Don't Feel Guilty About Eating That Dark Chocolate

February 6, 2019

 

 

 

 

Have you been looking for a new snack to brighten your day and give you a boost? Why not try one that is healthy and can provide you with feelings of joy and offer some amazing benefits. 

 

Take clementine or orange slices dipped in chocolate, for example. Have you tried it? It is quite delicious. Sure, everyone has tried chocolate covered strawberries, but the juiciness and the sweetness of the citrus flavor mixed with chocolate is an experience worth having. 

 

You may have heard that dark chocolate is good for you. Now, it is our job to provide you with some insight into the way in which it can actually help your body. 

 

Dark chocolate comes in many forms, including dairy-free and sugar-free! Need a recommendation? Send us a message. Dark chocolate contains a vast amount of nutrients, including potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium. Along with the nutrients it supplies, it is also an amazing source of antioxidants. 

 

Are you aware that dark chocolate may aid in improving blood flow and lower one's blood pressure? Well, you're in luck- because it can! On top of that, dark chocolate can significantly decease oxidized LDL in men. 

 

Contrary to popular belief, dark chocolate is good for the skin. It has been discovered that flavonols in chocolate can protect against sun damage, improve blood flow to the skin and increase skin density and hydration. Dark chocolate keeps getting better and better. 

 

One last thought for you to sink your teeth into while you eat that piece of chocolate is that by eating this delectable treat, you are helping to stimulate and improve blood flow to the brain. The simple act of consuming chocolate activates neurotransmitters, such as serotonin to lift your spirits. 

 

Source: Gunnars, Kris. "7 Proven Health Benefits of Dark Chocolate." Heathline, Healthline Media, 25 June 2018.

 

 

 

Mel Baker-Thompson is a New York State licensed Doctor of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine with over 3,000 hours of clinical and didactic training in Eastern and Western medical modalities. She has developed the Whole Life Integration Method to take natural functional medicine to the next level - incorporating the role of the mind in the optimization of authentic health. Over the last 20 years she has treated physicians, therapists, Rockettes, even an Olympic-qualifying athlete. From infants to grandparents, she has crafted an approach to health cultivation that combines the wisdom, skill, and acumen of Chinese Medicine with nutrition therapy, manual therapy, essential oils, and insight meditation to remove health disruptors in the body and mind. 

 

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