Today’s Western lifestyle is toxic for our brains.
The continual stress of rushing around, meeting deadlines, feeling guilty about not spending enough time with the family and poor sleep habits elevate levels of a hormone called cortisol in our bodies. While this hormone can actively destroy our memory faculties, some surprising research has shed light on a simple way to correct this decay. And it’s not what you might expect.
Research has shown us that chronically elevated this “stress” hormone called cortisol actually destroys brain matter, particularly an area of the brain called the hippocampus.
This area is responsible for memory retention, in particular converting short term memories into longer ones. Something we all value deeply as it is involved in our learning and productivity.
We also know that with age comes a gradual decline in the size of the hippocampus, around about 1-2% per year after the age of 60.
But all is not lost!
Recent research has shown that exercising for 40 minutes, for just 3 days per week not only stopped the rotting of our hippocampus over a 1 year period, it actually grew by 2%!
Given that those in the study who did not perform aerobic exercise lost 1.4% over this period, the authors concluded that it was equivalent to adding almost 2 years to someone’s “brain life”.
Further to this, those people who exercised during this study also performed much better in memory tests.
So it’s simple, if you’re studying or wanting your brain to function at it’s peak performance, you need to get those bodies moving!!!
If you would like to hear more about this topic, and live near Adelaide, South Australia, please visit our rewire-your-brain events page for an upcoming seminar.