How Pure Cacao Can Support Your Movement Routine
No matter how dedicated we are to our movement routine, sometimes the couch is just too tempting and while we love some time to rest and digest, we also love to move (sometimes we just need a little nudge). For many of us that’s where pre-workout comes in.
Pre-workout is a super quick way to feel energised through your workout, however, very often these processed powders use caffeine as their main stimulant which blocks adenosine receptors in the brain to reduce fatigue and increase alertness. This can increase feelings of anxiety, jitters and insomnia.
Pure cacao is naturally rich in theobromine, a gentle stimulant that naturally lifts energy levels for an extended period of time without the ‘post caffeine crash’. Theobromine can also improve mood and mental focus as well as relax muscles.
Pure cacao may also act as a natural cardiovascular stimulant. This is because compounds in pure cacao may also support increased blood flow which optimises your training ability.
We can’t forget to mention the mood boosting benefits of cacao.
Pure cacao contains bioactive compounds Phenylethylamine (PEA) and Anandamide (the bliss molecule) which can boost focus and awareness. Anandamide acts as a neurotransmitter, targeting the brain which can help us feel good and blissful! Pure cacao is also a source of tryptophan, a precursor to serotonin (another feel good hormone).
So, next time you need a little nudge to move your body, drink a delicious cup of nibbed pure cacao 30 - 60 mins before your session.