8 Habits that harm your brain

It’s funny that “the one organ in our brain that thinks is often the one we think less about”. The brain is the most important organ in our body and it’s time we pay more attention to its health and welfare.

Jumia Travel, the leading online travel agency, shares 8 habits that harm your brain.

1. Not Sleeping Well

Lack of proper sleep is a bad habit that can significantly hurt your brain. It negatively affects the hippocampus causing a deficit that leads to forgetfulness.

2. Having Too Much Time to Yourself

Alone time can be great for thinking, reflection and mapping out your dreams and goals. However, when the solitude is too much it can damage the mind and body. It can typically cause brain decline, affect the quality and efficiency of sleep making it less restorative, erode arteries, create high blood pressure, undermine learning and memory and generally take a toll on health; although, most of these effects are gradual and experienced over the course of time.

3. Eating Too Much Junk Food

Regardless of the fact that you are the kind of person that can eat whatever you like and remain in shape, it is important not be excessive in your intake of junk foods. This is because parts of brain linked to learning, memory and mental health are smaller and less developed in people who excessively consume junk foods. Natural foods like berries, whole grains, nuts, green leafy vegetables preserve the brain function and slow mental decline.

4. You Play Loud Music with Earphones or Headphones

Placing the volume of your earphone or headphone at full volume can permanently damage your hearing. It can also cause brain problems involving loss of memory or inability to remember things easily, and loss of brain tissue in your later years. This is most likely because the brain has to work so hard to understand what’s being said around you that it can hardly store what you’ve heard into your memory.

5. Immobility

The body was made to move and the longer you remain unmoving and inactive the more likely you are to suffer from diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, dementia and high blood pressure which can all negatively affect the brain in the long run. You don’t have to start high intensity workouts or start running marathons, just take a walk around your house more often or engage in an activity that gets you moving.

6. Smoking

At this point, it has already been established that smoking is bad for your body. Aside causing lung problems, smoking also shrinks the brain. It makes your memory worse, makes you more forgetful and leads to problems like heart disease, dementia, diabetes, stroke, high blood pressure, lung cancer etc.

7. Overeating

We are familiar with the saying, “too much of anything is bad”. Too much food, even of the right and healthy kind of food, can hinder the brain from building up a strong network of connections to help you think and remember. Overeating can also lead to obesity which is linked to a number of brain problems like food addiction, impulsive and disinhibited eating and in some cases cognitive problems.

8. Staying Indoor or In the Dark for Prolonged Periods

For the optimum health of the brain, it is important you expose yourself to natural light as often as you can. This helps to prevent depression and keep your brain working well. Staying in the dark or without natural light for prolonged periods, can slow your brain and cause a decline in the brain.

5 Interesting Reasons Why Suya Is Prepared In The Evening

Suya is a Northern Nigerian delight that has become a delicacy that is consumed all over the country. It knows no ethnicity, no religion and no tribe.

This said, one thing you may have observed is that this street food is usually prepared in the evening. Why not in the morning or afternoon?

Well, whoever, decided to kick off the preparation of suya in the evening must be a genius because the marketing strategy is working. You find Nigerians buying suya at this time.

Accordingly, Jumia Travel shares 5 reasons why Suya is prepared in the evening.

1. It more attractive in the evening

When you returning from in the evening and you see the mallam or Aboki the fire of the suya blazing in the very busy or hectic evening. There is no way you will not be attracted or tempted to buy. Even when you didn’t plan to buy, you will.

2. It is when Nigerians hang out and relax

It is in the evening that most Nigerians hang out and relax. That is when they are close from work. Some don’t go home straight away. They hang out at your favourite hotel bar in Lagos with friends, and if there is a suya spot around, they buy. If you setup in the afternoon, very few people will patronise you. You will be forced to move your suya business to the evening.

3. It is very tasty at that time

suya is very tasty normally. But there is no way you can compare afternoon suya with evening suya, they are not mates. The warm evening weather, the stress of work and traffic all combine to make you savour the taste of suya. It is very yummier!!!

4. The Aboki has other businesses he runs during the day

The Aboki or mallam preparing the suya has other businesses he runs during the day. He doesn’t survive on making suya alone. Some of the things he may likely be doing during the day include shoemaking, tailoring and barbing among others.

5. It is just weird or unusual to see morning or afternoon Suya

It is just weird and unusual for you to see suya being prepared in the morning or afternoon. You are already used to it in the evenings. Don’t be surprised if some Nigerians think that you are doing something fishy by preparing suya during the day. They will not even close near such a suya.

5 Ways To Improve Your Search Rankings Via Social Media

There are various ways to improve your search rankings like optimising your content for Google. However, a way that is ignored or scarcely exploited to increase search rankings is social media. In fact, some people don’t know that social media can serve this purpose.

Not to worry, Jumia Travel gathers how you can use twitter or Facebook to improve the search rankings of your website.

1. Reduce word count

The word count for different social media platforms varies. For Facebook, you have the leeway to write as much as you want while for twitter it is 140 characters. But know that the lesser the characters, the more likely it will attract readers thus improving your search rankings.

2. Give your followers a reason to read your content

The post you share on social media must be very interesting to make your friends or followers click and read. Preferably, you should distribute posts that offer solutions to problems.

3. Enhance profiles for keyword searches

Don’t ignore your profile if you want to increase your website ranking via social media. You should search for keywords relating to the content of your website and include them in all your social media profiles. Also, use these keywords, when captioning your pictures especially on photo sharing website.

4. Use keywords to drive content

In order to increase visibility on search engines through your social media accounts (twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube), you should create content for particular keywords. If you run a tech website, you can search for keywords related to technology and development content that features that keyword.

5. Tell your audience what you want them to do

Sometimes you have to tell your target audience what you want them to do. This is why you should use words or phrases such as See, retweet, kindly follow back or like, and check out. This will engage your followers who in turn check out what you are sharing.



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