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5 Ways to Protect Your Brain and Your Heart

Here are 5 things virtually anybody can do to keep their heart pumping and also keep their brain in shape:

Get moving. You do not have to train for the Olympics or become a gym rat to keep a healthy heart. There are several studies that cite the benefits of walking, which includes one that discovered that 5.5 miles a week of walking may reduce the risk for strokes, heart failure, and heart attacks by as much as 31 percent. Walking also can help in dropping any excessive weight, which will aid in lowering blood pressure.

Floss your teeth. Floss and brush and remain on top of your oral hygiene. While more studies must be done, the Mayo Clinic reports that there’s a connection between gum disease and a higher risk of developing heart disease. Studies suggest poor oral health may raise the risk of a bacterial infection within the bloodstream, which then can enter your heart valves.

Avoid smoke. There are warning labels on cigarettes regarding the dangerous impact of smoking, and for good reason; however, simply being around secondhand smoke also is toxic and may have a negative effect on the health of your heart.

Stand up. In recent years, “Sitting is now the new smoking” has been frequently stated. Studies have found a greater risk for heart disease from sitting too often—even if you frequently exercise. For those who spend a lot of time at a desk, investing in a standing desk can be a great way to incorporate changing your body’s usual seated position.

Get some rest. According to one study, sleeping less than 6 hours per night may double your risk of heart attack or stroke. There are several benefits to resting so do not skimp out on it.

When implementing any of the above lifestyle changes, begin by setting accomplishable goals. Regularly check back with yourself to notice if anything has changed, and think about making those changes with other people to keep everything fun and hold each other accountable. In addition, speak to your home healthcare provider if there are any questions regarding the health of your health.

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Valerie Mitchell

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