Habits That Harm Your Brain
Brain is the CPU of the human body. It controls everything. So, isn’t it essential to take good care of it?
Here is a list of bad habits that harm your brain.
1) Missing out on sleep
24 hours seem to be less for most of us. At times it gets difficult to fit in all that we want to do in day. So, what do we do? We skimp on sleep. Lack of sleep is said to be a possible cause of dementia, including Alzheimer’s . Scary, right? It is advisable to fix regular sleeping hours. Start a soothing bedtime ritual and avoid alcohol, caffeine and gadgets in the evening hours.
2) Not being social
We humans are hardwired to be social. No matter how many facebook friends you have, what really matters is an actual social connection with people. Those who have even a few close friends are more productive and happy in life. Their chances of suffering from brain decline and Alzheimer’s is also low. If you feel lonely, invite friend over to your place and play games like tennis and bridge that involves lots of people.
3) Eating too much of junk food
Those who eat lots of burgers, fries, chips, and consume soft drinks can have brain issues. In such individuals the parts of the brain linked to memory, learning and mental health are smaller. Instead of snacking on junk you should eat healthy foods like berries, whole grains, leafy greens, nuts as they preserve brain function and slow down mental decline. So, the next time you feel hungry, reach out for a handful of nuts instead of a bag of chips.
4) Using headphones on full blast
You can damage your hearing permanently if you use your earphones on full blast for just 30 minutes. However, it is not just your ears that suffer. Hearing loss in the elderly is associated with loss of brain tissue and Alzheimer’s. This is because your brain needs to work really hard to understand what is being said around you that it cannot store into memory what you have heard. If you don’t want that to happen to you, turn the volume down (not more than 60%) and don’t listen for more than a few hours at a time.
5) Not moving enough
Your chances of dementia increase with reduction in regular exercise. Lack of exercise also makes you more likely to get diabetes, heart disease and high BP. They are all linked with Alzheimer’s. To exercise, you need not run marathons 😛 Just half an hour of brisk walking in the garden will suffice. You should do it at least thrice a week.
Smoking shrinks your brain and that is really bad. It weakens your memory and makes you twice as likely to suffer from dementia (including Alzheimer’s). Smoking can also cause heart disease, stroke, diabetes and high BP.
7) Staying in the dark
Not getting natural light can make you feel depressed. It can slow down your brain. Studies claim that sunlight helps in making your brain work well.
Going overboard even with the right kind of food can be bad for your brain’s health. Your brain may not be able to build the network of connections that help you in remembering and thinking. Overeating can make you overweight too and that can cause heart disease, diabetes and high BP. All these health conditions are linked to brain problems and Alzheimer’s.
Hope now you know where you are going wrong and will get rid of habits that harm your brain!
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