What’s love got to do with it?
That is a question that occurred to me, via Tina Turner, as I did research for this month’s article on heart health. Associating love with the heart is not random, there is a real correlation between lowered stress levels and being with people you love.
It surprised me to learn that this was true, even if you aren’t getting along with those people! Also, people in a relationship tend to live longer.
According to an article I read on the Rodale News website, feelings of love produce oxytocin, which protects your heart. Feelings of love, gratitude, and appreciation help to slow heart rate, normalize heart rhythms, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation.
So reach out to that special someone, whether it be family, friend or romantic partner, it will be good for your heart. More good news, chocolate is a heart healthy food, too! Valentine’s Day is looking better and better.
Stay safe, healthy and productive,