Feeling frazzled and prone to brain fog?
The relentless challenges life throws at us can leave us feeling frazzled and consequently prone to brain fog? This is actually one of the symptoms that many of you report when describing how you sometimes feel on a day-to-day basis, but it is difficult to identify let alone describe to a health professional.
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Essentially brain fog encompasses a number of feelings or symptoms such as:
- Lack of focus
- Lack of mental clarity
- Mental fatigue
- Easily feeling under pressure
- Hesitation when remembering the word you want to use
- Difficulty putting words together
- Feeling less productive that before
Our busy day-to-day lives often entail multi-tasking, whether it’s running a home and family with all the stresses this entails, and even more so alongside a full time job or having numerous projects on the go at the same time. Many of the symptoms above can seem very common and ones that we think we simply have to live. Indeed, you may even associate this with part of “getting older” or hormone fluctuations such as pre-menstrual syndrome or the menopause?
However, it does not need to be this way and indeed….
Can you imagine how much easier and more pleasant your daily life would be if you were firing on all cylinders; feeling alert, energised and motivated?
In the first instance, addressing hormone balance is key and boosting an imbalance with diet and lifestyle changes is crucial to balancing the sex hormones; oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone as well as the stress hormone Cortisol.
Here are my 5 recommendations to help you combat brain fog, start thinking clearly again and regain the vitality and energy you need to truly thrive day-to-day:
- Unsurprisingly, when considering causes of brain fog, you cannot ignore your diet; eating well is key to providing your body with the full spectrum of nutrients it needs to function optimally. If you still feel lousy and you are confident that your diet is balanced and packed with plenty of fresh vegetables, good fats and healthy grains, then it may be that you need to consider avoiding common foods that are likely to be causing inflammation, which will “drain” your body’s resources as it combats the effects of inflammation and stress. These foods include:
- Refined Sugar
- Brain fog is more common when you are lacking in sleep. Consider your bedtime routine to ensure that your body can effectively rest and repair overnight. Getting to bed early, without using mobile phones/laptops just before turning the light off will ensure better quality sleep. Ensuring our stress levels are low at night is key, otherwise our natural circadian rhythm will be disrupted and impair our sleep pattern and quality.
- Avoid intense exercise late at night as this will affect cortisol levels, leaving you too wired and alert
- Consider a time in the day that you can “rest” your brain. For example, if you’re heading out for a brisk walk, avoid headphones and use the opportunity to focus on deep breathing and clearing your thoughts. Meditation is also very valuable and making the time for this in your busy day will provide some time to recuperate and revive your thoughts.
- Reduce your exposure to toxins where possible. Consider switching to organic cosmetics that do not contain chemicals
We’ve created this 1-day Menopause Makeover event to give you an understanding about what is happening to your body through the menopause and we, as leading experts in Nutrition and Fitness, plan to give you the knowledge you need to embrace this stage of your life and help you understand how the right nutrition and exercises can help you cool down those hot flushes and restore your energy levels. Plus, we will show you how you can get rid of any excess menopausal weight (especially around the middle) and get back to feeling and looking fabulous.