It’s very common to hear women who are going through the menopause complain about ‘brain fog’. This is because their brain feels cluttered and they may be having problems remembering things, thinking clearly and concentrating.
Why does the Menopause cause Brain Fog?
Research has shown that when oestrogen levels start to dip, the brain must learn how to function without it and it takes some time for it to adapt. It can impact on performance and memory. But brain fog in the menopause is often combined with lots of other symptoms that can exacerbate the situation; mood swings and a lack of sleep, joint pain and headaches can all contribute to a general feeling of lethargy and memory issues.
For most women however, brain fog is a short-lived symptom of the menopause and many find that they return to the learning levels they were at before menopause, with some finding that their memory even gets better after they have been through it.
What can help with Brain Fog in the Menopause?
There are lots of things to try that can help you to see through the clutter and think clearly again. From taking some exercise to adopting a calmer routine, or trying a vitamin supplement, it’s just a case of finding what works best for you.
Here are some popular remedies:
- Leafy greens and vegetables are rich in mineral salts and replacing mineral salts feeds electrical impulse activity that supports optimal brain function.
- Reduce alcohol intake: Alcohol causes the body to become dehydrated as well as making it more difficult to concentrate and remember things.
- Try a stress-busting activity: Too much stress is bad for your brain, but activities such as meditation and yoga can really help you to unwind.
- Stay active: Exercise is proven to help to improve mental performance as it releases feel-good hormones and improves circulation.
- Stay hydrated. Drinking lots of good quality water can alleviate brain fog.
- Have a nap: Sleep may not come easily during the menopause but if you do feel tired, a quick nap in the day might help.
- Exercise your mind: Crossword puzzles and games like Sudoku are great, or if you’re up for an extra challenge, why not take up a new skill or language?
- Try a herbal supplement: Gingko and guarana have been proven to help aid concentration and brain function.
If you find yourself panicking about feeling foggy brain, or if it’s really starting to make you miserable, the best thing to do is book an appointment with your GP who can put your mind at rest as well as recommend other therapies and medications.
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