If one thing is true, it's that we all need more rest and stillness in our lives. Let hot chocolate help to induce relaxation! Here are some examples of how hot chocolate can help you to relax:
Good quality organic hot chocolate made with cacao contains tryptophan. Tryptophan is the precursor to serotonin and melatonin which help to induce sleep and signal to the body that it is time to wind down. Hot chocolate is perfect for winding down at the end of the day thanks to these beautiful properties.
Good quality hot chocolate made with a high percentage of cacao means that it is high in magnesium which is an important and supportive mineral for the nervous system. It is helpful for relieving mental and physical tension, and boosts energy production.
Good quality hot chocolate which is rich in cacao is known help you to connect with and open your heart centre - allow it to centre and relax you as you breathe into your heart space.
Phenylethalamine is found in good quality hot chocolate. It is known as a 'love drug', due to its aphrodisiac effects and triggers the release of mood-boosting dopamine and norephinephrine.
Anandamide is another substance which naturally found in cacao and is otherwise produced when we fall in love. It helps to increase feelings of wellbeing and bliss.
Why not start your relaxing hot chocolate ritual with some gentle stretching, yin yoga or legs up the wall pose, then cozy up somewhere quiet to mindfully enjoy your hot chocolate, knowing that you will be feeling the relaxation benefits in no time!