The brain and the heart are arguably the two most vital organs in the human body. While the brain contains billions of cells that direct/control the functionality of every part of the body, the heart, on the other hand, serves as the lifeline of the body as it supplies blood, oxygen and other nutrients to every other organ in the body system. But like every other natural process, there comes a time when the brain and heart might begin to deteriorate. This situation becomes more likely as we grow older. In such a case, the brain begins to exhibit signs/conditions such as short and long-term memory loss, difficultly in processing and retaining information, and reduction in attention span. It also undergoes structural and neuronal changes which include shrinking, thinning, alterations in size and form, a drop in the number of brain synapses and a decline in neurogenesis. The heart, on the other hand, develops conditions that inhibit the stable flow of blood within the body. This makes us susceptible to heart conditions such as heart attack, stroke, heart disease, heart failure and high blood pressure. These conditions can be as a result of irregular heartbeat, thickening of the heart chamber or stiffness/narrowing of the arteries.
Research has shown that you can protect your heart by simply taking care of your brain. Apart from the fact that ‘what is good for your heart is also generally good for your brain’, the brain receives blood from the heart and relies on it for other vital nutrients. However, there are a few things you can do to slow down or either improve the deteriorating process of the health and heart. Below are some of them.
Take dietary supplements
Dietary supplements are especially good for those well above middle age or within old age. They are drugs that are made to augment the nutrients we get from consuming our normal diets. They have also been made to combat most of the deteriorating conditions of the heart and brain earlier highlighted in the introductory part of this work. Typically, too much drug consumption can lead to a lack of responsiveness from the body as well as other conditions such as gastrointestinal issues and ‘stomach sensitivities ‘. To circumvent this, you can opt for vitamin patches from various brands like PatchMD and so on.
Eat healthy diets and inculcate good eating habits
Eating healthy diets is one of the notable and established ways of keeping the heart and brain away from untimely deterioration. This is because nutrients are essential for the functionality of the heart and brain. There are a number of diets that are very good for both the heart and brain. One of them is the Mediterranean diet, which entails the consumption of fish, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and olive oils. These foods help protect the arteries from damage and prevent early brain decline. You can also augment your diet with snacks such as unsalted nuts to boost the functionality of the arteries and moderate blood pressures. Checking through other nutrition platforms such as CocoaVia and others might prove helpful. It is also advisable to minimize junk consumption, as well as food and beverages high in sugar and salt.
Avoid smoking/stop smoking
It has been discovered that smoking contributes greatly to the deterioration of the brain and heart. Apart from the fact that smoking causes cancer, lung diseases, diabeties and other diseases, it can also cause heart-related problems such as cardiac diseases and stroke. Research has also shown that exposing our heart to smoke increases our chances of developing heart disease by 25 to 30%. Even as a non-smoker, it is advisable to keep off from smoke infested environments.
Practice living a healthy lifestyle
Apart from eating healthy diets, it is also advisable to minimize stress as much as you can. It has been proven that exercising regularly can help to improve the functionality of the heart and brain. Another important healthy habit to inculcate is good sleeping habit, which is very essential for keeping your heart healthy. This is because lack of sleep makes the heart more susceptible to cardiovascular diseases. In a study that involved 3,000 adults aged 45, it was found that ‘those who slept fewer than six hours per night were about twice as likely to have a stroke or heart attack’. Therefore, it is advisable for you to try as much as you can to get up to 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily for the health of your heart and brain.