Four Dimensions of Brain Health
Four Steps to a Beautiful Mind
The four dimensions of brain health are the lifestyle factors that may help to improve overall brain health.
By focusing on four key areas: diet, physical health, social well-being and mental engagement, you can help to support brain health and function throughout life.
Already watching your weight and sticking to a heart-healthy diet that is low in bad fats and cholesterol? If so, you are already partway there. Current research indicates that a diet low in saturated fats and cholesterol, rich in good fats like polyunsaturated fats and omega-3 fatty acids, and packed with protective foods with nutrients such as vitamin E and lutein may protect brain cells and promote brain health.
Studies have suggested that brain cells, much like muscle cells, can grow bigger and stronger with cognitive challenges and stimulation.
Individuals who continue to learn, embrace new activites, and develop new skills and interests are exercising their brains in ways that may help to build connections in the brain, helping to support brain function.
Evidence supports the idea that social connectedness is vital to health, wellness and longevity.
Experts theorize that having a rich social network may also help support brain health in a variety of ways, including providing individuals better resources and stimulation.
Physical exercise is important for good overall health. Evidence also suggests that physical activity may be important for brain health as well.
Research has found associations between physical activity and improved cognitive skills or reduced risk for cognitive decline.