Premature aging of the brain is a term often used to describe memory loss, especially if that memory loss is occurring much earlier than your age should indicate. With all of the advances in brain research, it’s becoming standard to think any significant memory loss before the age of 70 is premature.
There are a few things you can do to prevent or slow down brain aging. Stress causes major disruptions in brain function due to increased inflammation and changing brain coherence or communication. When you’re stuck in the stress response, your brain’s energy resides more in the area of survival as opposed to the area associated with clarity and creativity. This deteriorates the hippocampus, the center for memory retention and recall.
Regular consumption of adaptogenic herbs may be the best approach to creating brain coherence. Adaptogens feed the glands in the brain that regulate the stress response, allowing the energy to move up to the frontal lobe where creativity, clarity and fun reside.
Next you have to pay attention to feeding your brain. The brain requires nutrients to function and most diets provide little of the basics needed to survive let alone thrive. High quality protein, choline and B vitamins are essential to keeping the brain in optimal condition. A brain that’s starving is slow and in the cycle of inflammation and deterioration. If you feel that life is passing you by and you just can’t keep up, it might be a problem with brain starvation as opposed to memory loss.
When we formulated TianChi years ago, memory issues were just starting to grab the headlines. Relieving stress alone wasn’t enough; a starving brain leads to poor choices and an unhappy life. This is why most people start taking TianChi for stress but continue it because they feel happier and more content; exactly what a healthy brain feels like.