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Chocolate Cake For Breakfast Would Boost Your Brain And Health, Science Says

Chocolate Cake For Breakfast Would Boost Your Brain And Health, Science Says

You may have heard the idea that chocolate actually helps one think. For me, it was always from my dad who would tell me to eat a chocolate bar before an exam in school. I never did it, but I might have to go back to those earlier years and shove chocolate in my face because according to a recent study from Syracuse University, chocolate may help brain activity and cognition.

Research Background and Results

The researchers had participants perform specific tests and in a long study showed this is a result, “Chocolate intake was significantly and positively associated with the Global Composite, Visual-Spatial Memory and Organization, Working Memory, Scanning and Tracking, the Similarities test (abstract reasoning), and the MMSE.”

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Why for Breakfasts?

Know what that means? Let’s couple chocolate with the powerful first meal of the day that is known as breakfast and layer it into cake form! Breakfast is important for the human routine. Even the word “breakfast” can be translated into break fast or breaking the fast from sleep. The body shuts down during sleep so the first meal of the day is important to reawakening your physical vessel. A big and hearty breakfast will do just that, right? Couple the chocolate cake with other foods that trigger mental activity such as eggs and their yolk. Combining multiple brain foods would not only activate your mind for the day, but if done routinely the brain might even start functioning more actively in a positive fashion.

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It calm your cravings for the rest of the day

Not only can that savory chocolate cake be beneficial in breakfast for it’s brain power, but it might act as a way to calm cravings and other bad eating habits throughout the remainder of the day as well. This is according to a study done at Tel Aviv University. The idea behind the study was to show that timing full meals correctly had more benefits to people trying to shed pounds than not. This is in relation to the idea that a high calorie breakfast with sweets involved will help curve the calories for the rest of the day.

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How Chocolate Was Consumed During Ancient Tribal Times

The cocoa plants have been a harvested crop in South America since ancient tribal times. It has always had a link to romance because of the tradition of these tribes since they would create a drink from the plants to be used for marriages and other ceremonies similar. It was once a delicacy only known to a few parts of the world but since it was mainstreamed into the world chocolate has been sought after for various reasons. It has been used to treat sickness, as a proof of royalty, as a way to prepare for sexual dominance, as comfort and now it can be looped into helping brain functions and a staple breakfast food. It is also crazy to think that after thousands of years of being consumed, there are still studies being done on chocolate to see its benefits. Some of the three million or so cocoa beans consumed yearly can start being indulged during the early morning hours for the best meal of the day.

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Last Updated on December 9, 2019

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

1. Get Rationally Optimistic

Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

The result: no more mental stress.

2. Unplug

Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

3. Easy on the Caffeine

Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

  • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
  • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
  • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

The result: mental stress will be gone!

So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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