Do you feel like your brain is foggy?
Let's talk about thyroid brain fog. I love talking about this because I struggled with this pretty severely when my thyroid was a complete train wreck. And a lot of people ask me about if it actually exists and what you can do about it.
So one of the things that I wanted to mention is that thyroid brain fog it's not particularly an official diagnosis. But what I describe it as is you literally feel like you are in a haze. Your brain is not functioning. You can't focus, and you can't concentrate. That's one of the hallmark things that I see with hypothyroidism. It's super common.
Remember, your thyroid is your master gland. It controls so much so it can control what's happening with the brain. The feeling of brain fog sometimes feels like you're almost like in the clouds. You just can't focus and your short-term memory sometimes even goes haywire.
So what can cause this? High stress levels are a really important thing to look at because that can increase brain fog significantly. And if you're not even exercising and you're not getting any movement in and you're not sleeping well, those are actually things that can make it worse as well. And poor nutrition is really important to address. If nutrition is really off it can absolutely make the brain fog even worse.
And then of course, dehydration. So if you're not getting a good amount of water that can also kind of contribute to the brain fog. Even outside of having hypothyroidism those are all contributing things to brain fog. But if you do have hypothyroidism or Hashimoto's it's really crucial to address those things.
So I want us to conclude with the solutions and some of the solutions are pretty much based off of some of the causes and that would include addressing your nutrition. If the nutrition is really, really bad and you're having brain fog, you really have to take out things like gluten and dairy, soy, processed foods, and sugar. You should get a well-rounded diet of vegetables, fruit and protein, and good healthy fats.
And make sure you're getting enough sleep in because that will be a contributing factor as well. And then of course, make sure you're moving. Get some sort of movement in and then get a full-thyroid panel. If you suspect that you're having these other symptoms of hypothyroidism like weight gain or can't lose weight, fatigue, hair is falling out. And then you have brain fog on top of that, that is a big red flag for a sluggish thyroid.
I have a guide on this that you can look at so you can figure out what you need to have checked and how to read the panel and what are the reference ranges for that.
Grab the link for the guide here.
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