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Valentines Day Greetings

Posted at February 10, 2012 | By : | Categories : Health Tips | 0 Comment

Valentines Day is almost upon us: a time to remind, as well as show, our loved ones that we care and appreciate them. Why not indulge a loved one with something that is relaxing or a healthy treat (or even both!). Massage and dark chocolate are the perfect combination of sweet-treat, and relaxation. Plus, they are good for you.

Dark chocolate can be a great way to indulge, with less guilt over milk or white chocolate, since dark contains less sugar and more antioxidant rich-properties. Antioxidants are known to help restore the cellular damage done by molecules called free radicals.1 Free radicals interfere with the immune system, and have a hand in chronic disease such as atherosclerosis, cancer, and arthritis.1 Antioxidant-rich dark chocolate, as well as diets rich in vegetables and fruits, keep the body’s immune health strong, in order to ward off colds, flu, and other infections. The darker the chocolate the better, and just like with massage it has more than one benefit.

Massage is more than pure relaxation. Experts estimate stress is related to ninety percent of disease. The benefits of massage to your health are endless:
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  • Enhance sleep quality
  • Increase immunity
  • Increase energy
  • Easier & shorter labor for expectant mothers
  • Increase mobility/range of motion of joints
  • Better digestion and intestinal function
  • Ease medication dependency
  • Enhance skin conditions
  • Reduce swelling and muscle tension
  • Reduced fatigue
  • Relieve acute and chronic pain

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