The brain is an extremely complex and delicate organ that takes direct or indirect action in all bodily processes. It regulates homeostatic functions like heartbeats, fluid balance, blood pressure, hormonal balance and body temperature. The Brain is responsible for movement, cognition, learning, memory, human emotions, and overall health.
According to several scientific studies the way in which one lives ones life could damage brain cells over short or long term periods, leading to the development of degenerative diseases and several other conditions. On the other hand, doing positive activities, like eating a balanced diet and physical exercise, activates the brain and makes it healthy once again. So let’s get to work, and get to know what these 10 daily habits that damage the brain.
10 Daily Habits that Damage the Brain
1. Not eating breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it noticeably influences your performance, endurance, and emotional situation. During the first few hours of the day, the brain allots nutrients to continue “managing” the physiological processes after the long fast it has been subjected to. If you don’t supply it with energy, it will need to use reserves and it will have to make an extra effort to maintain correct functioning. A lack of breakfast could cause general lack of energy, loss of concentration and memory, bad moods, poor physical and intellectual performance. Eat a substantial and healthy breakfast.
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, heterocyclic amines that are released during cigarette combustion interfere with correct DNA reproduction, leading to mutations that cause cancerous cells.
3. Elevated sugar consumption
The predominance of refined sugars, white flour, fried food, and packaged food in the diet while also lacking sufficient amounts of vegetables, fruits and fiber, promotes an accumulation of harmful substances in the body. This increases the development of tumors, it warps immune system functioning, causes malnutrition and interferes with neurological development.
4. Constant exposure to contaminated environments
The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen, but different toxic substances could interfere with the exchange of gasses, the transportation and processing of oxygen to the cells, leading to reduced brain efficiency.
5. Not sleeping enough
You need 8 hours of sleep a night in order for your brain to rest, for metabolic processes to properly take place with the resulting energy produced, as well as for cellular renovation. Depriving oneself of sleep accelerates the death of brain cells over short term, and will keep you tired and in a bad mood all day.
Eating foods that the body does not need causes an accumulation of residual substances in the form of fats and hardening of the cerebral arteries, which impact its correct functioning.
Alcohol could ruin ll the organs, primarily the nervous system, the liver, and the heart. It impacts the chemical reactions that take place in the brain. Alcoholism also kills neurons and reduces the speed with which nerve impulses are transmitted.
8. Violent reactions or premature stress
Stress causes several reactions to the nervous system, some of which reduce mental capacity and also increase the risk of suffering from a stroke and heart attacks.
9. Covering your head while sleeping
Sleeping with your head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and reduces the amount of oxygen, which could cause harmful effects on the brain.
10. Forcing the brain during an illness
Working or studying a lot while ill is damaging because the body’s energy is being re-routed from the healing. Forcing the brain during this period could reduce the body’s efficacy, as well as weaken the immune system even more. This facilitates the appearance of even more types of illnesses.
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