REPORT: Neuroscientist shares 3 habits to ‘keep your brain young’

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The robust human brain is what sets us apart from all of life on Earth — so you’d be wise to protect it.

A neuroscientist has revealed the habits to avoid to keep your brain operating at its best for as long as possible. Self-styled “mindset” coach Emily McDonald, who holds advanced degrees in neuroscience, shared her tips in a recent video posted to TikTok, now with nearly 4 million views.

The 24-year-old consultant from Phoenix, Arizona, outlined three tips she lives by “in order to protect my brain,” she posed to her 186,000 followers — who may find it difficult to abide by her first guideline: stop doom-scrolling in the morning.

The brain undergoes a transition from “theta to alpha” brainwaves in the morning, meaning “our subconscious mind is in a more programmable state,” McDonald said.

“[I]t messes up our dopamine for the rest of the day, so that we continue to check our phone,” she said. “It creates a craving to keep you wanting to pick up your phone.”

A morning scroll through social media may also affect our mood throughout the day.

“Lots of people are reading stressful things — prompting you to be stressed. What you put into your mind is super crucial.”

“Try to not look at your phone for at least 20 to 30 minutes after waking up,” McDonald suggested.

For similar reasons, she recommends turning off TVs, laptops and phones within an hour of bed.

McDonald’s next suggestion is to avoid processed foods as they have been linked to brain fog and forgetfulness.

“The gut-brain connection is very real,” she said.

McDonald suggests a diet high in “good” fats, whole grains and fresh produce.

Her last suggestion is positive affirmation.

“What you tell yourself changes how you view the world,” McDonald said. “If you say ‘today is going to be a great day’ it tells your brain to look for things that are great.”

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