Mind Renovation – Day 16 – Wasted Brain Cells

One of my favorite responses has become, “I’m not going to waste brain cells on that.”

I grew up with the famous anti-drug “Just Say No” slogan championed by Nancy Reagan. Remember the commercial featuring a frying egg in a sizzling skillet with a voice saying, “This is your brain…this is your brain on drugs…any questions?” I remember vowing to protect my brain cells from impending frying pans!  I was armed and ready to avoid sniffing paint and cocaine, but there’s another brain cell killer that threatens us everyday. Stress.

Stress creates free radicals that kill brain cells.Cortisol creates a surplus of the neurotransmitter glutamate. (11) Glutamate creates free radicals — unattached oxygen molecules — that attack brain cells much in the same way that oxygen attacks metal, causing it to rust. (12) – bebrainfit.com Stress makes your brain rust! 

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