Coenzyme Q10 is an antioxidant that is chemically similar to vitamin E. It is found in highest concentration in the heart, followed by the liver, kidney, spleen and pancreas. CoQ10 is in found in every cell of the body giving the mitochondria (power center of each cell) its energy. It also has antiaging effects, stimulates the immune system and helps to increase circulation. Natural food sources include spinach, peanuts, meat, and sardines. Coenzyme Q10 can also be found in supplement form at your local health food store.
Pomegranates may help to reverse the progression of artery plaque buildup and help curb hardening of the arteries by reducing blood vessel damage. Because pomegranates are high in antioxidants they not only help protect against heart disease but other disease processes in the body as well, especially cancer. Pomegranates other nutrients include vitamin C, potassium, and pantothenic acid (vitamin B5).
HOW TO EAT A POMEGRANATE
1. Cut out the protrusion from the flower-end of the pomegranate, leaving about a two-inch hole in the top
2. Starting from the edges of the hole, score the rind around the fruit, dividing it into several pieces.
3. Pull the fruit open, separate the seeds and enjoy
BE CAREFUL ON MONDAYS
Did you know that most heart attacks occur on Monday’s between the hours of 8-9 AM?
Did you also know that anger brought on by stress contributes to heart failure?
Be extra kind to yourself and others on Mondays.
Challenge #1: Do not yell at your fellow drivers on Mondays on your way to work, you may be harming yourself in the process. Is it worth it? Instead of screaming at your fellow driver, love your heart instead.
Challenge #2: After you conquer Mondays, love your heart on Tuesdays! Yep, keep on going!
DON’T BITE OFF MORE THAN YOU CAN CHEW!
Good digestion begins in the mouth from thoroughly chewing food. If you bite off more than you can chew you risk choking.
The same principle can be applied in life; have you bitten off more than you can chew and are now choking, unable to fit it all in?
Your heart wants you to pay attention to what you chew on. Do you chew on your nails or grind your teeth at night? Do you regularly chew out your kids and coworkers? Do you chew antacids all day trying to relieve your heartburn? You may have bitten off more than you can chew.
Take smaller bites and slow down. Doing less, and more thoughtfully, will slow you down and take pressure off your heart. De-stress by doing less – your nails with thank you, your teeth with thank you, your kids and coworkers will thank you , your stomach will thank you, and most of all your heart will thank you.
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