Everyone enjoys an ice cream or a cookie once in a while. And once in a while, with the right emotional state, it really will not affect your system much. It is when “once in a while” because a regular habit that issues begin.

Within 10 minutes, sugars and trans fats impair the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory. Junk food suppresses BDNF, a substance crucial for brain function, while also triggering a rush of chemicals that cause inflammation, damage cells and disrupt neuron connectivity.

If you are having some treats, include cinnamon or green tea, followed by a good 30 minute (brisk) walk. Most of the negative effects will be neutralized. These simple actions can make a major difference as it relates to weight loss and overall wellness.