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How COVID affects your brain health and five ways to enhance your brain health

Strengthen your brain against COVID-19.

Monday, 9th August 2021

Once a mystery for everyone, slowly and steadily, researchers have been able to answer any questions related to the new coronavirus. Previously thought to be mainly an upper respiratory tract infection, we now know that COVID19 can affect other parts of the body with the same intensity. Exposure to the virus can have long-term side effects and can also affect the health of the brain.

Data shows that about one in seven people infected with the COVID19 virus has neurological side effects, such as confusion or blurred memory. Although the virus does not directly attack brain cells or nerves, in severe cases, it can cause problems such as strokes and seizures.


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How COVID affects your brain?

Signs of brain-related complications usually appear a few days after exposure to the virus. The severity of brain-related problems varies from person to person. Some people experience mild symptoms such as memory loss, inattention, or fatigue, and those who have to deal with low oxygen levels for a long time may have more difficult periods. These signs may include:

  • Confusion

  • Headache

  • Depression

  • Inability to concentrate

  • Seizures

  • Stroke

  • Loss of smell and taste

  • Behavior changes

  • Loss of consciousness

In addition, other problems have been reported after COVID. Research conducted to understand how COVID infects the brain has shown that, in some cases, certain treatments related to infectious diseases can reduce the volume of gray matter in the outer layer of the brain.


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Why COVID infection affects brain function?

Experts have not yet figured out the exact reason why COVID19 affects our brain cells, but several theories are believed to have played an important role.

Severe infection: According to researchers, in severe cases, the virus can enter the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord) and cause infection. In the process of research, they have been able to find the genetic material of the virus in the cerebrospinal fluid.

Overactive immune system: Another reason may be that the immune system is overwhelmed by COVID19. Fighting viruses in the body can cause inflammation, which can damage tissues and organs.

Physical changes: Another theory suggests that physical changes caused by COVID19, such as high fever, low oxygen levels, or organ failure, increase the risk of brain complications. Over time, it can lead to delirium and even coma.

Like your physical health, caring for your brain health after COVID is important to your overall recovery. Taking a few steps can help reduce the impact and rebuild the health of your nervous system. You can do these five things to promote brain health.


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Engage in brain-challenging activities

To strengthen the muscles of our body, we perform strength exercises and aerobic exercises. Similarly, to strengthen your brain muscles, do some activities that stimulate your brain. Studies have shown that participating in challenging activities can rewire your brain cells and increase your level of focus.


Eat brain-healthy foods

Yes, some foods can help improve brain function and speed up the recovery process. Adding green leafy vegetables, fatty fish, and berries to your diet can improve the health of the cerebral blood vessels and prevent cerebrovascular diseases. Try to include as many brain foods as possible in your diet.


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Practice mediation

Meditation practice is one of the best ways to calm the mind and increase concentration. Meditation can help to suppress stress and initiate the body's physiological relaxation response. It can also help lower blood pressure, strengthen immunity, and lower blood sugar levels.


Sleep peacefully at night

Your sleep is directly related to brain health. Therefore, try to get a good night's sleep. Go to bed once and get up on time. Try to maintain this habit even on the weekends. A good night's sleep will affect our daily thinking, memory, and emotions.


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