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Top 10 Biggest Brain Damaging Habits

The habit is something which we rely on as a three steps process.

The first part is the cue or the trigger which activates the habit. Taking the car keys immediately activates the habit of driving a car, whiles the process of driving broken down into smaller pieces is a quite complex mechanism.

The second part is the routine. Taking the example of driving a car, the routine would be shifting gears, looking straight, in the side mirrors, releasing gas, stepping the break, awareness of the drunk guy walking irregular and lots of other small things we combine while we use a vehicle.

The last part is the reward. Let’s say you go to have a nice dinner with your BMW. You start your habit by taking the car keys, you do the routine of driving the car with all the things included, and finally you receive the award of meeting your loved one at a dinner table. And the thing is, you don’t even notice that you drove the car to the restaurant. You just stick to the award. That’s why we are not aware for most of our habits and its causes.

Clearly defining the process will give us a sense of how a habit works.

When we understand the 3 step process of a habit, we can conclude that we should stick to healthy and framing habits that will carve us into a better person instead of the ones that we will discuss about.

Today we will give credits to the top 10 biggest brain damaging habits.Top 10 Biggest Brain Damaging Habits According To World Health Organization

1. No Breakfast

Skipping breakfast has been linked to health risks – high blood pressure, overweight, and an unhealthy assortment of blood-fats.

What’s interesting is that the health effects of skipping breakfast, even being overweight, don’t seem to be the result of indulging in extra meals throughout the day. So it’s not just about the calories. There seems to be something else in the equation.

The short answer may be that skipping the early meal keeps your body in the stressful state of fasting for longer, which will disrupt your metabolism in considerable and life-threatening ways.

2. Overeating

The body uses calories from food to allow the muscles, organs, tissues and cells function. Each person requires a different amount of calories based on their age, height, current weight, activity level and gender. Extra calories are stored as fat for future use. However, many people do not use these fat stores and become overweight.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines being overweight as a body mass index between 25 and 29.9.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2008, 34 percent of American adults were overweight.

Overeating can lead to a person gaining enough weight to be considered obese.

Overeating can cause a person to develop high cholesterol.

When overeating leads to becoming overweight, people have an increased risk of having high blood pressure.

Gaining weight from overeating increases the chance of developing heart disease.

3. Smoking

As I have explained how smoking went viral, there are gigantic numbers of death each year caused by tobacco. In fact, smoking is the largest cause of preventable death in the world.

It is responsible for several diseases, such as cancer, long-term (chronic) respiratory diseases, and heart disease, as well as premature death. Over 440,000 people in the USA and 100,000 in the UK die because of smoking each year.

Scientists claim that there are over 4,000 compounds in cigarettes. A sizeable number of them are toxic – they are bad for us and damaging our cells. Some of them cause cancer. They are carcinogenic.

4. High sugar consumption

Excessive sugar in your diet can not only make you gain weight, but can also negatively affect your overall health.

Extra sugar in your body does not immediately require for energy can easily be converted to triglycerides, a type of fat that can then be stored around your waist as well in your hips and thighs. Sugary beverages, such as soft drinks and fruit-flavored punches, are the worst offenders because their liquid calories do not affect satiety and can even make you crave more.

The sugar you eat eventually makes its way into your bloodstream, where it can elevate your blood sugar levels. The more sugar you eat, the more fluctuations you will have in your blood sugar levels.

Your immune system is one of the most important defense mechanisms your body has against infections. Eating too much sugar can seriously compromise the ability of your immune system to fight viruses, bacteria and parasites.

In addition to elevating your blood sugar levels, constantly eating too much sugar can also result in elevated insulin levels. Insulin is a hormone your pancreas produces in response to rising blood sugar levels. The more sugar and refined carbohydrates you eat, the more insulin your pancreas produces.

5. Air pollution

The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

My personal advice would be to visit mountains and breathe fresh air as much as you can.

6. Sleep deprivation

Sleeping enlightens us with dozens of benefits. Not sleeping enough and not sleeping well is damaging. As a matter of fact, there are dozens of side effects. It may surprise you to learn that chronic sleep deprivation significantly affects your health, performance and safety.

The stresses of daily life may intrude upon our ability to sleep well, or perhaps we trade sleep for more work and play. We may have medical or mental-health conditions that disrupt our sleep, and be well aware that we are sleep-deprived.

It is critically important to realize that sleep deprivation is very often due to unrecognized sleep disorders. After a typical night’s sleep, you may not feel restored and refreshed and be sleepy during the day, but be totally unaware that you are sleep-deprived or have a sleep disorder. You might think, “It’s just the stress accumulated from work or the kids,” or you might have “always felt this way” and had no idea that you should feel differently. This lack of awareness compounds the consequences because so many people remain undiagnosed for years.

In short term, sleep deprivation causes:

Decreased Performance and Alertness

Memory and Cognitive Impairment

Stress Relationships

Poor Quality of Life

Occupational Injury

Traffic accidents

7. Head covered while sleeping

There is a study that not only says that it does this but that it also increases you chances of getting Alzheimer’s and dementia. This is due to the decrease in oxygen and the increase rebreathing of carbon dioxide.

8. Working your brain during illness

Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain.

Because the human brain is so complicated and has little capacity to regenerate, it is vulnerable to the effects of damage and disease. Losing part of the vast network of cells, or changing the level of a neurotransmitter, can have devastating results, especially when we force it to work with steamy power.

9. Lacking in stimulating thoughts

Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

This is also a cause linked to the other 9 brain damaging habits. By following bad habits we create a wall that block our thoughts to emerge in our imagination.

10. Talking rarely

Talking and expressing feelings and emotions activate our brain to think more and formulate things in reality. By talking less and keeping the thoughts inside, we can tangle the brain and cause a self-imprisonment.

Express your thoughts whenever you feel like it because it can affect your overall health.

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Guest

    December 10, 2014 at 10:47 PM

    I wonder do you have some brain damage? First wroting that this list is from WHO only show your lack of competence. This is a fake top 10 list. It’s being passed around on Facebook claiming to come from the World Health Organization but without links to prove any of the info comes from there. I searched the entire WHO site to try to back this up and none of these statements are made. There are misspellings and grammatical errors that wouldn’t be made by an organization like WHO, and some of these are bogus facts. Number 1 is truly bogus.I reckon that makes half of the entire Africa population is severely brain damaged doesn’t it. Brain degeneration from not eating breakfast?? Please if you’d known better you would know that in low-glucose conditions, the brain would use ketone bodies as fuel with a smaller amount of glucose.
    I also put comment from one guy: “You know this artickle is a little quackery. In my opinion its far more damaging to brain like things you wrote Many of this studies are flawed mostly by error of dose for example NNK Cigarette byproduct they do “We also checked whether NNK activated microglia at a low dose. “We performed immunostaining for Iba-1 in mice brains treated with 5 and 0.5 mg/kg” this isnt low dose acording to this study http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2651603/ “The lowest dose of NNK used to induce lung adenomas was 6 mg/kg, which is equivalent to over 44 thousand cigarettes/kg using 135 ng NKK/cigarette, as stated previously. The authors stated that this dose of NNK was similar to the dose of NNK that a smoker would be exposed to during a lifetime of smoking. This calculation apparently assumes that a smoker consumes 10 packs/day for 40 years.” so in conclusion 6mg/kg / 0.5mg/kg= 12 whats mean you must be smoke 3,6 thousand cigg/kg average person (70 kg) must smoke 252 thousand cig. (dont forgot that they give this dose in one injection.) Next Air pollution newest research from mexico see evidence in altered neurodevelopent in high polluted city but in adults was litte evidence. Stress not harm brain cells but alter neurogenesis not damage brain cell Alcohol contribute to brain damage but not kill brain cells
    http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/inside-the-mind/human-brain/10-brain-myths9.htm
    “Long term sleep deprivation can in fact cause brain damage as new cells are not being generated and the brain loses its ability to communicate properly with the nerve cells.” altered neurogenesis is not equal brain damage for now we dont kno if sleep deprivation and how much kills brain cells whats more short S-D have therapeutic effects
    http://www.nature.com/scitable/blog/mind-read/an_unconventional_release_from_depression

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12531127

    Skipping Breakfast the biggest quackery in this article
    “Your mother was right- breakfast is king! If you’re one of those people who simply can’t eat anything in the morning, you may be lowering your blood sugar levels,” low blood sugar state causing brain damage called hypoglycemia in healthy people is really hard to get (look how long people can survive without food) human body have natural defence called Ketosis (that why skipping even 2 days all meals don kill any brain cells
    look at other more cimpetent articles
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/john-berardi-phd/breakfast-health_b_4436439.html
    Step 1. Is dietary calorie restriction detrimental?

    Much to the contrary, there is ample evidence suggesting that calorie restriction (CR) increases general health, and lengthens life.

    I quote the paper below on studies with humans:

    This evidence consists of the finding that risk factors for atherosclerosis and diabetes are markedly reduced in humans on CR. Humans on CR also show some of the same adaptations that are thought to be involved in slowing primary aging in rats and mice. These include a very low level of inflammation as evidenced by low circulatory levels of c-reactive protein and TNFα, serum triiodothyronine levels at the low end of the normal range, and a more elastic “younger” left ventricle (LV), as evaluated by echo-doppler measures of LV stiffness.
    From the same paper, some anedoctal evidence:

    Okinawans, because of poverty, were so severely calorie restricted that their growth was stunted. However, public health measures and quality of the diet on Okinawa were sufficiently good to prevent the high prevalence of nutritional deficiencies and infectious diseases present among the poor in many third world countries. It is interesting, relative to the possible effects of CR on human longevity, that there are more centenarians per 100,000 people in Okinawa than in other parts of the world including the USA and Western Europe (Chan et al., 1997).
    And from the one on brain effects of CR:

    These beneficial effects also extend to the maintenance of brain cognitive functions at later age and to the prevention, at least in rodents, of brain senescence and associated neurodegenerative disorders.
    Caloric restriction in humans
    Dietary restriction in rats and mice
    Brain response to calorie restriction
    Step 2. Is skipping breakfast detrimental?

    Yes, but not because calorie restriction is generally bad. Some studies (see below) suggest that skipping breakfast might lead people to overeat later in the day, which in turn would cause obesity.

    Do we all eat breakfast and is it important?
    Skipping breakfast and obesity: Comparing Eastern and Western populations
    On whether this is bad for the brain,

    The evidence indicates that breakfast consumption is more beneficial than skipping breakfast, but this effect is more apparent in children whose nutritional status is compromised.
    Cognitive performance after skipping breakfast
    Conclusion

    Based on this evidence, I believe there is no direct causal relationship between skipping breakfast, low blood sugar and brain degeneration (as the original statements implied).
    http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/14745/is-a-lack-of-breakfast-the-1-brain-damaging-habit

    Carbon Dioxide Poisoning covering your head when your brain get low oxygen you will wake up like in sleep apnea(is lower hypoxia state that dioxide posioning)

    Working your brain during illness what a joke even people with concussion when are mental active show slower recovery but not damageso its showing that sicness can slow down brain recovery but not cause damage to him
    http://consumer.healthday.com/kids-health-information-23/adolescents-and-teen-health-news-719/reducing-mental-activity-speeds-concussion-recovery-683556.html

    Like Paracelsus say “dose make poison”
    Please find me on WHO site this list. Or studies about point 1 7 8 10 Please educate yourself for example why our brain is dulled in period when we are sick.

    • Nikola

      December 13, 2014 at 12:42 AM

      Great overview mate! I am truly flattered that someone started doing research on my writings and have bigger opinion of it! However, if you used this knowledge somewhere else, you might even change something bigger! I love your research skills. However, I also want to show you more studies about my points.

      1.According to forbes post “http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2013/07/23/why-is-skipping-breakfast-so-bad-for-our-heart-health/”

      “The new study out of Harvard looked at the health records of nearly 27,000 men, all healthcare professionals 45-82 years old when the study began. The team looked for correlations in lifestyle choices – e.g., skipping breakfast – and health outcomes over a period of about 16 years.

      Men who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to experience heart attack or to die as the result of coronary heart disease. The men who skipped breakfast were more likely to be single, smokers, employed full-time, to drink more alcohol, were younger, and were less likely to be physically active than people who ate breakfast. Controlling for a slew of these and other risk factor for heart disease – like alcohol consumption, smoking history, body mass index, regular doctor visits, quality of diet, TV watching, activity level, and sleep habits – did reduce the link between skipping breakfast and heart disease, but didn’t obliterate it. The number of times per day the men ate wasn’t linked to heart risk.”

      2.On number 7 you can find more: “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9233977”

      3. On number 8 I already wrote everything and I don’t think it is good idea to work your brain while it’s damaged. It’s like trying to drive a car with flat tire on top speed. You know research, but you should activate your logical part to grasp some of the things written in here.

      4. On number 10, I have personal examples of friends who did non-reversible things only because they haven’t talked their things out with me (or some closer friends to them). There is nothing more damaging that keeping your thoughts within you, especially those who may harm you or others.

    • Nikola Gjakovski

      December 13, 2014 at 1:03 AM

      Great overview mate! I am truly flattered that someone started doing research on my writings and have bigger opinion of it! However, if you used this knowledge somewhere else, you might even change something bigger! I love your research skills. However, I also want to show you more studies about my points.

      1.According to forbes post “http://www.forbes.com/sites/alicegwalton/2013/07/23/why-is-skipping-breakfast-so-bad-for-our-heart-health/”

      “The new study out of Harvard looked at the health records of nearly 27,000 men, all healthcare professionals 45-82 years old when the study began. The team looked for correlations in lifestyle choices – e.g., skipping breakfast – and health outcomes over a period of about 16 years.

      Men who skipped breakfast were 27% more likely to experience heart attack or to die as the result of coronary heart disease. The men who skipped breakfast were more likely to be single, smokers, employed full-time, to drink more alcohol, were younger, and were less likely to be physically active than people who ate breakfast. Controlling for a slew of these and other risk factor for heart disease – like alcohol consumption, smoking history, body mass index, regular doctor visits, quality of diet, TV watching, activity level, and sleep habits – did reduce the link between skipping breakfast and heart disease, but didn’t obliterate it. The number of times per day the men ate wasn’t linked to heart risk.”

      2.On number 7 you can find more here: “http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9233977″

      3. On number 8 I already wrote everything and I don’t think it is good idea to work your brain while it’s damaged. It’s like trying to drive a car with flat tire on top speed. You know research, but you should activate your logical part to grasp some of the things written in here.

      4. On number 10, I have personal examples of friends who did non-reversible damages only because they haven’t talked their things out with me (or some closer friends to them). There is nothing more damaging that keeping your thoughts within you, especially those who may harm you or others.

      Cheers!

      • Guest

        December 13, 2014 at 2:03 AM

        Really? First study corelation dont imply causation what more like you wrote “The men who skipped breakfast were more likely to be single, smokers, employed full-time, to drink more alcohol, were younger, and were less likely to be physically active than people who ate breakfast” also read about calorie restriction which increases general health, and lengthens life. “This evidence consists of the finding that risk factors for atherosclerosis and diabetes are markedly reduced in humans on CR. Humans on CR also show some of the same adaptations that are thought to be involved in slowing primary aging in rats and mice. These include a very low level of inflammation as evidenced by low circulatory levels of c-reactive protein and TNFα, serum triiodothyronine levels at the low end of the normal range, and a more elastic “younger” left ventricle (LV), as evaluated by echo-doppler measures of LV stiffness.” “Okinawans, because of poverty, were so severely calorie restricted that their growth was stunted. However, public health measures and quality of the diet on Okinawa were sufficiently good to prevent the high prevalence of nutritional deficiencies and infectious diseases present among the poor in many third world countries. It is interesting, relative to the possible effects of CR on human longevity, that there are more centenarians per 100,000 people in Okinawa than in other parts of the world including the USA and Western Europe” http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/9176829. Also calorie restriction sirt3 protein which have neuroprotective properties. Here is also good article about study conducted by Berardi et.al which summarized they results https://www.yahoo.com/health/5-reasons-to-skip-breakfast-97835884338.html” On number 7 you can find more here” where they wrote about neurodegeneration? this study was conducted on children who dont have fully development breathing pathways. Read in what dose carbon dioxide cause first symptoms, also read when you accumulated CO2 your blood vessels dilate and this can have positive effect read about intermittent hypoxic training.

        “On number 8 I already wrote everything and I don’t think it is good idea to work your brain while it’s damaged” so fewer isnt illness? and you also say its cause brain damage? You know I work as neurologist toxicologist how fewer can cause “changing the level of a neurotransmitter, can have devastating result” in brain when you work, also do you think that you dont use brain when you dont do work? go to fmri and see brain activation when you dont do anything. where are studies which support your claims? “good idea to work your brain while it’s damaged” no? what is treatment for stroke for example? brain exercise why? to activated recovery process so please dont spead quackery because brain needs stimulus to start recovery. Whats more what organ monitor body treatment from illness? “brain and if you stimulated him he use more energy to do that”(this is only my theory, I just begun to examine this). ‘has little capacity to regenerate, it is vulnerable to the effects of damage and disease” maybe check some news brain is highly plastic and can regenerate we start learning about that, for example new studies about amblyopia or alcoholics http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20860617 “I have personal examples of friends who did non-reversible damages only because they haven’t talked” and you know that from? People have different ways of coping with such situation there are many people who for example dont talk but thanks to youga they cope with stress better than in a therapy session

        • Nikola

          December 13, 2014 at 12:18 PM

          First, I have no idea what’s your point with this forceful non-friendly behavior. Second, why don’t you open your own website and add some non-quackery stuff there, istead of fixing mine? As you say you work as a neurologist you can share more “study cases” to make this world a better, educational place. This is my vision, my reality, and if you don’t agree with it, you have tons of other websites to visit. After all, no one is forcing you to read content you don’t agree with.

        • Nikola Gjakovski

          December 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

          First, I have no idea what’s your point with this forceful non-friendly behaviour. Second, why don’t you open your own website and add some
          non-quackery stuff there, instead of fixing mine? As you say you work as a
          neurologist you can share more “study cases” to make this world a
          better, educational place. This is my vision, my reality, and if you
          don’t agree with it, you have tons of other websites to visit. After
          all, no one is forcing you to read content you don’t agree with.

          • Guest

            December 13, 2014 at 5:21 PM

            “First, I have no idea what’s your point with this forceful non-friendly behaviour. ” really you dont know? your title cause this “According To WHO” So your vision is now shared by World Health Organization? ” After all, no one is forcing you to read content you don’t agree with.” and this justifies your lies?. So in your opinion is nothing wrong for example with statment: Nikola Gjakovski start spread lies and I add according to WHO. If thisis your statment then dont reference fake sources.

          • Nikola Gjakovski

            December 14, 2014 at 8:18 PM

            I shared this to inspire people, make them start better habits, quit smoking, stop overeating, start having breakfast (the most important meal of the day).

            Did your boss also asked you “do you have any brain damage” in the beginning when you used to make mistakes when all you thought was doing good neurological investigation?

            I fixed it now, and I hope you have your ego on a higher scale.

          • Guest

            December 15, 2014 at 12:38 AM

            “Did your boss also asked you “do you have any brain damage” in the beginning when you used to make mistakes when all you thought was doing good neurological investigation?” If I do such errors? everyone should ask such question!(it like when I should give meal lab mouse and I give them lethal dose of some substance instead). Backing to your article “I shared this to inspire people, make them start better habits, quit smoking, stop overeating, start having breakfast (the most important meal of the day).” no there are many studies showing benefits from skipping breakfast http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4042085/

            http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3798081/

            so there is evidence that is not important and even can have health benefits. I also dont find any study showing brain damage from skipping breakfast. Smoking have damaging effect to body but many studies show that nicotine have protective effect to brain for example reduce parkinson risk, protect against excitotoxicity, and have cognitive enhancer properties. Starting smoking is good advice? for sure no, quiting? good idea but claming about brain damaging effects in top 10, only incompetent person can claim that without even checking information first. “I fixed it now, and I hope you have your ego on a higher scale” “Top 10 Biggest Brain Damaging Habits” good advice… people dont worry get meth go to street fight and get brain injuries, start binge drinking still missing breakfast is more damaging, even breakfast consisting of lead with mercury be better than missing breakfast, get some cocaine but remember to talk with people. Why I act like that? This list going on internet from 2002 and you like other simply copy this without even checking information, 12 years this is huge time in neuroscience then we dont know even 10% about brain we know in this days. Your response only confirm that. When I ask you about scientific reference for example in “Working your brain during illness” you wrote me “On number 8 I already wrote everything and I don’t think it is good idea to work your brain while it’s damaged. It’s like trying to drive a car with flat tire on top speed. You know research, but you should activate your logical part to grasp some of the things written in here.” and in 10 “10, I have personal examples of friends who did non-reversible damages only because they haven’t talked their things out with me (or some closer friends to them). There is nothing more damaging that keeping your thoughts within you, especially those who may harm you or others.” Life coach is more reliable than any scientific paper. You know now why I act that? you simple spread fake list from 12 years where many of this myth are debunked, no one even know who is author. You also wrote you was kiclboxer, you dont think that taking punch in the head can be damaging?, think again.

          • Johannes Berger Siroky

            March 14, 2015 at 9:29 PM

            Hey Guest! If you see this, can you please contact me regarding this subject? I agree with what you wrote here. People often think that the brain is so sensitive that almost anything can damage it. But I have some questions now that worries me (sigh, why did I read this article?). If you want you can add me on Skype: Johanz3 (or johanz3, Johannes Berger is the name that will pop up). Thanks!

      • Michael Thomson

        June 16, 2015 at 2:49 PM

        DONT WASTE YOUR TIME WITH ASSHOLES. OF COURSE THE LIST MAKES SENSE. SMOKING SLEEP. SUGAR, OVERWEIGHT, THIS STUFF HAS BEEN AROUND FOREVER.

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