The Prefrontal Cortex of your brain is extremely important because it regulates your behavior, judgment, attention, and emotional responses. If this part of the brain is not taken care of, it can negatively affect the way you live life. Some of the best ways to take care of your brain is to get plenty of sleep, eat a balanced diet, have positive regular social interaction, playing, meditation/prayer, and have a heart of gratitude choosing to look at the good in situations rather than the bad. Other ways to take care of your brain include reading (a real book), learning a language, using your talents and abilities in creative ways, limiting the amount of time you spend in front of a “screen,” and talking with people face to face. The best brain exercise is to try to learn something new each day no matter how small it may be.
The factors that cause the most damage to your Prefrontal Cortex are stress, anxiety, fear, drugs, alcohol, too much Internet use, Video games, Pornography, fighting, negativity in any form, and concussions/physical trauma to the head. Chronic stress is related to inadequate sleep, poor nutrition, and emotional distress. Now that you know, take good care of your brain and your mental health will continue to improve.
It has been suggested by various researchers that 4 out of 5 Americans are obese and addicted to food. There are novel fast food restaurants on practically every street corner with a variety of foods to choose from. Compared to drugs and alcohol that only hook about 10% of users, the binge mechanism reinforces the indulgence and production of dopamine resulting in more food consumption than necessary to survive. This phenomena is also true regarding internet pornography.
Now that you know how the brain responds to negative stimuli such as pornography and fast food, it is important to focus on changing your thoughts, by asking questions of how can I refocus my thinking on positive alternative thoughts and behaviors?
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