Do you want to maximize your brainpower? Some of the best ways involve being proactive by doing tasks such as eating right, exercising regularly, doing brain teasers, taking breaks, and so on. However, besides knowing what to do, you should also know what prevents brains from reaching their full potential. Here are some of the biggest factors:

1. Sugar

Sugar isn’t too unhealthy if you choose raw/cane sugar that hasn’t been processed like white/refined sugar. The problem is that the white refined sugar is the kind that’s added to tons of foods sold in today’s supermarkets.

Not only that but eating big amounts of sugar can prevent protein and nutrients from combing effectively. That can ironically result in low blood sugar levels. That, in turn, prevents the brain from getting all the nutrients it needs.

The solution is to substitute healthier options when you can or reduce how much sugar you add to foods.


2. Skip breakfast

Today more people than ever are skipping breakfast. The problem is that it doesn’t provide your body with the “fuel” it needs for the day. That includes for both the body and brain.

The term “breakfast” refers to the morning meal being a way to “break” the “fast” from the previous day’s dinner. So in a sense when you wake up your body is already running on empty. If you skip breakfast, you’re not providing your body/brain with the nutrients they need. That can result in various results such as moodiness.

An X-factor is that breakfast shouldn’t just be about eating any old food. It should be food that provides energy and nutrients. Some good examples include eggs, whole wheat bread/pancakes, eggs, fresh juice, coffee, whole grain cereal, and so on.

Such food will help to give your brain the energy boost it needs. In fact, studies show that people who eat breakfast usually have more energy throughout the day than people who don’t.


3. Not enough sunlight

This might be surprising. However, studies have shown that UV light can help to regulate blood circulation which is important. Sunlight is also related to a hormone linked to mood.


4. Sleep deprivation

Much of the world isn’t getting enough sleep. Studies show that about one-third of American adults are getting fewer than 6 hours of sleep per night.

Sleep deprivation is about more than not getting enough shut-eye. That prevents your brain from effectively processing data when you sleep. It also can have negative effects on your mood, which can cause you to be edgy during the day.

There’s no exact amount of sleep you should be getting, but sleep experts usually recommend 6-8 hours for adults.


5. Stress

When you’re under a lot of pressure from worry and stress, it can have a negative effect on your psyche. Some of the results include bad memory, negative thoughts, and nervous feelings. These results can also have a negative effect on your thoughts and activities.

The best solution is to try to be as positive as possible. That’s even true during tough times when it’s more important than ever to keep an optimistic view of everything.