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7 biggest brain damaging habits must stop

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  • 27th May, 2020 08:12:20 PM
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7 biggest brain damaging habits must stop

The brain is the most vital organ in our body and when it gets damaged, it can affect one severely, including one’s thoughts, memory, sensation, etc. Scientists suggest that a few changes in lifestyle can enhance our knowledge, imagination power, and mental resilience.

Here are 7 brain-damaging activities that one must stop doing for better functioning of brain:

Missing breakfast: Maybe for a diet or to save time, many people opt to skip their breakfast. A very few people might be aware of this fact that not having breakfast can damage our brain. Every morning after a good sleep your body needs nutrients. Skipping breakfast deprives the brain of these essential nutrients. Several researches state that children who have breakfast regularly perform much better at school. Skipping breakfast results in low blood glucose levels, which adversely affects brain’s functioning.

Almost, 80 percent of the brain is water. Brain needs enough water to think faster and focus better. So, it’s very important that you stay hydrated all the time. Drinking plenty of water will benefit both your body and brain to function better.

Sleeping late: Having poor bedtime habits, such as going to bed too early (before you're tired) or too late (when you're overly tired) can make it more difficult to sleep soundly.

High sugar consumption: Too much of sugar consumption

Excessive intake of sugar for a long period disturbs our body’s capacity to absorb proteins and nutrients. This might result in a condition called malnutrition, which deters brain’s growth. So, why this happens? It happens because our body lacks adequate nutrients in the blood, and hence, it does not deliver enough nutrients to our brain, which in turn, deters its development.

Belly-busting sweets can harm your memory and thinking ability, so choosing antioxidant-rich sweets such as raspberries and dark chocolate will be a wise choice for both your brain as well as waistline.

More sleeping especially in morning

Few people worry about spending too much time in bed. An extra hour or two of stolen sleep on Sunday can feel like heaven after a long week of work and family activities. But clocking more than the recommended amount can negatively impact one’s health.

For most adults, getting between seven and nine hours of sleep a night is ideal. Although a small percentage of people actually need 10 hours, for most adults sleeping more hours than the recommended amount may indicate an underlying health concern. In addition, regularly sleeping more than the suggested amount may increase the risk of obesity, headache, back pain, and heart disease. And a recent study discovered that oversleeping can put the body at risk for metabolic issues. Learn more about how excessive sleep can impact your metabolism.

Eating meal while watching TV or computer

Eating while watching TV or playing on your computer might seem like a fun and efficient way to both feast your eyes and fill your stomach. But a new study shows that people who do this often lose track of what they eat and overindulge.

Wearing cap/scarf or socks while sleeping:

Some people may feel it warm and comforting, but sleeping with a blanket covered over your head might increase the consumption of carbon dioxide and reduce the consumption of oxygen. Oxygen is very essential for proper functioning of your brain, and not having enough of it can harm your brain cells.

By now, you must be wondering these are very common things that you often do daily. So, now it’s time to nurture your brains and give the attention it deserves. To be the most productive of ourselves, that’s exactly what we need to stop doing. Your brain will definitely thank you.

Habit of blocking/stopping urine

Researchers found some potential side effects of holding in pee--

  • People who regularly ignore the urge to pee may feel pain in the bladder or kidneys. When a person finally does reach the bathroom, urinating may also hurt. The muscles may also stay partially clenched after the urine is released, which can lead to pelvic cramps.
  • In some cases, holding in pee for too long can cause bacteria to multiply. This may lead to a urinary tract infection (UTI).
  • In the long term, regularly holding in pee can cause the bladder to stretch. This may make it difficult or impossible for the bladder to contract and release pee normally.
  • If a person has a stretched bladder, extra measures, such as a catheter, may be necessary.
  • Frequently retaining urine may harm the pelvic floor muscles. One of these muscles is the urethral sphincter, which keeps the urethra closed, to prevent urine from leaking out. Damaging this muscle could lead to urinary incontinence.
  • Holding in pee may cause kidney stones to form in people with a history of the condition, or people who have a high mineral content in their urine. Pee often contains minerals such as uric acid and calcium oxalate.


Source: WHO/Health related websites