There are many things out of our control, and our environment is one of them.
Some of the things in our environment can contribute to brain deterioration without us being able to do much about it, but there are many things we may be doing every day that we have control over that could be causing brain deterioration without us even realizing it.
It’s time to become brain health savvy to what these ways are.
1. Skipping Vitamin B12
According to the NYU Langone Medical Centre, even a mild vitamin B12 deficiency could impair brain function.
Problems with memory and mental fogginess are the most common signs that you have a vitamin B12 deficiency.
Studies that were taken from the U.S. Framingham trial found that as many as 1 in every 4 persons is deficient in B12.
Also, because vitamin B12 is only present in foods that come from animals, this means vegans and some vegetarians could be severely deficient in this ‘energy’ vitamin as it is crucial for the body to be able to produce energy.
The top 3 richest sources of vitamin B12 come from shellfish, liver and mackerel fish.
2. Eating Food Grown With Toxic Chemicals
Conventionally grown food that uses toxic chemical pesticides and herbicides is increasingly being labelled as dangerous to our health and the environment. Here’s a research study to further back up this argument.
This research was carried out at the Salk Institute Research where they have identified a gene (NTE gene) that we all have but in slightly different forms of the NTE enzyme that may link certain pesticides and chemical weaponry to a number of neurological disorders, including the elusive Gulf War syndrome and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
An adjunct faculty member at Salk, Dr. Barlow said,
“There have been anecdotal links made between rises in ADHD, Parkinson’s disease and other disorders and exposure to pesticides.”
If we all switched to eating organically grown food – then we could ensure we still have a planet that provides us with nourishment decades down the line.
3. Drinking Alcohol
Most of us have seen the effects that alcohol can do either when under the influence ourselves or when watching others. Our ability to walk and see straight becomes impaired, and our reaction time slows down and speech can become slurred.
Well now a study published in Brain and Cognition demonstrates that alcohol can dramatically alter your brain function. The study found that moderate to heavy drinkers can suffer from memory loss and a general reduction in brain function as a side effect of alcohol consumption.
Alcohol really has so many drawbacks to consuming it, and if you want to thrive on all levels – alcohol really should not be included in your diet.
4. Smoking It Up
New research published in the Journal of Neurochemistry suggests that there is a direct link between smoking and brain damage.
The research team discovered that the reason is due to a compound found in tobacco that provokes white blood cells in the central nervous system to attack healthy cells, leading to severe neurological damage.
Smoking is not just deadly for your health, but the chemicals in cigarette smoke pollute the planet and can cause lung cancer in passive smokers. Is this something you feel you can live with?
5. Living Under a Dark Cloud
Research now shows that unresolved depression can severely damage your brain permanently.
This can have such an effect that a person has difficulty remembering things and focusing well, and up to 20 percent of patients with depression never make a full recovery.
Researchers at Stanford University are also compiling evidence that shows that stress has the ability to shrink a crucial part of the brain.
Professor Robert Sapolsky of biological sciences said in a review article in the Aug. 9 edition of the journal Science, that the work of several research groups at the university has found links between long-term stressful life experiences, long-term exposure to hormones produced during stress, and shrinking of the part of the brain involved in some types of memory and learning.
Depression is a very serious disease that can end in suicide.
So if you suspect you or a loved one has depression – then please speak to your doctor immediately and don’t be afraid to ask for help.