I’ll Toast to That!

How was your Valentine’s Date? We hope it was a great opportunity to refresh and recharge your relationship with your significant other! It’s good for your heart to spend quality time with the one you love the most! BUT, did you know that celebrating Valentine’s Day can be good for your heart in many other ways too? That’s right, a couple of iconic Valentine’s Day staples can give you a happier, healthier heart!

A Glass of Red Wine: Although there is some debate as to the health benefits of wine, it is relatively widely accepted that the alcohol, as well as antioxidants, in wine may help prevent heart disease by increasing good cholesterol and protecting against artery damage. According to the Mayo Clinic, there is some research that suggests red wines may contain even more heart healthy ingredients than other alcoholic beverages.  Red wine contains Reservatrol. “Resveratrol might be a key ingredient in red wine that helps prevent damage to blood vessels, reduces “bad” cholesterol and prevents blood clots.” Mayo Clinic

Dark Chocolate: Tell me this isn’t the best news you have heard all day! That’s right… stop feeling guilty about enjoying your favorite chocolate treats yesterday! Dark chocolate is known to lower high blood pressure. However, there are a few caveats to consider before using dark chocolate as main form of lowering blood pressure!  According to WebMD, “Eating more dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure — if you’ve reached a certain age and have mild high blood pressure, say the researchers. But you have to balance the extra calories by eating less of other things.”

So, the moral of the story… As with everything, moderation is key! You must remember to balance the foods you eat with the energy you put out! Remember… our EIEO (Energy In = Energy Out) theory! If you need a little refresher, check out our EIEO tearpads today! And, we hope you had a Happy, Healthy Valentine’s Day!