This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of American Heart Association / American Stroke Association for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Take Charge of Your Brain Health
Did you know that the way you live can highly influence your Brain Health?
It might seem like common sense, but unfortunately, this really isn’t the case. However, by living a healthy lifestyle with Life’s Simple 7, you can promote healthy living and better brain health. And we all want to avoid strokes and to keep our minds as sharp as possible as long as possible.
Life’s Simple 7 include four simple healthy living behaviors
- eat better
- get physically active
- don’t smoke
- lose weight
As well as monitoring and controlling 3 health measurements
- manage blood pressure
- control cholesterol
- reduce blood sugar
Don’t let your regrets include lack of brain health awareness:
Did you know that 80% of adult strokes are preventable?
I wasn’t aware of that, but it is great information to have, because whether we want to admit it or not, we’re all aging. And we all face the potential of brain problems like dementia, memory loss and stroke.
Blood flow and oxygen in the brain are huge factors in maintaining brain health. Unfortunately, they can be negatively impacted by diseases and conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, atrial fibrillation, heart disease and stroke.
Health conditions can be like dominoes, effecting other organs in a chain reaction that is difficult to avoid. When normal blood flow (which transports oxygen to the brain) is disrupted due to low blood flow or a blockage, the brain can become damaged. Once the brain is damaged (brain cells die), it can never be repaired.
The best way to maintain good brain health is to ensure that you are making simple lifestyle changes that help to prevent heart disease and brain health, because we all want to be healthy as we age and we all want our minds to continue to be sharp so we know what is going on. The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association defines a healthy brain as a brain that is functioning at its best, free from disease and is receiving normal blood flow and oxygen levels.
Everyone has regrets, but there is no reason to let your brain health be one of them. Start now by making good choices about living a healthy lifestyle, because choices you make in early adulthood can affect your brain as you age. An active body (through physical activity) and mind can improve brain health, and help you avoid brain problems like stroke, dementia, confusion, or memory loss.
If you’re like me, you have times when you’re confused of forgetful. I don’t know how many times I turn on my computer and then forget what I was going to search for–or go downstairs to grab something and get distracted by something else and forget what I was initially going to get. But, with good brain health, you can keep those moments to the normal range instead of having them develop into a problem range.
Great Tips for Good Brain (and Heart) Health
- preventing or controlling high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes
- eating healthy
- sleeping well
- being physically and socially active
- limit alcohol intake
- controlling weight
- not smoking
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