The brain is a very important part of the body. It is one of the largest organs in the body and is the main control center for every function that happens in human day-to-day life.
However, some tend to take for granted the gift of being able to use the brain smoothly. Many fail to realise that the brain also requires exercise or training and nutrition to function well.
Some seemingly harmless habits can be so bad that they cause lasting brain damages.
Thus, forming good habits will prevent brain damage and keep it healthy.
Here are 10 brain-damaging activities that you must stop doing for better functioning of the brain:
You Blast Your Headphones
With your earbuds at full volume, you can permanently damage your hearing in only 30 minutes.
It’s not just your ears: Hearing loss in older adults is linked to brain problems, such as Alzheimer’s and loss of brain tissue. This may be because your brain has to work so hard to understand what’s being said around you that it can’t store what you’ve heard into memory.
So turn it down — no louder than 60% of your device’s maximum volume — and try not to listen for more than a couple of hours at a time.
You cover your head while sleeping
This must have been a habit formed during childhood, and a habit that is particularly harder to break because a pillow over the head may feel warm and comforting.
Sleeping with the head covered leads to increase in concentration of carbon dioxide and it further reduces the oxygen concentration in the blood.
If the oxygen supply is poor, the brain functioning capacity reduces. You may feel suffocated and sleep deprived leading to fatigue and drowsiness.
You Don’t Sleep Enough
Poor sleep hygiene leaves the brain exhausted and unprepared for the things that it needs to do during the day. Lack of sleep may also be a cause of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells. Sleep deprivation hinders the brain’s ability to perform normally.
It’s also important to know that too much sleep have its negative effects on human. BEWARE ! Too Much Sleep Can Cause Early Death
You eat too much
Food is necessary for healthy cognitive functions, but we all know that too much of everything is bad. Overeating often results in excessive weight gain, and before you know it, you’re reaching the boundary to obesity.
Obesity causes inflammation that can lead to brain damage, increased blood sugar levels, and insulin resistance. In short, an impaired brain function.
You Have Too Much Alone
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain. Humans are wired for social contact. It’s not about how many Facebook friends you have or the ones on your whatsapp contact list — what matters is a real sense of connection.
People who have that with even just a few close friends are happier and more productive. They’re also less likely to suffer from brain decline and Alzheimer’s.
If you feel alone, call some friends or start something new. When a person rarely speaks, the mind is being confined and is being limited from developing or tapping into its potential.
You keep skipping breakfast
Our brain needs appropriate nutrients at the appropriate time to function at its best. Due to a fast paced lifestyle, most of us avoid or end up skipping breakfast to save some time. This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level. and poor nutrient supply to the brain. The brain needs pure glucose to function. Poor nutrition can have long term harmful effects on the brain like degeneration of the brain cells.
You eat too much sugar
Knowingly or sometimes unknowingly, we all consume sugar in most of our food and beverages.
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.
High consumption of refined sugar is known to destroy the ability of the brain and body to absorb proteins and nutrients, thereby leading to poor nutrition.
Poor nutrition will lead to malnourishment and brain disorders like poor memory, learning disorders, hyperactivity and depression.
So, the next time you add a large coke to your happy meal, think again because it’s loaded with nearly 20 spoonfuls of sugar!