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The brain is the centre for human thought and reasoning. As much as the body, which is the container, must be kept in good condition, so also should the brain-the content- be maintained. A lot of daily activities you indulge in have brain-damaging effects which you may or may not be aware of. Anyways, here is a quick reminder:

* Lack of intellectual communication: Intellectual talking is like an exercise for our brain. As unused machines get rust, similarly unused brain also degrades. So we should do intellectual talking to sharpen it.

* Alcohol: According to researchers, alcohol consumption destroys connections between brain cells. However, there is good news: for those who stop drinking alcohol, the brain eventually returns to normal.

* Brain usage while sick: Your brain has to do a lot of work during illness to help your body getting rid of the bacteria or infection. If you do additional work, it exposes your brain to extra burden, which is ultimately bad for its health. So never involve yourself in such activities during illness which require a lot of thinking. If you need to take time off of work, then do so.

* Air pollution: The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in your body. Inhaling polluted air reduces the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a reduction in brain efficiency.

* Sleep deprivation: Sleep allows our brain to relax. Long term deprivation from sleep will speed up the death of brain cells.

* Overeating: Overeating causes hardening of the brain arteries called overacting and the act can decrease your mental power as a result.

* Smoking: As research has shown, smoking leads not only to cancer but also to a decrease in the thickness of the cerebral cortex. Such damage can significantly affect mental abilities because it is this part of the brain that, among other things, is responsible for thinking.

* Dehydration: In addition to the fact that the brain is 70-80% water, water is responsible for the delivery of necessary substances to the brain. The brain works most effectively when it does not lack water.

* Cell phone: study on rats revealed a link between brain cancer and the use of cell phones. However, you should not throw out your smartphone. Instead, doctors advise you to use a speaker or a headset for talking and to not put the phone near your pillow while you sleep.

* Covering your head when sleeping: When we sleep covering our head with a blanket, we reduce the amount of oxygen entering our body because, in this case, we have to breathe in already “recycled” air, which is saturated with carbon dioxide. This creates a lack of oxygen for our brain.

* Too much sugar: High sugar level in the body makes organs and brain unable to absorb the proteins and other nutrients from blood properly. Thus consumption of high sugar interferes with the brain development.

* Skipping breakfast: Experts say breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Skipping breakfast leads to lowering of blood sugar levels in your body. In this case, the supply of nutrients to the brain could be affected.

* Ice cream: It is believed that cold food narrows the blood vessels. The body, trying to prevent hypothermia, sends warm blood to the brain, which, in turn, dilates the blood vessels. It is this difference, according to scientists, that causes a headache.

* Strict diet: turns out that during a strict diet, it’s not only the body that’s losing weight. Research has shown that a severe restriction in nutrition causes the brain to actually eat itself. This is another reason to be more reasonable in approaching your own diet. Don’t exhaust yourself with “hungry” diets — just eat right.

Eat balanced meals in the right quantity, avoid alcohol, too much soft drinks and processed foods, exercise your brain, eat breakfast like a king, ensure proper ventilation, drink enough water, sleep well and absolutely stop smoking!

What’s a body without a brain…

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