Stress has a negative impact on our health. I think by now most people are understanding that. But stress also afects your mind. Here’s why. Under short and long term stressful situations, your body releases adrenaline. The adrenaline takes blood away from your digestive system and brain and increases your heart rate to drive that extra blood (which gives us energy) to the arms, legs and eyes. This is good if you had to fight an attacker, defend yourself from being mauled by a lion, or run away from danger. But for most of us, that’s not our probem.
Since today, our stress is long term. Our body produces fortisol. The cortisol increases heart rate, blood pressure and decreases blood flow to the brain. But Cortisol also inhibits the formation of new connections in our brain. Our stress is from something that affects us every day and that long term period of decreasing blood flow from the brain will over time screw up our neurology. the lack of connections forming will also cause severe neurological consequences. It can lead to headaches, insomnia, psychoneurosis. IQ points lower when were under stress as well. It’s not a surprise.
So if you want to make a big impact on your brain health, try to find ways to lower your stress.
Have a healthy week,
Dr. Emil Tompkins