There are certain habits that seem harmless yet create changes inside our brains. Daily living habits, including diet and routines can seriously impact the brain, and might eventually result in reduced productivity and dementia. Here, Dr. Khoi explains what the bad habits for the brain are and how to improve brain activity and memory.

5 bad habits

1. Drinking alcohol.

When you consume a large amount of alcohol over a long time, the concentration of alcohol enters your body and affects the brain, leading to drunkenness. If this situation persists day by day, the brain will perform poorly since alcohol affecst the brain’s function. When people are drunk, they are not aware of anything, and can go straight to sleep. Alcohol inhibits the productivity of the brain, severely damaging brain cells. Let’s start by controlling the amount of daily alcohol consumption. Specifically, drink only one can of beer per day or one glass of red wine per day. Do not exceed.

2. Poor quality of sleep

Poor quality of sleep or lack of sleep shrinks the brain. Research shows a link between poor sleep quality and the brain’s volume. Those with sleep problems experience rapid reduction of brain volume as they age. It affects their language, interaction, sense of balance, mathematical ability, and decision-making ability. A deep, quality sleep will not only help the body relax but also let the brain take a rest. The toxins in the brain will be eventually discharged after a stressful working day. Those who have to work at night or do night shifts, can replace the nighttime sleep with a siesta.

3. Smoking.

Smoking is very harmful since nicotine inside cigarettes has an extremely negative impact on the brain’s performance. Many studies have shown that nicotine changes the chemistry of the human brain. At a certain age, the human brain will perform worse. People tend to forget more, get confused or suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Smoking will harden blood vessels and, with age, that will affect the amount of oxygen getting to the brain. Stopping smoking will help the brain work better, especially when you are getting older.

4. Attitude

Attitude also affects brain activity. Studies indicate that negative thinking, overthinking or anxiety affect the brain. The doctor’s advice is to keep a positive attitude. Do not grumble or despair, it will cause a direct negative impact on brain cells.

5. Weight

People who have problems with too much weight can suffer from diabetes and often experience multiple symptoms of slow brain performance. The number of diabetic patients is rising rapidly. These people can also suffer from blocked blood vessels and high blood pressure, leading a lack of oxygen in blood and brain problems.

Introduce positive habits to your daily life.

We can change negative habits. Let’s start by establishing healthy living habits to offload brain activity and avoid negative influences.

1. Reading

Reading forces the brain to exercise, and is similar to muscle training. Or push the brain to work by learning something new. If you choose reading, pick a novel not multiple short stories. Short stories are popular on the Internet, but they are not so healthy for the brain since they are made for temporary entertainment. When we read a book, we have to recall the content we have just read. This is a memory exercise. If we read a short story, we will forget it after a few minutes. Reading novels is much better.

2. Sport

Play sports or go to the gym. The more demanding the sport, the more it stimulates the circulation of oxygen, allowing the brain to develop.

3. Meditation

Learn to meditate. When the brain and mind are in a calm state, brain cells release substances called neuro transmitters (good substances) that will relax the brain. You can try to meditate or spend 15 minutes walking per day to let yourself relax. Similarly, praying can be considered meditation. There are countless other options such as listening to music. Doing anything that lets the brain rest and be still is regarded as meditative.

4. Juggling 

Throwing and catching balls supports brain development. Juggle two or three balls and practice catching the ball. This exercise helps the eye and brain work together seamlessly, enhancing reflexes.

5. Learning

Learn something new. New skills, new lessons will make the brain work by opening up new links. Studies show that brain cells will start dying when people are 25 years old or older. However, when people learn new things, these cells are forced to exercise and train. There is no need to learn fancy things, you can choose to learn practical skills such as how to use a saw, how to make a chair or fix a car. This improves the links inside the brain.

All the activities above support brain development and performance. In addition, maintaining healthy living habits will improve memory, prevent the degeneration of brain cells and alleviate dementia among the elderly.
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Dr. Khoi Nguyen

Dr. Khoi holds a Science Degree from the University of Toronto and received his medical degree in 1988. He is currently seeing patients at his private family medicine practice. In 2010, he received the Canada’s Citizenship Award for his numerous contributions to the community.

Bác sĩ Khôi tốt nghiệp ngành khoa học tại University of Toronto và tốt nghiệp y khoa năm 1988. Hiện nay ông đang làm việc tại phòng mạch tư chuyên về sức khỏe gia đình, và đã được vinh dự nhận giải thưởng Canada’s Citizenship Award năm 2010.