Do you or someone you know experience constant chronic pain? If your answer is “yes”, your best bet to help yourself (and them!) is to have a piece of dark chocolate.
Yes, really! Chocolate helps reduce pain and improve overall health. In fact, the health benefits of dark chocolate are so extensive that it is considered by many to be a superfood.
The benefits of chocolate come from the cacao bean. The higher the concentration of cacao in your chocolate, the more health benefits you get.
While there are many different types of chocolate, dark chocolate with a cacao content of 65 percent or more is best for reducing chronic pain.
Dark chocolate is superior to milk chocolate because it has more healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, fewer carbohydrates, less sugar, more fiber, higher levels of iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium.
Dark chocolate also has more flavonoids, which are nutrients found in plants that reduce inflammation and boost immunity.
Here are 4 unexpected health benefits of dark chocolate — aka healthy reasons to eat more of it
1. Your hormones increase
Chocolate increases the production of endorphins, the body’s natural opiates. As a result, it decreases pain and lifts your mood.
It’s also the only known food source of ananamide, a natural cannabinoid that attaches to the body’s cannabis receptors, just like marijuana. This is another source of chocolate’s pain-relieving effects.
Chocolate also boosts the release of the body’s natural amphetamines, phenylethylamine, which increases energy.
Serotonin, a neurotransmitter that acts as an antidepressant, is also boosed by eating chocolate. This may be why so many people reach for chocolate when they need a mood boost.
2. It’s good for the heart
The heart benefits of chocolate are considerable. It helps restore the flexibility of the arteries as well as preventing white blood cells from sticking to the walls of blood vessels.
Eating chocolate has also been shown to reduce levels of ‘bad’ cholestrol and raise levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL).
As a result, it reduces atherosclerosis, a disease of plaque buildup inside arteries. Probably because of these effects, daily chocolate consumption has been linked to a lower risk of stroke.
3. Your brain also benefits
Chocolate is also good for the brain. A study at Harvard Medical School found that two cups of hot chocolate a day helped improve blood flow to essential parts of the brain.
This indicates that chocolate could help in fighting diseases of progressive cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s.
4. It has benefits during pregnancy
If someone you love is expecting, there are health benefits to eating chocolate for both mom and baby.
A Finnish study found that pregnant women who ate chocolate had less stress and their babies smiled more than the babies of moms who didn’t eat chocolate.
So, with all these dark chocolate health benefits, what’s not to like?
Well, chocolate does have a lot of calories, about 150 per ounce, so moderation is key. The trick is to substitute it for less healthy treats.
So the next time you’re looking for a dessert for yourself or a gift for someone you love, choose a nice box of dark chocolates.
You’ll get a tasty treat, plus some great health benefits and chronic pain relief, too!
Actress Juliet Ibrahim has had an eventful weekend – from celebrating her birthday in South Africa with friends and fans to being unveiled as the cover star for the latest issue of WOW magazine.
Julie Odia, who is the publisher of WOW magazine, says about the latest issue:
Juliet and I had a sit down over wine and a delicious meal and she let me into her world like she had never done before. We talked about EVERYTHING. It was endearing seeing her so vulnerable yet so strong.
When it comes to an action as involuntarily as sneezing, there is little we can do about it. When we feel the urge to cough or sneeze, our reflex reaction is to cover our mouth with our hands.
But what if we told you that you have been sneezing the wrong way all along and no, we are NOT kidding?
As a society, we have been taught since childhood to say “excuse me” and “I am sorry”, whenever we cough or sneeze.
But what we are NOT told (or we have conveniently forgotten) is that when your body is clearing out the airways with a sudden expulsion of air out of the nose and mouth, you are not supposed to use your hands as a cover. You need to change the way you sneeze
Yes, we know that nobody is carrying tissues or handkerchiefs all the time and sneezes do come unannounced. But if you sneeze on your hands, it actually becomes really easy to transfer those germs to someone else, from doorknobs, taps to handrails.
“If somebody sneezes into their hands, that creates an opportunity for those germs to be passed on to other people, or contaminate other objects that people touch,” Dr Vincent Hill, chief of the waterborne disease prevention branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
What should you do instead?
Thankfully, the solution is not that difficult. If you do not have a tissue or napkin handy, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve (not on your palms) or in the bend of your arm. The important thing to remember is that you will still need to WASH your hands after sneezing.
Did you know that this hygiene etiquette, issued by CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), has been around for more than a decade? Yeah, no kidding. So the next time you have the urge to expel a million bacteria out of your airways, we suggest that you steer clear of using your hands.
Orange is the best color for eye health! The color is produced by beta-carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body
These nutrients help increase vision at night and prevent eye dryness
Helps reduce the risk of eye infections
Lutein and zeaxanthin are related to vitamin A and beta-carotene
Will protect your eye tissues from sunlight damage
Reduces risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
Eat dark, leafy greens with a fat, such as olive oil, to maximize absorption of lutein and zeaxanthin.
Super high in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory compounds
Catechins may help lower the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration
You can also find catechins in chocolate and red wine
Quinoa, brown rice, and whole grain oats are high in vitamin E, zinc, and niacin which are eye-boosting nutrients
Niacin is important for overall eye health
Many grains are fortified with niacin
Try swapping white carbohydrates for brown one
Another orange vegetable that is a great source of vitamin A and beta-carotene
The extra vitamin A will fuel rhodopsin, the protein necessary to help the retina absorb light
Carotenoids are found in fruits and vegetables that are yellow and orange. They help decrease the risk of many eye diseases and infections.
Chia, flax, and hemp seeds are high in omega-3, a fatty acid our eyes need to thrive
Nuts and legumes are high in vitamin E which has shown to improve vision and slow age-related issues
Water is essential to everything, but if you’re experiencing dry eyes or blurry vision you may be at risk for dehydration
Water also helps flush out toxins from the body
Keeping hydrated with water will also help in focus and concentration with your eyesight
Just 15 minutes of jogging every day could reduce the risk of depression, a doctor has said.
Speaking on the back of a recent study that found physically active people are less at risk of the mental health condition, a medic from Massachusetts General Hospital urges the public to ‘just move’.
Whenever patients come to him complaining they are feeling down, the doctor tells them to ‘get outside and do something’ before he will prescribe an antidepressant. Dr David Agus, from the hospital’s department of psychiatry, told CBS News: ‘My patients now, when they say, “I’m starting to feel a little depressed and not do as much,” my first thing is not prescribe a pill, but get outside and do something.’
‘Fifteen minutes of jogging, an hour of gardening.’
Depression is the leading cause of disability in the US for people aged 15-to-44, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America.
The condition affects more than 16.1million Americans (6.7 per cent) every year.
And in the UK, 19.7 per cent of people over 16 showed symptoms of depression or anxiety in 2014, Mental Health Foundation statistics show.
As the Fall 2019 runways come to an end at New York Fashion Week, it’s time to take a look at the top trends that emerged along the way. With an eclectic mix of runway collections, there was a little something for everyone this season. For those who bask in the art of being extra, there were glamorous feathers in every form—from colorful coats to sexy looks for a night out. And for those who prefer something a bit more subtle, there were fleece jackets and new takes on classic winter essentials. Consider the below your first sneak-peek at the trends that are sure to take over in Fall 2019.
It’s all about the waist come fall. The return of waist belts took various forms on the runways—from belted suits and coats to contrasting belts worn over several layers at Prabal Gurung. Polished? Yes, but the idea is more about breaking up a cold weather look in a way that accentuates the waist.
2.The color purple
Jewel-tone colors reigned supreme, but one in particular stood out amongst the pack: purple. From shades of lavender to deep eggplant hues, the color purple was a source of inspiration for a long list of designers. Done in sweater, suit, and dress form, the hue makes for a fresh contender to spice up your mostly black fall wardrobe.
The Second Lady of the Republic of Ghana and Global Ambassador for the Global Alliance for Clean cookstoves, Hajia Mrs Samira Bawumia, has been honoured as the African Women of Excellence for her contribution to the cause of humanity.
This follows the passionate drive she is undertaking through the Samira Empowerment and Humanitarian Projects (SEHP).
SEHP is a not-for-profit organisation established with the purpose of empowering the underprivileged in Ghana through diverse social intervention projects to improve lives.
The African Women of Excellence Awards, organized by the African Union in partnership with Diasporan African Forum (DAF), is an event designed to recognize and award African women for their contribution to development and peace in social, political and economic spheres. This year’s edition was held on September 29, 2018 in Sandton City-Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mrs. Bawumia, through SEHP, has initiated a number of interventions in the areas of health, education and empowerment, with special emphasis on women. Notable amongst them is the ‘Safe Delivery Project’, an initiative that seeks to reduce maternal and neonatal mortality in deprived communities.
The safe delivery project endeavours to distribute one hundred thousand (100,000) birth kits to expectant mothers in their third trimester, in deprived communities. The project has, additionally, trained traditional birth attendants and several health workers.
SEHP has also equipped selected health facilities in deprived communities in Ghana. So far, SEHP has retooled the Tamale Teaching Hospital, other four (4) health centres, and ten (10) Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS) Compounds with necessary medical and surgical equipment, as well as medical consumables.
In the area of education, SEHP’s ‘Library-In-A-Box’ project has distributed thirty-five thousand (35,000) books to thirty-five (35) schools in seven (7) regions across Ghana. A total of about 40,000 pupils are expected to benefit from these books. This is in fulfilment of a quest to improve literacy and instil a culture of reading among students in Ghana.
SEHP with support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has launched a Coalition of People against Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices (CoPASH).
CoPASH will spearhead a national response to the issues of SGBV/HPs including case management and increasing prevention efforts in Ghana. The goal of CoPASH is to bring together agencies, organizations and individuals who are passionate about the rights of women and girls, to advocate for better case management for SGBV victims throughout the nation.
In a brief remark at the awards ceremony, Mrs. Bawumia thanked the African Union Commission and the Diasporan Affairs Forum for acknowledging her works. She asserted that “Although this award comes to me, I see it as a celebration and acknowledgement of the work of countless individuals and groups across the globe, whose names we may never know but are serving humanity, selflessly”.
Other noteworthy recipients of the award were; Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, First Lady of Rwanda; Hon. Baleka Mbete, Speaker of the National Assembly, South Africa; Dr. Amina Mohammed, Cabinet Minister for Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Kenya.
The rest are Dr. Martha Namundjebo-Tilahun, Chairperson of the United Group, a multi-billion business conglomerate in Namibia and Dr. Toni Luck, of the African Legacy Trust.
When you look at everything that woman has gone through, overcame, and endured throughout history it really is truly amazing. There was once a time when they couldn’t even vote. Now in the last election in the United States a woman ran for president. Women are now working in the same fields as men, earning more money, starting single families, and just doing it all. And, probably the most impressive thing is that they always seem to look fashionable while accomplishing these tasks, but how do they do it with so much on their plates?
Mix It Up A Little With Smart Investments
Sure, everyone wants to own all the name brand trends, but just because you outfits and apparel from the most popular and expensive designer it doesn’t mean that you are being stylish. In fact, you can look stylish by mixing high-end items with cheaper items. Inexpensive seasonal wear and accessories like sunglasses, t-shirts, casual tops, pants, and denim can go an extremely long way when they are matched with designer shoes, handbags, and other high-end items. As long as you know how to properly mix and match, you can do it quickly and on a budget.
Build A Foundation
Investing in quality pieces are without a doubt worth the extra splurge if you know how to invest properly. Building a wardrobe is a lot like being a home. You need a foundation piece to build everything else around. Quality clothing and accessories like the ones that are sold at The Kript are built to last. Not only does this online store offer the highest of quality clothing, but also they do it at an affordable cost. Their stitching and designs are constructed to last much longer and won’t fall apart after a few years of use. Investing more in pieces that won’t go out of style with the seasons will give you a foundation to build your wardrobe around every day of the year.
Organize That Closet
If you want to always be fashionable at the drop of a hat, you are going to need an organized closet. You can’t choose the best attire for certain situations if you really don’t know what you have. Getting your closet organized in a manner that suits your needs will really allow you to utilize your wardrobe to its fullest. Put dresses together, organize your shoes by color, arrange shirts by season, or separate all your work clothes from your casual and evening attire. Whatever the situation is, if the closet is organized in a manner that suits your needs, it will make it much easier to choose a quick and fashionable outfit for any situation.
Manage Those Nails
Looking fashionable at all times is not just about dressing stylishly. You really need to have your whole look together and that includes your nails. Sure, not everyone has the time or the funds to get a manicure every month. And, that regular nail polish is just prone to chipping, which leaves your repainting your nails every week. Well, this is where the gel nail polish can come in handy, as it will handy more wear and tear. This is perfect for the busy woman that often works with her hands.
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