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Chocolate: How Can It Benefit You?

Chocolate can be good for you. Before you scoff at the statement and tell me thats too good to be true, hear me out. Chocolate has many benefits both for your skin and your body. Now don’t go breaking a piece of that KitKat, or enjoying the melting bubbles of the Aero Bar. What I am referring to is good quality, real chocolate. More specifically dark chocolate, and the darker the better!

Benefits of Dark Chocolate:
1. Antioxidants
  • Dark chocolate is chock full of antioxidants which helps prevent and repair damage done by free radicals. Free radicals, if left to themselves, can cause disease in your body as they attack healthy cells. Antioxidants jump in and bind to the free radicals to prevent them from causing disease such as cancer.
2. Heart Health
  • Dark chocolate has a compound called flavanols which are a type of flavanoid. Flavanols have been shown to lower blood pressure and increase blood flow to the heart. Flavanols also have the ability to make blood cells less “sticky”, therefore less likely to clot.
3. Brain Power
  • The flavanol-rich treat has also been known to improve cognitive function by increasing blood flow to the brain.

Now that we have discussed some of the benefits at dark chocolate. let’s look at which kind of chocolate qualifies as the healthy type. The kind of chocolate that will carry the benefits discussed above are the organic dark chocolate bars with a cocoa percentage of 70% or more.

So go on, enjoy a piece (or two) of dark chocolate. It sure does have its benefits!

How What You Eat Affects Your Skin: Foods to Eat and Foods to Avoid

It seems natural to think about how what we put ON our skin can help clear it up, reduce redness, and promote a healthy glow. What we often don’t consider, however, is what we put IN our bodies and how that can be sabotaging all of our efforts (and money) to get a glowing, blemish free, even skin tone.


Try these tips to help keep your complexion blemish-free:

Have MORE of:
1. Water

– Water helps flush out toxins and hydrates your skin. When it’s cold out, warm water with lemon or herbal tea will help you get all of your H2O in.

2. Foods containing zinc
Zinc helps to reduce inflammation and production of bacteria. Good sources of zinc include cashews, avocados, blackberries, raspberries, pumpkin seeds, spinach and squash.

3. Antioxidant-rich foods
– These foods help protect your skin against free radical damage from the sun and environmental pollution. Great sources of antioxidants include berries (blackberries, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries), leafy greens (kale, spinach, collard greens), pomegranates, and bell peppers.

4. Essentail Fatty Acids (EFAs)
– EFAs help flush toxins and bacteria that clog pores, as well as decrease inflammation in your digestive system ultimately leading to better skin health (yes, the two are very closely linked!). Good sources of Essential Fatty Acids include salmon, chia seeds, almost, pumpkin seeds, and organic olive oil.

Have LESS of:
1. Cow’s Milk Dairy
– Cow’s milk dairy contains hormones that cause breakouts. Also, many of lack the proper enzyme to digest cow’s milk dairy, therefore it can cause inflammation in the gut, which can lead to a reaction on our skin.

2. Sugar
– Sugar causes insulin levels to spike, which can lead to inflammation throughout the body. Inflammation can cause a breakdown of collagen and elastin in the skin which results in dull, saggy skin.

3. Salty Foods
– Salty foods such as chips, pretzels, and salted nuts all promote water retention in your body leaving you feeling bloated and looking puffy.

Try incorporating these tips into your current eating routine and see that changes that a few simple swaps can make.

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