The human brain is a marvelous organ in the body that is responsible for controlling all our activities, inside and outside the body.
It constantly stores information on the experiences you go through on a daily basis and has been doing so since you were born.
Without this vital organ, we would be unable to do anything. So keeping it healthy should be one of our most important tasks.
Unfortunately, we develop habits that can damage the brain over time, making it weak and unhealthy.
For your brain to remain at its best health, scientists have revealed 7 habits that can damage your brain over time. Get rid of these habits if you want to care for your brain.
1. Not Eating Breakfast
Breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. You spend at least 6-8 hours sleeping without any food.
The food you eat at dinner gets consumed by the body to keep it functioning throughout the night. You always wake up hungry but sometimes you can’t feel it.
If you skip breakfast, you are depriving the important nutrients your brain requires to function during the day. Without these essential nutrients in the morning, your brain starts to degenerate.
2. Keeping To Yourself
A recent research conducted by World Health Organization (WHO) found out that people who rarely talk can suffer from long-term brain damage.
By speaking to others or taking part in intellectual talks with others, you are basically stretching your brain which strengthens it.
Besides talking with others, is essential for brain growth. The more you talk, the healthier your brain becomes.
3. Eating More Than Necessary
Overeating is already connected with many different diseases, especially weight gain.
When you constantly overeat food, your arteries in the brain harden which decreases your mental power.
Over-eating can result in depression, weight gain, low self-esteem and many other diseases. So avoid going over by adding in food that keeps you filled.
Drinking a lot of water before a meal can help reduce overeating.
4. Taking In Too Much Sugar
Excessive intake of sugar is connected to several health complications. These include, but are not limited to, obesity, diabetes, cancer and other diseases.
You’d be surprised to know that excessive sugar intake also damages your brain over time.
Too much sugar in your blood prevents the body from properly transporting nutrients and proteins where they are needed.
When necessary proteins and nutrients do not reach your brain, it starts to degenerate. Control your sugar intake by using alternative ways to satisfy your craving for sweets. Perhaps go for fruits instead of that chocolate cake loaded with sugar. Or drink juice instead of cold drinks.
5. Covering Your Head While Sleeping
Winters in Pakistan can be harsh in some areas of the country. A lot of us like to cover our head when the cold gets unbearable while we sleep.
Sleeping while your head is covered damages your brain because the area around you can become overloaded with a mixture of carbon dioxide and oxygen.
Inhaling the mixture of these two can lead to brain damage. Whatever you do, do not cover your head when you are trying to sleep.
6. Not Sleeping Enough
Sleeping is an extremely important part of good health. When you sleep, a lot of different bodily activities take place.
For example, during sleep, the body reenergizes, renews the skin, digests the food and keeps vital organs working.
Some of these important functions only happen when you are asleep. So depriving sleep can result in bad physical and mental well-being.
For the brain, sleep is very important because at this time it tries to cleanse itself by removing all the toxins that may have built up during the day.
Not sleeping enough means this activity never takes place and excessive toxins start to build up around the brain; ultimately damaging it.
7. Excessive Multitasking
While multitasking is often associated with positivity, sometimes it can get out of hand.
A recent study found out that people who excessively multitask put themselves at risk of brain damage.
The research found out that the brain can shrink when you try to multitask.
So try to avoid excessive multitasking by increasing your focus on one task at a time.
In addition to these 7 habits, you can also keep your brain healthy by simply consuming a healthy diet and doing light exercise whenever you get the time.