Manage stress to protect your memory

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)

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.