That feeling of...forgetfulness...fogginess...how am I going to get through the next several hours at work?...I can’t concentrate on this project...why did I come into this room?
Many of those thoughts are experienced by people suffering from “brain fog” and the decreased ability to focus on what they’re doing. Unfortunately, these symptoms can get worse with aging, but are especially prevalent in people who have a hormone imbalance. Hormone imbalances themselves are a more common occurrence as one ages, but not always – younger people suffer from “brain fog” and hormonal issues as well. Why do our brains suddenly not function as efficiently and leave us “in a fog?” Let’s find out!
Too High or Too Low Levels of Hormones Can Cause Brain Fog
Brain fog is defined as the state of being unable to concentrate, irritable, tired and just not feeling right. It seems that there is a connection between brain fog and hormones. You may have suspected this already, but you really need to get to the root cause of the issue and see what’s truly going on with your endocrine system. One or several of your hormones are either too high or too low and outside of their normal range.
It is no fun for you or anyone else around you when you are experiencing brain fog, especially when accompanied by agitation or irritability. You may feel too tired to go about your normal activities, have unexplained anger episodes or other irrational emotions, have difficulty thinking problems through to an answer, forget certain events like what you did the previous weekend as well as experience headaches and insomnia. No fun!
Treat Hormone Imbalance Before Depression or Anxiety Begins
If “brain fog” is not treated, it can lead to depression or anxiety. Once the hormones become imbalanced, your body has a hard time correcting itself without your intervention, either through natural or hormone replacement therapy (HRT) means. You need your hormones to be within their standard ranges because they control almost everything, from your physical to emotional health.
The hormones to focus on are cortisol, serotonin and dopamine. When any of these are out of whack, you will experience sluggishness, sadness and emotional turmoil. Cortisol is the “stress hormone” causing issues with anxiety and cognitive ability. Serotonin and dopamine both play major roles in your mood and happiness.
Unfortunately, when one hormone becomes imbalanced, it creates a domino effect and the other hormones that are impacted by the original one will also become imbalanced. For example, if you suffer from chronic stress, then your cortisol levels have probably been impacted. Chronic stress will also wreak havoc on your dopamine and serotonin levels as well. Consider getting your cortisol levels checked if you are constantly stressed out and experiencing brain fog, even if just occasionally. If left untreated, it will only get worse.
A Comprehensive Blood Test Will Tell You All You Need to Know
Thankfully, it’s super easy to get your cortisol, as well as other hormone, levels checked by getting a comprehensive blood test done. You just need to speak to an endocrinologist or hormone doctor, such as the ones at our clinic, to get started. A comprehensive test will look at multiple hormones at once and your hormone doctor will examine it to look for any levels outside of the normal range and patterns in the data that suggest certain hormonal issues. It is possible for hormone imbalance to be corrected via natural means, but hormone replacement therapy is also a great option, when done under the supervision of a doctor, of course!
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