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Chocolate Is Actually a Healthy Treat

Chocolate Is Actually Healthy Treat

Most people love chocolate. Some even confess to being a chocaholic. Some cultures claimed that consuming chocolate instilled faith, health, strength and sexual passion. Way back before our time chocolate was an indulgence only for royalty. Now we can find it everywhere and added to anything. In order to get health benefits from chocolate choose at least 70% or higher cocoa. Dark chocolate (as opposed to milk or white chocolate) has healthy flavonoids similar to those found in tea, red wine, fruits, and vegetables. Studies have shown that dark chocolate can improve blood vessel flow and may improve blood sugar and insulin sensitivity to help reduce the risk of diabetes. But be careful, chocolate candy has a high amount of saturated fat and sugar, so enjoy a small portion of as part of your healthy diet.

Rosemary, sage, oregano and thyme contain antioxidants.
Fresh Herbs
Instead of adding salt and extra fat to your foods rub some fresh herbs on your chicken, salmon, pork, fresh vegetables and sauces. Dried herbs that you buy in jars in the super market are good but the better choice is always fresh herbs. You can find them in most supermarkets with the fresh vegetables.
If you’d like to start a nice healthy hobby, plant your own herb. You can start them from seeds or purchase them from a local farm or greenhouse. I have some fresh rosemary and basil growing inside. Last summer I had my first herb garden outside. It’s a great feeling to go outside and see them grow. You just brush against them and they thank you with a beautiful scent.

Contact me for a Complete Health History Consultation. I will help you lower your cholesterol and blood pressure. Together we will discover the foods that are best for your health. With my program you will have more energy, reduce cravings, find more balance in your life and enjoy the time dedicated to you and your own personal health concerns. Check out my website for testimonials.
Some other foods that are good for your heart:
Black Beans

Black beans are packed with heart-healthy nutrients including folate, antioxidants, magnesium for lowering blood pressure, and fiber — which helps control both cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Red Wine and Resveratrol

If you drink alcohol, a little red wine may be a heart-healthy choice. Resveratrol and catechins, two antioxidants in red wine, may protect artery walls. Alcohol can also boost HDL, the good cholesterol. If you don’t normally drink, I am not suggesting that you start. “One persons medicine is another persons poison.”
Don’t have more than one drink a day for women; one to two drinks for men — and talk to your doctor first. Alcohol may cause problems for people taking aspirin and other medications. Too much alcohol hurts the heart. That goes for any food or beverage actually. Sometimes we read or hear something is good for us so we over do it. Pay attention to your portion and how it makes YOU feel. To get the benefits of red wine you could also take a supplement resveratrol.

Salmon is a top food for heart health, it’s rich in the omega-3s EPA and DHA. Omega-3s lower risk of rhythm disorders, which can lead to sudden cardiac death. Salmon also lowers blood triglycerides and reduces inflammation. The American Heart Association recommends two servings of salmon or other oily fish a week.

Tuna is a good source of heart-healthy omega-3s; it costs less than salmon. Albacore (white tuna) contains more omega-3s than other tuna varieties. Some other sources of omega-3s, too: mackerel, herring, lake trout, sardines, and anchovies.

I hope you saved and possibly printed my last newsletter titled “Who Do You Love?” Many of you wrote me emails that you really enjoyed it. Thank you for taking the time to write to me. I love hearing from you.

Something to think about. If you only owned one article of clothing wouldn’t you really take good care of it? Keep it clean. Well, you only have one body. Love it and treat it special. Keep it clean. When you really take good care of your body, it takes really good care of you too. I am so grateful to my body for my improved health. I look forward to helping you reach your health goals too.

Happy Healthy Valentines Day! I Love You and my wish for You is that YOU LOVE YOU Too!>

Some of the information in this newsletter is from WebMD

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  1. Well written Debbie. Interesting how this company, has tapped into the general love of chocolate to promote weight loss and health. We just don’t want to give up our sweets , do we?? (we being the general public.)I have found that chocolate can lead to headaches for me (antidotal experience I haven’t researched that) and oddly enough I can end up with a bad night’s sleep because of crazy dreams if I eat straight chocolate too close to bedtime.

    • Keep in mind that one persons medicine is another persons poison. For some people chocolate is a wonderful treat. But, for some, having even a little chocolate may cause headaches, nausea, skin irritations, heart palpitations or some other symptom. Typically for the average person I would suggest eating a large quantity of fruits and vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and drinking lots of water. But, if for examply you are a dialysis patient, you need to limit your fruits and veggies because of the high phosphorous and potassium content. Even water needs to be limited for them and brown rice should be avoided.

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