April 20, 2024

Health Benefits of Cacao

Health and Wellbeing Benefits of Cacao
"It brought me back into balance and I felt joy which has been missing from my life for some time."

In recent years, Cacao has gained the status of a 'superfood' as more and more people are beginning to realise it's important medicinal and wellbeing properties.

* Cacao is the perfect natural remedy to combat stress and anxiety. A 4-week pilot in 2020 demonstrated how by drinking cacao daily people felt less upset, stressed and angry. It showed how by week 3, they felt more confident, on top of things, able to control irritations, and that things were going their way.

* Cacao is the highest ranking food, as a source of antioxidants on the ORAC scale, 40 times the amount of blueberries.

* Cacao that is used to produce cocoa products contains high levels of flavonoid antioxidants said to be effective in preventing heart disease, strokes and cancer.

* Cacao is also one of the highest food sources of magnesium, the relaxer mineral. Magnesium fights acid buildup, neutralises toxins, reduces pain, and builds strong bones and teeth. It also contains high amounts of minerals such as iron, chromium, zinc, and copper, which all contribute towards a balanced healthy system.

"I arrived feeling dulled by life, not realising how closed-up my heart was feeling until it warmed and opened under the influence of the cacao! In the safe and welcoming space of the cacao ceremony I could feel myself uncurling, moving from tightly wound to relaxed and able to breathe freely again. Then the sounds of the gongs and other instruments could get to my heart to re-align so that the next day I feel happier and more in love with being alive."

* Cacao is also a rich source of stress-fighting tryptophan, an amino acid that gets turned into the neurotransmitter serotonin and then converted into the hormone melatonin.

* Cacao has over 300 compounds, many of which help to positively alter a person's mood, and specifically contains Serotonin, Dopamine and Anandamide - the Bliss Molecule.

* Cacao boosts the body’s natural production of serotonin, increasing our mood and ability to fend off stress. It plays a key role in dopamine production that increases our alertness, learning, creativity, satisfaction, attention and concentration levels; Anandamide induces feelings of wellbeing and states of heightened happiness, while improving memory, motivation, higher thought processes and movement control.

* Cacao also contains Phenethylamine (PEA), that we naturally produce in our bodies when we fall in love. This is likely one of the main reasons why love and chocolate have such a deep connection.

Cacao has many amazing, life-affirming qualities that support health and psychological wellbeing. It is a heart-centred anchor so that wherever one is going, it is with more love and less fear.

It is a powerful Plant Medicine that helps us release emotional blockages that no longer serve us, find forgiveness in ourselves and others, and shows us the way forward if we are stuck or afraid of making the necessary life changes in order to move on. Cacao enables us to access and release past conditioning along with patterns of behaviour and addictions that are buried deep in the unconscious.

"I felt very content and my heart was full of love."
Is Cacao safe for everyone?

All ages, from children to elders can enjoy the uplifting and healing benefits of cacao.

However, whilst cacao is generally safe to drink and not a typical allergen, there are some contraindications to be aware of. If any of the following apply to you, please let me know before booking an event so I can be sure to offer you an amount that works best for your health and wellbeing at this time:

1. Cacao contains caffeine, (same amount as green tea and less than coffee) so bear this in mind if you are sensitive to caffeine.

2. Cacao also contains an amino acid called tryptophan. This is the precursor to serotonin, (the neurotransmitter in charge of your mood and a commonly prescribed anti-depressant). If mixed with cacao and depending on dosage, it can create some unpleasant side effects (headaches). For this reason, please let me know if you need a smaller, homeopathic dose of cacao so you can enjoy the benefits without overdoing it.

3. If you have a diagnosed heart condition.

None of these mean you can't drink a small amount of cacao and benefit from having the healing frequencies and energy of this plant medicine in you.

Drinking a small amount of cacao in pregnancy has not been shown to have any harmful effects.

If you’re uncertain whether or not cacao or a sound bath is right for you, best to check with your doctor first.

A Personal Perspective:

Since my 8-day immersive learning about and experiencing Cacao from the inside out, I have personally felt a subtle yet powerful shift in both my outlook and my general sense of wellbeing. I am more in-tune with my own inner guidance and intuition. I feel more relaxed and joyful, more trusting of Life’s flow, more confident and more sure of my own inner resources to both create, express and navigate Life’s challenges. I am more able to acknowledge my qualities and strengths with a grounded sense of rootedness and authenticity. I feel excited about Life and the unfolding adventure. I wake up smiling and look forward to each day in a way that I remember feeling as a child. In short, I feel renewed, invigorated and enlivened!

There is no doubt, a cacao ceremony is a powerful opportunity to commune directly with the gentle loving spirit of Cacao where you get to open your heart, heal emotional wounds, release old and stale blockages and hear the guidance and wisdom from within to move forward in Life with more ease and Grace.

I have experienced for myself, how Cacao and the Gongs can help to release emotional blockages and echoes of painful past experiences around the heart. And how when absorbed with mindful presence and intention they can both dissolve negative energy, lift depression, and help realign people with their own natural flow and inner harmony.

The healing, high frequencies of Cacao and the Gongs are subtle yet powerful - leading us into making small, simple changes that can make a big difference in our lives. From eating healthier, exercising and relaxing more, being creative to nurturing ourselves more often - these sacred beings and their uses can help us remember, that it is also the small steps that lead to big life changes over time.

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