How Keeping a Healthy Heart Leads to A Healthy Mind

How Keeping a Healthy Heart Leads to A Healthy Mind

October 15, 2023 | Health

How Keeping a Healthy Heart Leads to A Healthy Mind

Two of the body’s essential functions, the heart and brain, must maintain a healthy relationship. Studies have revealed around 80 percent of individuals with dementia have experienced heart-related problems.

Effects on the brain that indicate the beginning stages of dementia start around ten years before showing noticeable symptoms. By making simple lifestyle changes, the progression of dementia can be reduced.

What’s the connection?

The human body, in its entirety, relies on receiving blood through the heart’s veins. If the network of blood vessels becomes blocked, heart disease can arise and lead to dementia.

The blockage prevents the heart from pumping necessary blood flow to the brain. This puts individuals at risk for damaged or dead brain cells and a decline in cognitive function, otherwise known as vascular dementia.

Taking the time to focus on better eating habits, engage in physical activity, and tend to mental well-being, heart complications and the threat of dementia can become less of a concern. 

Nutritional value

A nutritious diet can benefit the heart and mind, keeping them in good shape. Certain vitamins and nutrients in healthy foods can reduce potential heart disease while improving cognitive abilities.

A percentage of nutrients found in different foods gets carried through the bloodstream. The nutrients help to keep the bloodstream clear, which prevents damage. Since blockage restricts the heart from pumping blood to the brain, the loss of cells that results can negatively affect individuals that have or are at risk for dementia.

To avoid this, making dietary adjustments can go a long way. Leafy greens, nuts and berries, and fish are common food groups that help arteries stay clear. Providing the body with natural vitamins and antioxidants keeps heart health intact, allowing it to benefit and successfully function with the brain.

Physical activity

Like a nutritional diet, staying active can decrease heart disease chances while protecting against dementia. When there is a lack of physical activity, fatty material builds up in the arteries, causing little to no blood flow to the brain.

No matter an individual’s capabilities, there are plenty of ways to exercise to meet the needs of all. Including a simple activity in a daily routine can keep the heart and brain in good standing. Something as simple as taking a walk goes a long way.

Mental Health

Many people experience a decline in mental health during their lifetime. For some individuals, it is more prevalent than for others. In such cases, continuously battling with a diagnosis can pose health threats.  

When dealing with anxiety, depression, and PTSD, among other long-term conditions, specific issues can present themselves. With reduced blood flow to the heart being one of them, this can cause calcium to build up and block arteries. Again, this puts the brain at risk of not receiving enough blood to function.  

Addressing mental health is important to reducing and preventing such threats. Though it may seem uncomfortable initially, consider leaning on a loved one or a professional for help.

 

 

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