Raw cacao

Why Unprocessed Chocolate is Good for You

Antioxidants: Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested so far, including blueberries, red wine, and black and green teas. In fact, it has up to four times the quantity of antioxidants found in green tea. Health benefits of these antioxidants include:

  • Promote cardiovascular health - Help dilate bloods vessels, reduce blood clotting, improve circulation, help regulate heartbeat and blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol, and reduce the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
  • Protect from environmental and metabolic toxins - Help repair and resist damage caused by free radicals, and may reduce risk of certain cancers.

Neurotransmitters: By increasing the levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brains, cacao promotes positive outlook, facilitates rejuvenation and simply helps us feel good.

  • Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain; thus acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS symptoms, and promotes a sense of well-being.
  • Endorphins - Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
  • Phenylethylamine - Found in chocolate, phenylethylamine is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. Acts as mild mood elevator and anti-depressant, and helps increase focus and alertness.
  • Anandamide - Anandamide is known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. Promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.

Essential Minerals: Cacao beans are rich in a number of essential minerals, including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.

  • Magnesium - Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and helps regulate heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency, present in 80% of Americans, is linked with PMT, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes and joint problems.
  • Sulfur - Cacao is high in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas functioning.

Essential fats: There is a misperception that chocolate is fattening. In truth, the fats in cocoa butter are healthy fats. Cacao contains oleic acid, a heart-healthy monounsaturated fat, also found in olive oil, that may raise good cholesterol. Also, substances found in cacao are known to help reduce appetite.

Important note- To fully benefit from chocolate’s wide array of nutrients, eat chocolate that is as close to its natural state as possible. Whole cacao beans and nibs are best. You lose many of the health benefits when you eat commercially produced chocolate.

 Source:  Live Superfoods

Tips in transitioning to springtime foods.

This is a great time to lighten up, shed some layers both emotionally and physically!

 

Consuming spring’s bounty of delicious fruits, vegetables, and legumes will rid the body of toxins, cleanse organs, and fend off the damaging effects of food additives.  It’s also a great time to move your body & breathe.

 

1.  Move your body – Do what ever makes you feel good!  Try yoga, running, swimming, biking, walking or running around with your kids!!!  Our body is the most effective cleansing tool we have.  How we move them and sweat to release toxins out of our system is important.  In addition, when we move our body we feel so much better!

 

2.  Breathe – While moving our body is important, it is also important to find stillness.  When we breathe we are able to clear the mind.  Find a few minutes a day, just for you to be still and breathe!  Take time to lighten up your thoughts and find gratitude.  Clear out any thoughts that no longer serve you.  This inner detox can have amazing affects on not only you but those around you.

 

4.  Try a juice cleanse - Over time the foods that you eat, the air that you breath and the environment contribute to toxins accumulating in the body. Cleansing allows your body to eliminate these toxins and give your digestive system a break from digesting food. Detoxification is an important element to healing and improving one’s life.  Every change of season is a good time to rid the body of toxins.  Springtime cleansing is ideal as it goes along with nature’s rebirth and growth.

5.  Try and eliminate the foods that are so heavy and hard to digest such as processed dairy, gluten, sugar and processed foods.  Eat mostly fresh vegetables, whole grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, seaweeds, and of course drink plenty of good-quality purified or spring water.

 

Also add in the following foods that can help to cleanse the body:
  • Lemons – They contain high levels of vitamin C and help to cleanse out toxic materials.  Add lemon to warm or room temperature water to improve digestion and strengthen the liver.  Or grab a detox lemonade.
  • Avocado - Packed with fiber and vitamins, avocado aids in detoxification by helping the liver purify any synthetic chemicals in our bodies.
  • Peas - High in protein and fiber, peas promote colon health and strengthen blood vessels.
  • Cherries - This super fruit is a nutritional powerhouse that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, which aid in digestion, reduce inflammation, and help rid the body of free radicals.
  • Asparagus - Containing folate and zinc, this spring vegetable provides anti-inflammatory and antioxidant benefits that make it one of the best natural artery-cleansing foods.
  • Fennel - This green veggie is a natural diuretic that helps remove toxic substances from the body. It also contains heart-friendly potassium to help reduce blood pressure.
  • Dandelion greens – bitter green like dandelion detox the kidney and liver.  Try it in our grapefruit green.
  • Beets – This root vegetable contains flavonoids which improves overall function of the liver.  Try it in our beet blend.

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Get Juiced!

Adding  juice to your diet is the best way to increase your life force energy.  When we juice fruits and vegetables we separate the fiber, leaving the liquid containing live enzymes, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals.  Removing the fiber, allows the nutrients to be released immediately into your cells and bloodstream in a form that is easy to assimilate.

Drinking green juice on a regular basis as well as cleansing can have so many amazing affects to your body.  Here are a few reasons to consider adding these nutrient rich, power packed drinks into your daily regiment.
  • Detoxes the body.  You are what you eat.  Overtime the foods that you eat, the air that you breathe and the environment that we live in contribute to toxins accumulating in the body.  Green juice moves the toxins while giving your body a break from digesting food.
  • boosts your immune system
  • gives your skin a healthy glow
  • promotes a helps weight management/loss
  • increases energy
  • mental clarity
Nourish your soul juices and cleanses have it all:  delicious tastes plus powerful antioxidants to heal and revitalize you from the inside out!