Valentine’s Day: Love and Good Health
It feels great when your spouse or special someone remembers you on Valentine’s Day. But did you know they may be doing much more than just sharing their feelings. They might be boosting your health, too. Here’s how to turn the romance of Valentine’s Day into your healthiest holiday ever.
Chocolate is a favorite Valentine’s Day indulgence. Give your sweetie some dark chocolate, and you’ll boost their heart-health, too.
Studies show that regularly eating a little dark chocolate promotes healthy blood pressure, more flexible arteries, and improved blood sugar metabolism.1 All three contribute to overall heart health.
Plus, cocoa – the main ingredient in dark chocolate – has more antioxidant power than either red wine or green tea! 2
An ounce or less of dark chocolate several times a week is a healthy treat for you and your Valentine.
Of course, what’s that box of candy without a dozen roses? Especially when those roses could help your better half feel – and even look – better?
Doctors in Thailand exposed volunteers to the scent of rose oil. The scent promoted several signs of lowered stress… including lower blood pressure.3 That’s the feel-good part. But, look better, too?
Absolutely! A team in Japan discovered that rose oil’s scent can affect your skin. You see, stress weakens your skin barrier, allowing moisture to escape. The result is drier, older looking skin.
But these researchers found that the scent of rose oil promotes a healthier skin barrier… holding in more moisture.4 And moister skin looks smoother and younger.
First chocolate… then flowers. Why not cap the evening off with a romantic, candlelit dinner? And since it’s a special occasion, maybe uncork a bottle of red wine.
Good move. Because people who drink wine in moderation (1 – 2 glasses a day) tend to have healthier hearts. Not only healthier than heavy drinkers… but healthier than non-drinkers, too.5
And here’s a plus… Italian scientists discovered that women who regularly drink a little red wine not only feel more desire, they enjoy sex more, too.6 So that glass of wine could lead to a very romantic end to a perfect Valentine’s Day.
Which is also a great health booster. Even if your Valentine’s Day ends with just a little cuddling and kissing.
Volunteer couples in a study were split into two groups. Doctors tested both groups for stress and relationship satisfaction, and took blood samples. One group was instructed to kiss romantically more often. The other group was given no instruction.
At the end of six weeks, the kissing group reported less stress and greater satisfaction with their relationship. The other group had no change.
Even more remarkable, the kissing couples had lower cholesterol, too… and all they’d done was kiss more often! 7
So, don’t feel guilty for those Valentine’s Day “indulgences.” If you do them right, they’ll be more than fun. They’ll be good for you, too.
Yours in continued good health,
Best Life Herbals Wellness Team
1 Lippi, G., et al, “Dark chocolate: consumption for pleasure or therapy?” J Thromb Thrombolysis. Nov 2009; 28(4): 482-488.
2 Lee, K.W., et al, “Cocoa has more phenolic phytochemicals and a higher antioxidant capacity than teas and red wine,” J Agric Food Chem. Dec 3, 2003; 51(25): 7292-7295.
3 Hongratanaworakit, T., “Relaxing effect of rose oil on humans,” Nat Prod Commun. Feb 2009; 4(2): 291-296.
4 Fukada, M., et al, “Effect of “Rose Essential Oil” Inhalation on Stress-Induced Skin-Barrier Disruption in Rats and Humans,” Chem Senses. Dec 13, 2011. [Epub ahead of print]
5 Klatsky, A.L., et al, “Wine, liquor, beer, and mortality,” Am J Epidemiol. Sep 15, 2003; 158(6): 585-595.
6 Mondaini ,N,. et al, “Regular moderate intake of red wine is linked to a better women’s sexual health,” J Sex Med. Oct 2009; 6(10): 2772-2777.
7 Floyd, K., et al, “Kissing in Marital and Cohabiting Relationships: Effects on Blood Lipids, Stress, and Relationship Satisfaction,” Western Journal of Communication. 2009; 73(2): 1 Western Journal of Communication. 2009; 73(2): 113-133.13-133.
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