Brain Fog and The Link to Hypothyroidism
Brain fog is a common symptom of hypothyroidism. These momentary lapses in clarity and concentration will worsen if the condition remains untreated. Hypothyroidism actually sets off a cascade of symptoms which aggravate that mentally confused feeling.
5 Causes of Brain Fog
According to the Living Green website, the link between hypothyroidism and brain fog can be seen in the top 5 signs that occur between the two conditions:
1. Stress – Chronic stress overstimulates the brain. Turning down the figurative volume helps repair damage done to brain and nerve cells. Adaptogens (such as ashwaganda, panax ginseng, and rhodiola) can help your body cope with stress. L-theanine has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase sleep quality.
2. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome – Both of these are relatively recently recognized disorders that can cause impaired mental function. Magnesium supplementation has been shown to alleviate symptoms of both disorders. Light to moderate exercise can boost the immune system and improve mood and sleep.
3. Fatigue – As obvious as it sounds, fatigue affects the ol’ gray matter. Lack of sleep can cause symptoms mimicking mental illness. We need from seven to nine hours of sleep per night—and quality counts. Don’t check email or do work right before going to bed. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks late in the day. Practice calming techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing.
4. Nutrient deficiencies – Your brain is cranking through nutrients at a furious pace. Make sure a steady supply is at hand. Vitamins C and E have been shown to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The B vitamins can help improve memory. Zinc, Co-Q10, and essential fatty acids also help maintain healthy brain function.
5. Depression – Almost 10 percent of Americans suffer from depression, which can cause difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions.
Each of these symptoms can be treated separately, as indicated above, but the best approach may prove to be a comprehensive one.
If you are diagnosed with hypothyroidism, talk to a specialist about more than just hormone replacement therapy. Make sure that therapy replenishes both your active and inactive hormone supply. Additionally, support that therapy with proper nutrition and vitamin supplementation.
A return to complete health should be the goal. That way the episodes of brain fog continue to improve after treatment.
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