My brain has too many tabs open
Ya’ll gonna make me lose my mind….up in here, up in here
Some days it’s like groundhog day for me. Information goes into the Bermuda Triangle and does not come out. Let me tell ya, it’s freaky scary!!! If you have experienced it, you know where I am coming from. You walk in a room and cannot remember why you even walked in there. So you have to go back to where you were and retrace your steps and hope to remember. Or you are on your cell phone and tell the other person on the other end, “I need to go I can’t find my phone”. Duh 🤷 I had it to my ear the entire time. Eyeglasses are the death of me. They keep disappearing and showing up on top of my head. They are like those creepy little elves that made shoes at night, they just show up.
Earlier this week I had put in a tortilla wrap to warm up in the toaster oven and I forgot all about it until my son asked me, “Mom, what is burning”? You see less than two minutes earlier I had put that tortilla in the toaster oven and went on with my conversation with Tom. I am so Thankful he decided to stop by with my granddaughter Paisley, on his day off, for coffee. There were flames shooting out and hitting the cabinets above the toaster. I freaked out and was jumping up and down telling my son to put it out. Meanwhile, he was yelling at me for the fire extinguisher. I Thank God that he was here or my house would not be standing today.
Ma’am, would you like your tortilla well done?
There were flames shooting out of the toaster oven and hitting the cabinets above.
What is Brain Fog?
Brain fog is a frustrating symptom
- A general sense of cognitive fuzziness
- Difficulty concentrating and remembering
- The inability to find the right word
- The incapacity to absorb information
- The inability to multitask
- A decline in mental sharpness and performance
- A general feeling of mental exhaustion
- The inability to think clearly or focus
My train of thought derailed. There were no survivors. 😜
So some days are better than others. There are days my husband has to repeat himself and if I don’t hear what he is actually telling me the second time, I pretend I did. Then he says to me that we have already discussed this and I tell him, “nope no we haven’t” when in reality, it was most likely that time when I just yes’d him.
I find myself repeating myself, telling the same stories over and over. Do you remember visiting grandma and she told you the same story and you sat there smiling because you did not want to be rude and hurt her feeling by telling her she already told that one? That is me, I have become my mom and my grandma, the same storyteller.
Is there a vitamin I can take? Vitamins that fight Brain Fog. A deficiency of folate, vitamin B-6, thiamine or niacin can cause confusion or memory problems, so you need all four in your diet to avoid brain fog. Chronic inflammation is linked to brain fog, and diet significantly influences the level of inflammation, reports Eliaz. Livestrong.com Jun 30, 2015
10 Best Brainpower Booster Foods
- Red Wine – Of course I choose this one on the list first. Drinking red wine moderately later in life correlated to increased episodic memory compared to those who do not drink wine. Cream Ridge Winery, I’m coming back to load up on some of my favorites.
- Beets – One of my most favorite vegetables. I love beets, whether steamed or raw in a cold pressed juice. In a study, researchers saw that beets improved blood flow to the brain. Nitrates are found in beets and converted into nitrite in the body. Nitrite, by the way, is the stuff that makes Viagra get its groove on. Bow chica bow wow.
- Cherry Tomatoes – Another one of my favorites. Tomatoes have carotenoids, lycopene and beta-carotene are powerful antioxidants.
- Broccoli – LOL, these 1st four are all some of my favorite foods and drink 😉 Broccoli is jammed packed with vitamin K, which improves verbal episodic memory, the ability to absorb and remember verbal instructions.
- Black Beans – Beans Beans the more you eat the more…as the old rhyme says, beans are also good for your heart; a healthier blood flow means a healthier brain.
- Green Tea – Green tea contains strong antioxidants called polyphenols, which can improve alertness and slow your brain’s aging process.
- Salmon – Salmon is packed with Omega 3 fatty acid, it can improve memory and the time it takes to recall a memory.
- Blueberries– Blueberries antioxidants help lessen inflammation, which can cause longer-term problems for the brain and its memory function.
- Spinach Salad with Cheese – three-level punch of vitamin E, vitamin K, and folate in spinach will help boost memory function. Folate has the most punch, vitamin B12 to help improve cognitive function in older adults without dementia. Since spinach doesn’t contain vitamin B12, add some cheese or eggs to a spinach salad.
- Almond Butter – Almond Butter contains high concentrations of vitamin E which helps reduce the risk of cognitive impairment. Some studies indicate it can slow the decline caused by Alzheimer’s disease.
I have attached the Amazon link to one of my favorite Almond Butters, Justin’s and a wonderful green tea as well.
Brain fog from hormonal changes may feel similar to ADHD symptoms. Memory problems reach their peak in the year after your last menstrual period. Women fear dementia after menopause, or that symptoms you’ve noticed could be due to undiagnosed ADHD. The good news is that in most cases, it’s not early-stage dementia. Everyday Health May 18, 2015
I chose not to do HRT (Hormone Replacement Therapy) because of the potential increased risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and breast cancer, my mom passed away from breast cancer so this is a very tricky area for me. My doctor asked me to please consider HRT, maybe I could do it for a short time and see how I felt. I told him that it was not a choice I wanted. I promised him I would try my best to work through it with diet and exercise.
Do you know how scary it is for someone in their early 50’s to feel like they are literally losing their mind? You feel like you are going crazy. I have to put all appointments and activities in my planner and also on the blackboard in the kitchen. LOL, I tell my family and friends if you ask me to do something and I don’t show up, it is most likely because I forgot to write it down, POOF and it’s gone!! Many women feel like they have the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease or Dementia. But studies do show that after menopause your memory bounces back. I am six years into my menopausal years and my hope is that the end of this torture is coming closer.
If we as women are aware of what is really happening to our bodies and our minds as we grow into our mature age we won’t feel so alone. We won’t feel like we are the only ones going through these scary stages in our life. This and many other menopausal symptoms were not subjects my mother or grandmother ever spoke of. Like I have said in previous Blogs, they went through The Changes, but my mom NEVER told me what The Changes were all about. So I will try to cover it all so you are better aware of what is happening. I had no one I could talk to. So leave me your questions or your comments and I will cover some of them on Facebook Live segment real soon.
Thank you again for being a loyal reader. Eat your veggies, exercise and always check your head for your glasses 😉
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