Your heart beats 50 to 100 times per minute and pumps about five to six liters of blood through your body – an amazing feat that our heart performs every day to keep us alive.
In order for it to continue to beat strongly and perform all its functions well into old age, it must also be handled with care. Regular exercise, a low-fat diet, and giving up cigarettes, for example, are all factors that contribute to your heart health.
Coronary artery disease (the calcification of the walls of blood vessels, which leads to circulatory problems and thus impairs the supply of oxygen to the heart muscle), cardiac arrhythmias, circulatory problems in the heart vessels, heart attack, heart failure or angina pectoris (chest tightness) are all heart diseases that have become increasingly common in recent years! Cardiovascular disease is now by far the most common cause of death in Austria, affecting around 34,000 people per year.
Reasons for this are quickly found, because factors such as high blood pressure, obesity, elevated blood lipid levels, little exercise, stress, smoking, vascular calcification cause heart disease immensely.
The good news about it? You can do something good for your heart yourself!
How your heart falls in love with you? In which you give him attention and care!
Here are our top tips on how to make your heart shine:
1) Exercise and strengthen your heart muscle
At least 30 minutes of exercise, such as walking, jogging, cycling, swimming or even climbing stairs, per day strengthens your heart, because the stress in the body requires more energy and oxygen and the heart begins to beat faster. When the heartbeat accelerates, more blood is pumped into the body and the heart muscle is exercised – so sport is always a workout for your heart!
2) Watch your weight
Obesity promotes the development of arteriosclerosis, a connective tissue hardening of the arteries, and this in turn can result in coronary heart disease and even a heart attack. To prevent this, pay attention to your body weight, because if it is within the healthy range, it makes your heart’s work much easier. The APEX concept from VABO-N can help you to make the kilos tumble and ensures that you feel good all around – probably not only your heart will be happy about that! 😉
3) Give up cigarettes
Nicotine promotes an increase in blood pressure and constricts blood vessels. In addition, the carbon monoxide in the cigarette irritates the inside of the blood vessels, making it easier for fat to deposit in the vessels. In particular, the regularity of cigarette use can double to quadruple the risk of coronary heart disease, or angina, which in turn can trigger a heart attack.
P.S.: For all those who smoke only occasionally & especially when a glass of wine or a bottle of beer is involved: Excessive alcohol consumption is also a potential risk factor for cardiovascular disease! So it’s best to kill two birds with one stone and minimize both!
4) Schedule checkups – even your heart should see a doctor now and then
It is particularly important to control blood lipid levels, such as cholesterol and triglycerides, because the higher they are, the greater the risk of cardiovascular disease. In Austria, there is the privilege of having a free health examination once a year from the age of 18. It is important to make use of this service in order to be able to rule out or detect any heart disease or other illnesses at an early stage.
5) Don’t salt your heart health
Too many cooks spoil the broth – or in this case: too much salt spoils your heart health! This is because it drives up blood pressure, and this can have serious consequences on blood vessels, as high blood pressure can injure the vessel wall. The WHO recommends a maximum of 5 grams per day, which is roughly equivalent to one teaspoon.
Our tip: Instead of the usual reach for the salt – how about experimenting with herbs and spices? This can give your food completely different and surprisingly tasty notes! 😉
6) Less stress, more time for what’s good for you
Stress reactions are the physical and mental responses to exposure to stressors that violate internal balance. This releases stress hormones (biochemical messengers) that cause the body to release energy reserves in preparation for stressful situations. This in turn increases blood pressure and reduces oxygen supply. Remedy can be physical exercise, which is fun – because it deactivates the stress hormones and the sympathetic nervous system (is part of the autonomic nervous system and is responsible for the fact that our body reacts to loads such as stress) and this in turn has a positive effect on the cardiovascular system, the heart muscle no longer needs so much oxygen and the heartbeat drives down again.
7) Pay attention to the correct ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
For our health, it is not only the amount of omega-3 per se that we consume daily that is crucial, but above all the right ratio between omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids – because only then can both fatty acids fulfill their mode of action in the body optimally. While an imbalance to the detriment of omega-3 leads to silent inflammation and classic civilization diseases, such as cardiovascular diseases or high blood pressure, a good ratio has, among other things, an anti-inflammatory effect, improves the flow properties of the blood, has a beneficial effect on blood pressure and thus also on the cardiovascular system.
However, the industrialization of food caused the proportion of omega-6 fatty acids in our daily diet to increase. An increasing imbalance in intake between omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids was the result. Instead of the ideal omega-6 to omega-3 ratio of 3:1, today the actual ratio of a European averages 12:1.
How can you counteract this? With an increased intake of omega-3 fatty acids! With 600 mg of omega-3, including 362 mg of DHA and 148 mg of EPA, in a super tasty jelly, VABO-N OH!MEGA is the optimal buddy for your heart health: It supports your heart function, contributes to normal blood lipid levels, and helps maintain normal blood pressure – the perfect lover for your heart, isn’t it?
PS: VABO-N OH!MEGA can do even more than heart health 😉
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With a daily intake of at least 250 mg of EPA and DHA, EPA and DHA contribute to normal heart function. With a daily intake of at least 2 g EPA and DHA (equivalent to 4 jellies), DHA and EPA contribute to the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels. With a daily intake of at least 3 g EPA and DHA (equivalent to 6 jellies), DHA and EPA contribute to the maintenance of normal blood pressure.