Wellness

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)

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