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Ecuador Chocolate and Natural Health.

Ecuador chocolate can promote health and wealth because Ecuador Export Tours feature various types of Ecuador chocolate.

Ecuador chocolate is an anti-stress food, that you can eat in your everyday life!

By Jean Marie Burtterlin

Stress is just part of our everyday life and has been shown to create a lot of free radical damage, responsible for a big part of our aging process.

Some scientists are calling stress the  “Insidious health problem of our century”.

However, there exists some simple things everybody can do in order to minimize the effects of stress :

–    First keep a good rythm in your sleep cycle : here in Ecuador, we are helped by the fact that we have all year round the same day/night cycle (sun gets up a 6 :30 in the morning and sets at 6 :30 at night) without any daylight savings time changes. Sometimes it is easy to forget that a sound and regular sleep cycle is important in mental and physical health. A lot of people are flocking into Ecuador because of its low stress lifestyle. That is one of the main reasons why I have moved to Ecuador.

–    Then we have our anti-stress foods, which can help  in our relaxation periods as well as keep serenity in all circumstances.

By nurturing out brain the right way, you will give it the tools it needs to handle its stress. To function properly, the brain needs oxygen and sugars, but “good”  sugars, which means low glycemic indexes, that will let the glucose go inside the blood stream very slowly, giving the brain a constant feed of sugar, which will alleviate also fatigue, hunger and lack of attention.

One of the anti-stress food, that a lot of us will love, is black chocolate.

I have been a black chocolate fan since I was a teen-ager ; I never had a taste for the very sweet milk chocolate, but loved the bittery taste of pure 99% cacao.  Being in the natural health business, I always felt a little guilty early on, when eating chocolate, because of the health culture in the 80’s, that said  “chocolate is bad for you”  ; little did I realize that not only that chocolate was not bad for you (if there was little sugar and contained at least 70-85% pure natural cacao), but quite the opposite!  Recent research did find out that cacao contains a lot of those polyphenols and other natural nutrients that are indeed  “good” for us.

Black chocolate contains phenylethylamine, an alcaloid that helps us “feeling good” that is also in LSD and morphines ! Contrary to these drugs, a piece of black chocolate (containing a minimum of 70% cacao- 85% to 95% is even better)  is very rich in these active nutrients and without any danger for your health.

Black chocolate contains also Anandamide, known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. It promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.

Ecuador has one of the best cacaos in the world and is not yet very well known, except in the small world of chocolate lovers (that only eat 85%+ cacao rich chocolate). I just learned that Air France is treating its first class passenger with Ecuadorian chocolate.  Ecuador cacao also has some of the highest polyphenols contents, with its all powerful anti-aging properties, which we will cover in a later post.

Food rich in glucides have also anti-stress qualities, because they facilitate serotonin production, a neurotransmettor that is a really good natural anti-depressant, and also works against anxiety. Good cereal (esp. Quinoa, another special grain  in Ecuador) will help you combine balanced nutrition as well as a relief from the effects of stress  by diffusing progressively its beneficial fibres, as well as minerals and all the B vitamins, that help also to improve memory.   It also releases compounds into the body very very slowly.

Stress also alters the memorization process ; increasing therefore your intake of high content omega-3 foods, which help in the production of serotonin and have positive effects on memory and also relieve nervous tension. You will find theses omega-3 in oil rich nuts like linseed. For people who like fish, tuna and sardines are great sources of omega 3. Ecuador has a lot of good, cheap tuna, that you can find in every store or restaurant on the menu.

Omega-3, like certain vitamins of the B group (B1, B6, B9 et B12) have the properties to lower cortisol and adrenalin, 2 hormones that are presently high levels in persons that have high permanent stress.

Vitamin B6 is essential, because it reinforces the efficacy of magnesium (and remember chocolate contains also plenty of magnesium!) It enables the brain to manufacture GABA and serotonin, 2 anti-anxiety substances. You may find high levels of Vitamin B6 in animal liver and wheat germ, but also in lesser quantities in whole grain cereals (quinoa esp.), fish, meat and vegetables like lentils.

When in stressed conditions, always remember to eat more of these wonderful foods mentioned above!

Jean Marie

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Ecuador Export Tours conducted by Bonnie Keough.

Inn Land of the Sun (formerly Meson de las Flores)  serves coffer breaks that are healthier!  (not coffee and doughnuts!)

This coffeebreak has fresh fruit… gooseberries and hand made chocolate dipped, coconut balls… even the coconut is fresh and hand shredded.

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I have the staff make us a few extra as they do not last long!

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or do Eduardo’s fresh strawberries dipped in Ecuadorian chocolate.

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On the subject of chocolate, a favorite desert is this chocolate pancake… yet guests report losing weight when eating here!

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The qunioa welcome cake is the hotel chef’s specialty.

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Jean Marie Butterlin, was born in France and after graduating in 1977 from the engineering college ICAM in Lille (France) moved to United States where he developed a homeopathic and dietary supplement business in Houston TX, with an aim at exporting the US made products  into Europe, with emphasis towards Belgium and France.


Jean Marie Butterlin

After living part time on both sides of the Atlantic he moved back  in 2002 to Europe where he has a prosperous business in the natural health field i.e. phytotherapy, mineral supplements, specialty cosmetics, as well as Quantum medical technology, internet publishing for the anti-aging market.

This quest for anti-aging remedies, products and techniques has lead him to discover Ecuador with its valleys of longevity, where he is researching and developing new approaches to live longer and better and bringing the new products and techniques to more and more people in the United States and Europe.

Jean Marie moved with his family to Cotacachi where he conducts the Ecuador real estate, shamanic minga and export tours that we support.

Meet Jean Marie June 24 to 27 at our Quantum Wealth course in North Carolina.

We’ll look at the importance of Ecuador’s history… food…. taste… color… sound… smell…  and feel to health and wealth in our Quantum wealth sessions this June 24 to 27.

See ideas on how to earn in Ecuador here.

Learn about Ecuador, international investing, business and global health secrets at our  June 24-27 Quantum Wealth plus International Investing and Business Course in North Carolina

June 28-29    Ecuador Travel & Andes

June 30-Jul 1 Coastal Real Estate Tour

July 3-4 Imbabura Real Estate Tour

July 6-7   Quito Mindo Real Estate Tour

July 9-10-11     Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 Ecuador Shamanic Minga

Sept.   2-6   Ecuador Export Tour

Sept.   8-9  Imbabura Real Estate Tour

Sept. 11-12  Coastal Real Estate Tour

Sept. 14-15-16 Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Oct.    7 Quantum Wealth plus International Investing and Business North Carolina

Oct.   8-10   International Investing & Business North Carolina
Oct.   11-12  Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Oct.  13-14   Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Oct.  16-17   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Oct.  19-20   Quito Real Estate Tour
Oct. 22-23    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Nov.    4-7   Super Thinking + Spanish Course Florida
Nov.    8-9   Travel to Quito and Andean Tour
Nov. 10-11    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Nov. 13-14    Coastal Real Estate Tour
Nov. 16-17    Quito Real Estate
Nov. 19-20    Cuenca Real Estate Tour

Dec.   3-5    Ecuador Shamanic Mingo
Dec.   7-8    Imbabura Real Estate Tour
Dec.  10-11   Coastal Real Estate Tour
Dec. 13-14    Quito Real Estate Tour
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