Stress Kills Off Brain Cells

An article published in Scientific American reports on a new animal study that shows that a single, socially stressful situation can destroy newly created neurons in the hippocampus, the brain region involved in memory and emotion.

Although most of the brain stops growing by adulthood, new nerve cells are continually generated in the hippocampus, where they are essential for learning. Scientists have long known that chronic stress can inhibit this neurogenesis (new nerve cell growth) and lead to anxiety and depression.

Overexposure to stress hormones, especially cortisol, causes memory impairment as well as long-term brain damage which can lead to dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease.


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Chronic stress causes too much cortisol to be produced and the end result is that the brain shrinks and many brain nerve cell connections breakdown and malfunction.

You have the ability to change your habits and put into place life changing stress management tools and strategies that allow your body to self-repair.

If you feel you are at risk, there’s good news that it’s easy to shift the body into the opposite of the stress response into the calm. Once you make this shift your cortisol levels drop and your body’s self-repair mechanisms get back to work doing what they do best – healing you.

If you click on this link it will take you to a blog I have previously published that guides you through 10 Fun Ways To Reduce Cortisol Levels.

Would you like to learn how to protect your brain as well as significantly improve the quality of life?

Would you like to learn how to control stress instead of allowing it to control you and your day?

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