On Valentine’s Day, chocolates are often exchanged as gifts of the heart. From a health perspective, however, chocolates may truly be regarded gifts for the heart. Cocoa beans, from which chocolate is made, are rich in nutrients known as flavonoids. These natural chemicals—found in many other plant foods, from fruits and vegetables to nuts and seeds—function as antioxidants, or protective agents that work to defend the body’s cells from free radical damage.
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Q: What is maca?
A: Maca is a root vegetable that grows wild in South American countries, including Peru, Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina. It’s in the same family as radishes and turnips. Native Peruvians living in the Andean highlands have been growing and consuming maca for approximately 5,000 years. Maca is considered to be a modern-day superfood and is an excellent source of various vitamins, minerals, fiber, amino acids and essential fatty acids. Read more →
Tired of seeing red, plush bears, hearts and constant reminders that you’re once again single on Valentine’s Day? Me too. Rather than pout…turn that frown upside down and celebrate Singles Awareness Day with eight commitment-free and self-indulgent activities with your three favorite people: me, myself and I.
When it comes to favorite holidays, we salute the concept of Valentine’s Day. Twenty-four hours devoted to love…and chocolate…and, well, more chocolate. What’s not to like?!
Whether you’re seeking a gift for a colleague, a friend, your mom or your true love, chocolate can provide a present that will be greeted with delight. And the good news: By choosing a healthy version of chocolate, you can also provide your recipient with a good dose of antioxidants and other beneficial natural nutrients.
Any school event that encourages other people to give my kid disgusting chemical and dye filled candy is an event I loathe. Valentine’s Day seems to be the pinnacle of cheap, red dye 40-laden candy. Besides the fact that my kids are extremely sugar reactive and turn into little dictators when they’re on a sugar-high, I just can’t sit idly by while entire classrooms of little ones are pumped full of junk.
Q. I want to look my best for Valentine’s Day date night. What quick skin tips do you recommend?
Dr. Linda Miles D. O. M. responds:
A. Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to show your skin some love. With the right natural products, five to 10 minutes and a little TLC, you can kiss your dull, winter-weathered skin goodbye and get glowing for your special night!
Whether you’ll be sitting starry eyed with your sweetie at a romantic restaurant or venturing out solo in search of true love, Valentine’s Day is the perfect occasion to show off your sizzlin’ hot shape. With just four weeks to go, now’s the time to start ramping up your fitness routine and cleaning up your diet so you can slide—not squeeze—into that sexy red dress. Here are 10 ways to make it happen.
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