TODAY: after a nice run, lights uppers, lunch & a nap…

a NUGGET!

Dark Chocolate 70%+ coco, Fruit, warmed with spices!

Nuts have it all!  Rich in energy, protein, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and much discussed omega-3 fatty acids. Crunchy yet buttery, wonderfully delicious nuts are wonderful gifts to humankind by Mother Nature.

 

Benefits of dark chocolate: Some of the many health benefits of dark chocolate are as follows:

  • Blood Pressure: Dark chocolate is rich in minerals such as magnesium and copper, these minerals aid in regulating normal blood pressure and subsequently maintaining proper heartbeat levels.
  • Stress: Eating a delicious piece of chocolate could possibly reduce stress levels; it works by stimulating the production of endorphin that may give rise to a happy feeling. In addition the dark chocolate variety contains stimulants such as theobromine and caffeine that are major stimulants.
  • Blood circulation: Eating dark chocolate not only relaxes but also makes the blood vessels more flexible.  It also boosts the functioning of endothelial cells which line the blood cells. It also decreases the risk posed by innumerable cardiovascular diseases.
  • Lowers Cholesterol Levels: Dark chocolates have been medically proven to reduce the bad cholesterol level in the human body significantly, up to 10 /12 percentage.
  • Boosting Immunity: The two kinds of flavonoids present in chocolates are mainly Catechins and Epicatechins. Dark chocolate has more of Catechins, which boosts the human body immune system and possibly preventing major chronic ailments.
  • Good for Anemic Condition: The flavonoids compounds are useful in treating anemic patients and those having poor dietary habits.
  • Rich in Antioxidants: Dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant. Reports from National Institute of Food & Nutrition Research in Italy suggests that these antioxidants actually gulp up free moving radicals and other dangerous molecules that may be potential health hazards.
  • Cures Depression: The serotonin level in the dark chocolates may act as an effective anti-depressant. The dark chocolate contains serotonin, which has the qualities of anti- depressants.
  • Heart health: Little intake of dark chocolate boosts the vascular health. It contains a lot of poly phenols and anti-oxidants.
    • Anti-oxidants: The anti-oxidants present in dark chocolate helps fighting against pre mature aging. The anti-oxidants also help in fighting against heart diseases.
  • Endorphin: One of the most exciting health benefits of dark chocolate is that it helps in enhancing the production of endorphin, which results in generation of feeling of pleasure in human beings.
  • My Favorite! Spicy Nut  Fruit Coconut Mix…
  • Peppery hot foods have been in the human diet for more than 8000 years, and are becoming more and more popular due to increased health benefits. Almost any recipe can be spiced up with the addition of chili peppers, hot sauce, peppers, or other spices. To add with fruit… Double Pleasure.

Many cultures around the world embrace spicy foods-chilies are actually the second most popular spice in the world next to salt. Spicy foods may be better for you than you even realize-recent research shows that adding some spice to your meal can provide more health benefits than was ever thought. Here are five benefits to adding some spice to your meals.

1. Weight loss. Spicy foods are said to help rev up your metabolism and the faster your metabolism, the more weight you will lose. Furthermore, studies have shown that people who eat spicy foods eat smaller portions which can cut your calories way back.

2. Cancer Prevention: Scientists have discovered that capsaicin (found in jalepeno peppers) attacks and kills cancer cells. The way it does this is by attacking the mitochondria which are the powerhouses of cells.

3. Improved digestion. Even though spicy food has a bad reputation for causing heart burn, it has been shown that the spiciness stimulates stomach secretions. This in turn will increase blood flow to the stomach and even increase the mucous lining and combat ulcers. If you do find you get heartburn from spicy foods, try taking an antacid relief tablet which will neutralize acids in the stomach.

4. Improved circulation. The spicier the food, the more it increases your blood flow, gets your heart pumping, and raises the body’s temperature. If you live in a hot climate this can actually make you feel cooler by making you sweat which cools the body.

5. Improved sleep patterns. Australian researchers have found that people who regularly consumed spicy meals fell asleep more easily, had healthier sleep patterns, and even woke up easier and had more energy throughout the day.

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Health Benefits of Dates 

Health benefits of dates are uncountable, as this fruit is affluent in natural fibres. Dates are even rich in several vitamins and minerals. These natural products contain oil, calcium, sulphur, iron, potassium,phosphorous, manganese, copper and magnesium which are advantageous for health. It is said that consumption of one date daily is necessary for a balanced and healthy diet. Dates help in fighting constipation, intestinal disorders, weight gain, heart problems, sexual weakness, diarrhoea and abdominalcancer.

Health benefits of dates have made them the best nourishment for muscles development. People consume dates in several ways, like mixing the paste of the dates with milk, yoghurt or with bread or butter to make the food tasty and healthy. This paste is beneficial for both adults and children, especially during the time of recovery. According to the modern medicine survey, it is known that dates are useful in preventing abdominal cancer. It is also seen that many Muslims break their fast by eating dates and water according to their traditions. Breaking fast with eating dates helps us to avoid overeating of the food after the fast. When the body absorbs the nutritional value of the dates, the feeling of hunger gets pacified.

Dates are termed as a crown of sweets and ideal food which easily balances and digests food. It gives extra energy to a tired human body within half an hour after taking it. Dates are considered to be the best diet for confinement of the women.American Cancer Society recommends intake of 20-35 grams of dietary fibre in a day, supplied through dates. It is said that taking one date in a day will help you to maintain your healthy eyes for your lifetime. They are quiet effective in guarding the night blindness problems.

Benefits of dates

  • Constipation: Date is termed to be a laxative food. This is the reason that dates are beneficial for people suffering from constipation. For getting the laxative effect from dates, you need to soak dates for one full night in water. You should consume these soaked dates in the morning like syrup to get their actual advantages.
  • Intestinal Disorders: The nicotinic content that is present in the dates is said to be beneficial for curing any kinds of intestinal disorders. Continuous intake of dates helps to maintain a check on the growth of the pathological organisms and thus, helps in the rise of friendly bacteria in the intestines.
  • Weight Gain: Dates are said to be a part of healthy diet. They consist of sugar, fats, proteins as well as many essential vitamins. If the dates are consumed with the paste of cucumber, one can easily come out from the problem of over-slimming. One kilogram of dates contains almost 3,000 calories. These calories alone are sufficient to meet the daily requirements of a human body.
  • Healthy Heart: Dates are quite helpful in maintaining your heart in a healthy condition. When soaked for a night and crushed in the morning and consumed, they prove to be quite advantageous for weak hearts. They help in fortifying the heart, if taken twice in a week.
  • Sexual Weakness: Dates are even beneficial for increasing sexual stamina in the human body. A handful of dates, when soaked in fresh goat’s milk for the night and then grinded in the same milk with the mixture of cardamom powder and honey, becomes a very useful tonic for increasing sex endurance and sterility caused due to functional disorders.
  • Diarrhea: Ripe dates contain potassium. Potassium is beneficial for controlling diarrhea. They are easily digestible, which helps to cope up with the problems of diarrhea.
  • Intoxication: Dates are known as an excellent remedy for alcoholic intoxication. Dates provide quick relief in the case of alcoholic intoxication. They should be rubbed and soaked overnight for getting more nutritious values from them.
  • Abdominal Cancer: Dates are beneficial for curing abdominal cancer. They work as useful tonic for all age groups. They work as better as the medicines, and are natural and do not bear any side effects in the body. They can be easily digested and used for supplying extra and needed energy.

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Although dates carry tremendous nutritional values, great care should be taken in their selection because they consists of sticky surface which attracts various impurities in them. Hence, you should consume only those dates that are processed and packed properly. Make sure to wash them thoroughly before consuming. This will help remove the impurities present in them.

Organic Red Wine, Why GO Organic… 1,2,3

1. Organic wines are produced with organic grapes. Any food that is being organically grown must follow a strict criteria. Organic foods must be certified before they can be labeled “organic”. Traditional wines are grown with grapes that are usually heavily sprayed with pesticides. Organic wineries do not add flavors such as oak chips to their wines, and use very basic wine making techniques that involves yeast for fermentation. Some traditional wines may be labeled “made with organic grapes”, this means that 70% of their grapes come from organic sources. So it is important when choosing the best wine for your health that you read your labels carefully.

2. Organic wines are not sprayed with chemicals and pesticides and tend to have greater health benefits, and brighter flavors. When you buy organic wine you are doing more then buying a healthier wine. You are helping change the way you live in the future. Organic wine is more then a bolder flavor, “Organic wine is produced by farmers who emphasize the use of renewable resources and the conservation of soil and water to enhance environmental quality for future generations”, says the USDA.

3. Organic wines contain less sulfites then traditional wines. Sulfites are a salts or sulfurous acids that occur naturally in many wines. It is vary rare to find a wine that does not have sulfites. Added sulfites are generally used for preservation of wines. 100% Organic wines are made with no added sulfites. The less sulfites a wine contains, the healthier it will be for your body.

Anticancer Properties: Red wine is a rich source of polyphenol called resveratrol, which acts as an antioxidant. It protects the cells of the body from damage and wards of chronic diseases. These antioxidants play major role in the prevention of cancer, including colorectal cancer and lung cancer. Prevention of Cardiovascular Diseases: According to the findings of the journal Nature, red wine inhibits the synthesis of endothelin-1, a protein responsible for building up of fats along the walls of blood vessels leading to atherosclerosis. Wine also has high levels of procyanidins, a class of phenols, which play a role in the oxidation of LDL (bad) cholesterol, reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Anti-Inflammatory and Anti-Clotting Agents: The American Chemical Society has found that phenols found in red wine prevent platelet aggregation, thus countering thromboses which can occlude the inner lining of blood vessels. It has blood thinning properties, and scores over aspirin in this aspect. Aspirin is usually taken as a preventive for heart attacks. Prevention of Dementia and Alzheimer’s: Resveratrol in wine also has a neuro-protective role to play and enhances the degradation of plaques which cause Alzheimer’s. It also counters age-related degeneration of neurons. Slows the Ageing Process: Harvard Medical School recommends a daily dose of resveratrol for a longer and healthier life. Prevents Diabetes: Wine prevents complications caused by oxidative stress during the onset ofdiabetes mellitus. This also reduces the risk of cardiovascular diseases among type 2 diabetes patients. Increased Bone Density and Prevention of Osteoporosis: The high silicon content of red wine ensures enhanced bone density and can also act as a protector of bone health in menopausal women due to the phytoestrogens present. Estrogen is commonly used in hormone replacement therapy in menopausal women.

  • Prevention of Hypertension: Red wine constituent provinol is effective in easing Nitric Oxide (NO) synthase deficient hypertension.
  • Prevention of Gallstones and Kidney Stones: Studies carried out by Harvard Medical School indicate reduced occurrence of gallstones among regular drinkers of moderate serving of wine. Wine also reduces the incidence of kidney stones when consumed in moderation.
  • Alleviates Allergies: Red wine has been proved to alleviate allergies in some individuals and boost the resistance to allergens.
  • Diuretic: Like other alcohols, wine too has diuretic properties and flushes out the toxins from the body.
  • Cosmetic Properties: Resveratrol found in wine has also been shown to reduce the scarring caused by radiation and is a component of many cosmetic applications. 

by Seven Johnson

7LoveJohnson; Executive Creative Director / Organic & Natural Living, Balance Is True Beauty. Sharing Wealth Through Health and Wellness~ xo seven