SOURCE: CocoaVia

August 09, 2012 05:00 ET

Feel Your Best at Any Age

MISSION, KS--(Marketwire - Aug 9, 2012) - (Family Features) Age is just a number, according to the old adage. Whether you are turning 20 or 60, it is your inner age and how young you feel that really counts. This is even more true when you create everyday healthy habits that help you feel younger.

"Living a healthy life starts from the inside," says Bonnie Taub-Dix, registered dietitian and national CocoaVia supplement spokesperson. "We don't often think about it, but the health of your circulatory system is essential for a healthy life -- it should be important to everyone and taken care of as you would any other part of your body. This is key to healthy aging."

Your circulatory system impacts many facets of your health and the way you look and feel. In fact, explains Taub-Dix, heart, brain and eye health -- even exercise performance -- depend on a healthy circulatory system. But as you age, your blood vessels may become less flexible and less able to expand when needed to keep circulation running smoothly. "Cocoa flavanols are scientifically proven to help support healthy circulation by helping your blood vessels stay flexible and expand as needed, even as you age," says Taub-Dix. "With daily intake, cocoa flavanols -- such as the 250 mg found in the CocoaVia Cocoa Extract Supplement -- help oxygen and nutrients reach your organs and tissues, so you look and feel your best today and every day."

To help keep your circulatory system healthy, Taub-Dix has found a number of ways to help you be your inner best, including:

Start your day on a healthy note. When you wake in the morning, set a healthy tone for the rest of your day and begin with a wholesome breakfast, such as almond butter mixed in oatmeal with a fruit smoothie or a yogurt parfait to make sure you're nourishing your body with exactly what it needs. Add even more health benefits by stirring a package of 30-calorie unsweetened or sweetened Dark Chocolate flavored CocoaVia supplement in the oatmeal, smoothie, yogurt, or even your glass of milk or cup of coffee. With 250 mg of cocoa flavanols, it's an easy way to have a delicious breakfast and support your cardiovascular health by supporting healthy circulation.

Fit exercise into your day. According to the Mayo Clinic, taking daily walks is a great way to get your blood flowing, but speak with your doctor about the level of activity best suited for you. When possible, avoid sitting for long periods of time. If you work in an office, make sure to fit in small walks throughout the day -- even if that means taking a short 15 to 20 minute walk during your lunch break. Try to get up and move around every half hour or so.

Stay hydrated. Hydration is important for many reasons, but if you're looking to stick to your goal of exercising daily, you want to make sure your body is properly hydrated. If you're a soda drinker, consider switching to flavorful options that offer health benefits. For example, add a 20-calorie fruit-flavored CocoaVia packet to your water bottle or iced tea. With two refreshing flavor choices -- Summer Citrus and Cran-Raspberry -- it's a flavorful way to stay hydrated while helping support healthy circulation.

To learn more, follow CocoaVia on Twitter at @CocoaVia, like CocoaVia on Facebook or visit www.CocoaVia.com for more information.

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