The brain is a very important part of the Human body. It therefore needs to be treated importantly, which is by giving it an exclusive treatment, as it is one among the most important organs in your body and it is the main center for each function that happens in your day-to-day life.
It carries all information, it contains approximately one hundred billion neurons—this is about the same as the number of stars in the Milky Way galaxy.
The Brain has a lot of responsibilities, it therefore needs to be taken care of. Which is what this post is about, here are 10 Common Habits that can damage your brain, if you find yourself doing any, you need to stop!
1. No Breakfast
We’ve seen it everywhere that breakfast is among the most important meals of the day. Research shows that breakfast can offer you a mental edge. By keeping your blood glucose levels steady, it helps improve focus and a spotlight span, it is also proven to spice up short- term memory and creativity.
The debate may continue on what we should always always eat for breakfast and when or how we should eat it, but we all know needless to say that those that do not eat breakfast will have lower blood glucose levels. After an extended night without eating, this will cause an insufficient supply of nutrients to your brain. If repeated often enough over a lifetime this will cause brain degeneration.
Besides making one gain weight and damaging self-esteem, overeating also causes hardening of brain arteries which may successively decrease mental power.
The term ‘Smokers are liable to die young’ doesn’t just mean only illness like Cancer are what smokers are prone to, the most freaky side effect of smoking is that it causes “multiple brain shrinkage”. It is also a suspected culprit in Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related diseases, in short, smoking is bad for one’s health.
4. High Sugar Consumption
Most people think taking Sugar is the only way to increase our body sugar level, do you know that ‘Sweetness is just a matter of taste and not a necessity in a diet as a human body can survive even with zero sugar intake’(Borneopostonline).
It is very hard to not take Sugar as it is nearly hidden in almost everything we eat. Ditching the sugar habit will bring you more health benefits than most of the people realize. If you’re not convinced yet, seems that prime sugar consumption has been shown to disrupt the body’s ability to soak up proteins and nutrients, which causes malnutrition and issues with brain development. We could also be starving ourselves and not even know it!
It can cause the brain to atrophy or shrink. And it can lead to small-vessel disease, which restricts blood flow in the brain, causing cognitive difficulties and, if severe enough, spurring the development of vascular dementia.
5. Air Pollution/Deprivation
When the air you inhale is polluted or when you’re deprived of air, which is bad.
The brain needs incredible amounts of oxygen to function properly (the reason people pass out so quickly or maybe die when bereft of air for a brief amount of time) and constantly inhaling pollution decreases the oxygen supply to the body, resulting in a decrease in brain efficiency.
6. Sleep Deprivation
Long term sleep deprivation accelerates the death of brain cells. We want and wish that our brain cells stay around for as long as possible! Sleep gives your brain an opportunity to rest and repair itself after long and sometimes stressful days. Make sleep a priority and do what it takes to urge more of it!
7. Covering Your Head While Sleeping
Sleeping with your head covered is almost the same with Number 5 because it reduces your oxygen intake in the dark . Since you’re asleep, you would possibly not even realize that you’re light-headed or air deprived. You also raise the prospect of inhaling an excessive amount of CO2 . Play it safe and keep the covers off your face!
8. Working Your Brain During Illness
Fine, there are bills to be paid or goals to be met, some of us are so driven to succeed that we don’t even care about health. It’s not just by taking drugs, sometimes all we need is rest.
When our body shows sign of weakness or illness, it’s our body’s way of telling us to ‘TAKE A BREAK!’
Pushing through sickness, continuing to review or work or do whatever it’s we do a day can actually decrease the effectiveness of and damage the brain.
9. Lacking In Stimulating Thoughts
The best way to train the brain is by thinking (but not over-thinking), it helps in expanding the flexibility of the the brain.
If we don’t use our brain and stretch it with new and stimulating thoughts, it’ll SHRINK. The neuro-plasticity of the brain ensures that you simply it won’t stay the same forever – you’ll either create new pathways and enhancements in your mind, or your brain will shrink to accommodate your lack of effort to think and find out new things.
10. Always Staying Quiet
This is similar to #9, Participating in intellectual conversations will stretch and strengthen your brain and help the efficiency of the brain over time.
The Brain is a marvelous gift, treat it like one! Always do things that would make your brain healthy.
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