10 things that negatively affect the brain

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Health is our everything. Everyone wants to be healthy, but not everyone follows a healthy lifestyle. Moreover, often a person himself is an enemy of his own health. 

Lack of sleep
This familiar phenomenon is becoming a global problem. According to WHO, over the past 100 years, people began to sleep on average 20% less. Severe lack of sleep is fraught with the fact that in the actual state of wakefulness, various parts of the brain go into the phase of slow sleep. At this time, the person “freezes” at one point, becomes dispersed, fine motor skills deteriorate. Regular exposure to lack of sleep leads to the death of brain cells.

Lack of breakfast
Skipping a morning meal negatively affects the performance and tone of a person during the day. This seems quite obvious, but the point here is not so much in the consumption of calories converted by the body into energy, but in the fact that the absence of breakfast lowers blood sugar. And this, in turn, reduces and makes it harder for nutrients to enter the brain.

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Excess sugar
The previous paragraph explains why it is recommended to eat sweets, especially dark chocolate, for productive brain function. However, excessive amounts of sugar cause problems with the absorption of protein and nutrients. The result is the same as with low blood sugar: nutrients simply do not enter the brain.

Strong psycho-emotional stress leads to a breakdown of connections between neurons and complicates the understanding of cause-effect relationships and the sequence of events. A strong nervous excitement and a feeling that everything is falling out of hand are associated with this. Accumulated stress worsens memory and reduces intellectual potential.

Antidepressants and sleeping pills
The problem of the craze for potent drugs is most relevant in the United States, where such drugs are prescribed very easily. The use of sleeping pills and popular antidepressants such as Xanax can worsen memory up to amnesia, cause dementia and obsessive suicidal thoughts.

Speaking about the negative effect of smoking on the body, the first thing that comes to mind is the image of black lungs and damaged teeth. At the same time, little is said about how cigarettes affect the brain: nicotine narrows its vessels. However, brandy expands back. In addition to the problems associated with a lack of nutrients in the brain, this greatly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s.

The sun
The lack of sufficient sunlight directly affects the cognitive abilities of a person. Firstly, ultraviolet light obtained with sunlight regulates blood circulation, that is, the flow of oxygen and nutrients. Secondly, sunlight contributes to the production of serotonin, a hormone that affects a person’s mood.

Lack of water leads to a decrease in brain volume, which significantly reduces its performance and leads to an almost zero ability to remember a lot of information. It is recommended to consume an average of 2 liters of water per day.

Excess information
Year after year, the amount of information consumed by a person is increasing like an avalanche. It would seem that this is training the brain and maintaining its tone. In fact, this is an excess to which the brain responds unequivocally: resistance. It is expressed by the fact that at some point the information ceases to be absorbed, up to memory lapses.

Another anomaly in the information world: a person simultaneously perceives several streams of information. As a result, not one of them is properly assimilated, and the consciousness gets used to this mode of operation. Information is perceived superficially, and it becomes more and more difficult to concentrate and do one thing without a frequent change of activity.

19 thoughts on “10 things that negatively affect the brain”

    1. Totally agree, I feel like a zombie the whole day, less productive, cannot focus on things if I slept less than suppose to

    1. Yes, I had some friends like that, to be honest, I stopped talking to them because they made me depressed all the time, it is like they suck the energy out by telling bad stories, complaining on life, crying all the time. Everybody has obstacles in life, just depends how you see and solve them.

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