10 Habits That Could Damage the Brain

Brain is the most vital organ in our body. It controls everyting as well as the functions of the body electrical impulses. So what happens when the brain malfunctions and degenerates?

Here's the list of top10 habits we love doing that contributes to the decline in brain function.

So here’s the list of 10 habits we love doing that contributes to the decline in brain function:


1. Skipping Breakfast

Breakfast is considered to be the most important meal of the day and should not be skipped. Eating a good and hearty breakfast enables you to be more focused and productive.

People who do not take breakfast tend to have a lower blood sugar level that can lead to an insufficient supply of nutrients and vitamins to the brain. And this can cause brain degeneration.


2. Over-eating

This can cause the hardening of brain arteries which can lead to a decrease mental power or reduced brain function. High caloric intakes can double the risk of memory loss or Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI).


3. Smoking

Smoking can cause multiple brain shrinkage and this may lead to Alzheimer disease, which is a progressive neurologic disease of the brain that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills.

Smoking can block the carotid artery in our brain, thus the blood supply to the brain are cut off.


4. Lack of Sleep

Sleep allows our brain to rest. Sleep also gives the brain a chance to regenerate important neuronal connections in the brain that may have deteriorated from day’s activity. Deprivation from sleep will accelerate the chance of death of brain cells.


5. Working during sickness

Sickness/illnesses are warnings that your body has overworked and need to regain and catch up with the energy lost. One should rest when you feeling sick.

Working your brain when you are sick can decrease the effectiveness of the brain and may also cause brain damage.

Brain nerves
Brain nerves


6. Polluted Air

Did you know that the brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body? Inhaling this polluted air reduces the supply of oxygen to the brain, and results to the decrease in brain efficiency.

This also contributes to memory loss. Exposure to polluted air contributes to the early decline of brain function.


7. High Sugar Intake

High intake of sugar will interrupt the absorptions of nutrients and proteins. This can cause malnutrition and this may interfere with brain development.

A diet high in sugar reduces the production of Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF), a chemical found in brain. Without this chemical BDNF, the brain can’t form new memories thus resulting to loss of learning or remembering much of anything.


8. Lack of stimulating thoughts

Lack of stimulating thoughts has also bad effects to our brain. This can cause brain shrinkage. Thinking is one of the best ways to train our brain so if you want to treat your brain right, have inspiring and motivating thoughts.


9. Talking Occasionally

Are you a silent-type kind of person – the kind who rarely talks? It’s bad because it can damage and shrink your brain. You need to speak your thoughts and ideas as well. Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain and will help the brain function right.


10. Covering the head while sleeping

Do you cover your head while sleeping? Sleeping with this kind of habit increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and thus, decreases the concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.


Eat the right kind of food to enhance the maximum potential of your brain. Start with the berries.


Take good care of your health because it is your only wealth.


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prettynutjob30 4 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

Great hub number 3 is the habit that I believe contributes to my loss of memory.I have trouble remembering where my glasses are most days if my head wasn't connected to my neck I would probably loss it voted up and useful.


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Angelme566 4 years ago

Oh my i always lack sleep , thanks for reminding me..Voted Up !


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Oh prettynutjob, I also think it's a major factor. I've know people who always forgot and it's like 'hey..are you out of the world?' hehehe.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you for visiting Angel, :)


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quicksand 4 years ago

Thanks for valuable the tips. Now I know exactly what to do with my brain. :)


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howlermunkey 4 years ago from Tampa, FL

I never thought about breakfast like that, (which I've been skipping lately)...Thanks for the hub, gonna eat a huge Sunday breakfast in the am :)


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

gee I really need to get more sleep.. thank you for writing this.. I dont smoke and I eat breakfast I love berries I eat everyday

blessings and hugs debbie


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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Good information. I am guilty of some of these bad habits, and will be more cognizant in the future. Voted up.


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christin53 4 years ago from UK

Very interesting I had better start sleeping with my head out of the duvet instead of under it. :)


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GoGreenTips 4 years ago from Indianapolis

Interesting! It is amazing to me that the same basic healthful tips show up again and again for..well almost anything that is healthy for our bodies? Great hub thanks!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Quicksand, Jeff, Debbie, Deb, Christin, GoGreentips...

Big thanks for stopping by and reading. Glad you found this piece informative :)


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Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

Thank you for this hub. Eating too much sugar is my problem. Put it in coffee, drinking coke ( not pepsi ) candy, cookies.

Heavy sigh....

Guess I need to switch to fruit :)

Voted up!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

Oh dear, I feel my brain shrinking at this moment. Very interesting and informative hub for sure. I knew that skipping breakfast was not good as it does NOT help in weight loss to skip breakfast, but I did not know it damaged your brain. A lot of these were very surprising to find out about. Thanks for the great hub. In His Love, Faith Reaper


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Oh Michele, thank you for stopping by. Me too, i always drink coffee, sodas, and my fave is candies..maybe that's why sometimes i have a short-term memory loss.. :)

now, im starting to replace that with fruits..but i dont think i could last.hehe but i'll try my best!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Faith thank you! and glad that it adds info to you. Yeah and skipping breakfast can also trigger the acidity in your stomach, makes you fuzzy and cannot concentrate on what you're doing.

Thanks for reading Faith.


chloelozano 4 years ago

I actually did not realize not eating breakfast could have a negative effect on the brain. I have been skipping breakfast lately as I am trying to lose weigh, but I think I will start eating a little something in the morning after reading this. My biggest brain drainer is lack of sleep. Somehow with a 3 and 5 year old in the home sleep has become a luxury instead of a necessity.


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Interesting list and I learned a few things. The one thing I would add to the list is drinking alcohol.....which may be the worst of them all as far as damaging the brain. Great list my friend.


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Fess up, spy... are you a nurse?

Cause you are surely making this nurse happy with these valuable and informative tips! Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria


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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi M. I can see your brain is working awesomely with great and well written and informative hubs like this !

My brain is safe for now......

Vote up and more !!! SHARING !


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ignugent17 4 years ago from Central Illinois , USA

Very interesting hub. I did not know that not talking can shrink the brain. Thank you very much. Voted up and more.


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jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

I am guilty of a few of these things, so I definitely need to work on losing these bad habits!

Great hub, voted up!


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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

Awesome hub. I am guilty of skipping breakfast. What interesting facts. Voted Up and Shared.


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tobusiness 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

Some very good reminders on how to protect our most important piece of equipment, after all we only have the one. :-)

Well done Unknown.


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carter06 4 years ago from Cronulla NSW

Great hub unknown...lack of sleep(writing) & skipping breakfast are two things I continually have to work on...but I didn't realize about 5 & 10...wow thanks for the info...lots of votes...cheers


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jainismus 4 years ago from Pune, India

Great information, thank you for sharing it. Voted up and shared with followers.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

I've been a bad sleeper since I hit my teen years and boy, that was so long ago and nothing for sleep has changed. I do sleep with the sheet to cover my ears.

Voted up, useful and interesting, Joyce.


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GoForTheJuggler 4 years ago from Texas

Great list, thanks for sharing - voted up, useful, interesting!


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LetitiaFT 4 years ago from Paris via California

What valuable information. I'm a little concerned at having a majority of the bad brain habits you've listed. Thanks for making us aware of them...


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naimishika 4 years ago from India

I have several habits mentioned above. I am trying to quit smoking. I do cover my head while sleeping. Stopped today is stopped for ever.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

I think this is an excellent, well-written hub. We are always reading about what we need to do to prevent heart attacks but our seldom given advice to help our brains. Very interesting and useful hub.


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Brinafr3sh 4 years ago from West Coast, United States

Hi, This year I'm beginning to work on more stimulating thoughts. Very useful hub, thanks. Voted up.


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

unknown spy...thanks for sharing, you did your homework well...knowing how to maintain the body, prevents many illness's..simple as that. Sleep deprevation can be eliviated..check out.." Put your sleep on autopilot ".. many helpful sleep techniques..all natural...good job....


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teaches12345 4 years ago

1. 4. and 5 are ones that I would strongly agree damage the brain activity and thinking process. I didn't know that covering your head during sleep would do this also. I have a niece who does this and I will have to let her know of the risk. Voted up. (Thanks for your fan mail -- and I am happy to follow your wonderful posts! ).


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nighthag 4 years ago from Australia

Have to admit I never considered breakfast like that, with four kids to get ready for school I often miss that first meal of the day,

a great thoughtful read ... thankyou


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rajan jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Very interesting. A lot of people cover the head while sleeping. It's good that you mentioned the danger of doing so. also, breakfast is one meal that should not be skipped as the body is low on so many nutrients because of the time gap in meals.

Very useful pointers, unknown spy.

Voted up, useful and interesting. Shared.


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donnah75 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Hmmm...I never really considered these small things leading to brain damage or degeneration. Thanks for the food for thought.


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Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

Very Interesting and Useful!!! Thanks for sharing this information!!!


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TENKAY 4 years ago from Philippines

I didn't know I was destroying my husbands brain by talking too much... you see, it makes him talk less... and sleep less. haha.


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Injured lamb 4 years ago

Thanks for the sharing unknown spy...well, lack of sleep...this was my only problem but now seems I am not in the list of your 10 habits that could damage my brain...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Wow guys, thank thank you for stopping by and reading this for additioanl info. Guess, I'm not the one who's sleeping covering the head and skipping breakfast :)

Also thank you for sharing your insights too and experiences, so as all may be aware what will be the consequences of these bad habits.

Big thanks to all, somehow I also learned a lesson or two in your messages :)

ChloeLozano

Billy,

Maria

Kashmir

Ignugent17

Jennzie

Nancy

Jo,

Carter,

Jainismus

Joyce

GoForThe Juggler

Letitia

Naimishika

Pamela

Brinafr3sh

KJ force

teaches12345

nighthag

rajan jolly

Donnah

Patty

Tenkay


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

wow Injured lamb! that's healthy lifestyle! you're such an inspiration.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Oh no! I don't get enough sleep, I skip breakfast because i need to go to work early, I over eat during lunch to compensate for the lack of food in the morning, I have a beannie cap on when sleeping (too cold), I enjoy Krispy Kreme whenever I can...I'm gonna die of brain damage!

Or did talking alot balanced everything out?


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hahha you;re funny.. I dont know..honestly, I also have the habit like yours..i love sweets, not eating breakfast, covering of the head, i dont talk much, i overeat sometimes esp during lunch..i work even im sick, and to top it off, i lack sleep..especially those times i worked on a call center.

hehehe maybe that's why i have a 'partial memory loss..maybe my brain is shrinking..i really want to change those habits.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

Hi M,

Been trying to change mine as well. But with the baby, it's just difficult. But seriously, I've seen how changes in habits affect the health. Healthy habits, healthy life. :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

JP, the first step ive done so far was quit my night job and switched to daytime.less money but i have the time for my health. but i just love sweets! and cant sleep without covering my head. i dont smoke and drink so, it's a good start as well.

I know that when you have a small baby, sleep is alwasy difficult. But having baby around can lift your sad mood. they're little angels of home.


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I know M. She's just a bundle of joy. She takes away the stresses I have accumulated the whole day.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Oh..you're so lucky Jp! All my best wishes to your family :)


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jpcmc 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

I guess she's the reason I'm not fully demented. LOL


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hhehehe!! 'not fully...' "))


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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

very useful share , i am guilty of doing at least 4 things which i must stop, useful share, thanks


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TrevorBasile 4 years ago from Rockaway, NJ

Great article you learn something new everyday!


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Very interesting and useful hub.Thank you..Are you in the medical field? Cheers


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snigdha.s 4 years ago from India,mumbai

Very useful hub. I have heard missing breakfast is not good for health. Had read somewhere that it leads to memory loss but I still kept skipping breakfast most of the time. This hub is an eyeopener. Now i better not skip breakfast. Thanks for sharing. Voted up.


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

Has no lacking in the stimulating thoughts department... *grins*


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pringoooals 4 years ago from Edinburgh

Very interesting. I'm guilty more than half of them. It means that I'm far behind my real potential;) That sounds like a good news! Thank you for sharing. Voted up


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CriticalMessage 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

By the way... I like the main picture... it kind of looks familiar... *smiles*


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Becky Bruce 4 years ago from San Diego, CA

These are really interesting, I actually learned a lot! Who knew that sleeping with your head covered or only talking occasionally could be a danger to our brain!? I sure didn't. Thanks and great hub unknownspy!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Girishpuri

Trevor

Ruby

Snigdha.s

Karina

CM (yeah, saw it floating around the net hehe*)

Becky

Thanks for reading guys. hubhugs.


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kj force 4 years ago from Florida

unknown spy..the title of the e-book is " Set your sleep on Auto pilot"..sometimes my brain is going in one direction and my fingers in another...I should give up writing when I am tired....anyway the book is interesting..let me know after you read it what you think....thanks..have a great Wednesday..


jada w 4 years ago

Nice hub. I too didn't eat breakfast for quite some time but almost always have it now. Your article definitely has many good tips and useful information. Thank you for sharing.

Voted up and useful!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thanks for the suggestion. Is the author Eric Watermolen?


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi Jada, thanks for the comment and for reading..


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mandarmk9 4 years ago from Ratlam, India

Hi M,

Its been a while since I sat on HP, but I am finally back. And what's better than reading great hubs that are both useful and informative. Keep up the good work and have an amazing day!

:) Mandar


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hey Mandar,,glad you're back! thanks for dropping by on my hub :)


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mandarmk9 4 years ago from Ratlam, India

Not a problem! See ya...


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

thanks again.. :)


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sgbrown 4 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

I learned a few things here. That's always good for your brain, right? LOL I smoke, I know how bad it is for me, but haven't given it up yet. I get plenty of sleep and always eat breakfast. I really think I am doing good in all other aspects than the smoking. I do need to work on that! Very good hub, great information! Voted up and more! Have a great day! :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Thank you SGbrown. it's good to know you have a healthy lifestyle, that is except for smoking..but I know you can do it! Take care and God bless!


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nanderson500 4 years ago from Seattle, WA

Good hub. I was familiar with most of these but not #9 and #10. Interesting stuff, good job!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hi nanderson..thank you for reading..glad that you found this helpful.


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

I don't smoke but I am guilty of a few of these :o),very useful!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hehe thanks for reading Julie!


Tiifany 4 years ago

Skipping breakfast, lack of sleep & working while sick I'm guilty of....


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hi Tifany! glad you've stopped by. thanks for reading hope it helps.


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Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

I have been brainstorming this morning before getting onto HubPages and your article caught my attention. Great tips and things for us to remember to protect our brains. Thanks for sharing your very good tips.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

wow!! thank you so much CAthleen for taking time to read my hub. that was wonderful.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Hi Unknown Spy! LOVE this hub! I ESPECIALLY agree about the effect of lack of sleep and working during illness. My daughter is awful in that respect. As I write this she is exhausted and at work ...has been sick all week. She will not listen. She is an adult, so there is nothing I can do about it. VERY informative and THANK you for a great hub that will benefit multiple readers! Blessings, Sparklea :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello Sparklea!! Im glad you'v visited my page..used to do that also..even if im sick of chilling, i used to go to work on my first job. they would give you memo if you dont report. many times I feel terribly awful and have to go to this night job.


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Sparklea 4 years ago from Upstate New York

Unknown Spy: I have learned over my years of employment that so much time can be wasted in the workplace...trying to EARN a living doing something you are not interested in, not to mention dealing with supervisors and co-workers who make an employee feel guilty if they are one second late or call in sick. My greatest freedom is the day I took an early incentive and QUIT working. I love that so many people are now working for themselves. They have NO ONE to answer to.

It is TERRIBLE to drag yourself to work when ill...and you run the risk of infecting others. My husband used to work at a place where they had NO sick time. If you were sick you would lose a day's pay.

One of my least favorite words is ADMINISTRATION. They are sharks.

Of course all this is just my opinion, not set in stone. Blessings, Sparklea :)


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Whew..my last job is a 'no-sick' time too. you have to report whether you have sore eyes, headaches or whatever ache your feeling..even emergency leave, you have to bring certificate or proof of that emergency. whoah! it's like, can i take a picture first of your family getting to ambulance?

I have a friend who doesnt really like going to work either. she's on administration and she really want to quit her job and have a business.


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Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

I have always heard how skipping breakfast is detrimental to school age children, but I didn't consider it also affecting adults. It does make sense.

But working while sick is something I seldom do unless it's cold or sinuses. I didn't know it could affect your brain but it makes complete sense because our bodies are interconnected. Great hub and thank you for sharing your tips!


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hello Alecia. Adults are more prone to this brain damage because of they consume more energy everyday, working and thinking. If you skip breakfast, you have the tendency to suffer acidity and weakness, since breakfast gives energy to body and brain to function well. I hope that we will be aware of these thigns. Glad that you found this. :)

Thanks for the comment!


Deb Welch 4 years ago

Totally excellent Hub - voted across the board except funny. I have broken sleep most of the time - not good. I have read just the other day that gooseberries are loaded with beneficial qualities and I am searching to find a local store that sells them instead of on-line - too much with S&H. Thanks.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Deb, thank you for stopping by and for the tip about gooseberries.. Very much appreciated.


oceansider 3 years ago

Dear M,

This is another excellent article that you have written....thank you!...I do know the importance of a healthy breakfast, and so for quite awhile, I've been eating oatmeal with fruit and nuts.....but the area I do need to work on is getting more sleep.....I don't have a regular schedule for sleeping, so that has got to change.... I do not smoke & never will!! and I do not over eat either....& I know we don't have much pollution here because I'm by the beach....and I've never seen smog here, the sky is always clear blue.

God bless you miss M,

Helen


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

dearest helen, thank you so much for visiting my hubs. i love blue skies. we have pollution here, especially noise. oh how i hate the noise... thanks and you find this useful!


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kj force 3 years ago from Florida

unknown spy..sorry it took so long to get back to you..yes it is Eric Watermolen..

and I was asked by him to contribute to the project..let me know what you think..I'm sure there will be at least one technique that you will find helps you..talk atcha later...


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unknown spy 3 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

KJ, thanks a bunch for stopping by. Yes, will definitely let you know. Take care!


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vespawoolf 3 years ago from Peru, South America

Wow, covering the heading while sleeping never occurred to me as a bad habit. That is a common costume here in Peru, so I will share this with my friends. I also didn't think about talking being good for the brain. I do try to get plenty of sleep, limit sugar intake and eat a healthy breakfast. Thanks for the useful information!

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