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Dark Chocolate Health Benefits

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To all you chocoholics out there, we have some good news!  Dark chocolate has numerous health benefits that can help satisfy your sweet tooth!  Studies have shown that eating dark chocolate can have a positive impact on your health if incorporated into your diet responsibly.

Eating small amounts of dark chocolate a few times a week can help lower high blood pressure.  When you’re out shopping and are craving something sweet, make sure to choose dark chocolate as it helps improve blood flow.  The increase in blood flow to the brain and heart can also help improve cognitive function and reduce the risk of stroke.

Do you ever notice feeling happier after eating chocolate?  Your change in mood may be the result of a chemical found in chocolate called phenulethylamine (PEA). reports that, “PEA encourages your break to release endorphins, so eating dark chocolate will make you feel happier.”  Eating a few pieces of dark chocolate a week can positively impact your mood—so instead of feeling guilty after binging on sweets, swap them for dark chocolate and be guilt-free!

While most sweets damage your teeth, dark chocolate actually hardens tooth enamel.  In other words, dark chocolate is less likely to give you cavities!  With that being said make sure you don’t over do it—dark chocolate has its benefits but it should be consumed in moderation.

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Hydration – Why We Need It

Hydration is key to the body’s peak performance.  It’s ironic that the one thing Debbie Scaling Kiley needed was the one thing that was all around her as far as the eye could see, but wasn’t for the taking: water. Setting sail from Annapolis, Md., and headed for Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., the boat Kiley and her crew of four were on sank off the coast of North Carolina leaving them with no survival equipment and not a drop of fresh water.

Stranded at sea in a small life raft, the five survivors slowly started to dehydrate, and after several hours, dehydration set in.

“We sank at about 2 p.m.,” says Kiley. “By the next morning, we were thirsty, but the cold was more important than the thirst. Later that day, though, the thirst started to drive us crazy. It’s a longing like nothing I’d ever felt before; it’s nothing like being hungry. It’s torturous because there was nothing we could do, but we’d have done anything for water.”

By the third day, they were semidelusional, and that night, two of the men on the raft drank seawater to quench their thirst. The next day, in a delusional state, both men jumped overboard.

“By the fifth day, we were so thirsty, we were overwhelmed by it,” says Kiley. “We were at the point of believing we were going to die of dehydration. I’ve been told the human body can last absolutely no longer than seven days, but in many cases, as I believe was the case with us if we had stayed out there longer, a person can only last five or six days.”

On the fifth day, Kiley and one other survivor were rescued. They were immediately given ice cubes to suck on and IV fluids to re-hydrate them. Her story, compelling in so many ways, illustrates to the extreme the importance of water and fluids in our lives.

Water: Why We Need It

“Hydration is important because the body is comprised mostly of water, and the proper balance between water and electrolytes in our bodies really determines how most of our systems function, including nerves and muscles,” says Larry Kenney, PhD, a professor of physiology and kinesiology at Penn State.

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Becoming an Effective Team Member

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Working with a team can often be challenging.  Sometimes certain team members clash, which can make it difficult to accomplish assignments.  Other times certain people don’t pull their weight, which can become extremely frustrating.  Working on your teamwork skills is a very crucial in the work environment today.  Employers view teamwork as a necessity, which is why it is so important to develop these skills.  If you don’t have experience working with others you should start getting involved!  If you’ve noticed that you don’t have a successful record working with others, there are tips that will help you improve your team building skills.

It’s important to realize that being a team leader is great, but being a team member is also important.  It shows that you can take direction well and contribute ideas to the overall project.  To be an effective team member, you have to actively communicate with those on your team.  Discussing your ideas openly can help others think creatively, which may lead to new ideas.  Communication is also key if you notice that you aren’t getting along with someone.  It’s important that you work out your differences so that you can put them behind you.  This will help you maintain your focus on what’s really important…getting the job done.   To be an effective team member, remember to focus on the following skills:

  1. Communicate
  2. Collaborate
  3. Time Management
  4. Listen Actively
  5. Get Involved

Being an effective team member is valued and is important in order to succeed.  To learn more about how you can develop your skills, contact the Lavanga Group today!

Desk Job Posture and Its Importance

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It is a safe assumption that most desk job workers (let alone most of society) do not have proper posture all day long. For most, it takes a conscious effort to maintain good posture at all.  Constant hunching over and leaning can cause major aches in your back which will last far longer than the desk you are sitting at.  Right now, while reading this, I bet you are adjusting your position in your chair.

While it is unavoidable to slip every now and then, you can follow a few simple tips to ensure you are maintaining good posture more often than not.  The simplest way is to utilize props – a lumbar support pillow for your lower back, an alarm to make you get out of the chair and move every 30-60 minutes at work, post pictures of proper posture at your desk, etc.  This article gives some other suggestions to maintaining proper posture for a desk job – although good posture is important for everyone!

If the damage is already done, try yoga to correct your spine damage caused by your desk job.   Yoga is a low-to-no impact stretching exercise that will help get your muscles in gear to make good posture even easier from day to day.  By working your muscles regularly, it will be easier to maintain good posture because your muscles will do most of the work for you!

Stay Focused While Working From Home

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In today’s world, the internet makes it possible for most people to work – virtually – everywhere and sometimes it’s hard to stay focused when you’re not in an office.  There is actually a psychology behind an office-like workspace and its relation to the employees work habits and behavior. has an interesting article about the Six Best Practices for Those Who Work From Home.  In this article, Jaqueline Whitmore explains how something as simple as setting working hours while working from home can benefit our productivity and increase our family time – that sometimes takes a hit when regular work-from-home-ers work more than the expected.

For those in the service industry, there isn’t really an easy way (or possible way) to work from home.  The thought of not having a commute, not needing an extensive “work wardrobe”, not having Big Brother over your shoulder all day is a very glamorous idea.  Unfortunately, working from home is not for everyone.  Especially those who have a hard time trying to stay focused while balancing their home life.

Juggle Work, Family, and Earning a Degree With the Least Amount of Stress

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Forty years ago, you didn’t need a degree to make something of yourself after high school.  You did have to work harder (at the very least) without a degree; however, it wasn’t mandated across the board.  Nowadays, college grads (with an undergraduate degree) are even having a hard time finding the career, not the job, they went to school for.  The “baby boomers” mostly retired from the job they got right out of high school and now, young adults have four or more jobs before they get their annual evaluation!

More and more adults who have careers and families are going back to, or starting college for the first time!  There is even an entire education sector dedicated to online schooling – to make education readily available to all who have internet!  Earning a degree for some is a right of passage – for others, they will be the first in their families to ever graduate from college.  For those who wait until later in life to earn a degree, don’t fear – it IS possible to succeed and maintain yourself and your life prior to school.

Today, you can find a lot of advice on how to juggle work and earning a degree.  You can even find advice on raising a family and earning a degree.  Here, you can read advice on how to juggle all three and still maintain a sense of self and still keep up with all of your obligations.  The article even touts that you can manage all three and “Still pick the kids up from school”.  There are no indicators for if this article is for single parents or not; however, the rules still apply in one way or another.



Chiropractic Adjustments Have Many Benefits

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Chiropractic adjustments can be a scary thought for people – my doctor is going to do what?!  Why did they yell at us in school for cracking our knuckles if popping joints is a form of therapy?  The bright side is that there is a lot of research on the benefits of regularly scheduled chiropractic adjustments and this article explains some of them.

Writings all the way back to 2700 B.C. and 1500 B.C. mention schiropractic adjustments of the lower extremities to ease low back pain.  This practice has been proven to ease pain and discomfort in a majority of cases when a regimen is followed.


Watch Your Life Change after Asking Yourself These Questions

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Think an article listing 35 questions can’t make your life change?  Think again!  Jason Nazar lists simple questions that seem basic in every way; however, in succession, they will change the way you look at life in this article.  Using topics like self-awareness, happiness/piece of mind, perspective, influence/achievement & business/entrepreneurship, Nazar gets his readers to really dig deep into themselves to find out who they really are.

One of the deepest questions in this article is “If you weren’t scared, what would you do”?  Imagine your life without fear – it’s pretty powerful isn’t it!  How much would your life change if you weren’t afraid of going for a promotion, asking a girl out on a date, even speaking up for yourself.

Sitting For Too Long Is Linked to More Health Risks Than You May Know

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Ditch the medicine ball at your desk – you’re still sitting down.  Obesity and metabolic syndrome are just two of the health concerns that have been directly linked to individuals sitting for long periods of time.  Even if you have a desk job, it is suggested to get up and take a quick walk every so often.  Some employers even allow a standing desk setup in which the employees are encouraged to use standing work stations instead of a desk and chair.

Too much sitting also seems to increase the risk of death from cardiovascular disease and cancer.  Dr. James A. Levine details all of the risks of sitting too much in this article.

Your Health is in Your Hands. Don’t Lie to Yourself or Your Doctor

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Every time you go to the doctors office, you are faced with a slew of questions to determine your current state of health.  Most offices even have you fill out a health questionnaire prior to stepping into the exam rooms.  Family health history, personal health history, do you drink, how often, do you smoke, how often, etc.  The doctor will typically follow up by confirming your answers and asking several more based on your responses.  These questions are not to make you feel guilty; rather, they are to provide your doctor with the most information to make a diagnoses.

Too often – out of guilt, shame, fear, or simple forgetfulness – you are doing yourself a disservice by not providing your healthcare provider with the 100% accurate responses.  So, you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day.  If you only tell your healthcare provider that you smoke 2-3 cigarettes/day, you are not providing them with the information they need to diagnose you.

After the appointment, when “doctor’s orders” are to cut back on the red meat and increase your vegetable and fruit intake, it is imperative to follow those guidelines as closely as possible.  You must take prescribed medication, as prescribed, in order to maintain your health.  In this article, the importance of the patient/healtchare professional trust is explained in relation to overall health and wellness.

To learn more about wellness, visit The Lavanga Group today.