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February Is Heart Month

“The most beautiful thing in the world cannot be seen or even touched, they must be felt with the heart.” ~ Helen Keller

It’s that time of year to curl up next to your beloved and fill your brain with romantic knowledge.  We don’t need any more reasons to have a bite of chocolate besides the fact that it smells delicious and tastes great but here is some information to make the guilt go away.  The smell of chocolate alone increases theta brain waves, which trigger relaxation. So, sit back and relax and enjoy your next read.

Chocolate helps to give your heart an active function, appetite control, boost memory, mood elevation, treating cough and cold, easier function of your nervous system and a stress reliever.  This delicious treat helps with blood flow to the brain and heart. Studies have shown that chocolate contains high levels of antioxidants and could also help lower your cholesterol levels. Specifically, eating organic chocolate can also be a plus to this guilt free treat due to the fact that it contains very little caffeine and is a major source of magnesium which helps your heart

For those of you feeling a little nutty in love you can also create a treat that contains nuts for your special someone and a little extra for that special “YOU”. There are rumors that have been passed around from time to time about eating nuts and it being a “bad” fat.  I’m here to tell you the difference to make your heart a little happier. Nuts are actually a vital part of a healthy diet. Not only do the unsaturated fatty acids, fiber and protein in nuts help lower cholesterol, reduce blood clots (which can lead to heart attacks), they keep you full longer periods of time.  These little powerful food items are rich in energy, protein, packed with antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and a good dose of omega-3 fatty acids. Pecans are among the top 15 foods with the highest level of antioxidants. They help with weight loss, anti-inflammatory, anti-aging benefits, boost immunity, so try these recipes for Valentine’s Day prevent skin problems. Think of this a gift from Mother Nature to you that is crunchy yet buttery, wonderfully delicious and healthy too.

Fun Facts:

  • Girls of medieval times ate bizarre foods on St. Valentine’s Day to make them dream of their future spouse.
  • Physicians of the 1800s commonly advised their patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining for lost love.
  • Walnuts are the oldest known tree food- they date all the way back to 10,000 BC
  • Almonds can’t grow on their own. They need bees to help them pollinate.
  • Almonds have a long storage life and can be refrigerated for up to 2 years due to the fact that they are rich in Vitamin E.

To help prevent heart disease

  1. Eat healthy
  2. Get active
  3. Quit smoking & second hand smoke
  4. Control cholesterol & blood pressure
  5. Manage Stress
  6. Drink alcohol in moderations
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