Certain lifestyle choices can threaten the health of our brains significantly, even when the connection isn’t obvious. Habits that deny our brains important nutrients or rapidly kill brain cells put us at risk of mental disorders like depression or anxiety, as well physical ailments like Alzheimer’s, stroke, epilepsy, and even cancer. It’s easy to forget that even if your mind is at rest, your physical brain could still be suffering.
1. Skipping Breakfast
There is a reason that breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Skipping it can result in low blood sugar levels, and that is very damaging to the brain, especially if it happens a lot. Your brain uses more energy than any other organ in the body, and takes up to 20% of the total available glucose in your system each day. Regularly denying your brain enough nourishment causes a deficit in that energy budget, and you’ll find that your brain becomes less responsive to stimuli.