For this reason, we present some of the habits and things that you should prevent so as not to register neurological damage neither now, nor in the future, in addition to protecting your neurons:
- 1. Skip breakfast. When we wake up, after fasting for 6 to 8 hours, the brain requires energy to carry out all the functions, but if the adequate amount of proteins, vitamins and nutrients is not provided, structural damage is generated, which implies the neuron death due to lack of energy and work overload.
- 2. Stress. Stress kills neurons, and even prevents new ones from forming in the hippocampus. According to research published in the Journal of Neuroscience, acute stress only allows new neurons to survive for just a few days.
- 3. Hypertension. High blood pressure weakens the small arteries in the brain, which can trigger neuronal damage. According to a study from the University of Alabama, published in the journal Neurology, the loss of neurons is associated with memory problems, especially after the age of 45, due to hypertension.
- 4. Not sleeping well. Lack of sleep for long periods accelerates the loss of brain cells. In addition, sleeping with your head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decreases oxygen, causing adverse effects to our brain.
- 5. Smoking. It causes a decrease in brain size and in addition to promoting the onset of Alzheimer's, a study from Northumbria University reveals that smoking causes memory loss, which could be reversed when quitting.
- 6. Eat a lot and very fatty. Excess food generates a slow and poorly oxygenated circulation to the brain. In addition, a high consumption of sugar interrupts the absorption of proteins and nutrients necessary for the creation of new neurons. On the other hand, if our diet includes too much saturated fat and cholesterol, the brain becomes inflamed, nerve function is altered and working memory or immediate memory is reduced, according to a study published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
To prevent neurological damage and keep the brain's cognitive functions in good shape, it is important to make small daily changes in your habits, because they can make a big difference. A diet rich in antioxidants and exercise are two points to emphasize.