The 10 Biggest Mistakes People Make To Their Brains
Your brain controls your entire life and everything you think, say and do. It’s the most important organ in your body… but how much do you really think about it? And if you do think about it, do you really know how to take care of it?
Here are the top 10 biggest mistakes people make for their brains:
1. Not protecting it
Who, or what, makes you want to live a long time? If you want to enjoy your loved ones as you age, you must love and protect your brain—every day of your life. One mistake can have a negative impact forever.
2. Letting kids put theirs at risk
It only takes one head injury to change the course of a child’s or teenager’s life forever. Don’t let kids play contact sports, protect their heads, and don’t make the mistake of thinking helmets protect their brains. They protect skull fractures but not against brain damage.
3. Poisoning it
Drugs, alcohol, nicotine, excessive caffeine and environmental pollutants all reduce brain blood flow and activity, which negatively affects cognitive abilities. Alcohol is NOT a health food!
4. Low fat diets
The brain is 60% fat and its one hundred billion nerve cells have membranes that are lined with essential fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids support and enhance your brain-power. Low cholesterol is associated with homicide, suicide, depression and autism.
5. No clear goals to help the brain achieve
Setting goals and working to achieve them provides a sense of accomplishment. With goals, your life becomes more conscious and your energy is spent in healthy ways.
6. Too much TV
Watching TV is a “no brain” activity and the research is compelling: Kids who watch the most TV do the worst in school. Limit screen/device time to no more than 30 minutes a day. This may be hard for kids and teens, but it can make a huge difference, especially if they struggle with ADD/ADHD.
7. No new learning
Your brain is like a muscle—the more you use it, the stronger it gets! Your brain needs a constant stream of new challenges, adventures, sights and skills to remain active over time.
8. Not getting help early
Did you know that dementia processes start in the brain decades before symptoms appear? Early detection with brain SPECT imaging gives people the opportunity to address these issues during the early stages—when treatment is likely to be most effective.
9. Believing every negative thought you have
ANTs are those pesky “automatic negative thoughts” that pop up in your brain automatically and ruin your day. Left unchallenged, they will take over your thoughts and increase the levels of stress hormones circulating through your body, which lowers your brain reserve, makes you gain weight and puts you at greater risk for age-related cognitive decline.
10. Not caring for the brains of those you love
Did you know that the health of your family and friends is one of the strongest predictors of longevity? A friend is someone who helps their loved ones be successful, while an accomplice is someone who helps them maintain their bad habits.
Imaging Changes Everything
At Amen Clinics, we can help you and your loved ones overcome the stigma and suffering associated with ADD/ADHD, anxiety, depression, brain injury, weight loss, addictions, memory issues, brain fog, and other emotional and cognitive issues. If you are ready to regain control over your life or help a loved one do the same, give us a call at 888-288-9834 or click here to ask a question.