Your brain cells are good to you, be good to them too!


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Most people are already aware that alcohol, drugs, and head traumas kill brain cells, but did you ever wonder what other factors can harm your brain cells as well? Knowing what kills brain cells has always been a very interesting topic for me because I personally want to make sure I am salvaging every brain cell I possibly can, as should everyone else. As I am researching this topic, 3 specific actions that kill brain cells that really caught my eye the most were not drinking enough water, stress, and eating unhealthy food. Also, not only is stress harmful to your brain cells, it is harmful to your entire body. Stress causes symptoms like headaches, upset stomach, and elevated blood pressure according to the WebMD Medical Reference

Of course cigarette smoking was on the list of habits that kill brain cells, but that wasn't a surprise to me. Smoking cigarettes has been proven to be harmful to the body, but did you know it is also harmful to the brain? On the other hand, it was shocking to read that not only does smoking cigarettes kill existing brain cells, it also slows down the production of new ones.

So, to prevent losing brain cells, you could start fitting these 3 easy steps in your everyday schedule: exercise, eat healthy, and keep away from drugs! 


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I used the website below to find my facts about losing brain cells, so if anyone wants to look more into this topic you can! Thank you for reading!

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I was interested in also more practical ways to exercise your brain, and an article I found indicated several ways to stimulate brain activity, and increase ways to fight against the loss of brain cells. the crazy thing is that even the healthiest of people end up with diseases that start in the brain, such as Alzheimers for instance. is thttp://guides.wsj.com/health/elder-care/how-to-keep-your-brain-fit/here a way to prevent those types of diseases?

I was interested in also more practical ways to exercise your brain, and an article I found indicated several ways to stimulate brain activity, and increase ways to fight against the loss of brain cells. the crazy thing is that even the healthiest of people end up with diseases that start in the brain, such as Alzheimers for instance. http://guides.wsj.com/health/elder-care/how-to-keep-your-brain-fit/
is there a way to prevent those types of diseases?

After reading your article, I started to connect with the things that you pointed out like stress and poor eating habits. These jumped out at me because I always feel that I am stressed from all of my classes, and don't have a healthy diet while being up at school. I never knew that those two things could effect my brain cells. I also decided to look up what else could be harmful to your brain cells that you wouldn't think about.

http://4mind4life.com/blog/2008/02/22/50-things-that-kill-brain-cells/

Thanks for posting this! Gave me a new outlook on how to take care of myself.

First of all, I want to say thank you for commenting Jordan & Michele! It's really reassuring that my class mates actually read my posts, because I do write about personal concerns. Jordan, I looked up ways to help prevent Alzheimer's, and this is a great website I found:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/Wellness/ways-prevent-alzheimers-disease/story?id=19498458

All of which are very simple and worth doing to prevent such an awful disease!

Michele, I can totally relate to what you're saying. I am very stressed out as well between keeping up with my classes and working at night. Pursuing a healthy diet while at college isn't the easiest thing to do, I know. I really try to keep more fruits and veggies in my apartment than chips and junk food, but sometimes it always doesn't work out that way, haha. Fruits and veggies make your body feel good, but junk food makes your mind feel good, for me at least. I think that's why we turn to junk food when we're upset or stressed. But the bottom line is if you're not stressed at college, then you're not doing something right. We're all stressed, you're not the only one! Thanks guys. :)


Despite the popular misconception that brain cells do not grow back, brain cells do, in fact, grow back. I'm glad that you touched on that in your article - otherwise the points you made concerning brain-cell death might be unrealistically amplified. An interesting article I found (http://4mind4life.com/blog/2008/02/22/50-things-that-kill-brain-cells/) on the subject states that rapidly shaking your head back and forth is potentially dangerous to the brain, which I would've never thought of (and not for lack of brain-cells). If you want to tell someone 'no' very adamantly, I recommend saying it aloud in this case. It's interesting how brain damage can happen due to social responses instead of exclusively physical/biological ones.

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