Your brain is your most valuable asset. It controls everything you do, and it’s important to take care of it by making healthy choices.

In the sea of things we unintentionally do that harm our bodies, there are many that can damage the most powerful (and mysterious) organ we have — our brain.

The brain seems to bear it all with unparalleled poise…until it eventually starts to decline.

Many habits contribute to poor brain health, and there are four areas that can have the most influence. They are too much sitting, lack of socializing, inadequate sleep, and chronic stress. The good news is that they also can be the easiest to change,

Habits are some of the most powerful tools at our disposal for a healthy lifestyle for both brain and body. They are practices that become second nature through repetition.

In an era of better technology, we are all being rewired to do more to the detriment of our brains. Modern lifestyle is chipping away at neural pathways and making us slower, denser, and less capable of original thought. Hyperconnectivity is increasingly taking its toll on our brains. In the end, we end up less productive and ineffective. We need to do more of what improves our brain health, and less of what causes cognitive decline.

The longer-lasting and more sustainable the lifestyle change, the more beneficial it becomes to your overall health. Bad habits can have a lasting, negative effect on brain health. Consider the worst habits for your brain and the best ways to combat them by helping improve cognitive function and keeping your brain in top form for years to come.

Too much sitting

The average adult sits for six-and-one-half hours per day, and all this chair time does a number on the brain Too much sitting is linked to changes in a section of the brain essential to memory. The medial temporal lobe (MTL), is a part of the brain region that makes new memories. Those who sat the longest had thinner MTL regions. MTL thinning can be a precursor to cognitive decline and dementia.

Lack of socialising

Loneliness is linked to depression, leading to a higher risk for Alzheimer’s and can accelerate cognitive decline. Less socially active people lose more of the brain’s gray matter, the outer layer that processes information.

Inadequate sleep

One-third of adults don’t get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep. Cognitive skills — such as memory, reasoning, and problem solving — decline when people sleep fewer than seven hours per night.

Chronic stress

Chronic stress can kill brain cells and shrink the prefrontal cortex, the area responsible for memory and learning. This can trigger negative reactions that raise stress levels whenever things don’t go your way.

 

Your brain is a delicate organ, and it needs to be treated with care. Your brain will thank you for it.

 

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