Each person has their own level of intelligence. To be able to make your intelligence continue to increase, you need to hone it. There are several ways to make your brain smart, for example studying, doing activities or hobbies that can increase your intelligence, practicing your skills, and consuming nutritious food.
If your intelligence is not sharpened, over time your cognitive abilities will decline. In fact, this can also make the brain age early. Because, as you get older, your brain will also experience the same thing. In this case, for example, you will lose your ability to perform tasks well and recall memories quickly.
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However, the passage of time and not honing cognitive abilities are not the only causes of the brain aging early. There are several other factors that can trigger cognitive decline in the brain and a number of studies show that this occurs at a relatively young age.
So, what are the causes of cognitive decline that cause the brain to age early? Quoting from GQ, in a study conducted by expert Annalize LaPlume Ph.D., a researcher from the Rotman Research Institute, explained that there are certain factors that often speed up the brain aging process. Here are 5 causes of cognitive decline and how to overcome them so that the brain does not age prematurely. Come on, take a look!
Stress and Depression
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Beauties, did you know? Stress and depression can be one of the causes of cognitive decline which makes the brain age early, you know! In this day and age, young people often feel stress and depression, so it is not surprising that this can trigger early brain aging.
Meanwhile, the triggers for someone to become stressed and depressed are sometimes not only caused by external factors, but can also be caused by internal factors, namely from within oneself. Most people get stress and depression from thinking about themselves, always feeling inadequate in the eyes of others and the lifestyle they live to get validation.
So if this habit occurs continuously, it will cause health problems. Some of them include weight gain, early gray hair growth, cognitive decline, and brain aging.
How to fix it
Then, how to solve it? To prevent your body from feeling stressed and depressed, you can use relaxation techniques, either meditation or other activities that can help you escape from everyday stress. There are several activities that you can try, namely gardening, vacationing, spending time in nature, or making art.
Lack of Sleep
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Many studies show the importance of getting enough sleep every night. The reason is, by having enough sleep, the body can rest and help the skin regenerate properly, as well as carry out bodily functions that can only be carried out when a person is asleep.
So if the body lacks sleep it will have an impact on body and brain health. Apart from that, this will also affect performance, concentration, productivity, and also speed up the process of cognitive decline in the brain.
How to fix it
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Then, how to solve it? You can overcome this by getting enough sleep and making sure you get at least seven to eight hours of sleep every night.
Then, if you have trouble sleeping at night, consider consulting a doctor or finding a nighttime routine that can make your eyes sleepy, such as reading a book.
Apart from that, create a comfortable bedroom atmosphere that is conducive to sleeping, for example by replacing the night light with dimmer lighting so that it doesn’t disturb you when you fall asleep.
Lazy to Learn New Things
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The brain is an organ located in the human head and functions to help humans think and solve problems. So to be able to think quickly and solve problems well, you need an intelligent brain. However, a smart brain cannot be obtained instantly, you need to train your brain’s cognitive performance by learning new things.
If you are lazy about studying, your brain will become slow in thinking and less efficient when solving problems. Apart from that, the brain can also experience cognitive decline while increasing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
How to fix it
You can train your brain’s cognitive abilities by taking up new hobbies, such as reading books, learning to play a musical instrument, or doing a new type of sport. Make sure you learn something new so that your brain does not experience cognitive decline or brain aging early on.
Unhealthy Eating Patterns
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The next cause that can cause cognitive decline in the brain is not having a healthy diet. The reason is, as you know, consuming unhealthy food will make the body susceptible to disease and the worst possibility is that it will have an impact on brain health.
This is because unhealthy food does not have enough nutrients needed by the body and brain, making cognitive performance not function properly. In this case, some unhealthy foods such as fast food can increase inflammation and accelerate cognitive decline.
How to fix it
So, what should you do to prevent this from happening? You can prevent this by paying attention to everything you consume every day. Make sure the food is healthy food with balanced nutrition and rich in important nutrients.
Apart from that, you can also consult a nutritionist to get the best results by making a healthy eating plan that is right for you.
Smoking and Drinking Alcohol
Apart from not paying attention to a healthy diet, cognitive decline in the brain can also be caused by smoking and consuming alcohol. Both of these things can damage brain health if done too often in large quantities.
The reason is, alcohol itself works by directly affecting brain neurons so that if consumed in large quantities it can kill neurons in the brain and central nervous system. Meanwhile, cigarettes contain toxins that can damage the function of the lung organs. So both are very dangerous to consume.
How to fix it
You can overcome this by trying to stop smoking and reducing alcohol as much as possible. That way, you will not experience cognitive decline in your brain and keep your body healthy.
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