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5 Everyday Habits that are Bad for Your Brain

When was the last time you thought to yourself “I can’t eat this because it’ll ruin my brain health.”? If you’re like most people, you probably haven’t, but it may be time to start thinking that way.

HABITS THAT ARE BAD FOR YOUR BRAIN HEALTH

Research shows that your brain volume declines at around five percent per decade after the age of 40. And the bad habits below can accelerate that brain degeneration.

1. Watching Too Much TV

Research suggests that watching too much TV in your 20s could hurt your brain later in life. In this 23-year study, researchers investigated how TV and physical activity affected the mental health of 3,200 men and women. The participants had an average age of 25 when the study started.

After 25 years, researchers found that high-TV watchers (those who watched TV for more than three hours a day) were likely to perform poorly in mental function tests compared to low-TV watchers.

However, we shouldn’t ignore the correlating factors. People who watch TV for long hours are more likely to be inactive and make poor diet choices.

2. Multitasking

Your ability to multitask may not be a superpower. It can actually ruin your memory and attention. This was proven by a Stanford University study.

In the study, students filled out questionnaires about their media use. Researchers then compared their performance in three cognitive tests.

The results showed that heavy media users had poor concentration and had difficulty switching tasks.

3. Smoking Pot

Pot smokers would have you believe that pot has no negative effects, but science shows otherwise.

In a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, researchers found that young adults smoking who smoked marijuana experienced changes in their brain structure by altering the amygdala, which controls emotions and the nucleus accumbens, which controls reward and addiction.

These effects made young marijuana smokers prone to drug addiction. They were also more likely to change their emotions and thought processes in unknown ways.

Cigarettes are even worse since, cigarette smoking has been shown to shrink the brain.

4. Eating Too Much

Numerous studies show that low calorie intake is essential for a long and healthy life. In fact, people who overeat are more likely to experience an accelerated mental decline, according to research.

Instead of starving yourself, replace the high-calorie foods in your diet with low-calorie nutrient-dense foods.

5. Stress

According to a report published in the Alzheimer’s society, stress can age your brain by up to four years.

Unfortunately, stress is not something we can always control. Sometimes it’s caused by unexpected things like accidents or losing a job. However, you can counter it through meditation, yoga, walking, and regular workouts.

Other bad habits that harm your brain include:

  • lack of sleep
  • lack of a social life
  • eating too much salt
  • heavy drinking

SOURCE: https://www.care2.com/greenliving/5-everyday-habits-that-are-bad-for-your-brain.html


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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