National Wear Red Day!
February is American Heart Month, created to raise awareness about cardiovascular disease which impacts more than 17.3 million people annually. But did you know that heart health is closely linked to brain health? According to the American Heart Association, following a heart-healthy diet lifestyle can lower your chances of having a stroke, and it can make a big difference in your mental abilities as you age. Consider these heart/brain wellness tips and join the staff and residents of MorningStar Arrowhead by raising awareness and wearing red on Friday, February 7th. EAT MORE FISH: Consuming fish at least twice per week can reduce your risk of heart disease by 36 percent. Additionally, omega 3 fats in fish helps keep blood flowing to the brain. Oily fish also contains DHA; people with low DHA levels have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease and memory loss. EAT FRUITS AND VEGGIES: A study in the journal, Circulation, revealed that people with high blood pressure experienced improved blood flow following every serving of fruits and vegetables eaten. Fruits and veggies are tied to brain health as well, with adults over the age of 65 showing 40 percent less mental decline than study participants who ate few or no vegetables. LIMIT SATURATED FATS: Saturated fats found in fried foods, dairy and red meat are harmful to the heart. Research published by the Journal of the American College of Cardiology revealed people who ate more saturated fats showed a higher risk of heart disease. A Diet rich in saturated fats can negatively impact cognitive brain function as well. GET MOVING: People who do not exercise are twice as likely to get heart disease as those who maintain an active lifestyle. Exercise offers a wealth of physical benefits and it also has been linked to improved brain function and protecting one's thinking skills.