Do you Aware of Effects of Fast Food on Brain Health

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Fast food restaurant infiltrated everywhere

Is fast food good or bad for brain health?

I am not sure about you. I can easily access to any fast food restaurant like McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken, Burger King.. Sound familiar to you right?  Yeah..They are all fast food restaurant chain store that has infiltrated every nook and cranny in the western countries.

You see, eat too much fast food like hamburgers, hot dogs is not good for our health. Moreover,the effects of fast food on brain health are very deleterious. The consumption of fast food has been extensively increased during last few decades.

The easy life style and shortage of time has shifted the trend of eating towards consumption of fast food. People eat whatever they get without thinking what effect that thing would have on their health.

The effects of fast food on brain health are in particular very extensive because brain is the most sensitive part of our body and anything that affects our general health also affects the health of our brain.

Eat too much fast food is dangerous

Eat too much fast food is dangerous

Behavioral disturbance.

The effects of fast food on brain health are addictive in nature. Fast food is mainly composed of two major components: sugar and wheat. Experiments on mice proved that those mice that were repeatedly give food resembling fast food had increased release of “dopamine” in their central nervous system. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that creates a feeling of euphoria and relaxation but repeated release can lead to mental disorders like anxiety, depression and even hallucinations. So the effects of fast food n brain health include depression of brain functioning and increased dependence on fast food.

Increased chances of Stroke.

The major effects of fast food on brain health are mainly related to the development of atherosclerotic plaques (fat plugs) in blood vessels. A diet high in saturated fat, such as fast food, leads to the formation of such plaques in walls of blood vessels. The caliber of blood vessels continue to decrease over time and a time comes when the blood vessels are completely closed. When this happens blood vessels rupture due to the building blood pressure.

If this happens in brain, it is called “brain hemorrhage” or “stroke”. During brain hemorrhage, supply of blood to the brain tissues is completely blocked and brain tissues start to die without oxygen and nutrients. This leads to permanent brain damage and disturbance in behavior and normal body function.

Effects of Fast Food

Effects of Fast Food

Impaired learning.

Studies have proved that diet rich in anti-oxidants, unsaturated fatty acid, proteins and low in saturated fatty acids is best for our brain health. Fast food is extremely lacking in all these essential components of healthy brain diet.

A high level of cholesterol and saturated fats has effects on brain health including negative affect growth and development of brain neurons. The responsiveness of neurons to particular stimulus is decreased extensively. Cognitive and problem solving skills of a person are affected badly. In short fast food decreases the sharpness of mind.

Diabetes and Stroke.

Fast food like, different soda drinks, shake and burgers, are rich in sugar. When body is exposed to an elevated level of sugar, it responds by increasing the level of insulin. But fast food consumption can lead to the development of “tolerance” to normal insulin levels i.e. blood sugar does not profuse into the cells and serum glucose level starts to increase. This elevated level of glucose cause serious complications of heart, kidney and brain. So the effects of fast food  involve increased chances of stroke due to hypertension caused by elevated blood glucose.

Alzheimer’s disease.

Experiments performed on animals proved that those animals that were fed on food resembling fast food , high in cholesterol, saturated fatty acids and sugar, had effects on brain health that resembled a condition called “Alzheimer’s disease”.

Effects of fast food on brain health include development of Alzheimer’s disease like symptoms. The person seem to forget things easily (dementia), learning of the person is impaired, there is no consolidation of memories, communication skills are demented, social behavior becomes abnormal and person is unable to perform normal physical activities.


Effects of fast food on brain health are mainly harmful. So usage of fast food must be avoided. Diet must be rich in fruits, vegetables, cereals, pulses and low fat meat products.

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The Importance of having Good Sleep

Why is good sleep important?

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Having a good sleep can save from diabetes

Adequate and good sleep is the basic pre-requisite of having a healthy body and a mind.  A proper sleep-wake cycle is necessary to maintain a proper level of alertness of brain. A good sleep ensures the growth of both body and mind. It is when consolidation of memories takes place and expenditure of energy is minimized.

While have a good sleep, human brain releases several “growth factors” and “growth hormones”. These growth factors promote the development of our body systems. Sleep helps our brain think clearly.

Drowsiness impairs the learning process. If you don’t have adequate good sleep, your mind can not think out of any problem. All the problem solving, decision taking skills of a person are greatly affected in the absence of  good sleep.

Sleep maximizes the learning potential of our brain and help all the information get stored in storage bins of our brain.

Sleep helps conserve energy. When you enjoy good sleep all the metabolic processes of our body slows down. Expenditure of energy reduces and it helps all the body systems renew their potential. In fact, here are a few tips for you to have a good sleep naturally

Causes of Sleep Deprivation

The basic causes of sleep deprivation include the following:

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One of poor sleep symptom is yawning

  • Insufficient quantity of sleep: The average hours of sleep you need are 7-8 hours for adults and 8-9 hours for teenagers.If you sleep less than these recommended hours then you will experience all the side effects of not having good sleep. You might think that you have adopted to have less sleep but in reality your body is withering due to the excessive side effects of inadequate sleep hours.
  • Poor quality of sleep: The quality of sleep is important too. Human body works according to particular “circadian rhythms”. These rhythms are designed to induce sleep early at night and make you wake up early in the day. But if you ignore your body’s urge of going to bed and stay up late at night and get up late in the morning, all these rhythms are disturbed and start to remain drowsy and lethargic all the times. Similarly, emptying your mind of all tensions and stress is very important to have a good sleep. You must avoid alcohol consumption before going to bed.
  • Abnormal need for sleep: Due to some personal variations, some people need more hours of sleep then the others. It might be due to growing up or some disease. In such cases you must consult a doctor.

Consequences of  sleep deprivation.

The consequences of inadequate sleep are as follows:

  • Not having good sleep increases the chances of several complications like heart failure, heart burn, stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes.
  • Inadequate sleep causes decreased enthusiasm and all the urges including the drive for sex is considerably decreased.
  • The sharpness of mind is lost. Person becomes dull, loss concentration, communications skills are demented, cognitive skills are decreased and learning is seriously impaired.
  •  Lack of good sleep effects brain health and increases stress and anxiety.
  • Sleeplessness increases forgetfulness. Such person easily forgets important tasks and things.
  • The skin tone and freshness of skin is lost. The skin starts to age in the presence of inadequate sleep.
  • The metabolism of body is reduced and dependence on food is increased. It causes obesity and increased chances of stroke and heart attack.
  • Experiments on mice proved that if mice were not allowed to sleep for more than two weeks, they exhausted to death.

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    Effect of sleep deprivation at a glance

How to have good sleep?

Following are the DO’s for having good sleep or insomnia treatment:

  • Consume less caffeine and alcohol.
  • Drink fewer fluids before going to bed.
  • Don’t consume heavy meals at least an hour before going to bed.
  • Avoid cigarette smoking.
  • Exercise regularly.
  • Adopt a healthy, peaceful routine. Fix a go to bed and wake up time.
  • Try relaxing yourself before going to bed. Take hot bath for this purpose.
  • If the condition worsens, consult the doctor and follow the prescribed medication.

If you know how to have better sleep or you have better insomnia treatment, share your thought here at Natural Health Care Reviews.


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