If you are experiencing the following symptoms (e.g. fatigue, weakness, and breathlessness when climbing stairs), you may have a weak heart. In this article, we will discuss the ways to strengthen your heart.
1. Supplement with Ubiquinol Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)
CoQ10 is essential to the survival of the mitochondria (powerhouses of cells). Without CoQ10, the energy generated for trillions of cells will decline, leading to dysfunction and onset of diseases. As energy demand of the heart is among the highest in the body, CoQ10 is especially important for the support of a stronger, healthier and better-functioning heart.
Unfortunately, your body’s ability to produce CoQ10 begins to decrease around the age of 30. The diminished CoQ10 levels in the heart weaken the heart muscles, causing insufficient blood to be pumped out each time it beats. To maintain the cardiac output, the heart beats faster, resulting in a higher resting heart rate.
Did you know that the higher the resting heart rate, the greater the risk for death? Supplement with Ubiquinol CoQ10. This has been proven to power up the heart, enhancing heart function and normalising heart rate.
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2. Eat More Omega-3 Fats, Avoid Trans Fats
Omega-3 fats are well-known for their heart-health benefits. They help decrease inflammation (associated with heart disease due to vascular damage), triglycerides and irregular heartbeats. Consuming a minimal of 1 – 2 servings of omega-3 rich fish (e.g. salmon, sardines and tuna) weekly has been shown to lower the risk of heart disease. Alternatively, you can obtain your daily dose of omega-3s by taking krill oil or fish oil supplements.
In contrast, trans fats can elevate your risk of heart disease as they increase your LDL “bad” cholesterol and decrease your HDL “good” cholesterol, resulting in clogged arteries. Hence, you should avoid eating trans fats, which are normally found in foods like margarines, packaged baked goods, snack foods and fast foods.
3. Exercise regularly
Stay active. Exercise strengthens your heart and improves your heart health in the long term. Aim to get 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercises (e.g. cycling, water aerobics and brisk walking) weekly.
4. Quit Smoking and Avoid Secondhand Smoke
Did you know that smokers are 2 – 4 times more likely to develop heart disease? What’s alarming is even non-smokers are at a greater risk (25-30% higher) of getting heart disease due to exposure to secondhand smoke!
The chemicals in cigarette smoke can cause permanent damage to your heart and blood vessels. They also increase the likelihood of blood clots, which can ultimately result in heart attacks or strokes. As such, you should ditch the cigarettes, be it real or electronic and don’t hang around with those who are smoking.