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Branwen Jones

The one thing you should never do in the morning, according to a neuroscientist

A TikTok star and neuroscientist has revealed the three things she avoids in order to maintain a healthy brain. Emily McDonald from Arizona has over 160k followers and 1.5m likes on the popular social media platform.

The neuroscientist, consultant and mindset coach uses the platform to share her tips and tricks on ways to relieve anxiety, improve your memory as well as increase your energy and focus. In one of her most recent videos, Ms McDonald shared the three things she avoids in order to protect her brain and keep it healthy.

Her advice included abstaining from using her phone as well as not eating highly processed foods. In the video, she said: "Three things I will not do as a neuroscientist in order to protect my brain.

Read more: The most ultra processed foods experts say you should cut from your diet now

"Number one is go on my phone when I wake up in the morning. Whenever you wake up in the morning, your brain waves transition from theta to alpha. This means that your subconscious mind is in a more programmable state. The content that you consume during this time will have a greater impact on your mindset.

"And messes up our dopamine for the rest of the day so that we continue to check our phones. Number two is negative self-talk. What you say to yourself matters, and the more you put that into your brain, the more it gets wired in.

"And what's wired in is what we manifest. And number three is eat highly processed foods. There's plenty of science now to support that what you eat impacts your brain, but especially highly processed foods lead to brain aging, and we don't want that."

The video has gone viral on TikTok and has garnered over 260k views. Many TikTokers have also responded to the video, with one user saying: "Literally about to go to sleep and glad I saw this. No phone in the morning".

Another TikToker said: "Checking on phone when waking up is so depressing and stressful for the brain and eyes." While another one said: "Did not know this! Love the knowledge!"


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