Many factors may contribute to memory loss as we age, but researchers continue to make news by understanding the harm and impact of cortisol, a stress hormone.
It’s critical to our “fight or flight” survival but damaging to the brain, with chronic exposure resulting from relentless and acute stress.
The following interventions reduce cortisol: reducing caffeine; drinking water to stay hydrated; reducing processed foods, white bread, candy, cakes, and non-whole-wheat pasta; drinking black tea; and eating more fish.
Even meditation has been shown to reduce cortisol.
Source: UTEAP FrontLine Employee (July 2014)