Healthy actions will have the opposite impact from poor conduct, which will stimulate your heart and brain and guide them in a potentially dangerous way.
You’ve probably heard me talk about the traditional must-avoids a lot over the years, such as metabolic problems like obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes, chronic inflammation, unmanaged stress, sedentary lifestyles, diets high in processed foods and sugar, and use of alcohol and tobacco.
You know the drill. You’ll be well on your way to changing the path of your life for the better if you work on getting them under control and replace them with the following must-dos:
Pro-inflammatory foods, such as sugar, starchy foods, industrial seed oils (also known as vegetable oils), processed foods, and factory-farmed meats, should be avoided because they undermine heart and brain health by fostering the kind of disastrous, nearly constant inflammation that paves the way for serious neurological issues and disease.
Feed your heart and mind complete, nutrient-dense meals from the farmer’s market or organic sources rather than carbohydrates, processed foods, industrial oils, or meat from factory farms. Therefore, stack these health aids high:
- For the most vitamins and antioxidants, choose leafy greens and a “rainbow” of vibrant, non-starchy vegetables.
- berries and more sugar-free fruits
- fish high in omega-3s, such as sardines, anchovies, mackerel, and wild salmon
- seeds and nuts
- Olive oil extra virgin and good fats
- Grass-fed, pasture-raised, or organic animals
- Green or oolong teas
Move around a lot! It’s fantastic for your heart, promotes the health of your brain and helps to boost blood flow there. According to the Alzheimer’s Research & Prevention Foundation, regular exercise reduces the chance of neurological issues by 50%, so get moving – per prescription.
Yes, even your heart needs to rest at night, and your brain does too. During this time, your brain takes the opportunity to recharge and clear the protein accumulation that contributes to neurological decline, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Meditation removes most of the stress that might cause brain shrinkage in the region of the brain responsible for memory, as well as supporting heart health by relaxing blood vessels and lowering blood pressure.
Test—like a pro and in a knowledgeable, modernized manner that goes beyond conventional testing. Cholesterol is an excellent place to start. Ask for a “advanced lipid panel” when having your levels checked, which measures your levels of inflammatory markers, omega fatty acid levels, lipoprotein (a), apolipoprotein A and B, the size of the lipid particles, and other factors that are much more significant indicators of heart health than the traditional total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol levels that have been measured for the past 50 or so years.
Consider undergoing a genetic test to evaluate your vulnerability to heart and brain problems, such as Alzheimer’s, your need for treatment with methylation and detoxification, your metabolism of saturated fats, and more. Knowing this knowledge can assist you in reducing risk and improving heart and brain health.
Utilizing the amazing technology we currently have practically at our fingertips, fastened to our wrists, and mounted on our arms. To support long-term heart and brain health, it is crucial to maintain blood pressure in a healthy range. However, wearable technology now makes it possible to measure your activity, sleep, blood sugar, heart rate, and heart rate variability more precisely around-the-clock and modify your lifestyle as necessary.