This is the second of a 3-part series with a focus on health ‘above the neck’. I previously discussed headaches and will cover anxiety and depression next month. This article will dive into brain fog and memory loss.
Often my patients come to me complaining of brain fog and poor memory. They mention that they don’t feel as sharp, have to concentrate harder to get simple tasks done or forget names of people they know they should remember. With this lack of clarity comes a sense of fear and uncertainty as well as a lack of confidence in themselves.
What is brain fog? It’s not a technical medical term, but a description involving a lack of clarity and increased confusion or disorientation, often feeling ‘spacey’ and needing to really concentrate to retain information is common.
What is memory loss (amnesia)? This is fairly straight-forward – unusual forgetfulness, an inability to remember names, events, or memories of the recent or distant past
Causes of Brain Fog and Memory Loss? Auto-immune conditions (Hypothyroidism, MS), High or Low blood sugars, Low iron and B12, Stress, Lack of sleep, Hormonal changes, Diet, Alzheimer’s/Dementia, Concussions etc can all lead to brain fog or memory loss.
Treatment for Brain Fog and Memory Loss
The brain is primarily made up of fat, so increasing HEALTHY fats is crucial to reducing dementia and memory loss. Healthy choices are: avocado, olive oil, egg yolk, butter, cold water fish such as salmon
Balance your blood sugars: elevated blood sugar levels (diabetes) are associated with brain fog/memory loss so it is important to minimize simple carbohydrates (sugars/breads/ice cream) and increase protein (nuts, meat, eggs) at every meal.
Seek adequate treatment for low thyroid function and MS: brain fog/memory loss are a common symptom of these conditions.
Improve your iron and B12 status: if you eat meat and still low in B12 and iron you may need to take a digestive enzyme to ensure proper nutrient absorption.
Reduce your stress levels: write down 3 things you’re grateful for every day. Research shows that focusing on gratitude reduces stress levels significantly.
Improve your sleep: Include magnesium-rich foods in the diet (leafy greens, almonds) or supplement with 200mg taken before bed to help you get 7-8 hours minimum.
Balance your hormones: Low levels of estrogen during and after menopause can lead to brain fog/memory loss. Organic soy products, herbal medicine and bio-identical hormones are safe and effective methods of balancing hormones.
Diet modifications: Reducing foods sensitivities such as Aspartame, MSG, food dyes and dairy can go a long way to improving brain function.
I hope that this article has been helpful for those of you suffering from brain fog and memory loss. I recommend you keep this article in a safe place in case you forget what you just read ☺
For more information do not hesitate to contact me at www.harmonyhealthsk.ca or 306-224-0012.