5 habits to stop right now to prevent brain damage

Brain health refers to the proper functioning of the brain, which includes cognitive ability, mental wellness and the absence of neurological illnesses. Certain behaviours can harm brain health by reducing cognitive performance, increasing the risk of neurodegenerative illnesses and disrupting emotional stability.

Here are 5 habits to stop right now to prevent brain damage


1. Not getting enough sleep

Chronic sleep deprivation affects mood, memory and cognitive abilities. Additionally, it may make neurodegenerative illnesses more likely. Aim for seven to nine hours of good sleep every night.

2. Chronic Stress

Chronic stress causes the brain’s memory and learning region, the hippocampus, to shrink and can cause damage to brain cells. Cortisol is released as a result of persistent stress.

3. Poor diet

Diets heavy in processed foods, sugar and bad fats can cause oxidative stress and inflammation, which can be harmful to the health of the brain. Consume a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats and healthy fats, such as omega-3 fatty acids from nuts and fish, to maintain a balanced diet.

4. Lack of exercise

A lack of exercise may reduce the production of brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF), which promotes neuronal development and functionality. Walk, jog, cycle, or strength exercise for at least 150 minutes every week.

5. Smoking

Smoking lowers blood flow to the brain, which causes cognitive decline and increases the risk of stroke and dementia. Seek help to stop smoking through counselling, drugs and support groups.

Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.