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2 make up for a bad impression
3 lack any other inspiration for a meaningful gift.
Card sellers and purveyors of Champagne will also be keen to promote the magical benefits of their products, so is there any hope that we health professionals could find a romantic place in the hearts of our beloved ones? Here's my list of suggestions on how to unlock the key to your lovers heart, in a heart friendly sort of way.
Chocolate: just the very word evokes sheepskin rugs in front of open fires and smokey jazz played softly in the background. But it has to be 70% cocoa dark chocolate if you really want to make that heart feel good: it's the Reservatrol and cocoa phenols that do it!
Red wine: just a glass for her and perhaps two for you - no more or you lose all the benefits - it's that ole Reservatrol doing it's thing again.
Nuts: send her/him nuts, or leave them in a bowl by her favourite chair . Most nuts are good, but Walnuts are tops because of their omega 3 fatty acids.
Salmon: the fish of knowledge according to old Celtic wisdom. Also a fantastic source of Omega 3's and even the tinned variety has extra calcium in it from the soft bones they contain.
Oats: for breakfast: a good source of soluble fiber, niacin, folate and potassium.
And if you're feeling very romantic, search out some beautiful berries such as blueberries, cranberries, raspberries and strawberries - they're a good source of beta-carotene and exotic sounding, heart loving chemicals called lutein, anthocyanin, ellagic acid (a polyphenol), as well as vitamin C, folate, potassium and fiber.
Now if that doesn't get you into the good books, take her for a walk!