No matter what age you are the job of your hormones is the same. To transport chemical messages between body cells. The brain and entire body rely on this complex symphony to be working optimally to keep both in check.Every hormone has a job to do so when levels of one hormone either falls too low or climbs to high (such as when serotonin drops due to a very low carbohydrate intake or climbs too high such as when cortisol increases due to stressful events), the whole system can be thrown off.
Premenopausal, perimenopause and into menopause (can be a long journey ladies - sorry) women may notice having more ‘brain-fog moments’. Difficulty in focusing, finding the right words, losing your mobile (again) or forgetting your train of thought mid-sentence can be very frustrating and many women secretly wonder if these might be signs of dementia. Though it is likely to be an indication that the ‘symphony’ is out of sync and needs some retuning rather than there being a loss of brain cells.
Of course, I couldn’t not mention Nutrition 😊- this is a powerful tool we have to effect change and optimise function. Remembering that we need to be focusing from a holistic view point. Brain-fog and other conditions such as anxiety and depression can happen at any age and can be an indication of low levels of essential nutrients, falling or imbalanced levels of hormones, gut bacteria imbalance, food intolerance, toxic overload to mention a few.
What we eat can either significantly improve or worsen cognitive conditions. Finding the ideal foods and addressing all nutritional deficiencies, dysfunctions and hormone imbalances is certainly a main consideration.
The gut-brain axis is very important for brain health, since a large percentage (about 95%) of serotonin (mood regulator) receptors are found in the lining of the gut. There are many studies examining the potential of probiotics for reducing symptoms in both anxiety and depression. So, clients who come to me with worries about their brain health and who also have symptoms such as IBS, I would recommend a functional test.
In addition to healthy guidelines such as eating a balanced diet, drinking enough water to stay hydrated, and limiting or avoiding alcohol and caffeine, there are many other dietary considerations that can help relieve brain fog. For example, complex carbohydrates are metabolized more slowly and therefore help maintain a more even blood sugar level, which creates a calmer feeling.
It can be that simple as tweaking your diet but often there may be other issues that can compound the situation and so there always needs to be an in-depth investigation into lifestyle, diet and environment.
If you feel any of this resonates with you and you want to make a change, please feel free to contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) to book in for a free discovery call.