As we all know, our lifestyle habits affect our general health. For example, when a person doesn’t get enough exercise and overeats, he / she will put on weight. If you have a stressful day at work, you may come home with a headache. There are also many damaging habits that can affect the brain. Unfortunately, we rarely immediately feel the effects of these bad habits that can damage the brain.
As we age, it is normal to experience some loss of brain function. However, some damaging habits can actually speed up the degeneration process of the brain.
In this article I am going to look at 8 brain damaging habits and I’ll give you practical advice on how to avoid them to boost your brain power.
1. Skipping Breakfast
Being in the habit of skipping breakfast can have a negative impact on your brain health. We have all heard the saying that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. Research seems to indicate that when it comes to brain health, skipping breakfast is not a good habit.
For example, a study in Japan on over 80,000 people found that skipping breakfast increased the risk of having a stroke and high blood pressure. The study, conducted over a 15 year period, looked at people who did not have any history of heart disease or cancer and found that eating breakfast every day can help a person avoid suffering a stroke. The researchers also noted that blood pressure drops after breakfast and therefore, having breakfast can also reduce the risk of a brain hemorrhage.
Having breakfast regularly also has a positive effect on concentration and mental abilities. This is backed up by a study into the effects of breakfast and academic performance in children. The journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience published evidence that children who were in the habit of eating breakfast performed better academically in the classroom, especially in math and arithmetic.3
To make sure that you always get a good and nutritious breakfast, you can try a green smoothie, these healthy options for a quick breakfast. These are quick and easy recipes to get a great start to the day and boost your brain activity.
2. Cellphone Radiation May Cause Brain Cancer
There has been an ongoing debate whether radiation from cellphones can cause cancer. A clinical trial carried out in 2016 has uncovered a link between cell phone radiation and cancer in rats. The trial exposed rats to the type of radiation found in cell phones for 9 hours a day for 2 years. The study found that there was an increased risk of tumors in the brain and heart. Consumer Reports says that this is enough to establish a link between the use of cell phones and long-term cancer risks.
This doesn’t mean that we need to ditch our cell phones. Most cell phones and smartphones have the antenna inside the casing, meaning that it is marginally away from your head. However, Consumer Reports recommends using some common-sense precautions to avoid the risk of cell phone radiation causing cancer. Some of these are:
- Use the speakerphone or a hands-free headset when speaking.
- If the cellular signal is weak, try to keep the cell phone away from your body.
- Send text messages or use video calling when possible.
- Don’t keep your phone in your shirt or pants pocket.