5 tips to boost your brain health and reduce the risk of disease

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Through active lifestyle choices, you can promote good brain health and reduce the risk of suffering from memory disorders and dementia, this is what the research says.

Maintaining brain health is critical to our overall well-being, and research shows that we can influence this through our lifestyle choices. Diet and other factors can play a role in preventing both memory disorders and dementia.

Lifestyle factors that promote good brain health

The brain ages with us, old age is the most significant risk for dementia and memory disorders according to research. In addition to old age, dementia is more common among women, people with a short education and people born outside Sweden. Dementia can be prevented but not cured. However, by changing our lifestyle, we can reduce the risk by up to 30 percent. Here are some key factors:

1. Regular physical exercise

Heart rate-increasing physical exercise has been shown to increase the formation of blood vessels in the hippocampus, the part of the brain that affects learning and memory. In addition, exercise prevents the hippocampus from decreasing in size, and it helps the body better handle stress.

2. Purposeful diet

A healthy diet has a positive effect on brain health. Enrich your diet with vegetables, whole grains, nuts, fruit, olive oil and fish with a high omega-3 content. With the right diet, communication between the brain's nerve cells is improved while supporting the heart.

3. Heart health helps brain health

20% of the blood that the heart pumps out is used by the brain, therefore a healthy heart is essential for a healthy brain. Treatment of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes are important measures to promote brain health.

4. Good sleep quality

Healthy sleep is necessary for cognitive function. Prolonged poor sleep can impair memory and complicate learning. During sleep, the memory is strengthened and the brain is cleared of potentially harmful substances.

5. Social activity and learning

Being socially active and constantly learning new things can also have positive effects on brain health. These factors, along with regular physical activity and a nutritious diet, create a holistic approach to supporting brain function.

Active choices help keep the brain healthy

Keeping the brain healthy throughout life involves conscious lifestyle choices. By integrating regular physical exercise, a nutritious diet and good sleep routines, we can promote cognitive health.

Research has shown the importance of managing heart health and maintaining social and intellectual activities. Through these adjustments in our lifestyle, we can really affect the well-being of the brain and reduce the risk of memory disorders throughout life.

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