Lets face it most people like chocolate but what I’m talking about is the 70% or above dark chocolate, you know, the good stuff! Everyone knows that when you eat chocolate it releases endorphins in your body which make you happy, exercise also does this so chocolate after yoga? Double happy hit!
I mainly give chocolate to my pregnancy students as its a very relaxing class and having a bit of chocolate after class helps ground my students and give them the energy to get home safely but here are some more benefits as everyone needs a good excuse:
Its Nuitritious – 100gms of dark chocolate contains 11gms of fibre, 67% of the RDA for Iron, 58% of the RDA for Magnesium and plenty of potassium, phosphorus, zinc and selenium.
Dark chocolate is loaded with organic compounds that are biologically active and function as antioxidants. These include polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, among others.
Dark chocolate may lower the risk of cardiovascular disease
Dark chocolate is anti inflammatory – Studies have shown that your gut bacteria can break down and ferment the components of dark chocolate thereby turning them into anti-inflammatory compounds that are great for your health
The list goes on:
– Improves gastrointestinal flora
– Reduces stress hormones
– Improves liver function for those with cirrhosis
– Reduces symptoms of glaucoma
So go eat that chocolate or at least take it to yoga!