Brain Health: 8 Important Resources To Help You Protect Your Brain

Ask someone how to prevent heart disease, and they might tell you to avoid trans fats and animal products. Liver disease: Moderate alcohol intake. Lung ailments: Breathe clean air, and don’t smoke. But what about your brain? What can you do, right now, to optimize your brain health — and protect your brain from diseases like Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia?

What’s the most important organ in your body? Without your heart, your blood wouldn’t flow, and your cells would die. Without your lungs, no oxygen would get to your blood. And without your kidneys, you couldn’t get rid of nitrogenous waste. OK, so they’re all crucial to your survival.

But when it comes to taking care of yourself, there’s one organ that often gets overlooked: your brain. What’s truly ironic is, it’s your brain that’s doing the overlooking.

Just think about it for a moment: Your brain tells your heart how fast and how powerfully to beat. Your brain tells your lungs how often and how deeply to breathe. Your brain tells your kidneys… OK, you get the picture.

And your brain also allows you to read, write, and speak, to form memories, and to experience moods. In short, your brain is the engine of your very identity.

And so, when something goes wrong in the brain, it can be pretty terrifying. Take Alzheimer’s disease, for example.

Alzheimer’s is one of the most feared diseases on the planet — for many sad reasons. Worldwide, nearly 44 million people suffer from it. And in the U.S., 1 in 3 seniors dies with some form of dementia.

Not only is the incidence of Alzheimer’s rising rapidly, but the human costs of the disease can far exceed those for diseases that affect the body but leave the mind intact.

From the disease sufferers themselves, who experience losing their memories and identities slowly and painfully, to the family members who watch their strong and wise elders reduced to husks of themselves, and who often have to step into overwhelming responsibility as caretakers, Alzheimer’s exacts a tragic toll.

While Alzheimer’s may be the most visible brain disease, medical science has now identified over 1,000 other neurological diseases, not even counting the disorders that may produce neurological symptoms like brain fog and headaches.

It would be hard to find anyone who doesn’t agree that a healthy brain is required for a good life, especially as we age. Despite this fact, most people today are eating foods and engaging in lifestyle behaviors that dramatically increase their risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia, depression, and many other brain problems.

What’s worse is the groundwork for these issues is often laid decades before the onset of symptoms. Meaning you could be at risk right now and not even know it.

That’s all pretty bleak. But here’s some very good news: Your brain is resilient! And if problems haven’t progressed too far, it can recover and heal when you give it the right support.

Since you can’t change the past, it’s what you do right now that matters most.

Easier said than done, though, right? A 2015 AARP study found nine out of ten people believe brain health is important, but most weren’t aware of how to improve it.

So, do you want to know what you can do for your brain health, right now? Then check out our top seven brain health resources designed to give you the science-backed knowledge you need to protect your brain and help prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s, dementia, multiple sclerosis, and Parkinson’s from ever getting a foothold. Even if you’ve eaten poorly and abused your body and mind in the past, here’s what you need to know, and to do, right now to reverse the damage and protect your brain for the rest of your life…

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