Tuesday, 18 June 2019

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Maximum Health: Healthful Hot Cocoa For a Cold Winter

 By Rosie Main

Memories of my childhood always include my mom making some Abuelita’s Hot Chocolate or Grandma’s Mexican Hot Chocolate, and during this season I crave this amazing drink. I have found that by adding all the superfood spices and subtracting the evaporated milk and sugar, this drink can be healing and continue to bring the flavorful memories. Enjoy!

Superfood benefits:

Coconut and coconut milk are made up of pretty impressive Medium Chain Fatty Acids (MCFA’s). The digestion of MCFA’s by the liver creates ketones which are a readily accessible energy for the brain. Ketones supply energy to the brain without the need of insulin to process glucose into energy.

Recent research has shown that the brain actually creates its own insulin to process glucose and power brain cells. As the brain of an Alzheimer’s patient has lost the ability to create its own insulin, the ketones from coconut oil create an alternate source of energy to help repair brain function.

Turmeric is a profoundly important spice with wide-ranging anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties too numerous to discuss here. It’s also well-known for fighting cancer. Black pepper increases the effectiveness of turmeric by as much as 2,000 percent.

Cinnamon slows blood sugar spike and reduces blood glucose concentration, which can help assist with weight loss and help manage diabetes. Cinnamaldehyde, an active compound found in cinnamon, is also believed to suppress colon cancer cells and may be effective against human liver cancer cells.

According to a major study published in “Diabetics Care,” the authors concluded that consuming only 6 grams of cinnamon per day (that’s equivalent to 3 capsules) “reduces serum glucose, triglyceride, LDL cholesterol, and total cholesterol in people with type 2 diabetes,” and that “the inclusion of cinnamon in the diet of people with type 2 diabetes will reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.”

Cayenne pepper fights inflammation, boosts metabolism and prevents complications from diabetes by enhancing circulation in critical areas.

Maca is commonly used to treat chronic fatigue and anemia. It boosts memory, stamina, athletic performance, energy, and fertility. Women can use maca for female hormone imbalance, menstrual problems, and to lessen symptoms of menopause.

Cocoa's antioxidant properties offer neuron protection and enhance cognition and positive mood. Cocoa also lessens allergic responses and fights bacterial overgrowth in the intestines.

Superfood Mexican Hot Cocoa Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups hot (not boiling) water OR coconut milk, almond milk, rice milk, or organic whole milk or cream
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. unrefined coconut oil
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened raw cacao powder (rounded to heaping, depending on how chocolatey you like it)
  • ½ to ¾ rounded tsp. turmeric powder
  • A pinch black pepper (needed for proper absorption of turmeric)
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 1 tsp. maca powder OR chocolate protein powder OR 1 Tbsp. gelatin powder
  • 1-2 tsp. of maple syrup or honey to taste OR stevia drops to taste
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon powder
  • ½ tsp. ginger powder, optional
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Himalayan or sea salt

Directions:

Add the ingredients to the hot water and stir. This fabulous recipe serves 2 cups of creamy goodness.

Rosie Main, DC, owns Main Health Solutions at 2300 W. Everest Lane, Suite 175, in Meridian. She is also the host of Maximized Living Radio on 94.1 The Voice and KIDO 580 AM. For more information, visit MaximizedLivingDrMain.com.

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