5 Habits That Are Killing Your Brain Cells
Where the heck are my car keys?
What’s the word I’m looking for?
Oh, crud, I forgot my friend’s birthday … again!
Ever feel like you’re losing your mind? You’re not alone. Our mental superpowers start to decline at age 40.
This is giving us that annoying brain fog, forgetfulness, and lack of focus. Not exactly our A-game!
While we can’t stop the clock, there ARE habits to avoid that can kill our brain cells.
5 Habits That Are Killing Your Brain Cells
Does that glass of wine really zap your brain cells? What about sneezing? Aren’t people always saying it’s bad for the brain?
Fear not, our sneezy, wine-loving friends! We’re cutting through the myths and giving you the info you really need to keep your brain sharp and healthy.
1. 50 Shades of Gray Matter
Multitasking. It’s the thing to flaunt on resumes and make us feel super productive. But turns out, our obsession with multitaskingis diminishing our brains.
Brain tissue is made up of cell bodies called “gray matter.” When we do 50 things at once, like replying to text messages while watching TV while talking to our partner while … (you get the point), it lowers the density of our gray matter, which impacts our cognitive skills and emotions.
2. Not Getting Your Zzzs
Feel like a zombie due to lack of sleep? This can do scary things to your brain: impact your thinking skills, diminish your long- and short-term memory, and affect your attention to detail.
If your lack of sleep is caused by sleep apnea, you’re at even greater risk for mental decline. Sleep apnea is where you have one or more pauses in breathing when you sleep. These pauses can occur up to 30 times an hour!
People with sleep apnea show big changes in the levels of two important neurotransmitters in the brain, glutamate and GABA. When their levels are out of whack, it can put your brain in a state of stress and diminish the health of your brain cells.
Our brains are 75 percent water, so it makes sense that this powerful three-pound wonder needs lots of water to function properly. Don’t get us wrong, if you don’t drink those 8 glasses in a day, your brain cells aren’t going to start dropping like flies. It’s being dehydrated on a regular basis that can shrink your brain tissue.
Water has so many benefits anyway, so raise a toast to your health and start drinking more of the good stuff!
4. Rockin’ Out
OK, so you might not look as cool doing the running man at a rock concert as you would head-banging (defined as violent, rhythmic moving of the head), but try to resist. According to a study published in the British Medical Journal, head-banging can cause the death of brain cells … not to mention a killer neck ache in the morning!
5. Untamed Aspartame Use
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