In the News-Lifestyle factors that could reduce the risk of dementia

A report in The Telegraph detailed an analysis by Age UK of research into factors that contribute to dementia

The conclusion from this analysis was that dementia can be prevented to a large extent by 5 lifestyle factors which are

  • Regular exercise - including aerobic, and resistance
  • Not smoking
  • Maintaining a healthy body weight
  • Eating a Mediterranean diet
  • Moderate alcohol consumption

There are no surprises here for regular readers of this blog.  Regular exercise benefits circulation and aerobic exercise increases lung capacity, both of which help bring oxygen to the brain.  This is essential to brain health because although the brain is only 2% of the body's weight, it uses 20% of its oxygen.  

Yoga uses your own body weight to build 
muscle strength which increases circulation. 

Smoking diminishes the supply of oxygen to the body. 

If we are overweight, this decreases blood circulation to the brain, especially since there is an increased chance there will be plaque build up on artery walls.

We have already looked into the benefits of the Mediterranean diet for the heart.  Where the heart is healthy, good circulation to all the body, including the brain is maintained.

I am not really an advocate of any alcohol consumption but I will concede that red wine which provides resveratrol, an antioxidant could contribute to heart health. 

Please see Flexiladiesyoga for the article 'How yoga can boost brain health' 

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