CrossFit 42 South

Wednesday 16/05/2012

Strength

Split Jerk

15min to find your 1rm

WOD

for time complete the following

Run 400m

1min rest

Run 200m

1min rest

Run 400m

rest 1min

Run 200m

rest 1min

Run 400m

 

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6 reasons why you should be eating dark chocolate

 

I know it seems we are forever hearing through various mediums that dark chocolate is good for us because it is packed with antioxidants, but I also know this is quite an ambiguous and overused statement. So even if you’re like me and don’t need any reason to eat chocolate I thought the least I could do is omit those guilty feelings and reveal the health benefits this wonder drug holds.

1. Dark Chocolate can improve intelligence: Finally there is a reason behind my brilliance. All jokes aside, dark chocolate has actually been known to increase blood flow to the brain, which in turn enhances cognitive function.

2. Stimulates endorphin production: Endorphins are a chemical, which typically release in the brain during exercise. They are said to resemble opiates in their ability to produce analgesia coupled with a euphoric feeling. It turns out Fran is not the only cure for those winter blues because dark chocolate also emits the body’s natural feel good drug.

3. Fortifies and invigorates the skin: Dark chocolate should be part of your beauty regime and here is why; it contains flavonoids which are antioxidants that work to protect the skin by absorbing UV light and increasing blood flow. An increase in blood flow improves skin hydration giving you that desirable, glowing complexion.

4. Rich in essential vitamins and minerals: Surprisingly, dark chocolate contains significant amounts of potassium, magnesium and iron. All of which promote bone health and work to improve muscle and nerve function.

5. Lowers blood sugar levels: The antioxidants found in dark chocolate help improve the body’s ability to process blood sugar, doing wonders for the waistline.

6. Lowers Cholesterol: According to recent studies dark chocolate has also proven to reduce bad cholesterol by up to 10%, which has a positive effect on heart health and decreases the chance of developing cardiovascular disease.

Obviously the darker the chocolate the better and if you are a Paleo person your daily dose should be served with a minimum of 70% cacao. Aside from the rich, luscious taste that dark chocolate so gracefully boasts, I have just given you six health related reasons why you should indulge. So go ahead and satisfy your guilt free craving.

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