Brain Fogginess and Bioidentical Hormones

Healthy brain function requires nutrients. In menopause many women complain of “fogginess” and become frustrated with the feeling of forgetfulness and occasional bouts of short-term loss of memory. 

Vitamin D3

Our brains need vitamin D3 for both development and optimum function. The best source of vitamin D3 is the sun.  With the use of sunscreen and/or living in a Northern climate, most of us do not obtain much vitamin D3 from this route.  Fatty fish, organ meat and raw milk are other sources but not as effective. Research shows the optimal amount of this vitamin is 500-100- units/day.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids help control blood clotting and build cell membranes in the brain.  Our bodies cannot make omega-3 fats, so we must obtain them through food or a supplement. Vegetable oils, such as soybean, rapeseed (canola), flaxseed, and walnuts contain Omega-3 as well as some green vegetables, such as Brussels sprouts, kale, spinach, and salad greens. Salmon is another excellent source.  An Omega-3 supplement of 500 mg per day of fish oil is recommended if you do not regularly eat such foods.  

Bioidentical Natural Progesterone

Stress and anxiety cause the hormone cortisol to be released by the adrenal glands in response those states.  When we are stressed our body responds by redirecting our blood flow away from areas like the stomach and brain and into the muscles and nerves, so less blood flow to the brain means less ability to

Prolonged high cortisol levels affects our hormones, in particular blocking progesterone and thyroid, which is one of the reasons you can have symptoms of low thyroid or progesterone and test normal for them. Low progesterone can cause estrogen dominance, which can cause foggy thinking, memory loss and thyroid dysfunction. Thyroid dysfunction can cause foggy brain which makes it challenging to retrieve memories.

Here are BioHormonesInc, we test for thyroid levels, progesterone and estradiol to determine your need for replacement.  Make an appointment to day and see if Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy can help with your fogginess.

 

 

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