Your brain and your heart are inextricably linked, like an old married couple.
What you do and think now matters for the decisions you make tomorrow to look after your body and brain.
So how do you look after your brain and body at the same time?
A healthy brain starts with a healthy heart, being physically active, challenging your brain, being socially active and healthy eating.
“There are currently (2019) 436,000 Australians living with dementia, and without a medical breakthrough this number is expected to increase to over one million people by 2058.”
Here are five steps to maximise your brain health:
Step 1: Look after your heart. What’s good for your heart is good for your brain. The risk of developing dementia appears to increase as a result of conditions that affect the heart.
Step 2: 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.
Step 3: Mentally challenge your brain. Challenging the brain with new activities helps to build new brain cells and strengthen connections between them.
Step 4: 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.
Step 5: Enjoy social activity. Social interaction with people whose company you enjoy can help to look after the health of your brain.