5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Heart and Brain Healthy
As we age, the risk for stroke and heart disease, among many others, increases. Yet what you do now and what you change in how you live your life can save you and your loved one from a life-changing accident and years of suffering. Control the risk and be aware of the easiest ways you can change your lifestyle to maintain your health.
1)Take your blood pressure seriously
You may get your blood pressure checked at at your yearly physicals, but as we get older, it is critical to monitor blood pressure as often as possible. Getting it within a healthy range is key to not only protecting but easing up on the strain your heart, arteries and kidneys go through each and every day to keep you strong. Try checking it at your gym, local pharmacy, or other locations you can find where you can test it for free!
2) Quit smoking!
It should go without saying that smoking leads to stroke, disease and death. It mainly contributes to cardiovascular disease, which will seriously impact your heart health and brain
health as a single cigarette kills millions of cells in the brain.
3) Monitor your cholesterol
The higher your cholesterol that higher the chance it can lead to heart disease and stroke, as it causes plaque buildup in your arteries.
4) Lose weight, lose worry!
Excess weight and obesity doesn’t just hurt the overall health of your brain and heart, but puts a strain on your bones and joints and overall quality of life -the way you sleep, the way you breathe, your relationships and more. Try to do something that will get your heart rate up for at least 30 minutes a day. It can even just be a quick cleaning session, or walk and dance session in your client’s living room.
5) Watch out for sugar, everywhere
Sugary desserts, juices and soft drinks are all unhealthy sources of sugar to say the least. Yet far more foods can contribute to your blood sugar, even certain fruits and especially carbohydrates. Bread and grains contain sugar, yes, which is why carbohydrates provide you with a quick source of energy.