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Day 8 Shocking! Stress Can Seriously Change Your Brain, Science Says
Have you already tried the science-backed tips to control the stress hormones in your body? I know, the beginning is always difficult….But DO IT TODAY if you still haven’t done it!
Let me get you some mind-blowing facts to enlighten you a bit today – Stress can affect how your brain is wired!
Stress makes your brain smaller
Are having trouble concentrating and learning new ideas? Do you toss and turn at night? Science says that it isn’t your fault. These are side effects of feeling too much stress. Who doesn’t feel over stressed these days? It may be the standard, but it isn’t normal. Too much stress can literally shrink the size the of the brain1, and reduce your ability to perform simple tasks.
Stress stops your brain cells from regrowing
Stress isn’t all bad. In fact, it’s quite helpful when you’re feeling the right amount of it. Stress is what pushes you through during a marathon and gives you the energy to finish it. Stress is what gives you the ability to pull a magical speech off in front of a big crowd when you were positive you didn’t remember all your lines.2
However, so many of us are overworked at work and home, and never have a chance to destress. This is when it becomes a problem. Whether you’re in a car crash or at work, the body responds the same when the brain thinks there is a threat. So our brains have cortisol pumping through them almost daily, which is not how nature intended it.
When we’re too stressed, too much cortisol would be present that creates quite a few issues:
- Dampens your immune system.
- Raises cholesterol and blood pressure, increasing your chance for a heart attack.
- Hinders the hippocampus from making new brain cells. This part of your brain helps memory, and too much cortisol has been shown to lead to Alzheimers.
- An excess of cortisol in the blood is related to chronic depression.
Brain scans of a cognitively healthy person and a person with Alzheimers from Dementia Lab.
These brain scans show the hippocampus of two people. The smaller the hippocampus, the worse your memory is. The hippocampus deteriorates naturally with age – leading to Alzheimers, but too much cortisol hinders its ability to rejuvenate brain cells. This speeds up the process of deterioration. You can see the far higher amount of “blank space”, which is a where the brain has deteriorated.
Remember: Stress has become tricky; it is absolutely necessary for human survival, yet too much of it can kill you.
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