Brain Games Facts: Addiction

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Addiction

•    Approximately 98% of Americans consume double the amount of sodium than is needed to maintain a healthy diet. Herbs, spices, lemon juice, and vinegar are often used as substitutes for seasoning bland dishes and can help decrease a person’s addiction to salt.

•    Casinos have adapted slot machines to work with credit cards instead of coins, and are replacing slot machine handles with electronic buttons in order to create a distraction-free atmosphere and speed up time between games.

•    According to research, the trick to eliminating earworms from your brain is to solve challenging anagram puzzles, which re-focuses your short-term memory on more controlled thoughts.

•    A study conducted by researchers at the University of Chicago found that using media and social networking sites were more difficult for participants to resist than cigarettes and alcohol.

•    Practicing seatbelt use in vehicles at an early age has been found to be a primary prevention technique that might help counteract unhealthy addictions later in life, such as indoor tanning, smoking, and recreational drug use.

•    Studies indicate that pagophagia, or the craving and chewing of ice, is strongly linked to iron-deficiency anemia and is commonly seen in children and pregnant women.

•    Scientists have found that cotton candy, while known for its desirable sugar content, contains fibers that may be useful in the study of tissue engineering and reconstruction in the human body.

•    Research suggests that physical exercise can decrease cravings for high-calorie food in the appetite and reward processing centers of your brain.

•    People may become addicted to the physical intensity of eating spicy foods due to the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers, in response to the burning sensation caused by the trigeminal nerve system in your face.

•    Researchers at Stanford University have discovered that approximately 6% of women and 5.5% of men are compulsive shoppers, a condition that typically begins in the late teens to early 20’s.
 

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