From the womb to the tomb, your environment and life experiences affect the health and structure of your brain. You have the power to make your mind and brain stronger by making the right lifestyle choices everyday. In a very competitive world, staying mentally sharp is paramount. In this blog I share 6 factors that will help you fortify a healthy brain at any age.
A research study from January of 2012 published in the British Medical Journal found that cognitive function begins to decline as early as age 45, which is much earlier than previously thought. The researchers, led by Archana Singh-Manoux from the Centre for Research in Epidemiology and Population Health in France, found that lifestyle choices that lead to cardiovascular health made during middle age greatly impact cognitive function as we age. Singh-Manoux says, "There is emerging consensus that 'what is good for our hearts is also good for our heads,' making aggressive control of behavioral and cardiovascular risk factors as early as possible key targets for clinical practice and public health."
Heart disease is the number one killer in America. The double whammy is that the same lifestyle choices and environmental impacts that are killing our bodies are also prematurely degenerating our minds. The good news is that our bodies and minds are adaptable and it's never too late to reverse a negative trend. The 6 basic factors that will ensure a healthy brain (and body) well into old age are: