What Supports Brain Health?
Some say “what’s good for your heart is good for your brain”.
One word, E X E R C I S E !
Any physical activity is better than none at all. Keeping up with regular exercises not only improves brain health, but it also improves the body’s overall health. Starting off light will build your strength and endurance.
Aerobic Exercises is a great way to build endurance. In order to improve overall health, these exercises include:
Aerobic exercises can produce new brain cell growth and retain healthy brain cells.
Food & Nutrition
When you eat clean, you think clear. You are what you eat, and as you grow older your brain will endure more harmful stress due to lifestyles and environments, resulting in a process called oxidation, which damages brain cells.
Food rich in antioxidants can help combat the harmful effects of oxidation in your brain.
Less red meat
You might want to think before cutting into that steak along with a side of fries. Studies show that what we eat have an impact on our memory and can increase developing dementia as we age.
For example, steaks are loaded with saturated fat, which is known to raise blood levels of unhealthy low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. Other kinds of fats, such as trans fats, do the same thing to LDL.
By now we know that this is bad for our heart, and there is now tons of evidence that it’s also bad for your brain.
High cholesterol diets might speed up the formation of beta-amyloid plaques in the brain. These protein are blamed for much of the damage that occurs in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s.
Ways to protect your brains memory as it ages:
- Controlling cholesterol, blood sugar, and blood pressure levels with diet, exercise, and medicines such as statins or beta-blockers.
- Quitting cigarettes. One studies shows that smoking increases higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
- Exercising three or more times a week has results to a lower risk of dementia.
Food that preserves memory:
What promotes a heart-healthy diet?
A heart-healthy diet is similar to a Mediterranean diet, which carries the strongest evidence of any diet-related intervention for preserving memory.
Mediterranean diet includes:
- fruits and vegetables
- whole-grain breads and cereals
- beans and nuts
- olive oil
- limited red meat
A variety of medical conditions strongly play a part in decline of brain function. Try and keep your blood pressure and weight at a healthy level, take medications as prescribed, cut down on salt and sugar, stay active and stay socially connected. This all helps you stay sharp, smart, and boosts the vitality and quality of life as you enter your senior years.