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Healthy Recipes: Stimulating, Mood and Energy Lifting Hot Chocolate Drink

BGH Healthy Living Recipe

Basic Hot Chocolate Recipe Ingredients:

500ml of Hot Tea base (tea bags, gynostemma, gogi berries, cinnamon sticks, etc)

2 tablespoon raw cacao powder

1-2 tablespoon of raw organic honey (or stevia to taste)

1 tablespoon coconut oil and/or cacao butter (cacao butter is optional)

Pinch of sea salt


Heat the water until it is at a low boil.

Pour the hot water over your tea leaves or tea bags and steep for 10 minutes.

If you are using Gogi berries and/ or cinnamon sticks, bring the water to low boil, then add in 2 tablespoons of organic Gogi berries and /or 6 Ceylon cinnamon sticks and simmer for about 30 minutes.

Strain tea and place in blender. Blend the tea and the oils first to emulsify the oils. Then add remaining ingredients and blend on high for 30 seconds.

Pour into a mug and sprinkle with a small amount of cacao powder.

Optional additional ingredients:

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Statin Drugs for Women?

I read an article in Time magazine that says around 12 million women in America are prescribed statin drugs. Most of them don’t have heart disease, just high cholesterol.

But are these drugs really beneficial? Not so much for women, researchers say.

Research shows that women do not get the same protective benefits from statins that men do. They are also more likely to experience serious side effects than men, including severe muscle pain, diabetes and memory loss.

So why are so many women taking these drugs? Because they’re afraid of dying of heart disease.

Yet high cholesterol is not a blueprint for heart disease. It’s one possible risk factor. What’s more, in most cases, cholesterol can be reduced with a combination of diet, exercise and fish oil. These same factors strengthen and tone the heart, improve circulation and reduce inflammation.

And learning to de-stress regularly with Tai Chi, Qi Gong, Meditation or deep relaxation removes the real major cause of heart disease and emotional stress.

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