7 Brain-Damaging Habits To Stop Immediately

7 Brain-Damaging Habits To Stop Immediately

Beyond the vital functions, we rely on our brain-power for excelling at our job, making witty comments at the dinner table and generally just being awesome. It might come as a surprise, then, to discover that most of us aren’t treating our brains as well as we should.

In 2004, the World Health Organization released a report examining worldwide mental health. As part of the report, they explored the many ways in which common habits are undermining our mental health. Based on the report and more recent research, here are seven brain-damaging habits that you should probably stop doing immediately.

1. Sugar

If you’re an Alternative Daily regular, chances are you’ve got sugar on your ill-health radar. Arguably the biggest cause of inflammation in the average American, excess sugar consumption can lead to a wide range of diseases and health problems. And it doesn’t help that the stuff if everywhere. Even when you’re trying to avoid it, chances are you’re still eating it.

And if there’s one place in the body where sugar’s ill effects are most felt, it’s the brain. Sugar has been shown to bind to dopamine and opioid receptors in several areas of the brain, creating an addiction similar to that of Class A drugs like heroin. Add to this the highly inflammatory effect that sugar consumption has on the brain, and you should have enough motivation to steer well clear of sugar from now on.

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