. Weight loss programs are flooding the marketplace and offering products that may or may not have scientific data to substantiate their claims.

Before starting any weight loss program you should consult your physician to make sure that you can safely take the products or follow the plan. Another rule of thumb is research the products and claims for yourself. Google is a great place to find information. Once you have satisfied yourself that the product works and is safe for you take you can start your journey to a slimmer you, better health and making healthy choices.

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Getting Healthy For a Better Life

I made the conscious decision about two months ago; that decision was to take the faithful headfirst leap into getting my mind and body back into shape. I had no idea that what I was getting into was going to be both physically and emotionally draining. I had come to the conclusion that being tired and uncomfortable all of the time was not how I wanted to spend the rest of my life.

About a year and a half earlier I had made another life altering decision, to return to school and pursue a degree in Literature. These two decisions I had made at the ages of 45 and 47 respectfully. The age factor alone was going to make these decisions difficult to achieve. School went well at first, but as time went on my energy level had begun to deplete. This in turn resulted in a negative affect on my studies. I no longer had the desire to continue with school, or at least give it my full attention. Another factor of being overweight was how it makes sitting in the desks very uncomfortable. I had very little wiggle room while sitting, and if I dropped something on the floor I was better off leaving it there then taking the time to get in and out of the desk to pick what ever it was that had dropped.

Finally on July 6th I decided to take the plunge and start my quest to get healthy. It has been eighteen days now, and though I have lost weight it has been a tough journey to this point. I do not remember a time in my life when my body has gone through so much pain other than when I went through Navy Boot Camp in 1981. The pain is constant, but I realize that it took my body a long time to get in the shape that is in now, and it is going to take some time for it to get used to doing the things that it is now not used to doing. The nutrition part I do like though. I am learning to eat for the fuel and not for the sweet and fatty taste that I have been used to for all these years. Changing the way I eat has given me more energy and has actually caused me to lose weight.

This new way of life for me is a huge change. I realize that getting older does not necessarily mean that you have to lay down and take what ever life throws at you, for instance getting sick and having to be constantly on medication. I am going to use writing about this experience as a means to help me get through this. Writing about this experience will help me to see the progression from day one all the way through to the end of the program.

Stay Healthy – Get the Right Supplements

We live in the 21st century, where things have been changing at a rate we can never actually expect. Just a decade ago, we never expected that the technology that we have seen in Star Wars or Star Trek can be a reality for centuries ahead. Now, we can even use some of those at our own home. Well, I am not going to talk about technology but sometimes that we need to understand it and start using it.

In this fast paced era, people are getting too busy chasing wealth without realising that in order to make more money and enjoy it, they need to stay alive. Seriously, when we work to hard we often forget about our health especially what our body really needs and in the end, we die without having the chance to use the money earned.

One of the harmful substances that would eventually create harm to our well being is free radicals. Free radicals, which are by-products of our body interaction with oxygen, can create harmful damages to our body. It can also comes from the air, water and food we take each and everyday. These killers are everywhere you just cannot avoid them. Some of the known diseases that can be linked to the effects of free radicals are heart disease, diabetes, cancer and high blood pressure. How do they do it? They attack our 63 trillion cells, damage it and accelerate our aging process. Sounds scary? But, it is the fact.

So, what do we need to stay healthy? One thing for sure, we do need vitamins and minerals as mentioned by a medical doctor that I read about.

“Everyday, our body needs 90 essential nutrients. Our body cannot manufacture it and we must consume it everyday as food and supplements. If you miss them, you will get some horrible collection of diseases mainly will be life threatening” the doctor said.

Another thing that we need to be healthy are antioxidants. These are actually “free radical scavengers” as they feed on these free radicals. To measure their effectiveness, we use Oxygen Radicals Absorption Capacity value. The higher the value the better it is. Another good thing about antioxidants is that not only it helps prevent but also repair damages done by these free radicals.

So, I can say that in order to stay healthy you need to get your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. You can get vitamins from your daily intake of food such as fruits and vegetables. However, you can only get all those essential vitamin and minerals with a carefully customised diet. This is not easy, especially when we need to cope with the fast paced environment we are in. One, good solution is to get nutritional supplements which contains all those essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.