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What’s the best energy refueler after a two-hour run through the trails to replenish your energy and nutrients….?
While this tropical is a North American favorite, bananas are actually classified as a herb. Bananas are an excellent source of cardioprotective potassium. They’re an effective prebiotic, enhancing the body’s ability to absorb calcium, and they increase dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin –the brain chemicals that counter depression.
A fully ripe banana with dark patches on the yellow of skin produces a substance called TNF (Tumor Necrosis Factor), which has the ability to combat abnormal cells. The darker the banana, the higher anti-cancer quality it has.
Many people think that the word “fat” means something negative, but in fact, certain fatty acids are essential, and can be very beneficial for overall health. The body can’t create its own fatty acids, which is why we need to get them from dietary sources.
Raw Cacao … why?
The cacao bean in its natural state, before it is processed, is extremely beneficial for health. It is packed full of antioxidants. It also contains iron, copper, calcium, magnesium, chromium, manganese, zinc, sulphur, phosphorus, vitamins A, B, C and E, amino acids, and omega 6 fatty acids. It is one of the richest natural sources of magnesium – an essential mineral for runners, as it aids bone strength, prevents muscle cramps and improves heart health.
Muscle recovery: try mixing raw cacao with raw carob powder, which is high in calcium, making it a great magnesium-calcium combination. This perfect duo allows your body to obtain these nutrients from a whole food source it can easily absorb and utilise.
Cacao contains the natural stimulant theobromine:
*TIP* When cacao is cooked, it loses its flavonoid content and a lot the health benefits are lost.
Cacao also contains anandamide, known as the ‘happy hormone’ which releases serotonin in the brain making you feel happy, as well as tryptophan, a natural anti depressant amino acid. This is a great way to get you feeling more positive about heading out the door for a long run.
Chocolate is good for you – what’s not to be happy about?!
Bananas, Almonds, and Raw Cacao are also for POWERHOUSES for improved skin texture:
Vitamin A: Balances and evens out darks spots and rough skin.
Vitamin B: Delays aging by moisturizing and lightening skin.
Vitamin E: Being an antioxidant, it combats free radical impairment, boosts the skin’s sun-rays resistance, prevents and diminishes appearances of wrinkles
Potassium: Moisturizes and hydrates skin cells