Heading to Mexico for some R&R would make sense to most people. Images of cruises, beaches, vibrant colors and top grade Tequila would all come to mind, as would resorts with pools and swim up bars. You may not think of Mexico in the wellness travel escape category, however, particularly Puerto Vallarta.
While I didn’t spend a whole lotta time this past trip meditating, doing yoga or even taking in the area’s spa culture, I did spend a lot of time on the water. I also learned some interesting quirky facts about Mexico that we can learn from — I’ve love to return to Mexico for a solely focused wellness trip at some point in the future.
1. Chocolate and Chillies
Did you know that Mexico introduced chocolate, chillies and corn to the world? I did not. Chocolate was discovered in Mexico and was made by the Meso-American people into a sweet beverage using natural sweeteners. The word ‘chocolate’ derives from the language of the Aztecs, Náhuatl (xocolatl : xoco, bitter + atl, water). Ixcacao is the Mayan Goddess of chocolate. Corn (Zea maiz) was first cultivated in central Mexico. Most chillies come from Mexico, the word derived from the Náhuatl word chilli. Vanilla and red tomatoes are also on that list apparently.
Chocolate is made from tropical The obroma cacao tree seeds and its earliest use dates back to the Olmec civilization in Mesoamerica. It has antioxidant benefits, and in some studies, has been shown to lower cholesterol levels, prevent cognitive decline and reduce the risk of cardiovascular problems.
I also didn’t know that Mexico is one of the World’s Top 5 most bio-diverse nations on Earth. More than 30,000 plant species, 1,000 bird species, and 1,500 mammal, reptile, and amphibian species are native to Mexico. They cherish nature and it shows, particularly when you talk to an elder. On your next trip, get into listening mode and you’ll be surprised by what you take away.
3. A Commitment to More Women in Politics
4. Healthy Eating
A high level of spiritual growth through pineal gland decalcification can be gained by eating more alkaline foods which can help boost our energy levels, creativity and overall health. Many daily staples, including spices in Mexico fall into the positive alkaline list, such as Chili Pepper, Cinnamon, Curry, Ginger and Sea Salt. Below, I’m about to order a freshly cut coconut from Caesar’s Coconut Stand in Puerto Vallarta, which has been in business for three generations.
There’s also a lot of fresh fish in the oceans and when I was there, I was regularly ordering Ceviche, salads, tons of avocado, limes and cilantro.
5. Low Suicide Rates
Mexico is ranked fairly low on the suicide list globally, whereas countries with other high veggie and fish diets like Japan are ranked very high. While the rates did go up slightly in recent years, they’re still listed in the lower 25% of countries from around the world.