Don’t go breaking your heart
With Valentine’s Day coming up, we’re all about heart health. Many of us know the heart as a muscle that pumps blood and provides oxygen and nutrients the body. But did you know that the heart also plays an important role in our emotions? Emotions result from the brain, heart and body acting together.
The heart works together with the brain. Emotions change the signals the brain sends to the heart, and the heart responds. As we experience feelings like frustration, anxiety or anger, our heart rhythm patterns become more erratic. On the other hand, when we experience emotions like love, care, compassion and appreciation, the heart produces a pattern that looks like gently rolling hills. Harmonious or erratic heart patterns are sent to the emotional centres in the brain, which recognises the feelings, and tells our body how to respond.
If something is wrong with your heart, either emotionally or physically, it can affect other parts of your body, which is why it’s important to look after your heart. You can do so in the following ways:
Exercise at least 30 minutes a day!
Your heart is a muscle and needs exercise to help keep it fit so that it can pump blood efficiently around your body. Without regular physical activity, the body slowly loses its strength, stamina and ability to function well.
Doing just 30 minutes of moderate exercise a day, even in 10 minute chunks, can help to reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, as well as reducing your risk of developing a stroke and high blood pressure. It’s easier if you have a bit of support, so get your family and friends on board. You might even inspire them to become more physically active!
Eat your greens!
Twenty percent of heart diseases worldwide are the result of a diet poor in fruit and vegetables. Eat at least five servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Choose whole grains over processed (refined) grains and sugars. Choose healthy fats (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) over unhealthy fats (saturated and trans).
Put down those cigarettes!
Smoking increases your risk of heart disease, a stroke, blood clots, and decreases your ability to exercise and good cholesterol levels, so look at making a resolution to quit.
Get enough CoQ10!
To function properly, the heart needs to receive and maintain a sufficient supply of Coenzyme Q10. CoQ10 is an antioxidant that is naturally synthesised by the body. However, the amount of CoQ10 in our body is not always sufficient. From the age of 30 (or younger), our natural production of CoQ10 starts to decline; at age 80, our CoQ10 levels can be lower than they were at birth. Taking statins (cholesterol-lowering medication) or some other drugs, or unhealthy lifestyles, can also deplete our body’s CoQ10 levels.
With an insufficient supply of CoQ10, our heart strains to do its job, and our whole body suffers. This can result in low energy, physical and mental fatigue, depressed immune or cardiovascular functions, or a variety of health problems.
Taking a high-quality CoQ10 supplement can play a major role in making sure your body has the energy it needs to maintain a strong, healthy heart.
Spend time with loved ones!
Valentine’s Day is a perfect excuse to spend time with those you love. Whether you’re celebrating with friends or your partner, be sure to take time out to make the day special. Did you know that studies show that those who take care of their health have better relationships with others and with themselves? A trip to the movies, dinner, a picnic, a bike ride together, or a gift exchange – however you choose to spend the day, enjoy it.