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How to Deal with Foggy Brain during Menopause

By MC Kelby HERWriter
 
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My pregnant girlfriends use to complain about short term memory loss and they’d dubbed their temporary illness "baby brain". As someone who never had a child, I chalked up baby brain to my girlfriends having too much on their plate, like work, preparing for a new baby, and the stress of balancing work/home issues, etc.

However when I entered my late forties, I started having some minor memory issues like forgetting zip codes and adjectives. Holy smokes! I forgot my own zip code the other day.

I was moaning about this issue to a colleague and she mentioned that I might have "foggy brain". Her unofficial diagnosis brought up the image of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge surrounded by heavy fog, and this is exactly how I feel. The answer is there, but it is buried beneath a temporary fog.

Research has shown that foggy brain is real and it affects menopausal women. Foggy brain is when you experience cognitive problems like:

• Difficulty focusing

• Memory issues

• Decreased alertness

• Confusion

The good news is that after menopause, the brain fog is lifted and your cognitive skills return to normal.

As someone who has returned to school, I am not comfortable with adding foggy brain to my daily list of aches and pains. So, here are some tips to deal with foggy brain:

• Drink plenty of water.

• Drink green tea and avoid high energy drinks.

• Manage stress levels.

• Try the herbal supplement ribose.

• Stay cool. Keep the temperature cool in your home, car, and office.

• Eat right. A well-balanced diet can help you feel more energetic and mentally focused.

• Increase your tuna and salmon intake. Also, add 4 oz nuts to your daily diet.

• Stay away from hot flash triggers like hot or spicy foods, alcohol, and caffeine.

• Exercise regularly. Being active can help preserve your brain function and aid memory.

• Get plenty of sleep

• Before bedtime, avoid eating too much, smoking, working or exercising.

• Sleep in a dark, quiet, and cool room. If necessary sleep with a fan on or install a small air conditioning unit in your bedroom.

• Be consistent with your sleep schedule.

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