IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY, LET’S TALK ABOUT SLEEP AND THE PILLOW METHOD…

Has anyone else either heard or tried the pillow method to help you sleep? It’s a new idea for me but will give it a try.

CHOCOLATE FOR ANXIETY…

Now we all love chocolate, well at least in my lifetime I have never met anyone who doesn’t like a bit of chocolate but what about chocolate for anxiety and your health.

An article in Natural Health Magazine said that a Dutch study that gave 40g daily of dark chocolate (74% cocoa solids) to two groups (one low-anxiety, one high-anxiety). They found that after two weeks the cortisol and adrenaline levels of the more anxious group had fallen to match those of the less stressed group.

There have been lots written in the tabloids about the benefits of eating #chocolate but is this true or false?

Well, according to Medical News Today, #chocolate receives a lot of bad press because of its high fat and sugar content. Its consumption has been associated with acne, obesity, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, and diabetes. … #chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits.

Some studies have suggested #chocolate could lower cholesterol levels and prevent memory decline.

Researchers who studied cyclists doing time trials in the U.K. found that “After eating dark #chocolate, the riders used less oxygen when cycling at a moderate pace and also covered more distance in a two-minute flat-out time trial.”

Antioxidants can help reduce free radical damage linked with premature ageing. It can be found in foods such as beans, fruit and dark #chocolate.  Dark #chocolate ranks higher than many fruit and vegetables for its antioxidant power.

Healthline says dark #chocolate is loaded with nutrients that can positively affect your health. Made from the seed of the cocoa tree, it is one of the best sources of antioxidants on the planet. Studies show that dark #chocolate (not the sugary crap) can improve your health and lower the risk of heart disease.

So, eaten correctly it seems that chocolate can most definitely be good for you.

WEGO HEALTH AWARDS – BEST IN BLOG SHOW & BEST IN SHOW FACEBOOK…

Back Pain Blog has been nominated for two awards from WEGO Health, Best in Blog Show and Best in Show Facebook. I would love you to support me and endorse me for either of the above nominations. You simply pop over to my Profile Page and click on the thumbs up sign next to each nomination. I feel honoured to be nominated for Best in Blog Show and Best in Show Facebook.

Endorsements are open for the 9th annual WEGO Health Awards. Endorsements were created to give community members the chance to share their perspectives and support on who the top patient leaders truly are.

So WEGO Health invite you to browse the WEGO Health Awards nominee directory and start endorsing the patient leaders you believe deserve to be recognized!

WEGO Health day “join them and help celebrate the inspiring and impactful nominees. Feel good while honoring these Patient Leaders and then join in on the festivities. If you know someone who deserves any of the awards at WEGO Health then pop down to their website and nominate someone and make their day. If you think I am worthy of this award I would be delighted if you could endorse me. Just click on this Wego Health link and click on the thumbs-up sign.” Thank You.

MY BOOK REVIEW OF THE MONTH – THE BLUE ZONES: LESSONS FOR LIVING LONGER FROM THE PEOPLE WHO’VE LIVED THE LONGEST…

My book review for this month is a book you will not want to put down. A New York Times Best Seller – The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From The People Who’ve Lived The Longest by Dan Beuttner.

National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner has traveled the globe to uncover the best strategies for longevity found in The Blue Zone, places in the world where higher percentages of people enjoy remarkably long, full lives. In this dynamic book, he discloses the recipe, blending this unique lifestyle formula with the latest scientific findings to inspire easy, lasting change that may add years to your life.

This book had me hooked from the beginning and is one you will read to the very end. Some of the fascinating people Dan writes about in the book include a 94-year-old former and self-confessed ‘ladies man’ in Costa Rica, a 102-year-old grandmother in Okinawa, a 102-year-old Sardinian who hikes at least six miles a day.

It’s such a brilliant read! It’s one of those books that you buy and read within the span of a few days because it is just that good ! The straight forward advice makes you think about your own lifestyle and how to make you feel happier.