Every now and then, we post stuff that helps us in our day to day life. Today, we look at 5 of our worst habits that could damage our brain. These habits can be dangerous.
5 daily habits that could damage your brain
Your brain’s health is crucial in order to keep you functioning. But as creatures of habit, we get used to doing things that are not good for our brain. Here are 5 habits that you should not get used to if your brain is near and dear to you
1) Way too much salt intake
After all these years of sugar-bashing, you can add another ingredient to the list of nutritional villains: salt. A study published in JAMA Neurology, exposed salt as one factor contributing to high blood pressure. And indeed, research has proven that a high intake of salt increases the risk of high blood pressure, which in turn can lead to cognitive deficits and an increased risk of stroke.
2) Not getting enough sleep
Science has not fully found out yet to what extent our brain needs sleep. But you don’t really need science to figure this one out: who hasn’t experienced the aftermath of a bad night’s sleep? Lack of focus, a sluggish attention span, and a mood far from its best behaviour are just some of the things to name here. On top of that, a continuous lack of sleep harms your memory too and has long-term effects for your brain. This is because in your sleep, mechanisms are hard at work, which rid you from toxic by-products that accumulate in your brain throughout the day. A lack of sleep means that these mechanisms cannot get sufficiently activated, and therefore fail to clean your brain from harmful substances. If these substances are not eliminated, they start to accumulate in your brain and can lead to a severe damage
3) Living in Noisy Places
Your precious ears are the ones suffering most from our noisy modern-day surroundings. How peaceful must it have been for ancient-time ears to be exposed to nothing more than the singing of birds or the occasional ringing of church bells. Today, your ears have a lot more to endure – a constant exposure to noise: subway’s roaring, cars honking, music in the supermarket, in your headphones, construction sites everywhere – the noise level is at a crazy high. And it’s driving your ears crazy too: According to latest findings, hearing impairments are increasing. A study conducted at the John Hopkins University found that hearing impaired people have a 30 – 40% higher risk of suffering from cognitive deterioration. So it’s smart to protect your ears as much as you can: for example, audiologists have developed a type of ear plugs that protect you from too much noise.
A healthy diet is not only crucial for your body’s health, but for your brain too. A study published in the journal Neurology in 2012 examined 6000 people, who were on average 50 years old. 10 years later, the same participants were examined once again and the results showed that the ones who were overweight, had a 22% higher deterioration of their cognitive functions than their slimmer counterparts.
5) Spending time alone
Being lonely doesn’t necessarily mean not having many friends. Sometimes even people who have many friends can be lonely. As with everything in life, here too, it’s the quality that matters. That being said, being alone can promote the feeling of loneliness, which causes stress and inflammatory processes in the brain. A study at the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago conducted with the participation of over 100 people, all aged 80+, revealed that those who had the least social contacts were suffering from the most severe cognitive deterioration.
Of course, your brain’s health depends on a variety of factors. While you can’t control your genetical predisposition, you do have control over other things that can help you stay healthy. We want to encourage you to take care of your brain’s health and understand how important it is for your well-being. Your brain is your most precious friend – treat it that way: An unhappy brain means an unhappy you.