10 Deadly Sins to the Brain

by Vickie Johnston, Owner and Founder, H2O Health

Recently I, as well as several members of my family, had a brain scan. I was amazed when I saw my brain scan and how it had changed over time. I wanted to find out what was going on with my brain.

Think of your brain as a master command center or a computer hard drive. I truly believe that everything starts and ends with the brain, including our health.

As we go through life, we add software or programs. Clearly, we are not born with all the thoughts that we have now as adults. Our thoughts and beliefs have come from experiences in our life, good and bad.

Everything we think and experience creates a chemical reaction in the brain, and those chemicals then feed our body systems, giving instructions on what to do next. This is where everything changes in our body.

Think of your brain as being like your computer. Once you turn it on, the rest is up to you. What is stored in our brain determines the output. As our command center, the brain is more powerful than we give it credit for.

I’ve listed some of the things that have a negative impact not only on the programming of our brain but even the shape of our brain.

  • Alcohol 
  • All drugs/legal and illegal 
  • Excess caffeine
  • Trauma
  • Negative thoughts
  • Stress
  • Loneliness/isolation 
  • Lack of sleep 
  • Sugar
  • Toxins/chemicals

The key to success with our health is getting good information so you can make good decisions when it comes to your overall health. I encourage you to think about your brain. Science has only scratched the surface in understanding the power of our brain. I love these quotes about our brain.

“Education is not the learning of the facts but the training of the mind to think.” —Albert Einstein

“Genius might be the ability to say a profound thing in a simple way.” —Charles Bukowski

“Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but to see quickly how to make them good.” — Bertolt Brecht