The internet abounds with information on how to lose weight, boost heart health, and care for other organs of the body. However, we hardly get to see information about caring for the most important organ in the body, the brain.
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The brain controls every other organ in the body and sends signals for them to function appropriately.
If it can’t function normally, other organs of the body will be affected. Due to little awareness about brain care, you may have adopted several bad habits that can alter brain chemistry and lead to brain damage.
In this article, we look at 5 brain-damaging habits and how they affect the brain.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day but arguably the most overlooked due to the busy nature of modern life.
Several studies have shown that skipping breakfast results in lower cognitive performance and productivity. This is because the brain needs nutrients to function after a good night’s sleep.
When you skip breakfast, you increase your risks of hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), a condition that adversely affects the brain’s capacity to function.
Isolating Yourself From Friends
Humans are social beings. Making/creating time for a social life is just as important as the time invested in pursuing a career. The focus shouldn’t be on just talking to people but creating a sense of connection with people we interact with.
When you do this, you’re more likely to be happier and productive. You also decrease your chances of suffering from brain decline and Alzheimer’s disease. You can eliminate loneliness by calling some friends or starting a hobby that involves social contact.
Eating Too Much Junk Food
Most of the health hazards of eating junk foods are well known. One less known effect of junk foods, however, is brain damage.
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Studies show that people who eat a lot of junk foods have diminished function in parts of their brain that aid in learning, memory, and mental health. Meanwhile, consumption of green leafy vegetables, nuts, berries, and whole grains leads to optimal brain function and slow mental decline.
Smoking is one of the habits that lead to brain shrinkage, a condition that affects brain function. When your brain shrinks, your memory declines and you’re at great risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Missing Out On Sleep
Like breakfast, sleep is another aspect of our daily routine that we can’t afford to ignore. Studies show that people who get little sleep are at greater risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
To ensure you’re getting a healthy dose of sleep, try to get between 7 to 9 hours of regular sleep. In the evening, limit your use of alcohol, caffeine, electronics, and other items that can affect sleep quality.
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