We now know that what is good for your heart is good for your brain. Lifestyle factors have a significant impact on the health of the brain and making positive changes will benefit your whole body. A healthy brain starts with a healthy heart, being physically active, challenging your brain, being socially active and healthy eating.
Here are a few ways to keep on top of your heart health and by proxy… your brain!
Get regular health check-ups
Monitor your blood pressure, cholesterol and blood glucose levels, especially if you have a
family history of cardiovascular conditions.
Do some kind of physical activity
Physical activity increases blood flow to the brain, stimulates the growth of brain cells and the connection between them. For ideas, check out our play page.
Mentally challenge your brain
Challenging the brain with new activities helps to build new brain cells and strengthen connections between them.
Follow a healthy diet
A healthy, balanced diet that includes vegetables, fruit, fish, grains, nuts, legumes (beans, peas and lentils), and lean meat may help in maintaining brain health and functionality. Check out our eat page for some inspo.
Enjoy social activity
Social interaction with people whose company you enjoy can help to look after the health of your brain.
Stop smoking – it is never too late
There are many resources to help you quit, including nicotine replacement therapies, gums,
patches or sprays. Get started by speaking with your doctor.
Limit alcohol intake
Excessive alcohol consumption over time can affect the brain. If you drink alcohol, stick to the recommended Australian guidelines of no more than two standard drinks on any one day, and at least two alcohol-free days per week.
Source: Healthy brain healthy life and What is Good for Your Brain is Good for Your Heart by Dementia Australia.
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