Avoid fast food & tongue piercings for healthy brain, BHP doctors warn

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Hospital Director Dr. Seeharach Lohachitranont opens the workshop where local physicians lectured on both patient care and prevention.
Hospital Director Dr. Seeharach Lohachitranont opens the workshop where local physicians lectured on both patient care and prevention.

From eating healthy to avoiding tongue piercings, about 100 area doctors and nurses learned ways patients can avoid neurological disorders at a Bangkok Hospital Pattaya seminar.

Hospital Director Dr. Seeharach Lohachitranont opened the Nov. 22 workshop where local physicians lectured on both patient care and prevention.

Neurologist Dr. Piyanat Wongwan said patients themselves are the first important player in care for the brain, both avoiding risky behavior and self-checking sensory organs, such as the eyes, for problems.

Prevention begins with the diet, he said. People should avoid food with high fat content, such as fast foods, and concentrate on food that nourishes the brain, such as vegetables, fruit, fish oil and fish meat. They also should drink three-to-five liters of water a day, as dehydration affects the brain.

Of course, Piyanat said, alcohol and drugs should be avoided and everyone should get regular exercise. But it’s also important that people build downtime into their lives so they relax and relieve stress.

He said other actions that can lead to brain damage and dementia include eye strain, picking the inner ear and piercing the tongue.