Do you often feel like you might be forgetting something?
Over the years and through various studies, it has been suggested that menopause can cause “foggy thinking” which includes things like short term memory loss, easily losing focus, and just simply being forgetful.
But what causes this and how can you manage it?
The Impact of Estrogen on the Brain:
Studies on the subject have been done since the early 1990s, but the exact cause of foggy thinking cannot be pinned down as yet. However, the evidence does seem to point very strongly towards low levels of estrogen and progesterone, such as in the case of menopau
Estrogen helps to dilate blood vessels to increase blood flow to your brain. This is why estrogen therapy has been used to try and manage foggy thinking. However, be very careful of this, as long term estrogen therapy has been known to cause serious issues like blood clots. Short term estrogen treatment is a better option, but just to be safe, natural estrogen supplements would be the best bet.
We recommend a natural supplement like the Manna Menopause Support which can help to increase estrogen levels the natural way without any side effects.
Surgical menopause is when the ovaries have been removed, and in some cases the uterus, before going through natural menopause. It has been found that estrogen therapy given immediately after surgical menopause had protective effects on verbal memory.
However, this was not the case when estrogen therapy was given years after surgical menopause.
How to Manage Menopausal Foggy Thinking
Eating healthy is always a good idea, but in the case of menopausal brain fog, it might be crucial.
A good diet is one that includes plenty of calcium and iron, as these nutrients usually decline with menopause.
Make sure to eat plenty of the following food to get all the needed nutrients:
- Low-fat dairy foods
- Fish with small bones such as sardine
- Green leafy vegetables
- Leafy greens
- Red meat
- Enriched grain products.
Also eat enough fruits and fiber, as well as limiting your intake of alcohol, saturated fats, sugar and salt for improved mental clarity.