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Lifestyle Habits: 10 Dangerous Brain Damaging Habits to Avoid

Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body - as we all know, our lifestyle habits affect our general health.  For exampl...

Your brain is one of the most important organs in your body - as we all know, our lifestyle habits affect our general health. 

For example, when a person doesn’t get enough exercise and overeats, he / she will put on weight. If you have a stressful day at work, you may come home with a headache. 

Skipping breakfast
Being in the habit of skipping breakfast can have a negative impact on your brain health. We have all heard the saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. 

Research seems to indicate that when it comes to brain health, skipping breakfast is not a good habit. For example, a study in Japan on over 80,000 people found that skipping breakfast increased the risk of having a stroke and high blood pressure. 

The study, conducted over a 15 year period, looked at people who did not have any history of heart disease or cancer and found that eating breakfast every day can help a person avoid suffering a stroke. 
Smoking can Cause Brain Damage 

The researchers also noted that blood pressure drops after breakfast and therefore, having breakfast can also reduce the risk of a brain hemorrhage. Having breakfast regularly also has a positive effect on concentration and mental abilities. 

Cellphone radiation 
There has been an ongoing debate whether radiation from cellphones can cause cancer. A clinical trial carried out in 2016 has uncovered a link between cell phone radiation and cancer in rats. 

The trial exposed rats to the type of radiation found in cell phones for 9 hours a day for 2 years. The study found that there was an increased risk of tumors in the brain and heart. 

Consumer Reports says that this is enough to establish a link between the use of cell phones and long-term cancer risks. This doesn’t mean that we need to ditch our cell phones. 

Most cell phones and smartphones have the antenna inside the casing, meaning that it is marginally away from your head. However, Consumer Reports recommends using some common-sense precautions to avoid the risk of cell phone radiation causing cancer. 

Some of these are:
  • Use the speakerphone or a hands-free headset when speaking.
  • If the cellular signal is weak, try to keep the cell phone away from your body.
  • Send text messages or use video calling when possible.
  • Don’t keep your phone in your shirt or pants pocket.
We all know about the dangers of having too much fat in our diets, however, eating too much fat can also damage your brain. 

Scientists have discovered that fatty foods can rewire the brain to start craving foods that are high in fat. A study carried out by the Neuroscience Program in Substance Abuse at Vanderbilt University found that people who regularly overeat fatty foods develop a defect in the brain. 

This defect causes the brain to send signals to continue eating, even though the person is technically feeling full.5 So, the brain’s system that is used to curb appetite starts to make a person crave fatty foods and this results in obesity and other health problems.

Lack of social integration
Psychologists generally agree that our brains function best when we have opportunities to socialize with others. 

Children who don’t get enough social contact with their parents and peers are more likely to develop psycho-social problems. In adults, a lack of social integration can also lead to forming bad habits like over drinking and drug abuse.

To avoid a lack of social integration, it is important to look for ways to socialize with others. To avoid a lack of social integration it’s important to look for ways to meet and socialize with others.  Physical activity will help you feel better and give you opportunities to meet other people. 

Sleep deprivation
All of us feel much more refreshed when we get a good night’s sleep. 

Sleep deprivation negatively impacts the brain because of the following:
  • Your thought processes slow down and it’s more difficult to perform tasks.
  • It makes you more forgetful and affects short-term memory.
  • Learning is more difficult.
  • Causes irritability and mood swings.
However, sleep deprivation may actually physically damage your brain. 

Smoking is a damaging habit for your brain and other organs in your body. A team of researchers found that chronic smokers experience a drop in dopamine function in the brain. 

This drop in dopamine is a factor that leads to addiction and also increases the chance of relapse when trying to quit. 

The researchers found that when a person quits smoking, dopamine levels normalized, thus showing that low dopamine function isn’t a precursor to smoking. Doctors have also seen that smokers have a thinner cortex than non-smokers. 

This part of the brain is essential for memory, language, and perception. Doctors agree that a thinner cortex is connected with mental decline. Quitting smoking will help boost your mental abilities and help you enjoy a healthier life. 

Too much sugar
As well as causing your waistline to bulge and increase the risk of type 2 diabetes due to obesity, too much sugar can also have a damaging effect on your brain.

In young mice, too much sugar had just as much negative impact on brain development as extreme stress or abuse. They think that if the same happens in children and young adults, too much sugar could have long-term effects on the brain and behavior.14

It’s important to cut out as much as possible sugary sodas and candies. You should also be careful of added sugar to foods like fructose corn syrup, invert sugar and sucrose.

Also, many low-fat foods have added sugar to help improve the taste. So, try to look for products that are unsweetened or have no sugar added.

Excessive alcohol consumption
Alcohol consumption affects your body in many ways and it has long lasting damaging effects on your brain even after it left your body.

People who have been consuming large amounts of alcohol for extended periods of time run the risk of developing serious and persistent changes in the brain that persist well after the person achieves sobriety. 

The damage can be a result of the direct effects of alcohol on the brain or may result indirectly, from a poor general health status or from severe liver disease.15

The researchers showed that chronic misuse of alcohol results in measurable damage to the brain. - Online Sources 

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