The only organ in our body that thinks is often the one we think the least about. Our brain is the single most important organ in our body, controlling everything we do, from breathing, walking, eating, sleeping, etc. It’s the central processor for all our bodily functions, the part that interprets what we see and hear, smell and taste, and even a place where the chemical reaction associated with love occurs.
Sometimes we aren’t even aware that some everyday things that we do, can actively affect our brain and cause long term effects. Here are 8 habits that damages your brain health:
The terrible habit of smoking considerably reduces brain matter as well we oxygen supply to the brain. It has been proven to promote the appearance of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Also, hetero-cyclic amine that are released during cigarette combustion interfere with correct DNA reproduction, leading to mutations that cause cancerous cells.
2) Skipping Breakfast
Be it for diet or to save time, many people choose to skip breakfast, and in the process they damage their brain. After your sleep, your brain requires nutrients. Skipping breakfast deprives the brain of these much-needed nutrients. Not eating breakfast will also lead to low blood sugar, which is also bad for your health.
3) Too Much Sugar
Consuming too much sugar will interrupt with the absorption of nutrients and proteins and can lead to malnutrition. A malnourished body hinders the development of the brain, so minimize the amounts of sugary foods and drinks you consume and give your kids.
4) Not Getting Enough Sleep
Sleep is essential for your physical and mental health. A good night’s sleep (8 hours) is vital for your brain, as well as your internal organs. It has been recently discovered that the brain cleanses itself of toxins only during the deep sleep cycle. Sleep deprivation also accelerates the death of brain cells, which can lead to impaired memory and reduced faculties.
5) Working When You’re Sick
Many adults and students tend to forgo their health for their careers and studies. When you are sick, your body and mind both need rest, so taxing them by working when you’re sick will reduce the efficiency of your brain and can even lead to long-term brain damage.
Whether you’re feeling very hungry or you’re simply enjoying your dish too much, stuffing your face when you’re full is a bad idea. Overeating causes the brain arteries to harden – leading to decreased mental capabilities.
7) Rarely Talking
Introverts and people who tend to speak less face a higher risk of reducing the efficiency of their brains. Intellectual conversations are exercise for the brain, like the gym is for the muscles.
8) Chronic Stress Can Prematurely Age Your Brain
In our brains, the stress response can cause memory and other aspects of cognition to become impaired, which is a risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease and accelerated memory loss with aging. One thing that can happen is you can start feeling a lot older, mentally, than you are.
We know that our brain is important for every bodily function, yet every day we unknowingly do things that compromise its ability to work properly. Keep your brain healthy by avoiding these 8 common bad habits that can affect brain damage.