Because your heart is important to you!

12 February 2024 | Comment(s) |

Livia Zimmermann

Valentine's Day. For some, it's the day of love; for others, a day of useless gifts, or just another day. 14 February means different things to different people. But on this day, it's the heart, the symbol of love, that takes centre stage. The heart is our most important organ. For our bodies to work properly, the heart must keep the blood circulating. So it's important that we take care of our “engine”. In this blog, we'll give you a few tips.

In seventh heaven

You don't have to fly to the sky, but a little exercise can't hurt! To have a healthy heart, you need a healthy lifestyle. That means regular physical activity and a healthy diet. All you have to do is incorporate a little physical exercise into your daily life. According to many studies, a small amount of sport is better than none at all. Your heart will be grateful for it. Ideally, you should do around 2.5 hours of sport a week, spread over several sessions. What's more, exercise boosts your concentration and improves your mood.

Love goes through your stomach

Put the following foods on your shopping list:

  • vegetables and fruit
  • nuts and seeds
  • olive and linseed oil

More fresh vegetables and fruit and less meat. That way, your body will get almost all the vitamins it needs.

Have you heard of "flexitarians"? Flexitarians are people who rarely eat meat, but who make a point of eating quality meat. They prefer organic produce and avoid highly processed meat products (such as sausages or meat spreads). They also eat little red meat.

The unsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids contained in nuts, seeds and quality vegetable oils are good for the heart. They also contain a lot of vitamin E, which supports the immune system, has an anti-inflammatory effect and protects skin cells. 

Omega-3 fatty acids also protect the cardiovascular system. They are particularly rich in oily fish (herring, trout or salmon). Saturated fatty acids of animal origin (milk, meat, eggs) should only be consumed in limited quantities. 

You are the salt of my life

It's a well-known fact that people in love add salt to their food because their minds are elsewhere. If you too think about your sweetheart when you cook, the motto is to use less salt, because less is more. Replace salt with aromatic herbs, chilli and pepper – for the benefit of your heart!

It's also best to avoid ready-made products that contain a lot of salt.

To live on love and fresh air

At the very beginning of your love story, you may be able to do without anything other than love and fresh air, but it won't be long before your stomach starts to rumble. A little chocolate for Valentine's Day? Yes, but don't forget that dark chocolate is healthier for your lover's heart than milk chocolate. Refined sugar, which is used in sweets and pastries, can weaken the heart. On the other hand, the natural fructose contained in fruit is less harmful. Why? The secondary plant substances and fibre contained in fruit have a balancing effect.

Skip the fizzy drinks and drink lightly sweetened tea instead. Spread only a thin layer of jam or honey on your toast and make your own smoothies instead of buying fruit juice!

Netflix & chill-out

Have you got a date with your favourite series on the sofa? How about a romantic walk instead? Because when you're watching television, you generally move very little, and this inactivity weakens the heart, leading to shorter life expectancy. Unless you combine Netflix with sport! In this case, there are plenty of options: yoga, stretching, hula-hoop, etc. You're sure to find something you like!


Did you know that scientists argue about what's best for the heart: giving up alcohol altogether or drinking in moderation? Everyone agrees, however, that more than one or two alcoholic drinks a day are bad for the heart. Enjoy alcohol in moderation!

Livia Zimmermann

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