Everything you do every day affects the body, and some activities that interfere with the normal functioning of the brain can damage its structure. Now imagine that you will repeat these actions every day for many years, over and over again. Can you guess what’s going on?
1. Skipping breakfast
Breakfast is a very important meal – it can either make or break your day. For the first few hours a day, the brain releases nutrients to continue to “control” physiological processes after prolonged starvation to which it has been subjected. If you do not supply it with energy, it will have to use reserves and will have to make extra efforts to maintain proper functioning.
Lack of breakfast can lead to a general lack of energy, loss of concentration and memory, bad mood, and poor physical and intellectual performance.
Such a terrible habit as smoking significantly reduces the activity of the brain, and thus reduces the supply of oxygen to the brain. Smoking has been shown to promote neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, heterocyclic amines released during cigarette combustion interfere with the proper reproduction of DNA, leading to mutations that cause cancer cells.
3. High sugar consumption
The predominance of refined sugars, white flour, fried and packaged foods in the diet, and at the same time, the lack of enough vegetables, fruits, and fiber – all this contributes to the accumulation of harmful substances in the body. This increases the risk of the development of tumors, deforms the immune system, causes malnutrition, and prevents neurological development.
4. Constant exposure to polluted environments
The brain needs a constant supply of oxygen, but various toxic substances can interfere with gas exchange, transport, and processing of oxygen to cells, which reduces the efficiency of the brain.
5. Lack of sleep
You need to get 8 hours of sleep a day to give your brain time to rest, for metabolic processes to properly manage the energy received and produced, and for cell repair.
Sleep deprivation accelerates the death of brain cells in the short term and will keep you tired and in a bad mood all day.
Eating foods that the body does not need causes the accumulation of residual substances that accumulates in fats, and strengthens the arteries of the brain, which affect its proper functioning.
Alcohol can destroy some organs, especially the nervous system, liver, and heart. This affects the chemical reactions that take place in the brain. Alcoholism also kills neurons and reduces the speed at which nerve impulses are transmitted.
8. Violent reactions or premature stress
Stress causes several reactions in the nervous system, some of which reduce the mental ability and increase the risk of stroke and heart attack.
9. Covering the head during sleep
When you sleep with your head covered, the concentration of carbon dioxide increases and the amount of oxygen decreases, which can lead to harmful effects on the brain.
10. Tension of the brain during the disease
Doing work or putting a lot of effort while you are sick is harmful because the body’s energy is redirected from healing. Forced working brain during this period can reduce the body’s efficiency, as well as further weaken the immune system.
11. Lack of mental stimulus and exercise
There is no alternative to thinking, having smart discussions, reading books, or working on words to stimulate your brain: it increases the ability to learn and remember, and stimulates the reaction time to stimuli.
Take care of your brain by choosing a healthy lifestyle:
- Eat right, including delicious fruits and vegetables that will stimulate brain activity. Eat fish, it is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fish is also recommended because these fats promote communication between neurons.
- Drink 3-4 cups of tea or a few small cups of coffee a day to improve your short-term and long-term memory prospects and reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
- Exercise regularly.
- Avoid drugs, tobacco, and alcohol.
- Sleep as much as you need.
- Fill yourself with positive thoughts!
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