3. Alcohol in Excess
In moderation, alcohol is all right, but in excess it could become chronic or excessive drinking. This much alcohol can shrink your brain, causing disruption and metabolic changes of your nerve’s transmitters. A study published in The Lancet in February 2018 found that 57% of cases had early onset of dementia related to chronic heavy drinking.
2. Artificial Sweeteners, Especially Aspartame
There are many kinds of artificial sweeteners, but the most common is aspartame, which is 200 times sweeter than regular sugar. It has been used for many years in prepared foods and beverages since it has zero calories. That is why so many no-calorie drinks and sweeteners like Diet Coke, Zero Coke, Equal, and Nutrasweet have become so popular.
There are some genetic issues with some of the amino acids involved with aspartame, but more commonly people use this no-calorie sweetener as an excuse to overuse it. This causes more obesity, metabolic disease, and diabetes because the body still recognizes it as sugar.
1. Foods with Additives or Toxins
Many conventional fruits and vegetables are coated with toxic agricultural chemicals, and people who have higher levels of these pesticides in their blood have a higher risk of brain and nervous system problems. It also increases the risk of Alzheimer’s. It is best to use organic, or at least avoid the fruits and veggies on the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list.Related: 11 Masked Symptoms of a Brain Tumor You Cannot Ignore