Take a bite out of stress with dark chocolate

This may be the most appreciated advice I give to clients – and it’s true!

Research has shown that good quality dark chocolate (with a minimum of 70% cocoa) has numerous health benefits. One or two squares a day can contribute towards lower stress levels.

The important part!

Good quality dark chocolate is packed full of minerals such as iron, magnesium and zinc. It also provides us with a burst of antioxidants.

Studies have shown that after two weeks of eating 1.4 ounces of the chocolate per day, the stress hormone ‘cortisol’ had reduced in the body.

Cortisol is best known for helping fuel your body’s ‘fight or flight’ response during a crisis, and plays an important role working with certain parts of the brain to control your mood, motivation and fear. Normally, this should lower after the stressful event.

Although we do need cortisol to help us at times, if we find ourselves under continuous stress, our cortisol levels may not lower as they should. Cortisol levels remaining high could affect some of your body’s most important functions. Weight gain, anxiety, depression, headaches and insomnia are just a few of the symptoms that can occur.

Remember this the next time you find yourself under a lot of stress, or use daily to help maintain balance.