10 seemingly harmless habits that can damage your brain

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Skipping breakfast - Due to our fast-paced lifestyles, most of us avoid or end up skipping breakfast to save some time in the morning. 

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Skipping breakfast - Skipping breakfast leads to a low sugar supply and poor nutrient supply to the brain, which can lead to long-term health problems.

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Lack of sleep - Studies indicate that lack of sleep leads to neurological damage in the hippocampus, a part of the brain involved in learning and memory.

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Lack of sleep - If you're having trouble sleeping, avoid screens an hour before bedtime, and try not to reach for your phone if your sleep is interrupted.

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Overeating - Overeating may harm brain function as well. Several studies tie continual overeating to mental decline in older adults, compared with those who don't overeat.

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Overeating - That said, more studies are needed to identify the extent and mechanisms of mental decline related to overeating.

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Not socializing enough-Socializing encourage the growth and development of the brain. If there's no socializing or if communication is low, you might feel low and depressed.

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Not moving your body enough - Long-term, regular exercise can help reduce cognitive impairment and dementia risk.

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Not moving your body enough - Beyond working out, making physical activity, such as gardening or walking, a part of your lifestyle is also important.

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Spending too much time in the dark - If you spend too much time in the dark, your brain doesn't get enough exposure to sunlight. 

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Spending too much time in the dark - This can lead to problems like seasonal affective disorder and depression. 

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Lack of mental stimulation - Learning something new forms connections between our brain cells and helps to keep the brain youthful.

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Eating sugary foods - Excessive sugar consumption is harmful to brain health and can lead to memory and learning deficiencies. 

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Eating sugary foods - Sugar can also produce addiction-like effects, driving loss of self-control, and overeating. 

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Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol - Alcohol leads to chemical imbalances in the brain when consumed over long periods in large quantities.

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Consuming excessive amounts of alcohol - There's also a specific type of alcohol-related dementia that's considered alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD). 

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Working when you're sick - Not only are you contagious, but also your brain's efficacy is bound to take a dramatic hit.

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Working when you're sick- When we're ill, the brain and body are already working extra hard to cope with the infection. So working on a sick day will only add to the burden.

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