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Chocolate: Something We Can Agree On
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Chocolate: Something We Can Agree On
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Stepping Stones
July, 2015
Issue #138
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Something We Can All Agree On: Chocolate      


In the midst of all the heated rhetoric coming out of the Presidential primary campaigns, it's nice to get some news that brings us together - and lowers our blood pressure in the process.  


In a meta-study, drawing on results from 20 other research projects, scientists have found that eating some dark chocolate daily leads to a small drop in blood pressure. Cocoa products are rich in flavanols, plant compounds that work as an antioxidant and help the body produce a substance to relax blood vessels.


Chocolate also triggers the release of endorphins, leading to an increase in pleasurable feelings and a reduction in stress levels. As an added bonus, researchers in Italy have determined that eating the flavanols in dark chocolate also helps improve brain function. Study subjects who drank cocoa demonstrated higher levels of verbal memory and the ability to switch tasks, among others.  


Of course, doctors advise us all to maintain a healthy diet, exercise regularly, and stop smoking. But it's good to know that dark chocolate treats are also positively related to our well-being - especially since World Chocolate Day is observed this month. 


Now what about that exercise plan? Perhaps you have found something that works for you. This summer you may want to slip into the water and try a water aerobics class. Since water provides resistance, the exercises are effective in burning calories and building strength while still protecting your body. And after class, especially during these warm months, you can draw on the support and freedom that the water affords. Why not swim laps to stretch out and develop your power, or float on your back while you relax and enjoy the peaceful blue sky? It's an ideal combination of physical exercise and emotional reflection.


For millions, the ancient practice of yoga provides that same combination of physical, mental and spiritual insight. With its emphasis on deep breathing and meditation, yoga helps reduce stress, all the while strengthening the body's core. You can learn more about mindfulness and mental focus as you gain physical flexibility.

Of course, you may prefer a different type of summer exercise - walking, bicycling, zumba, tennis, gym equipment. Choose one that you enjoy so that you'll stick with it. You'll be getting in touch with your body and caring for it at the same time. A nice combination any time of the year!
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 Virtual Book Tour         


Please join us at Her Mentor Center blog on Wednesday, July 29, for a Virtual Book Tour featuring Dr. Stephen Geller. As the chairman of Pathology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for 22 years, he weaves his clinical experience into this first novel,
A Little Piece of Me.

The main character, pianist Marcia Kleinman, is forced to make heart-wrenching decisions when her little boy is diagnosed with a rare liver disease. Will she donate a portion of her own liver to him? Will her husband's fears and control get in the way of saving Max's life? Marcia increasingly finds solace at her piano, searching for the ever-elusive heart of Beethoven's Appassionata. As Max's health declines, music is her salvation. She rediscovers her spirit, passion and strength dealing with life-changing, and life-saving, decisions while her marriage crumbles.


Stop by anytime Wednesday - it's virtual time - and enjoy our interview with Stephen Geller. Just click on "Leave a Reply" at the bottom of the post, then follow the prompts. Share your comments or questions and get to know this interesting man.




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