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Healthy Heart Nutrition with Dark Chocolate

…the past I've spoken to the medicinal properties of dark chocolate, as well as its life extension and overall health benefits. Well, more recently, we've received some additional scientific data on the cardio-protective aspects of chocolates and cocoas. As early as 2000, Internal Medicine News featured…

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Chocolate Euphoria

…blues as well. Just remember, it’s DARK chocolate that offers all the healthy heart nutrition perks, not milk chocolate or white chocolate. And, as with everything food-related, I recommend organic chocolates. Luckily there are plenty of organic chocolate available in health food stores and even basic…

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Chocolate and Your Heart

…, it seems like there is chocolate everywhere! And while too much sugar is never a good thing, it turns out that chocolate has some cardio-protective benefits. The April 15, 2000, Internal Medicine News featured three separate studies—all of which concluded that chocolate and cocoa might actually be…

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3 Holiday Foods You Can Eat in a Heart-Healthy Diet

…Dark chocolate. Believe it or not, dark chocolate which contains 65% polyphenol-rich cocoa is one of the best desserts you can choose for a heart-healthy diet. It helps to lower blood pressure levels and helps to lower your risk of cardiometabolic disorders. In fact, research shows higher chocolate consumption…

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Eating Healthy Foods: Test Your Food IQ

…do. I love dark chocolate—60 percent or 70 percent cacao. It satisfies my sweet tooth. Plus, the polyphenols in the dark chocolate can protect your heart. Would I eat chocolate at every meal? Of course not. But having it a small amount a few times a week is perfectly okay. Now it’s your turn: How…

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Mood-Boosting Foods

If you crave chocolate when you’re stressed or feeling blue, and feel a noticeable difference after you eat it, you know first-hand that there is such a thing as a mood-boosting food. But while one or two squares of dark chocolate are good for your heart I wouldn’t recommend depending on it to boost…

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5 Heart-Healthy Snacks You Can Enjoy--Guilt-Free!

…nutty butter mixed with the sweetness of the apple satisfies your hunger and your taste buds. 5. Dark Chocolate: If you want to satisfy a sweet tooth, you can enjoy a square (or two) of dark chocolate a few times a week. Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite heart-healthy snack? You May Also Be…

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Books on Reversing and Preventing Heart Disease

…connectedness—whether to a spouse, good friends or even our neighbors—benefits our hearts as well, aiding in the prevention of heart disease. Cards, dark chocolate and flowers are all excellent ways to show your love and appreciation on Valentine’s Day. Plus, this year I encourage you to add another token of…

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5 Last-Minute Heart Healthy Gifts

…of fruits and vegetables. Now it’s your turn: What’s your favorite healthy gift to give? Here are more hearthealthy gift ideas: * Box of Dark Chocolate * A Bottle of Red Wine and Wine Glasses * Yoga Mat, Carrying Bag, or Gift Certificate for Yoga Lessons

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Apples on My Mind

…if you’re allergic to polyphenols? Warning signs include headache, an increase in heart rate, or a slight cough when you eat lot of apples (or chocolate for that matter, which is also rich in polyphenols). Over time, you may see other signs of food allergy, such as skin rashes. So, let’s see. Apples…

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What are Cardiac Arrhythmias?

…as it causes fluctuations in insulin and adrenaline * Alcohol is another culprit, and the combination of alcohol and the sugars and caffeine in chocolate and sweets can generate quite intense arrhythmias among sensitive people. During the holiday season, when people often consume too much of both, I…

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Respiratory Sinus Arrhythmia and PACs

…which is why conscious breathing exercises are so good for your heart. Other SA Node Factors * Activity level * The foods you eat (caffeine, sugar, chocolate, alcohol, etc) * The chemicals you ingest (food dyes, medication, etc) * The world around you (altitude, electric smog, etc.) Respiratory sinus arrhythmia…

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4 Foods for Depression

…exacerbated by trendy low-carb diets. Now it’s your turn: Have you found that any of these foods boost your mood? You May Also Be Interested in * Chocolate Euphoria * Can Optimism Improve Your Health?

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