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“I feel like I’m losing my mind!” Women’s Hormones and Your Memory

"I feel like I'm losing my mind!" Women's Hormones and Your Memory

 Women’s Hormones and Their Relation to Memory

Do you remember how your memory felt while you were pregnant? How about during the first year of your child’s life? Maybe you often used the saying, “I’ve got baby brain!”

Imbalances and changes in your hormone picture can drastically change how brain chemistry and communication between brain cells work.

Estrogen, pregnenolone, and thyroid hormone are largely influencing or moods and cognitive abilities.  Oh, and let’s not forget our friend cortisol (the stress hormone).

Here’s a small overview of how the top 3 are working for you.

Estrogen: The brain is a major target hormone for estrogen. Estrogen plays such an important role in building new connections, protecting against damaging free radicals and increasing blood flow to the brain.

Pregnenolone: This is THE memory hormone. It helps to increase clarity, concentration and prevent memory loss, and is reported to be about 75x’s more abundant in the brain than anywhere else in the body.

Thyroid: As thyroid levels decline, blood flow declines. Which means, your brain is getting less oxygen and nourishment.

Just slight imbalances in these three can add up to a lot of…”I feel like I’m losing my mind” moments!

For more information about how to optimize your memory through balancing your hormones, you know where to find us!

Dr. Emily FitzGerald, ND

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