Healthy Reasons To Enjoy Chocolate Every Day

Tony:

“In the right form, chocolate is a true super food. Of all the foods available on planet Earth, chocolate is perhaps the most magical and maybe one of the best health foods around. Fortunately, it’s also one of the most delicious, so enjoy it in good health.”

And also remember that you must be scrupulous in your portion control. One to two ounces will do the trick.

One to two ounces are sufficient for excellent health benefits

One to two ounces are sufficient for excellent health benefits

Tony

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

BY MICHAEL T. MURRAY    JUNE 10, 2013

Is there such a thing as a guilt-free pleasure when it comes to food? Absolutely, and chocolate is one of them. This delectable, seemingly addictive food is produced from the beans of the cacao tree, whose official name is Theobroma cacao. Its scientific name reflects our long-standing love of chocolate that’s endured for millennia (theobroma is the Greek word for “food of the gods”).

Here are a few scientifically proven health benefits of consuming moderate amounts of heavenly, high-quality chocolate.

1. It improves your mood.

Chocolate has long been associated with love, and now scientists have discovered a possible chemical connection. Chocolate contains a compound known as phenylethylamine (PEA), a brain chemical that’s released during moments of emotional euphoria. In addition to PEA, controversial findings suggest that chocolate contains pharmacologically active substances with the same effect on the brain as marijuana. The…

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Health Benefits of Organic Food

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In general, organic food consumers, manufacturers, and farmers strongly believe that organic food has the following benefits compared to non-organic food. While there are plenty of arguments against the multitude of organic food being overpriced on the market, there is no denying that there are some benefits that can be enjoyed.

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Originally posted on Our Better Health:

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The health benefits of organic food are more based on perception than real facts. However, the sweeping public opinion that organic food is healthier than conventional food is quite strong, and is the main reason for about 30% of growth in the organic food industry over the past 5-6 years. Much of this inflated support of organic food as a healthier alternative comes from environmental groups who don’t want pesticides and fertilizers to do any more damage to the environment, so promoting organic foods, which don’t use those types of chemicals, seems like a good way to get the results they want. The producers of organic food are also very strong contributors to the idea that organic food is superior to other types.

First of all, there is a small amount of scientific evidence to show that organic food is better in quality than conventional…

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Sitting Is Killing You – Infographic

I posted on the dangers of Sitting Too Much earlier this week.

Now comes this awesome infographic with even more info on it. If it appears small to you, double click on it and it will blow up (at least it did on my Mac.)

Some of the items include: “Sitting 6+ hours a day makes you up to 40% likelier to die within 15 years than someone who sits less than three. Even if you exercise.”

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6 Things You Must Know About Money and Happiness

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Here are six facts that may surprise you—and tips on how to live the good life, no matter how much you’ve got.

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I have written numerous times on happiness. For further posts, check out 75 Years In The Making: Harvard Just Released Its Epic Study On What Men Need To Live A Happy Life, Don’t Worry, Be Healthy, Positive, Happy People Suffer Less Pain, Why Should I Be Happy? Happy People Live Longer – Time Magazine, How Exercise Makes You Happy, Can I Be Happy?

Tony

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

August 20, 2014     By Amanda MacMillan

If you were offered a well-deserved raise at work or a no-strings-attached wad of money, would you take it? You’ve surely heard that money can’t buy happiness, but it can certainly get you closer to an enjoyable life, right?

Yes and no, says Elizabeth Dunn, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia and author of Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending. “It turns out, what you do with your money seems to matter just as much to your happiness as how much you make,” she says; good news for those of us without a sudden windfall or promotion in our near futures.

Here are six facts that may surprise you—and tips on how to live the good life, no matter how much you’ve got.

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A Good Night’s Sleep May Mean a Good Day’s Work

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The researchers even narrowed the ideal amount of nightly sleep for workers down to seven hours, 38 minutes for women, and seven hours, 46 minutes for men, according to the study in the September issue of the journal Sleep.

The team also found that insomnia-related symptoms — waking early in the morning, feeling more tired than others and using sleeping pills — were all linked with a significant increase in time off from work due to illness.

For more on the importance of sleep please check out my Page – How Important is a Good Night’s Sleep?

Tony

Originally posted on Cooking with Kathy Man:

Too much, too little slumber linked to raised number of sick days, researchers say.

Getting enough sleep each night may mean you’re less likely to take time off from work due to illness, a new study suggests.

The study included more than 3,700 people in Finland, aged 30 to 64, who were followed for an average of seven years.

Those who slept less than six hours or more than nine hours a night were much more likely to have extended absences from work due to illness, the investigators found. People with the lowest risk for taking time off from work due to sickness were those who slept between seven and eight hours a night.

The researchers even narrowed the ideal amount of nightly sleep for workers down to seven hours, 38 minutes for women, and seven hours, 46 minutes for men, according to the study in the September issue of…

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Nine Days After Skin Cancer Surgery: Update

This is meant to be just a brief updater. I am in my second week following Mohs skin cancer surgery. Regarding  exercise, I still haven’t ridden my bike or done anything outside of brief walks that would be described as exertion. This is just following doctor orders, also I have very low energy.

Yesterday was the first day since the surgery that I did not take a one to two hour nap in mid-afternoon.

While I have been careful about eating, I have not been crazy scrutinizing every calorie in fear of gaining weight since I am not riding 20 miles a day on my bike as I usually do. In view of that, I am surprised that I have not gained a pound. Most pleasant surprise.

I thought it might be interesting to compare two pictures of the incision on my face. The first was taken two days after the surgery and was the first time the wound was exposed since the nurse bandaged it after the operation. The second was taken this morning. For the record, these stitches are the kind that dissolve over time, so they will not have to be removed. My apologies to the squeamish for these photos. I share your squeam.

Two days after surgery

Two days after surgery

Here is the one from this morning:

This morning ...

This morning, 10 days after surgery.

I have put nothing on this wound except Vaseline to protect it. This morning is my first day to leave it uncovered without the big rectangular bandage. I started to use Emu oil and coconut oil on it today. Will post a picture a year from now to show how well it healed.

If interested in the details on this surgery, check out my posts What Happened During My Skin Cancer Surgery, What About Life After Skin Cancer Surgery? and I Have a Second Skirmish With Skin Cancer.

To complete what I had thought was going to be a very brief post I want to let you know that I had similar surgery on my face in August 2012. I blogged about how well the facial scar healed in How Emu Oil and Coconut Oil Hid a Facial Scar in August 2013.

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5 steps to improve your brain health

Tony:

Staying in shape physically is only half of the equation, and as people live longer and longer with the progression of medical technology, it’s time mankind took a serious look at how to improve brain health. It’s important to learn how to treat your brain properly, especially since it is the key to making sure the rest of the body is in working order.

Check out my previous post on the 12 Mental Benefits of Exercise.

Don’t miss my Page Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise Benefits), as well as What Are the Best Foods for My Brain?

Tony

Originally posted on Voxxi:

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Easy ways to enhance your brain health. (Shutterstock)

Everyone knows it’s important to exercise your body and maintain a healthy diet if you want to reach optimal physical fitness, but experts say we are neglecting a very important part of our health.

Staying in shape physically is only half of the equation, and as people live longer and longer with the progression of medical technology, it’s time mankind took a serious look at how to improve brain health. It’s important to learn how to treat your brain properly, especially since it is the key to making sure the rest of the body is in working order.

SEE ALSO: Top 9 ways to exercise your brain

5 steps to improve your brain health

First, brain health isn’t just about exercising your brain–though that is indeed one of the steps. Brain health is about all the aspects of treating your…

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What Are 12 Mental Benefits of Exercise? – Infographic

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Be sure to check out my Page Important Facts About Your Brain (and Exercise Benefits), as well as What Are the Best Foods for My Brain?

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Overcoming Resistance to Change: The Secret to Lasting Health

Tony:

Walking is one of the best habits  you can have.

Walking is one of the best habits you can have. It burns calories and benefits the health of your brain as well.

According to neuroscientist Dr. Bruce Lipton, author of The Biology of Belief, 95% of your life is dictated by the subconscious mind. This is the part of your brain that runs a large portion of your life on autopilot enabling you to do many tasks without thinking about them, everything from tying your shoes to driving a car.

When you do something often enough, it becomes a habit. Habits are activities you do effortlessly with minimal thought on your part. You can appreciate the power of a habit when you try to stop a bad one. It’s tough!

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

27th August 2014      By Deane Alban  Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

What do you want to do when you retire? The most common answers to this question are to spend time with friends and family, travel, volunteer, exercise (finally!), learn new things, live abroad, and write a book. [1] But you won’t be able to do these things later if you don’t take care of your body and your brain now.

If you’re like most people, you’ve tried to change, but you find it really, really hard (as in “impossible”). You’ve made the resolutions and set the goals. When you’ve failed, you’ve tried even harder, but making change stick has still eluded you.

Let’s take a look at why the usual ways of making lifestyle changes often fail. Then I’ll give you some super-easy but counter-intuitive tips to create new, healthy habits.

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American waistlines still expanding, study says

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BMI may not be an accurate measure of abdominal obesity, because it gives a measurement of overall body mass. BMI can’t measure how the weight is distributed.

“There are some researchers that feel waist circumference is a better measure of abdominal obesity,” Ford said.

Please check out my Page - What Are The Dangers of a Big Waistline?

Tony

Originally posted on Our Better Health:

BY ANDREW M. SEAMAN    NEW YORK Tue Sep 16, 2014  

(Reuters Health) – The average waistline of Americans increased by more than an inch over the past decade, according to a study from U.S. health researchers.

Along with the increase in waist circumference measurements, the number of Americans with abdominal obesity increased by about eight percentage points between 1999-2000 and 2011-2012, researchers from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found.

“We’ve been doing these studies for a number of years now,” said Dr. Earl Ford, the study’s lead author. “We’ve had three previous publications. Our last one looked through 2008 so we wanted to see what was happening in recent years.”

Many studies on obesity use a measurement known as body mass index (BMI), which is a measurement of weight in relation to height.

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