Brain fog. It feels like early onset aging doesn’t it?
Words just aren’t coming to you as quickly and where the heck are those keys of yours?
As we begin to make that sacred [and I do mean sacred!] journey into menopause, brain fog often accompanies estrogen taking a dip and a dive while progesterone makes a steady decline
Because we have a lot of estrogen receptors in the part of our brain that deals with planning and complex thinking, if estrogen is not around to bind to receptors, we feel foggy when we used to feel sharp.
Other factors that affect brain fog are sleep, hydration and blood sugar.
So if these are out of whack, you’ll only have worse symptoms.
First, recognize if this is you. Don’t you dare normalize it or let age be your adorable [or not so adorable] scapegoat.
Then consider implementing a few of these easily accessible tactics to give the brain a boost
- weave phytoestrogens into your daily menu [phytoestrogens come from food and have an adaptogenic impact on your estrogen levels]: flaxseeds, tempeh, sesame seeds, beans and lentils
- make sure anti-inflammatory fats are a part of each and every single plate- focusing on avocados, olive oil, hemp seeds [or hemp seed oil], and cold water fish
- consider weaving in the adaptogenic root maca: maca is used traditionally in the Peruvian mountains, and is now used by many herbalists around the world, to promote mental acuity, physical vitality, endurance, and stamina. Maca can help to reduce anxiety and depression and is rich in essential amino acids, iodine, iron, and magnesium, as well as health-promoting plant sterols that may possess a wide range of activities that support adrenal and hormone function associated with brain fog. Bonus: it’s known to boost libido, too! Just be sure to buy gelatinized maca not raw maca for ease of digestion and thyroid protection.
- And last but not least: work with your functional practitioner you trust to evaluate your levels of estrogen while working on sleep, stress, hydration and blood sugar.
You deeply deserve someone who understands sex hormones and their impact on your brain!
It just so happens that I’m about to start this journey with a group of gorgeous women around the country. I just opened up registration for The Table [my online membership] and this quarter is dedicated to hormone balance.
Guiding women toward a place of hormone balance is what I’ve dedicated my heart, soul and practice to.
We will spend the next 3 months exploring how to optimize estrogen levels to clear up that brain fog but also to strike hormone balance across the board- unlocking your sanity.