Stress, Memory, and Nootropics: A Mom’s Guide to Staying Sharp

April 10, 2024

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Anyone else feel like life is running at warp speed?! It seems to come with the territory of being a parent. Mom-brain is real! I can tell you I’m still feeling it in this glorious phase of navigating the college years with my kids. But here’s the problem – it’s not just about the occasional frazzled moment; it’s about what stress does to your brain, particularly your memory.

STRESS AND MEMORY

Take it from a mom who’s seen her fair share of chaos and is still standing (well, mostly standing…), cortisol is no joke. Cortisol is the stress hormone that has a hotline straight to our brain’s control center. High levels of cortisol, especially over extended periods, can wreak havoc on our hippocampus – the brain region responsible for memory formation and retrieval. Stress can literally shrink your hippocampus. 🤯

Now, before you start picturing your memory shrinking like a raisin in the sun, it’s not all downhill from here. Sure, with the increases in stress as we age, there are changes in memory and cognitive function, but it’s not a one-way street to Forgetful-ville. The key is getting a good handle on your stress. 

People with elevated stress levels are more likely to experience a decline in cognitive function. Not only does it mess with your memory and cognitive function, but it also throws a party with anxiety and depression, making it even harder to keep your thoughts organized and your problem-solving skills on point. It’s like trying to navigate a maze blindfolded while juggling flaming torches – not exactly a recipe for success.

WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?

By prioritizing exercise (a brisk walk is my favorite!!), nourishing your body with a healthy diet (do you need my nutrition freebie?) , and giving your brain regular workouts, you can support your cognitive health and keep your mind sharp for years to come.

While you might think that grabbing that diet soda on the run or clutching that morning coffee will help you power through, Nootropics are where it’s at. Also known as ‘cognitive enhancers,’ nootropics are supplements that have a positive impact on mental focus, creativity and resilience.

I never miss a day with my stress-less supplement protocol.  ​It’s not some magical elixir brewed under a full moon (though that would be pretty cool) that will solve your problems for you. It’s a combination of nature’s finest ingredients aimed at giving your brain the focus and clarity it needs to manage the stress better, so you show up better. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Strain Specific Probiotics: Supports Mental Wellbeing and overall Resilience.
  • Mango Leaf: Supports Mental Flow.
  • Lychee Fruit: Supports Body & Mind Endurance.
  • Palm Fruit: Supports Enhanced Neuron Regeneration.

These ingredients pack a powerful punch when it comes to combating the effects of stress on your brain. Ask my kids! They have witnessed the positive difference in how I show up since I started on this supplement protocol. Our home vibe is so much more relaxed and fun, and I am thankful for this stress-less solution

Think of it as your secret weapon in the battle for memory, cognitive function supremacy and stress resilience. Here’s to keeping our memories sharp and our sanity intact – one sip at a time. Cheers!

I'm Dana Lewis

Hi there!

When my fit husband died at forty from a cancerous tumor with little to no symptoms, it left stress to blame and lots of questions to be answered. As I began searching for answers, I learned about the microbiome and the power of this second brain. Ten years later, I am honored to be able to take what began as my pain and share it with you.