I love chocolate! Who knew it could actually be good for you?

Humans have consumed chocolate/cacao thousands of years ago, and was revered by the Mayan and Aztecs.

Chocolate contains high levels of free redial scavengers, called :flavonoids”. The phytonutrients in cacao are similar to those found in green tea, apples, red wine, pomegranate juice and berries. Cacao (not cocoa) and some dark chocolates are ranked above tea, and a list of 25 others food sources of polyphenols. Polyphenols have been documented to provide protection from pests, infections, and UV protection from the sun. The phenols in chocolate have a special affinity that supports the cardiovascular system. Cacao has been found to modestly improve blood pressure (helps to keep it flowing smoothly) and influences the health for many other parts of the body, including the immune system and the brain.

Cacao is high in magnesium and copper. It is critical for energy production, maintaining strong bones, and supports positive moods.

The bad news is that many chocolate products are loaded with sugar, milk or even worse with artificial flavors. They usually also contain highly process vegetable oils, and maybe with little or no cacao. Organic chocolate, if available, should enable you to avoid chocolate treated with insecticides and pesticides. Reading and understanding labels is critical to ensure that you obtain healthy chocolate. Most cocoa mixes have sugar, cocoa that has alkali, dairy, different oils, corn syrup varieties, sodium caseinsate, dipotassium phosphate, mono & diglyceridis and /or cellulose gum as a short list of other ingredients.

My personal recommendation is to get 100% cacao (not cocoa) and mix it with your preferred sweetener or add to dishes that you prepare. 100% cocao is definitely not sweet. You can get 100% cacao either as a bar or powder form and is usually found in the baking section of grocery stores. It may take a little more time, but making your own hot cocoa is much healthier and you get more antioxidants than store mixes. Try adding cinnamon, allspice, or clove for a different flavor. The Mayan and Aztecs consumed a drink of unsweetened, highly spiced liquid cacao. Even later, the Inca gave this same drink to those men that were runners (bringing news from one city/settlement to another). This drink sustained them and gave great energy to complete their task.

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Yours in health, Christina.

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Reflexology for your Digestive Issues

   If you or someone you know suffers from digestive issues, including constipation Reflexology can help bring so much relief. A good test as to whether you are constipated; are you having 3-4 movements a day?  Reflexology can get things moving, but you have to help by doing some of the things listed on the graphic in this article.  Good nutrition plays a key role in so many of your bodily functions everyday; such as 8 glasses of water a day,  Drinking water and green vegetables is the number one and two things you need to do.  Not only to bring relief, but get more nutrients into your body systems.  Another easy way to help digestion is talking a walk after a heavy evening meal, even in the winter time.  It’s so invigorating, more oxygen into your lungs and strengths your legs too.  Wait a bonus!
7 ways to clear constipation
Of course, during a reflexology session, I check all organs and glands..Like the kidneys and liver, they are part of digestion as well.  If you have any questions or would like to set an appointment, my phone number is 719-638-8370.



Your feet on the bottom/plantar side of the feet, have a thick, fibrous band of tissue (fascia) from you heels to your toes. These tissues support the muscles and arch of the feet. When they’re overly


stretched, tiny tears can occur in the surface. This can cause pain and inflammation. This condition is more common in women due to footwear, being overweight or standing for several hours a day.

Over the 18 years of practice, I have worked on many people, mostly women, with this condition. I have also seen most people with fasciitis also have imbalanced hips; seems like another contributory factor.

To help my clients with reflexology, I have developed several special techniques and add the application of essential oils that are especially effective in helping with this uncomfortable problem. A great story I have for you; I worked on a man who stood all day on his feet, usually 6 days a week. I worked on him and asked him to call me in a couple of day to let me know how his feet felt. He didn’t call, but I saw him a month later. I asked how his fasciitis was doing. He said, “Oh, I no longer felt any pain, it went away and so I forgot I ever had any discomfort.”


Wouldn’t you like to have this similar kind of results? If you or a friend suffer this is problem, call me. I’d love to help you.


Healthy Living

cropped-reflexology_03-1.jpgWe will share with you regularly articles, tips and ideas on ways to enjoy healthy living as well as experiencing the benefits of foot reflexology, hand reflexology, pain relief, alternative wellness, natural healing, plantar fastitious relief, digestive issues, essential oils and Raindrop Technique