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The Worst Habits That Damage Brain Cells

Updated on March 14, 2012

Did you know that neurons are the only cells that do not have the ability to regenerate? Unfortunately, people have different kinds of bad habits which lead to irreversible destruction of neurons. However, reducing of these bad habits will help keep your brain cells to be in an excellent shape.

Here are the most common bad habits that damage the brain cells:

1.Lack of breakfast - even though everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, it helps to have energy to manage in everything we do and have a healthy body in general, but many skip this meal because they usually are in a hurry almost all the time nowadays. Also, scientists have discovered that people who take daily breakfast live longer and have very low chance to confront obesity diabetes or heart disease.
Furthermore, breakfast is not only a meal but the period the time of the day when the body restore blood glucose levels after several hours of sleep, during which the body was deprived of nutrients. Glucose is essential for the proper functioning of the brain, also is an excellent source of energy at the same time.
It was noted that people who skip breakfast have a low level of glucose, leading to brain degeneration.

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2.Eating - brain works in strong connection with the stomach and when the concentration of nutrients decreases in blood, guts send this message to the brain and we begin to feel the hunger.  However, when the stomach is over filled, the brain becomes paralyzed and the mental potential decreases greatly.

3.Smoking - one cigarette contains over 4,000 chemicals, of which 43 are carcinogenic. Approximately 400 blood toxins that once they are led to the brain, can cause various diseases such as heart attacks, strokes, Alzheimer's and destruction of neurons.

4.Alcohol - moderate alcohol consumption is beneficial for the heart, but it increases the risk of memory problems and even dementia. Consumption of large quantities of alcohol is bad for all organs.

5.High sugar consumption - If you want to protect neurons and provide a brain that works normally than all is needed is to reduce consumption of sugar. In other words, eating more sweets will be released hormones that absorb sugar stored in the liver, raising too much blood sugar levels. This interrupts the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing nutritional problems, preventing the proper functioning of the brain.

6.Sleep deprivation - normally, a night of rest should have about 8 hours of sleep for the entire body have time to recover. Rest long-term deprivation leads to accelerating destruction of neurons and to reduce mental activity.
It was also noted that body of those who sleep less than 8:00 on the night begin to not produce insulin at normal capacity, thus the risk of developing diabetes.

7.Head covered while sleeping - If you like to cover your head with the pillow or blanket during sleep, you should know that this habit may increase the concentration of carbon dioxide and it can lower levels of the oxygen that brain needs. If it is done often, it can have harmful effects on brain activity.

8.Intellectual work during a disease - If you have a cold or other illness that has weakened your body and actually involves plenty of rest, but you insist to work persistently, the brain will make an extra effort leading finally to a more significant decrease in its effectiveness and long-term deterioration of its functions.
Permanently stimulate the brain with different kind of exercises - mental exercises and activities train the brain to become stronger. It is like if we want to have a strong, healthy and beautiful body we have to exercise a lot. So, stimulating brain activity we will improve its concentration, memory and thinking.
Try to put your brain to work every day taking at least some simple general knowledge tests.


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    • nikipa profile image

      nikipa 6 years ago from Eastern Europe

      Great idea! Thank you lots Goodpal!

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      Goodpal 7 years ago

      How about including the habit of negative thinking in the list? It is quite widespread.

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      R.Sewa 7 years ago

      very effective tips to follow.we should be concern with the workload and nutritional chart. it will certainly help us a lot.

      thanks for guidelines.

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      nikipa 7 years ago from Eastern Europe

      Oh, do not be so pessimistic Ramkkasturi. I am sure there are lots to save. So, never is too late!

      Thank you for stopping by!

      Wish you to be healthy, wealthy and wise! :)

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      ramkkasturi 7 years ago from India

      Quite interesting and useful hub. I shall follow the above guidelines, but I am afraid it is too late!