Healthy habits help your heart and brain

A healthy heart has many benefits, but did you know that a healthy brain is one of them?
Brain health and heart health are closely connected, and forging healthy lifestyle  habits at any age will help keep both your brain and your heart at peak performance.

According to a recent survey from the American Heart Association, the greatest challenges adults face to maintain heart and brain health are  stress and poor diet. But it is never too early or too late to try these tips to improve your health.
* Eat smart. Research suggests that a cup of greens each day may slow brain aging and eating fish such as tuna and salmon can help maintain emotional balance and reduce inflammation from heart disease.
* Sleep well. Sleep lets the brain learn and grow; aim for seven to nine hours a night for optimal health and to allow your brain to process all of the thinking and learning from a day.
* Get moving. Physical activity is as good for the brain as it is for the whole body. Data shows that exercise increases a protein in the brain that impacts learning and memory. Aim to be active for 150 minutes per week to reap the benefits of a stronger body and mind. In essence, the more you move, the healthier your brain.
* Stay connected. Making social connections strengthens the brain, so make time for your friends and family. Make it a priority to connect with someone at least once a week, whether in person or by phone. -NewsUSA