Laugh Yoga: A Way to Better Health

You might question this type of yoga but it is a real thing and has proven to not only increase happiness, but it can also strengthen the immune system, reduce pain and lower stress. What is it you ask? It is called Laugh Yoga. You just giggled didn’t you. See? It’s working already and soon you’ll be laughing your way to better health.

According to Laughter Yoga University, I bet you’re laughing again at the thought, laugh yoga is based on the concept that voluntary laughter can provide the same health 
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benefits as spontaneous laughter. Visit  www.laughteryoga.org to watch their video and if it doesn’t make you laugh or at least smile, I don’t know what will. You do not have to master any traditional yoga postures. That alone should have you jumping for joy. You simply need to laugh.

Laugh yoga  can increase oxygen intake and blood flow, improve blood vessel function, and can lower blood pressure. All this helps protect your heart, boost energy, dissolve stress, and allows you to gain focus. Think of laugh yoga as a complement to low-impact cardio.

We don’t laugh enough. Start with a smile, then a giggle, and before you know it the room will be filled with chuckles, hearty laughs and howling hoots. Laugh yoga classes promise to make us all laugh harder, more deeply, and more fully than we’ve ever laughed before.

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co.

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Chocolate is Happiness You Can Eat

We’ve all heard the word superfoods; foods that contain significantly higher quantities of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and health-boosting benefits. I’m sure you’ve tried a few like broccoli or blueberries but I bet you’d choose chocolate over blueberries or broccoli any day. Here is the first of many super foods I’ll be informing you about so you can choose to make eating habits healthy and delicious, maybe even a little exotic like our first superfood the cacao bean. Grown in the Amazon of Peru, cacao is a fruit that grows on trees. The fruits of the cacao tree are called cacao pods, which contain cacao beans that are used as the basis of chocolate.

Did you know cacao is:

  1.  40 times the antioxidants of blueberries. Move over blueberries because cacao has an incredible ORAC score of 98,000 per 100g versus blueberries at a mere 2,400. (ORAC scores measure the ability of antioxidants to absorb free radicals.)
  2. Highest plant-based source of iron. If you need iron, cacao is the highest plant-based source of iron known to man at a whopping 7.3 mg per 100 g compared to spinach at 3.6 mg. You’ll need to combine with some Vitamin C to get the maximum benefits. Try an Easy Cacao/Banana Smoothie. (recipe below)
  3. Full of Magnesium. The most deficient mineral in the Western world, cacao is one of the highest plant-based sources of magnesium.  Magnesium is important for a healthy heart and brain and helps turn glucose into energy enabling your brain to work with clarity and focus.
  4. More calcium than cow’s milk. A latte or a couple squares of chocolate? Your choice.
  5. A natural mood elevator and anti-depressant. Serotonin, tryptophan, tyrosine and phyenylenthylamine are neurotransmitters associated with warm and cozy feelings. A natural, healthy and delicious way to get a happy buzz on.

Eating chocolate is a sensual experience along with numerous studies of its amazing health benefits, it’s a win/win!  Here’s to the healthy pleasure of cacao!

 EASY Cacao/Banana Smoohtie

Ingredients
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp creamy almond butter
  • 1 tbsp organic raw cacao powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 frozen medium banana
  • pinch sea salt
  •  ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend for about 2 minutes until well combined.

  2. Pour in glass and enjoy!

     

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co