Don't break my heart

Don't break my heart Allyson Miller What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words "Good for t
Sandusky Register Staff
May 24, 2010


Don't break my heart

Allyson Miller

What's the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the words "Good for the Heart?"

Do you automatically rack your mind for the latest in heart medication, or do you think about the newest natural remedies. With the choices for medication growing you must consider everything.

It's like shopping for a car. How does this car compare to others? What will I receive for the price I am paying? I am pretty sure car shopping would be more fun than shopping for medication, but it is a dilemma facing many Americans today.

I am likely a few years younger than readers and this decision is not facing me, but I do know some tasty ways to protect your heart.

What do dark chocolate and red wine have in common, besides their excellent tastes? (Or so I have heard about wine.) They are both considered good for your heart.

When eaten in moderation, moderation being the key word, dark chocolate is shown to help lower blood pressure and lower cholesterol.

Dark chocolate contains flavonols that help your heart. Milk chocolate contains less flavonols, which is why it is not considered healthy for your heart.

Red wine raises good cholesterol and the skin from the grapes has antioxidants, which help prevent the stiffening of heart tissues and blood clots. Other great foods include blueberries, strawberries, avocados and olive oil.

Consider the saying, "Laughter is the best medicine." For my friends and I if this saying is true we wouldn't need health care. Laughter cannot cure everything, but it may help in the prevention of heart disease.

A study from cardiologist at the University of Maryland Medical Center concluded people who have heart disease are 40 percent less likely to laugh during a humorous situation than those the same age and do not have heart disease.

Thankfully, laughter is contagious and with funny movies, comedians and jokes we shouldn't run out of laughter soon.

If you would like to practice these ways to make your heart healthy, Valentine's Day is coming up soon. Ask your special someone for dark chocolate and red wine; have a fruit salad with olive oil for dinner; and snuggle up on the couch for a romantic comedy. If there isn't anyone special right go to a comedy with friends and buy Raisinets. It's not necessarily the exact same thing, but it will do.

For one special day forget about the medications and all your worries. Do something good for your heart, while having a good time with people you love.

People think only medications and new scientific breakthroughs will help their health, but whatever happened to simple, old-fashioned laughter, food and quality time? Let me share my advice. Eat a little, laugh a little and take care of your heart so it can take care of you.