Episode 95 – Are You Losing Your Mind?

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IS YOUR BRAIN BROKEN? // Distraction is real, and your lack of focus is keeping you stuck.

When you have to read the same sentence over… and over… and over before it clicks.

When you have to playback the same segment of your audiobook 5 times, because your mind keeps wandering.

When you just… can’t… think… of… that… word.

Sound familiar?

At best, it’s annoying.

At worst, it’s scary AF, because you don’t know what the hell is going on.

SO, tune into today’s WELLthy Wednesday episode where I teach you what’s actually going on in your brain and chat about why our typical coping mechanisms aren’t actually working.

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Meet Your Host:

Michelle Rogers, ND, MSAOM, FDN-P

Over the past several years, I’ve created the most accessible, streamlined and effective virtual practice working with high-achieving women entrepreneurs, go-getters, and other badass women all over the world.

I intentionally blend my background of Functional, Naturopathic, and East Asian Medicine with my extensive experience in the online business world to help provide my clients with the personalized blueprint and strategy they need to get the mental focus, energy and business strategy required to share their gifts, better serve their clients and show up even more for the people they love.

Episode Transcript

IS YOUR BRAIN BROKEN? // Distraction is real, and your lack of focus is keeping you stuck.

 

When you have to read the same sentence over… and over… and over before it clicks.

When you have to playback the same segment of your audiobook 5 times, because your mind keeps wandering.

When you just… can’t… think… of… that… word.

 

Sound familiar? If so, put a “YES” in the comments, because I know you’re not alone!

 

At best, it’s annoying.

At worst, it’s scary AF, because you don’t know what the hell is going on.

 

So, today, I’m going to help you figure out what’s actually going on and chat about why our typical coping mechanisms aren’t actually working. And over the next few episodes, we’re going to dive deeper into the ways you can help rebuild your brain function from the inside out.

 

As go-getters, we NEED to have optimized brain function to bring elegance to the struggle of juggling our business, our relationships, our social life and our family.

 

We have to have top-notch intelligence, focus, memory, mood stabilization and the ability to learn and integrate new information, so when our brain can’t seem to keep up, we end up feeling stuck, stagnant, depressed, frustrated, anxious, confused and even hopeless, at times.

 

So, why does this happen?

 

In short, it’s due to inflammation. No, you’re brain is not sinking into the nothing.

 

To give you a little background, let’s talk about your big ol’ brain. Our brain cells are called neurons, and these brain cells communicate with each other to get different jobs done in the body. When messages are sent, they jump from one neuron to another, and it’s our neurotransmitters that carry that message. They transmit the message from the neuron — neurotransmitter.

 

Two of the most commonly known neurotransmitters are serotonin — our happy hormone that helps to regulate our mood, intestinal activity, appetite, memory and sleep — and dopamine — our pleasure reward chemical that also affects our memory, sleep, mood, behavior and cognition.

 

Most of the strategies we gravitate towards — whether it’s self-medicating, modifying behavior or professionally medicating — are manipulating these two neurotransmitters.

 

Now, a lot of women who come to me with “brain fog”, which — if you don’t know what I’m talking about — refers to the haziness, mental fatigue, lack of focus and poor word recall. And, they tell me that they’ve asked their doctor about it, and they say it’s just a sign of normal aging.

 

Keep in mind… I’m talking to women who are like in their mid-30s… so… UM… NO!

 

That answer is not good enough AND it’s disempowering.

 

THAT answer is a result of laziness, ignorance and straight up negligence.

 

Whenever your doctor says that you’re normal, remember that “normal” does not equal healthy. “Normal” is average, and it’s the average of a sick population. You do not want to be NORMAL, when it comes to your health. You want to be optimal.

 

When the brain fog is REALLY bad, I have women asking me about Alzheimer’s and dementia — scary stuff, if you’ve only been given lazy ignorant answers that leave you feeling disempowered.

 

BUT something you have to remember is that Alzheimer’s is now termed type 3 diabetes — that’s right — DIABETES — it’s related to blood sugar imbalances, so always remember that you are not a victim to your diagnosis, your family’s diagnoses, or even your genetics… your body has an amazing capacity to heal — you just have to give it the right information and the right instructions for it to do its job.  

 

So, let’s talk about brain fog coping mechanisms.

 

Some women have brain fog all day long, but most women notice it more during the mid-afternoon — usually somewhere between 2-4p. They end up getting really tired, heavy, lethargic and it can be almost impossible to stay focused.

 

A lot of women reach for things like sugar, caffeine or even alcohol — hello, happy hour!

 

Again, these “vices” are all affecting our serotonin and dopamine levels, but they’re just bandaids, actually they’re WORSE than bandaids, because they’re not just covering up the fact that your body is sending you a signal, they’re actually making the situation worse, because sugar, caffeine and alcohol mess with your blood sugar, jack up your stress hormones and cause more inflammation in the body.

 

Some women I talk to are even reaching for pharmaceutical stimulants, like Adderall. I’m not here to judge, but it’s my job to make sure you know what you’re putting into your body and the potential side effects of using these things, even sporadically.

 

Sure, I get it, you had a special project due, or you had to meet a deadline or you just had to push through this one weekend…

 

The thing is, Adderall is an amphetamine, which means it increases both serotonin and — more dramatically — dopamine. It’s also addictive, so as you start to rely on it, you’re actually numbing out our dopamine receptors, which means you can lose your ability to experience pleasure without additional stimulation.

 

As you can imagine, not being able to feel pleasure, can lead to some serious issues.

 

In addition, using stimulants, even things like caffeine, can push our body to work harder than it should — using UP resources that it can’t afford to use, so you’re basically flooring the accelerator, when you’re out of gas. You’re running on fumes.

 

Now, I’m definitely NOT saying that coffee or tea are BAD for you — however, some people metabolize caffeine easier than others — I happen to be one of the lucky ones who can have coffee before bed, and sleep just fine.

 

Coffee and tea are also filled with certain antioxidants and other beneficial compounds (especially when you add reishi) , BUT when we abuse them — or overuse them — and ignore the root cause of the issue, we can get ourselves into trouble.

 

In addition to adderall, there are also other substances called “smart drugs”, which I’ll touch on in a couple weeks, when we dive in a bit deeper into the brain biohacking side of things, but I want you to remember that symptoms are a signal from your body. Listen. Pay attention and take actions that support your body’s cry for help.

 

Your brain isn’t broken, at least not permanently, so fixing your brain starts with fixing your body. Your brain is resilient — it can heal — it just needs the right information and instructions to get there.

 

So, here’s your homework for this week —

 

  1. Start noticing what time of day you have brain fog.
  2. Take note of when you tend to reach for that sweet treat, second cup of coffee or happy hour cocktail.
  3. Reflect on whether or not you think it’s actually helping.
  4. Is it something you want to continue doing for the next 10 years.

 

Alright, so tune in next week for WELLthy Wednesday, where I’m going to be talking about how you can beat brain fog by addressing three main areas of your health: gut health, toxicity and stress.

 

If you liked this video, please click the like button, share it with someone you love and be sure to subscribe and click that little bell to make sure you don’t miss next week’s episode.  

 

Also, if you’re feeling drawn to work together, I encourage you to check out my WELLth Activation program at wellthywoman.co/activation.

 

Otherwise, I’ll see you next week!

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