Your brain is the control center of the body. It controls and coordinates your actions and reactions, allows you to think and feel, and enables you to have memories and feelings. But did you know that you may be unknowingly doing things that can destroy your brain?
Here are five things that can destroy your brain:
Lack of socialization: Lack of socialization can lead to depression and a higher risk for Alzheimers. It can accelerate cognitive decline. A 2021 study found that loneliness causes you to lose the gray matter in your brain. You should challenge yourself to interact with someone you trust daily. You can also join a social network like a book club or sign up for an art class, poet group, or any other social activity with your local community. Volunteering your time to help others is also a wonderful way for healthy socialization!
Lack of sleep: Research shows that people who sleep less than seven hours a night have a decline in their cognitive skills: memory, reasoning, and problem solving. A lack of sleep impairs the brain and can lead to Alzheimers. To get more sleep you should go to bed earlier to give your brain enough time to wind down, read a physical book, and stay off digital devices. A hot cup of herbal tea is also very calming.
Chronic stress: Chronic stress kills brain cells and shrinks the prefrontal cortex, the area responsible for memory and learning. While we can’t eliminate all the stress from our lives, we can do things to help alleviate it: practice breathing exercises, walk in nature, meditate with prayer, exercise at least three times a week, and let go of the things that are out of your control. In addition, surround yourself with positive people and disconnect from anything or anyone who causes you stress.
Eating too much sugar: High sugar consumption may cause inflammation in the brain regions that are crucial for memory. A 2017 study found that high intakes of sugary beverages lowered total brain volume and resulted in poorer performance on tests of episodic memory. In addition, the study found that daily fruit juice intake was linked to a lower total brain volume, hippocampal volume, and poorer episodic memory. Excess sugar consumption was linked to Alzheimer’s disease and mental disorders. You can lower your sugar intake by avoiding sugary drinks, sweets, and by reading the labels on food. There are a ton of hidden sugars in the foods that we eat under the names: cane sugar, sucrose, fructose, agave nectar, maltose, dextrose, and high fructose corn syrup. Any ingredient that ends in “ose” is sugar.
Our brain is the most complex organ in our body and is crucial to our overall health. By understanding how it works and functions, we can help it to stay healthy by making better lifestyle choices so we can live a longer and happier life.
Isabella Boston is a multi-talented writer and the founder of Bella’s Attic Studio. She is well-versed in copywriting, articles and research, and medical content writing with a focus on traumatic brain injury (TBI), autoimmune disorders, and inflammation within the body. Isabella is a diarist and the author of Passion of Flames.