In our last on-line radio show on “Designing the Second Half of Life“, one of our callers described a common symptom of menopause known as ”brain fog”. After doing some research on this, here’s what I’ve discovered:
- 1. Estrogen replacement therapy is the first “remedy” you can consider if you don’t have a risk of breast or ovarian cancer.However, there are different forms of estrogen replacement with different types of estrogen. Your best bet is to research key women’s health web sites, and bring your questions in to your physician to discuss your options.
- 2. Exercise is Not a “Sometimes” Pill! You must commit to exercise as daily medicine, not just an “extra-curricular” activity that we know from our days in high school. You need at least 30 minutes of exercise 6 days a week.It’s a pathway to healthy living and gives you many rewards, not the least of which is improved circulation that helps you feel better. This alone is worth it and you may even loose weight, but you must at least start to think of it as a 6 day a week pill. If you’re like me you don’t like exercising alone, so look for opportunities to join a fitness club or charity bike ride. What about Zumba? Have you tried rowing crew? As a midlife woman, exercise a pathway to wellbeing, addressing stress, depression, anxiety, and weight gain.
- 3. Ingest foods that are rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids. You must know about this particular FAT as an overall component of healthy living. I’ve just started taking DHA along with Vitamin D and Calcium because I’m not eating enough salmon or tuna. While we tend to think of fat is as troubling as a red light in the rear view mirrow, this one is like a red carpet escort. DHA is a fat that seems to be the key component of your cells’ membranes that lets it withstand the stress of inflammation and other bumps the way bumper cars survive to carry another rider. You give it preferentially to your offspring through your uterus or breast milk (DHA is the only omega-3 food additive approved for baby formula). If you don’t have enough of it, you can develop nerve dysfunction (depression in some), or deficient eyesight (dry macular degeneration) or fading memory (why did I go to the living room?).