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6 Health Benefits of Eating Dark Chocolate

December 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Chocolates come in different colors and tastes. Some are dark and bitter sweet. They are beneficial to one’s health and have been the subject of many scientific studies. These dark chocolates that are usually made from unprocessed cacao can give great health benefits.

This world is just stressing nowadays. Luckily, dark chocolates can treat emotional stress. One just needs to eat 1.5 ounce of dark chocolate every day for two weeks. It was clinically proven. Dark chocolate has the stimulants theobromine and caffeine as well as the anti-depressant serotonin.

Heart Disease
Dark chocolate also have flavonoids. They are anti-oxidants that can help your body fight free radicals. Did you know that the free radicals are one of the main causes of heart disease?

Other great sources of flavonoids are cocoa powder, chocolate syrup, milk chocolate, and semi-sweet chips.

Diabetics’ Blood Vessels
There was a study in 2006 that showed dark chocolates’ efficiency in helping the diabetics improve their blood vessels.

Dark chocolates that have epicatechin also benefit the brain. The compound increases the cellular signals that the nerve cells need for protection thereby protecting the brain against stroke.

High Blood Pressure
Studies also showed that dark chocolates can lower blood pressure.

High Cholesterol
Dark chocolates can reduce the level of bad cholesterol by 10 percent, too.

To enjoy these benefits does not mean that you have to devour packs and packs of dark chocolate every day. Do not consume more than 3.5 ounce of dark chocolate on a regular basis or you’ll suffer more than you’ll benefit. Take note that milk can counteract dark chocolate so do not take both of them at once.


How to Stop Hiccup

September 8, 2006 Leave a comment

You have probably experienced a hiccup. It is an involuntary twitching of the diaphragm. It results to a sudden transfer of air to the lungs making the vocal cords close. You may hear “hic” sounds – several hics per minute. While hiccups are not something to be scared of and will automatically stop after a few minutes, a lot of people are embarrassed when experiencing hiccup in public places. Fortunately, there are some ways to stop hiccup. I know and have tried three. I will not take time to explain why and how each one of them works. I’ll leave it to others. What’s important is that it works for me and let’s just hope that it works for you, too.

Drink Water

I learned this from my mother. It works for me when I did not drink for the past hours or when I did not drink after eating a lot or too quickly (I know it’s weird but I’m the kind of person who always forgets to drink).

I used to drink water right after the first “hic” when I was a kid but I have proven that this does not always work. I heard that hiccups can also be caused by sudden or too much drinking. If you think this is what caused your hiccup, drink water may not solve it at all.


I was in senior high school when I learned this hiccup cure. I have two friends. One of them, the one sitting at the middle, had a hiccup attack. I was laughing at her (mean me). The other girl said that the hiccup will stop with tickling so the two of us tickled her. I was surprised that it actually worked.

Hold Your Breath

The same girl who had a hiccup attack was the one who told me that hiccup can also be cured by holding your breath. I do this when I am having hiccup and no one’s there to tickle me. I do it for 5 to 10 seconds. Sometimes, I need to repeat it. Well, yes, it is not 100% effective.