February always brings the consumption of chocolate. But get a load of this month’s tip! The cocoa bean contains high levels of flavonoids, specifically epicatechin, which is one of the most powerful. It also has the power to improve skin, blood flow, prevent clotting, reduce inflammation, lower blood pressure and help muscles recover from exercise. Cocoa beans contain phenylethylamine (PEA), an antidepressant that stimulates the body’s adrenaline and dopamine levels for a dose of happy feelings, which is great for these gray winter days.The catch is – processing lowers a lot of the benefits so stick with the purest form of dark chocolate that you can.

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By Amber Luebke and Bree McLain, owners of Lotus Salon in Stoughton, WI, have over 35 years combined experience specializing in hair color, accenting your best features and addressing your specific needs. Google+
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