Worried about your brain? A lot of us are. We often struggle with fogginess or memory retention at some point in our lives. Sometimes, the things that are making it difficult to think are our bad health habits. Your brain is a part of your body, which means that your overall health and habits can affect your brain’s ability to function and therefore think.
Here are some habits that many people believe hurt are brains.
Top Brain Damaging Habits
- No Breakfast. People who do not eat a high-protein breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain.
- Living with Chronic Stress. Living with chronic stress can force your brain to always be in a state of hyper-activity and awareness, which may mean that other parts of your brain will under develop and underperform.
- Overeating. It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.
- Smoking. It causes multiple health issues including brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.
- High Sugar Consumption. Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.
- Air Pollution. The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.
- Sleep Deprivation. Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long-term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.
- Head Covered While Sleeping. Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.
- Working Your Brain During Illness. Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.
- Lacking in Stimulating Thoughts and Activities. Thinking is the best way to train our brain. A brain is like a muscle. If you don’t exercise it, you may lose it. Reading, puzzles, brain teasers, are all great ways to exercise your brain.
- Talking Rarely: Conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain. Especially if you participate in deep conversations and lively debates.
If you are worried about your brain and feel like you’re struggling with your ability to think or remember, always talk to a doctor. They will be able to provide the best care suggestions for you.
What is one fun activity you like to do to exercise your brain? Share with us in the comments below.