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Habits that can damage the brain

By Chinenye Ezenwa

The human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles. The brain controls most of the activities of the body. It processes, intergrates and coordinates the information it receives from the sense organs.

There are habits we do that can damage the brain.

Smoking

Smoking can lead to various diseases such as cancer, kidney failure. The addictive nicotine in the cigarettes can cause your brain to shrink and prolonged brain shrinkage can lead to Alzeheimer’s disease.

Skipping breakfast

Not eating breakfast inorder to keep in shape is wrong. Many people choose to skip breakfast and in the processes they damage their brain. Your brain requires nutrients after your sleep and this deprives the brain of these much needed nutrients. This can also lead to low blood sugar.

Consume excess sugar

Sugar is essential for the body but excessive intake of sugar is detrimental to the human body. Consuming too much sugar will interrupt with the asorption of nutrients and proteins which can lead to malnutrition. This hinders the development of the brain. Therefore, sugary foods should be taken in small amounts.

Sleeping with your head covered

This may be found comfortable and cool to sleep with but sleeping with a covered head can lead to increased intake of carbondioxide and decreased intake of oxygen. Oxygen is vital for brain functioning and when its not enough can damage brain cells.

Not getting enough sleep

Sleep is necessary for your physical and mental health. A good nights sleep of eight hours is vital for your brain as well as your internal organs. Research has shown that the brain cleanses itself of toxins only during deep sleep cycle. Sleep deprivation also accelerates the death of brain cells, which can lead to impaired memory and reduced faculties.

Working when you are sick

Many adults as well as students tend to forgo their health for their cares and studies. When you are ill, your mind and body need rest, so making them work when you’re sick will reduce the efficiency of your brain and can even lead to long – term brain damage.

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