Consuming one serving of chocolate every week may reduce stroke risk

General Health, Heart Health, Nutritional Health
Just in time for your Valentine's weekend, a new report indicating that chocolate may both cut your risk of a stroke and reduce the risk of death after a stroke. And, the effect may only require one small serving of dark chocolate a week. USA Today reports, "A new analysis, which involved a review of three prior studies, suggests eating about a bar of chocolate a week can help cut the risk of stroke and lower the risk of death after a stroke." Researchers in Canada explained that "one study they looked at found that 44,489 people who ate one serving of chocolate per week were 22% less likely to have a stroke than people who ate no chocolate." A second study showed that "1,169 people who ate 50 grams of…
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Seven Foods for Better Sex

General Health, Men's Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
For this Valentine's Day weekend, some more advice for our married readers from my friends at Health.com, written by Julie Upton, RD, on how you can improve your diet and your sex life at the same time. Knock out two birds with one stone: Enough about oysters, already! If you want to put some sizzle back into your sex life, food can help you set the mood. There’s nothing better than a romantic, home-cooked dinner, featuring some R-rated foods to help turn up the heat. “There’s a growing body of evidence that some of the vitamins and components in foods can enhance sexual function and sexual experience,” says Jennifer R. Berman, MD, director of the Berman Women’s Wellness Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. Here are some of the food ingredients (and my…
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3 Lifestyle Habits That Can Boost Your Sex Drive

General Health, Heart Health, Marriage and Family Health, Men's Health, Mental Health, Nutritional Health, Woman's Health
For this Valentine's Day weekend, some advice for our married readers from my friends at Health.com on how you can not only boost your sex drive, but become more highly healthy at the same time: 1. Get plenty of exercise If you want to make your marriage a bit more "hot-blooded," then improve your circulation. Physical fitness can increase blood flow, which in theory can make sex more pleasurable since sexual arousal for both men and women involves increased blood flow to the genital area. And that can increase desire itself—if it feels great, you tend to want to do it more. Exercise boosts endorphins, which lift your mood, and it can increase your energy. Not to mention that being toned makes some people feel sexier. 2. Eat a healthy…
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