brain fog is an important topic to consider. Why?
Well, do you feel like you’re losing your mind? Are you afraid you might be getting Alzheimer’s? Have you already forgotten why you started reading this article?
If you’re a woman in her late 30s to early 50s, your experience may be normal. But maybe the word “normal” doesn’t feel quite right to you. Up until now, there’s been nothing normal about forgetting where the keys are (all the time), missing meetings (even when you’ve written them down), and staring at a sentence in your 2nd grader’s homework for 5 minutes (with no idea what it says).
So, let’s throw out the word “normal,” and let’s say – there’s an explanation. The explanation has to do within – you guessed it – !
is the Moment Before Menopause
Our society calls a woman’s transition from childbearing to wise woman “transition into is called .“. The fact is that that isn’t quite right. The
occurs from the time your sex hormones start getting out of whack to the time that you’re no longer producing any . When your body no longer produces , you no longer ovulate, which means that you can no longer conceive. Until then, you’re officially in . If you haven’t had your period for a year, you are officially in .
– a Hormone Roller Coaster
brain fog happens because those out-of-whack years are a roller-coaster ride for most women. One day your estrogen levels could be normal, your low, and your follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) high. The next day your could plummet while your goes bonkers, and your FSH doesn’t know what to do.
And let’s not even get into elevated levels of cortisol (the stress hormone). When your sex hormones are fluctuating all over the place, your body says, “Oh no! What’s wrong? I better send out some cortisol.” Then your stress levels spike – as if they weren’t high enough already.
Why are you stressed? Because you’re dealing with the symptoms of, hot flashes, night sweats, and the dreaded brain fog. That’s right. Perimenopausal brain fog. Let’s look at it a bit more.
It turns out that hormones we typically think of as sex or reproductive hormones (, , , FSH, and ) are responsible for various processes in the body, including cognition.
A study from the 60% of middle-aged women report difficulty concentrating and other cognitive issues. Researchers found that participants in the study noticed changes in memory. They also noticed that brain fog might be connected with other like sleep issues and vascular symptoms such as hot flashes.Journal states that
A 2012 study found that women in can experience noticeable issues with cognition. Particularly if you’re in the final stretch – the first year of your last menstrual period. Women in this part of the transition scored the lowest on:
- verbal learning
- motor function
- working memory tasks
How long will the brain fog last? There’s no telling. But it’s normal and it should get better with time.symptoms can last from 1-13 years.
Brain Fog or Alzheimer’s?
Perimenopausal brain fog caused bywill get better over time. However, Alzheimer’s and dementia are progressive diseases, which means they will worsen over time.
Some of the symptoms of Alzheimer’s include:
- repeating questions or statements over and over
- getting lost, even in familiar places
- trouble finding the right words to identify different objects
- difficulty making decisions
- changes in mood, personality, or behavior
- difficulty performing daily tasks
Sound a little like what you’re going through right now? Let us repeat (we know you’re struggling to concentrate!): You do not have dementia or Alzheimer’s unless your memory and cognitive abilities worsen over time.
If you’re still concerned, contact us for an appointment to discuss your symptoms. Otherwise, read on to find out how to help minimize your distress.
8 Tips Towards Clearing
There are some things you can do at home to clear out thebrain fog that’s settled so thickly in your brain.
Your brain loves perimenopause diet. You may want to consider adding a high-quality supplement like Nava’s Super Omega.Fatty Acids. Foods rich in include fatty cold-water fish, blackberries, apples, sweet potatoes, parsnips, brown rice, and buckwheat are featured in a
2 Gut food
Have you ever heard the term your gut is your second brain? You can support your brain fog by giving your gut/ . How? Milk kefir, fermented foods, garlic, white onions, apple cider vinegar, supplements. Consider adding Nava’s Daily Probiotic to your supplement regimen to support your gut microbial balance.
3 Water your brain
Your brain hates to be dehydrated. So drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water a day and avoid alcohol. Consider adding Nava’s electrolyte powders to boost your hydration status.
4 Boost your B Vitamins
Vitamin B6, Vitamin B12, Folic Acid, and Choline are essential to healthy brain function.
5 Exercise your body
Aerobic exercise increases brain volume and– exercise for 30 minutes 5 times per week.
6 Exercise your brain
Learn a new language, knit, do puzzles, use your non-dominant hand to color or write for a few minutes each day, read a book outside of your regular reading list. Try new things. Play brain games. This may be frustrating at first because you aren’t as good at these things as you used to be, but keep at it.
Increase your ability to handle life’s little stresses and find ways to decrease or eliminate the big ones. Do something that allows your brain to rest, like yoga Nidra, mindfulness, or meditation.
Missing a few hours of good deep sleep can be a recipe for disaster. When you sleep, your brain renews itself. Do your best to tweak your sleep routine so that you get as much sleep as you can. The goal is 6-9 hours.
Find Relief fromwith Nava
Are cognitive issues and othernegatively impacting your daily life? Stop the suffering. At Nava, we have developed a strategy that can help address these conditions by restoring that have become imbalanced or depleted. Our is unique because it’s not limited to . It also provides Recharge therapy and Balance programs.
Get your brain back and recapture the balance and energy of youth! Contact us for an appointment today!