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Health & Wellness

A message for and from the heart!

A bowl of vegetables with someone you love is better than a steak with someone you hate.
Proverbs 15:17

Valentine’s Day is coming soon and the stores are full of red heart decorations and chocolate treats. Those heart decorations are a good reminder to think about your own heart health.
The sweet delights of Valentine’s Day are thought of as indulgences, but fruit, chocolate and romance can be good for your heart. Of course, moderation is the key when enjoying food and drink but there are components in tart cherries, grapes and chocolate that can lower blood pressure and protect the heart muscle.

There are many fruits associated with Valentine’s Day such as grapes, passion fruit, carambola, strawberries and most common are cherries.  In cherries, there are compounds called anthocyanins which are very good for the heart. Perhaps you could also dip those cherries in chocolate for a heart healthy snack. Of course, not just any chocolate but dark chocolate. Dark chocolate is the kind that contains flavonoids which are credited with being good for the heart. Dark skinned grapes and tart cherries have also been shown to be beneficial for heart health and function and reducing belly fat. Cherries have also been shown to lower cholesterol, fat storage and blood sugar.

A massage is a great Valentine’s Day activity as it reduces stress and anxiety which in turn reduces blood pressure, which are all linked to benefiting the heart.

Of course these little indulgences do not have to be limited to Valentine’s Day and can lead to better heart health if practiced frequently. so, go ahead and indulge a little. There is scientific evidence that laughter can improve your health by enhancing mood, production of antibodies and boosting the immune system.

So read on:
After she woke up, a woman told her husband “I just dreamed you gave me a diamond necklace for Valentine’s Day. What do you think it means?”
“You’ll know tonight” he said.
That evening the husband came home with a small package and handed it to his wife. Delighted she opened it to find a book entitled “The Meaning of Dreams”
Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone.
Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1 John 4:8
This is my commandment that you love one another as I love you.
John 15:12

Paula Hanson RN, FCN