Brain Fog & Focus

Increased Brain Fog in your 40’s and Beyond: What is the solution? 

July 24, 2022

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I'm a functional medicine practitioner & hormone expert working primarily with women in their 40's and 50's to create lasting health.
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Do you feel like you can’t think as clearly as you used to? 

You may find yourself forgetting things more often. If so, you’re not alone. Women in their 40s and above experience the symptoms of brain fog. They also noticed that these symptoms are increasing.  

But don’t worry. There are things you can do to help improve your cognitive clarity. There are causes of brain fog in women in their 40s and beyond. You will discover some ways to combat brain fog and know ways to boost your memory and concentration. Read on!

In this blog, I love sharing with you so I can help you start to understand why your hormones might be able to balance as you enter your forties and beyond and what you can do about it. A common symptom you will get as you go into this period of life is more brain fog. You feel like you can’t focus, concentrate, and get things done in your everyday lives. You never mind your work life and some of the things you do based on tasks to get things done.

Some Symptoms During Periods

Most women tell me it’s common for them to feel brain fog as they get closer to their period and before leading up to the first day or two of the cycle. It seems to be getting worse by the month. I want to reveal to you why this could be happening.

Why is this happening at this point in your cycle? Why is it getting worse? Many of us would say because it is cyclic, it must have to do with your hormones. It must be because hormones are shifting and changing. You know things are going to move towards menopause, and maybe these are signs.

You might notice you also have these symptoms of brain fog. You would equate it to just being normal and a normal process of aging. The problem is if this is a normal process with aging. Once the sex hormone’s lower enough for you to be in menopause, you could assume you will have brain fog always, and it never goes away.

It’s not just going to happen at a certain point in your cycle, but it’s going to be there all the time. Can you imagine trying to live your life this way? You can’t remember when you went to the store for a while. Once you’re there, you are already dropping words mid-conversation and unable to remember talking about them.

It can get worse, and this is not what should happen. It is not a normal consequence of aging. There are things you can do about it.  I wanted to give you a kind of a MythBuster relating to lowering your sex hormones. Brain fog is a sign showing there’s something else going on.

Your Gut Health

Most likely, what’s going on for you is you have some imbalances in your body that are not allowing your body to produce the type of energy that you need to fuel your brain. One of the main things that tend to get out of balance as you go into your forties and beyond is your gut health.

Toxins you brought in from the environment burdened your gut over time, whether or not you’re aware. It can be related to some things you’re eating, can be related to the air you’re breathing in, or can be connected to even living or working in a moldy environment.

There might be some leaks behind the walls you are not aware of. You might be breathing in some of the air in those spores. It can start to infect and impede your gut health. What happens when your gut health isn’t optimal? You don’t absorb your nutrients properly. You need the crucial nutrients to be absorbed into your body for your brain to function well.

Some of these crucial nutrients have to do with our healthy fats. Omega – 3 fats are essential for your brain health and cognition as you age. You also need to make sure not only that you’re absorbing these nutrients well, but you’re bringing them in also.  I find that one of the other things is you are very busy at this time of life. You’re not taking the time to nourish your bodies properly.

Often you’re eating on the run by eating on the go grabbing packaged processed foods, something you might think is healthy. It doesn’t have a lot of dense nutrition in it. You’re even getting the nutrients, but never mind absorbing them properly. 

Eating Healthy Foods

There are many steps to allowing ourselves to get our brain functioning better that have nothing to do with your hormones, even though it feels like it’s at a certain point in the cycle the hormones can trigger. A symptom that would already be there because other systems are out of balance in your body. They’re taking more havoc on the problem in the first place than the hormones themselves.

There are some things you can do about this. Some of the obvious things are definitely from a nutrition standpoint. Make sure you bring these healthy and nourishing foods to support brain health. Healthy foods include Omega-3 and fats. The primary source of fats comes from fish. 

If you’re not vegan, you can eat fish. You can bring in some cold water fish that typically aren’t bottom feeders and not the big, heavy ones that might be laden with some heavy metal. You want to bring those fish in two to three times per week. Aside from the fish, you also want to obtain omega-3 and healthy fats from nuts and seeds.

You can bring nutritious foods daily. These foods are rich in monounsaturated fats like Olives, Avocados, and their corresponding oils. They’re going to do wonders for your brain health. They also help focus and dissipate your brain fog. You can just get these coming in regularly.

Absorption Issues

Getting your gut optimized for absorption is another area you have to consider. There is a potential buildup of mold or bacteria causing gut infections. If you used antibiotics in your life, you most likely have an imbalance in the good and bad bacteria in your gut.

All these things affect how you’re able to digest and absorb our nutrients. You may need to do some sort of detox for your body specific to some gut bacteria or other toxins that have built up over time, or maybe even a lifetime in your body. As you start to get rid of some of this toxic load and burden, it makes it easier for you to absorb the nutrients that help you with the energy for your brain.

Proper functional lab testing is the only way to achieve gut health. I am a functional medicine practitioner working with women all the time to do this kind of lab testing. I will develop an individualized plan for you to learn how you can start to take the balance back in your brain health, focus, concentration, and clear up the brain fog.

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You’re not going to get that from just making diet changes alone. You need to dig deeper. You need to understand where this is coming from in the first place. And that’s how you’re going to get the answers back to your health so you can start to feel energized and focused.

What Happens When Brain Fog is Gone

You’re getting things accomplished again in your day. You’re not just on your heels kind of having things come at you. You’re feeling confident you have done the tasks of your everyday life. You will be self-assured to make plans to enjoy your life outside work. You can plan your recreation trips to do things with your friends and family because you have that attentiveness and focus back.

Many things can go wrong when you have brain fog. You are living daily with the symptoms, but it doesn’t have to be this way. You don’t have to suffer that way just because you’re getting into your forties and beyond. And at the same time, your hormones are changing.

There’s a way through this, and there’s a way for you to get the balance back long-term. You can reach me by clicking the links below. And I’d be happy for you to book a complimentary consultation, where we can talk about your health and what the potential next steps could be for you to learn how to get the balance back both now and for years to come.

It feels like when you get out of bed, the only way you can get focused on your day is to have a cup, two, or three cups of coffee. Do you feel like your brain fog is so severe that it’s hard for you to get any task done during your day at work at home? Do you barely connect or communicate with your partner, kids, or extended family?

Everything feels like you’re just living through a fog. If this is the case, you’re not alone. You may think it’s because of your changing hormones. You’re getting into your forties or beyond. And you know that this could be just a part of aging. You must know that is not the case that even though your hormones are changing, it doesn’t necessarily mean you have to live through brain fog daily.

Minute after minute, there is a way to get the balance back, and there are some lifestyle strategies, natural methods, and solutions you can put in place right away to help you do this. And if you want to learn how we could develop an individualized plan to get you there, feel free to reach out to me. I’d be happy to speak to you about how we could work together to get you to those next steps for your clear, calm, focused, and ready to take on your day.

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If you’re experiencing increased brain fog and would like help getting to the bottom of it, we’d be happy to schedule a Discovery Call with you. During this call, we can discuss your symptoms in more detail and come up with a plan tailored specifically for you.

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DISCLAIMER:  The information in this email is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. All content is for general informational purposes only and does not replace a consultation with your own doctor/health professional.

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