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TWELVE INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT CHOCOLATE AND COFFEE BEING GOOD FOR HEALTH…

With Easter now upon us I thought I would write a quick post on some nice things you can enjoy over Easter that are good for your heart health.

1.Super Cacao by Aduna uses a type of cacao bean which contains eight times the flavanols (thought to maintain elasticity of blood vessels, reducing the risk of cardiovascular problems) of a normal cacao powder, and is 100% natural. It’s heart health claims have been approved by the European Food Safety Authority. Their Super Cacao Powder is one of their best sellers.

2. Drink coffee with milk the heart healthy way. Try and make your coffee with 1% fat milk instead of semi-skimmed milk for a healthier heart. You will not taste the difference but semi-skimmed milk contains 70% more than 1 % fat milk. A daily serving of two 200ml glasses of semi-skimmed milk amounts to 4g of cholesterol-raising saturated fat compared to 2.4g in the 1% fat milk.

3. Filter your coffee to cut your cholesterol. Apparently unfiltered brewed coffee contains traces of oily substances called cafestol and kahweol, which can increase blood cholesterol. So swapping to the filtered sort will get rid of the problem as the fatty residues are held back by the filter. Of course instant coffee is fine.

4. According to a Greek study, one cup of coffee a day could reduce your blood pressure. Researchers actually found that those who drank between one and two cups of coffee daily had the healthiest arteries.

5. Two cups of coffee a day (no more than two cups if you are pregnant) could keep Alzheimer’s at bay.

6. After studying more than 122,000 women, researchers found that three cups a day can reduce the risk of developing ovarian cancer.

7. However, according to a US study in 2006, coffee drinkers who have more than three cups a day may increase their risk of a heart attack.

8. 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. but chocolate’s antioxidant potential may have a range of health benefits.

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

10.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.”

11.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.

12.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.

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IT’S SLEEP SUNDAY – LETS TALK ABOUT CAUSES OF SLEEP DYSFUNCTION AND CHRONIC FATIGUE…

Sleep dysfunction and chronic fatigue is common in many disorders including Fibromyalgia, ME?CFS, Alzheimers disease, Parkinsons disease, Stroke, Arthritis and mental illness. But there are also some other reasons for sleep problems and chronic fatigue.

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, over 40 million Americans suffer from a chronic sleep disorder and another 20 million experience occasional sleeping problems.

Some other ‘reasons’ you may feel tired all the time include a sinus infection as it causes a strain on the immune system, and can trigger fatigue that can last for weeks or months.

Dehydration is another energy drainer. Even mild dehydration makes it difficult for your brain cells to communicate properly, which can then leave you feeling exhausted and tired.

Being low in iron is another reason for fatigue. Iron is essential for building muscles, repairing damaged tissues and producing cellular energy. A simple blood test can tell you if you are suffering from low iron stores and can be easily remedied.

Stress, feeling depressed, anxious, and irritable are other reasons that can leave you feeling awful and tired. Vitamin B12 deficiency is another problem that could leave you feeling tired and studies have sown that 40% of women could be deficient.

Mould can be another trigger for feeling exhausted as it is extremely draining to your body.

Some more sleep statistics from Sleep Care – Insomnia is a common sleep problem among adults with 30% of people suffering from disturbed sleep while another 10% showing signs of severe insomnia. Sleep Foundation.

50-80% of patients with psychiatric conditions suffer from chronic sleep problems compared to 10-18% of the general population. Harvard Health Publishing

Almost 25% of people experience acute insomnia every year, but only 75% of them recover without developing chronic insomnia or persistent sleep issues. Science Daily

About 40% of the population in the US is sleep deprived. Gallup

Sleep deprivation can cause an annual loss of 11 days of productivity per person. The Washington Post

The list just goes on and on and taking sleeping pills is not the answer as these can actually become addictive and dangerous. The first step should always be to go and see your GP for some blood tests and to rule out other reasons for your fatigue.

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IT REALLY DOES MATTER…

Health matters – When you have your health, you have everything. When you do not have your health, nothing else matters at all…Augusten Burroughs

For at the end of the day, what matters is never the wine, it’s always the moment; it’s always the people…
Olivier Magny

Education matters, kindness matters. Truth matters. Patience, hard work, tolerance, discipline – all of these matter. Forgiveness matters and gratitude matters…Hillary Clinton

Your life is like a coin. You can spend it anyway you want, but only once. Make sure you invest it and don’t waste it. Invest it in something that matters to you and matters for eternity…Tony Evens

What matters is not what we do, or to whom we give. What matters is that we let our lives be guided by Love…Peter M Parr

Stay centered on what matters by keeping what matters at the center…Richie Norton