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DID YOU KNOW? #9 - Brain Damaging Habits Options
hedy mmm
Posted: Friday, January 3, 2020 6:09:51 PM

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Brain Damaging Habits You Should Definitely Avoid

The human brain is the control system for all of the different activities that occur in the human body. Similar to the heart, the brain is one of the most vital organs in the body and it stores all information and experiences since birth. Being that it is such a vital organ, it is crucial to keep one’s brain as healthy as possible. However, quite a few daily habits, even some surprising ones, cause harm and sometimes permanent damage to the brain. For the brain to remain healthy and function properly, it is crucial to avoid the following major brain-damaging habits whenever possible.

Excessive Sugar Intake
Since the sugar content is high in a variety of foods consumed daily, it has become easier to achieve excessive sugar consumption. Consuming excessive amounts of sugar is associated with many adverse health impacts, ranging from obesity and diabetes to more serious health conditions like cancer. Due to this issue not being addressed, individuals still consume sugar in excess either knowingly or unknowingly. Aside from the health conditions listed, sugar is also known to cause brain damage over time when it is consumed in excess. When there are large amounts of sugar in the bloodstream, it prevents the body from absorbing proteins and nutrients consumed. This results in slowing brain development due to the brain not getting the required nutrients to continue natural evolvement. It is best to avoid foods high in sugar or switching to natural sugars.

Skipping Breakfast
As repetitive as it may sound, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Unfortunately, many individuals tend to skip it and choose to consume a heavier lunch instead. Breakfast is crucial after a night of sleep as it assists in preparing the body for energy-consuming activities and tasks throughout the day. In the morning, humans have already spent more than six hours in bed without any food. The food and nutrients consumed at dinner or during a late-night snack have already been used to sustain the body throughout the night. Therefore, the body wakes up requiring fuel even when hunger does not seem to be present. It is very simple: the body needs energy to keep going. This is why it is crucial to make breakfast an important part of every morning. If breakfast continues to be skipped over an extended period, the brain deteriorates due to lacking the essential nutrients it requires to develop and function appropriately.

It is often said women are better at multi-tasking than men. Women sometimes tease their male partners about their ability to multi-task. However, it has been proven those individuals who choose to multitask more frequently were more likely to physically harm the brain by hindering brain development than those who do not. This is because of the brain’s gray matter, which is responsible for emotional control, decision-making, and empathy, as it tends to shrink during multitasking. To avoid this harm, one is recommended to stick to one task at a time during daily activities. This will not only increase work performance but also protect the brain from a lot of troubles.
Source: HuffingtonPostIndia

Conversing Rarely
It has been proven that individuals who rarely talk and interact with others will suffer from negative impacts in the brain. This is because when one is not actively engaging in conversation, the brain cells tend to become dormant causing the brain the shrink. However, if one is participating in an intellectual discussion, it is assisting in expanding the mind with knowledge. This is essential for brain development and growth as processing information and thinking, as it is similar to our brain as exercise is to our bodies. The deeper the thought process, the more the brain muscles are used, and the better the brain develops. Reading a book is recommended to keep the brain active.

Sleep Deprivation
Sleep is a vital part of the body’s physical and mental health. This is because while we sleep, a lot of beneficial things occur in the body. The immune system strengthens, tissue and skin renew, energy is restored, muscles relax, and blood pressure drops. It has also been proven that during sleep, the brain cleanses itself by removing toxins that might have built up in the brain during the day. When sleep deprivation occurs, it means these beneficial processes crucial for health do not take place, thus causing damage to the brain and other parts of the body. `It can also lead to the increased loss of brain cells leading to early memory loss or Alzheimer’s disease. This is why having a full night of sleep, of roughly eight hours per day, is fundamental to maintaining the brain healthy and active.

Covering The Head While Sleeping
It has been shown a significant percentage of individuals like to cover their heads during a cold night while they sleep. However, it is not at all recommended. When the head is covered with a pillow or blanket during sleep, a buildup of oxygen and carbon dioxide occurs in the covered area. When oxygen and carbon dioxide are mixed and inhaled, it leads to damaging effects on the brain. Due to the larger amount of carbon dioxide being produced and inhaled, the brain experiences negative impacts to the brain and body. Since oxygen is crucial for humans, it is essential not to cover the head and perhaps to sleep in a warmer room to minimize this risk.

Overeating causes a lot of negative health impacts such as weight gain, bloating, and overall low self-esteem. However, it has also been proven to decrease in brainpower. This is because when overeating occurs, the brain’s arteries harden, causing slower brain function. It is best to avoid overeating as much as possible. One of the ways to prevent overeating throughout the day is to try eating a healthy breakfast to start the day. Individuals will also want to consider implementing practices such as meal planning and portion control, which will both greatly reduce the likelihood of them overeating regularly.

Not Drinking Enough Water
If there’s one health recommendation that everyone seems to know, it would probably be to drink eight 8 oz. glasses of water a day, which is also known as the “8×8” rule. It sounds logical enough: Since our bodies need water to function, not drinking enough of it prevents us from functioning optimally. Not drinking enough water is a habit that can lead to serious physical repercussions. When individuals don’t drink enough water, they can become dehydrated. Dehydration comes on more quickly and more seriously for individuals who live in hot climates. Water is needed to regulate every process in the body. Most notably, water is necessary to clean the kidneys, which in turn filter toxins from an individual’s blood. A recent study indicated dehydration causes mental decline as well as physical issues. In this study, when individuals engaged in a vigorous activity without drinking water, they had a markedly decreased ability to concentrate. The concentration issues were most noticeable when they took tests that were monotonous or required attention to detail. Coordination and complex problem-solving were particularly affected.

Frequent And Prolonged Stress
Everyone has to deal with some level of stress every day, but frequent and prolonged stress can lead to brain damage. Chronic stress increases an individual’s susceptibility to mental illness, and it can worsen the effects of already-existing mental illness. Stress also changes the function and structure of the brain. The brain produces myelin, a protective coating that helps speed up neuron connections. But patients with chronic stress produce too much myelin, and not only does this cause short-term issues, but it also causes long-term changes to the brain’s structure. Another study indicated prolonged stress could kill new neurons formed in the hippocampus. This portion of the brain is associated with learning, memory, and emotion. Frequent stress can also lead to shrinking in the parts of the brain that regulate memory, metabolism, and emotions.

Excessive Use Of Electronics
Excessive use of electronics can lead to issues with brain health. This is particularly important when the electronics use is an addictive behavior. Researchers have discovered individuals can become addicted to the internet and gaming. Addiction is different from overuse because it is a mental illness, and it can be one of multiple unhealthy coping mechanisms. In individuals with gaming and internet addiction, multiple studies indicate the brain’s gray matter begins to atrophy. The frontal lobe was affected, leading to impairment in executive functioning. In addition, the striatum had lower volume. This part of the brain suppresses socially inappropriate impulses and creates reward pathways. The brain’s white matter was also compromised, becoming ‘spotty.’ In turn, this caused the brain to have trouble with communication. Gaming and internet addicts have also been shown to have reduced cortical thickness, which causes cognitive impairment. Research the effects of Bluetooth may not be very happy with the study!

Overexerting While Sick
Overexerting oneself while sick might lead to problems with the brain. In general, overexertion has been linked to cognitive decline. One study showed participants who overexerted themselves frequently tended to experience age-related cognitive decline more quickly and severely than those who didn’t overwork themselves. Participants who worked forty hours a week performed significantly better on tests than participants who worked fifty-five hours a week, especially as several years went by. When individuals try to do mental and physical tasks simultaneously, they activate more areas of the brain than if they were doing physical tasks alone. This can lead to mental exhaustion much more quickly. When sick, the patient’s body and brain are already vulnerable. Patients need to let them rest or they may not heal the way they should.

Not Getting Enough Fresh Air
Not getting enough fresh air can lead to cognitive impairment for a number of reasons. A lack of fresh air can reduce the amount of oxygen entering the brain, leading to fatigue and drowsiness. It can also cause mood problems like depression and irritability. Some individuals also experience a dullness of mind, in which their cognitive function is negatively impacted. Fresh air has been shown to improve mood and productivity. Circulating fresh air through a workplace also decreases the survival of viruses and bacteria in the air. When a building uses a recirculated air system, it leads to higher levels of carbon dioxide and lower oxygen levels. Other effects include indoor pollution. On the other hand, outside air might be contaminated by pollutants like city smog and exhaust fumes. For individuals living in areas with heavy pollution, it may be best to bring fresh air in through a filtration system.

DISCLAIMER: In my TFD Health Series, researched information is not a prescription for what ails you. So before you attempt to treat yourself do your own due diligence, consult the appropriate professionals and use common sense. Plant medicine is not one-size-fits-all. Herbs do heal, but each person’s health situation is unique, and some therapeutic plants, vitamins or other natural 'remedies' may have unanticipated and unintended consequences, especially when used in combination with prescription drug therapies. I am telling you this for your own good. Be careful. Be very careful...I am not an MD. Please don't kill the messenger.

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Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2020 1:59:42 AM
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Regarding covering one's head while sleeping, the practice would build up carbon dioxide which we normally exhale; this accumulation would cause hypoxia (a decrease in the concentration of oxygen which is vital for the functioning of all tissues in the body) and may result in damage to the brain.

hedy mmm
Posted: Saturday, January 4, 2020 6:28:44 PM

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Dr. VMP Rao wrote:

Regarding covering one's head while sleeping, the practice would build up carbon dioxide which we normally exhale; this accumulation would cause hypoxia (a decrease in the concentration of oxygen which is vital for the functioning of all tissues in the body) and may result in damage to the brain.

नमस्ते डॉक्टर,
Thank you for your explain, and validating my thread, concerning head coverings... I’d love to know your views of the long term use of ’Bluetooth’...
I don’t thread or post often, however, I have a few “Did You Know” threads in the Literature Section as well...and when I can, I enjoy sharing knowledge, teaching grammar or adding humor that provokes laughter...

I see you also joined in 2014 and have accumulated many neurons!

May I be the first to welcome you Dr. VMP Rao to TFD Forum...Applause

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Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2020 2:12:57 PM

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There is a Russian proverb about breakfast,
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.
hedy mmm
Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2020 5:47:56 PM

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narkom12 wrote:

There is a Russian proverb about breakfast,
Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper.

Hi narkom12,
It’s funny you should mention this Russian proverbs (which is truly a favorite on so many levels)...I became acquainted with this proverb quoted in “Let’s Have Healthy Children” by author and nutritionist Adelle Davis (1904-1974)...she suggested that a proper diet should have bigger breakfasts (when energy is needed throughout the day) and lighter dinners. She had the secret for healthy children...

I gave birth to my son on Dec 30th 1974, he was 7.5 weeks premature. From 4 hrs. old, he had had the proper nutrients (thanks to my husband who we lovingly called “The Mad Scientist” and input from the author) son is 45, he is still very healthy!

About the “Russian” proverb!!...for a long time I thought it had Puerto Rican was my dad’s quote, “desayuna como un rey, almuerza como un príncipe y cena como un pobre.” My husband thought it had German roots! I knew it was Russian because the girl who gave birth & roomed with me at the hospital, was Russian!...and she said so! Now I would say it’s definitly Russian because narkom12 said so, and that’s good enough for me!

“Ешь завтрак, как король, обед, как принц, и ужин, как нищий.” Hope I wrote it correctly ...thanks for the memories!

hedy mmm

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