Does a Healthy Heart Mean a Healthy Brain?

2/1/2018
Location : Home Office 

Nobody would ever question the benefits of keeping a heart-healthy lifestyle, but new research is showing what the Tin Man and the Scarecrow knew long ago — the heart and the brain make a great team!

In addition to reducing risk of heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular problems, research is revealing that having a healthy heart can bring a lower risk of dementia. While the exact mechanics are still being researched, it is theorized that a healthy cardiovascular system can better distribute blood to nourish sensitive areas of the brain — areas that may be susceptible to the changes that cause dementia.

What steps can you take to achieve a healthy heart and brain?

  • Keep a healthy weight: Extra weight forces the heart to work harder

  • Eat better: You really are what you eat

  • Be active: Even just 20 minutes a day can help

  • Sleep well: There is a direct correlation between sleeping more and better health

  • Manage blood pressure: Check it regularly and take necessary steps to control it

  • Control cholesterol: Make sure your levels and the balance between “good” and “bad” are within standards

  • Reduce blood sugar: High levels can damage your eyes, kidneys, nerves or heart over time

  • Don’t smoke: Its negative effects are damaging all over your body

Most importantly, consult with your doctor to make sure that the steps you take are right for you based on your personal condition.

To read more about a Heart-Healthy Diet, click here.

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