Do you suffer from hypothyroidism brain fog?

Thinking Woman

Do you walk into a room and forget why you walked in there? Do you have to write yourself a honey do list?  Many things can cause brain fog like  stress, pregnancy, no sleep, illness, brain tumors, alcohol, head trauma, Vitamin B-12 deficiency, menopause  and even medications. Many studies have proven that an underactive thyroid can be damaging to  your mental health. This happens to me quite often and frankly its  aggravating, very frustrating, and makes me take my worrying to the next level thinking, ” Can it be early signs of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease?” Don’t fret you can do things to help your memory.

Here are a few suggestions from thehelpguide.org

  1. Exercise your mind

Memory, like muscular strength, requires you to “use it or lose it.” The more you work out your brain, the better you’ll be able to process and remember information. But not all activities are equal. The best brain exercises break your routine and challenge you to use and develop new brain pathways. 

2. Aerobic exercise

Aerobic exercise is particularly good for the brain, so choose activities that keep your blood pumping. In general, anything that is good for your heart is great for your brain.

3. Get more Sleep

Sleep is critical to learning and memory in an even more fundamental way. Research shows that sleep is necessary for memory consolidation, with the key memory-enhancing activity occurring during the deepest stages of sleep.

4. Laugh at yourself

Listening to jokes and working out punch lines activates areas of the brain vital to learning and creativity. As psychologist Daniel Goleman notes in his book Emotional Intelligence, “laughter… seems to help people think more broadly and associate more freely.”

5. Eat a brain-boosting diet

Get your omega-3s. Research shows that omega-3 fatty acids are particularly beneficial for brain health. Fish is a particularly rich source of omega-3, especially cold water “fatty fish” such as salmon, tuna, halibut, trout, mackerel, sardines, and herring.

  • If you’re not a fan of seafood, consider non-fish sources of omega-3s such as walnuts, ground flaxseed, flaxseed oil, winter squash, kidney and pinto beans, spinach, broccoli and pumpkin seeds .
  • Limit calories and saturated fat. Research shows that diets high in saturated fat (from sources such as red meat, whole milk, butter, cheese, cream, and ice cream) increase your risk of dementia and impair concentration and memory.
  • Eat more fruit and vegetables. Produce is packed with antioxidants, substances that protect your brain cells from damage. Colorful fruits and vegetables are particularly good antioxidant “superfood” sources.
  • Drink green tea. Green tea contains polyphenols, powerful antioxidants that protect against free radicals that can damage brain cells. Among many other benefits, regular consumption of green tea may enhance memory and mental alertness and slow brain aging.
  • Drink wine (or grape juice) in moderation. Keeping your alcohol consumption in check is key, since alcohol kills brain cells. But in moderation (around 1 glass a day for women; 2 for men), alcohol may actually improve memory and cognition. Red wine appears to be the best option, as it is rich in resveratrol, a flavonoid that boosts blood flow in the brain and reduces the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. Other resveratrol-packed options include grape juice, cranberry juice, fresh grapes and berries, and peanuts.

 

Per thehealthguide.org Research shows that diets high in saturated fat (from sources such as red meat, whole milk, butter, cheese, cream, and ice cream) increase your risk of dementia and impair concentration and memory. Eat more fruit and vegetables. Produce is packed with antioxidants, substances that protect your brain cells from damage

Over 200 million people suffer from a thyroid disorder over time your thyroid gland will produce less hormones and it starts to affect your neurological functioning. A  hormone deficiency slows everything down, including your brain functions. This can leave you with a chemical imbalance that can includes symptoms like:

  • Inability to concentrate
  • Detachment from personal relationships and activities
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Inability to connect details
  • Short-term memory problems
  • Slowed mental reactions
  • Confusion

 

If memory lapses are bothering you, talk with your  doctor to make sure its not a underlying “other” medical condition. Getting to the root cause is the smartest thing you can do it could be an easy fix like getting more sleep, switching a medication, or taking a  stress reduction class to get your memory back on track.

 

 

 

Disclaimer

The information and recipes contained in blog is based upon the research and the personal experiences of the author. It’s for entertainment purposes only. Every attempt has been made to provide accurate, up to date and reliable information. No warranties of any kind are expressed or implied. Readers acknowledge that the author is not engaging in the rendering of legal, financial, medical or professional advice. By reading this blog, the reader agrees that under no circumstance the author is not responsible for any loss, direct or indirect, which are incurred by using this information contained within this book. Including but not limited to errors, omissions or inaccuracies. This blog is not intended as replacements from what your health care provider has suggested.  The author is not responsible for any adverse effects or consequences resulting from the use of any of the suggestions, preparations or procedures discussed in this book. All matters pertaining to your health should be supervised by a health care professional. I am not a doctor, or a medical professional. This blog is designed for as an educational and entertainment tool only. Please always check with your health practitioner before taking any vitamins, supplements, or herbs, as they may have side-effects, especially when combined with medications, alcohol, or other vitamins or supplements.  Knowledge is power, educate yourself and find the answer to your health care needs. Wisdom is a wonderful thing to seek.  I hope this book will teach and encourage you to take leaps in your life to educate yourself for a happier & healthier life. You have to take ownership of your health

 

 

Sources:

American Thyroid Association. Thyroid Disease in Older Patients. Accessed April 26, 2013. http://www.thyroid.org/hypothyroidism-elderly/

European Journal of Endocrinology. December 1, 2009 161 917-921. Treated hypothyroidism, cognitive function, and depressed mood in old age: the Rancho Bernardo Study. http://www.eje-online.org/content/161/6/917.full

International Journal of Neuroscience. 116:895-906, 2006. Memory Improvement with Treatment of Hypothyroidism. http://ict.usc.edu/pubs/Memory%20Improvement%20with%20Treatment%20of%20Hypothyroidism.pdf

The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, VOL. 19, No. 2. Verbal Memory Retrieval Deficits Associated With Untreated Hypothyroidism. http://neuro.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleID=103017

Medicine and Health / Rhode Island. Neurobehavioral Functioning in Thyroid Disorders. Accessed April 26, 2013. http://med.brown.edu/neurology/articles/gt31803.pdf

The Newsletter of the Memory Disorders Project of Rutgers University. Memory Loss & the Brain. Thyroid Disorders. Accessed March 22, 2013. http://www.memorylossonline.com/glossary/thyroiddisorders.html

Thyroid. 2001 Dec;11(12):1177-85. Hypothyroidism and cognition: preliminary evidence for a specific defect in memory. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12186506

Thyroid Foundation of Canada. Thyroid Disease: Know the Facts. Accessed April 26, 2013. http://www.thyroid.ca/know_the_facts.php

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