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  • Writer's pictureLydia Cotter

How to Clear Mental Clutter Caused by Hormonal Imbalance

🧠 Are you feeling like your brain is constantly in a mind fog, struggling to focus, and forgetting simple tasks? Mental clutter can be a frustrating experience, but it might be your body's way of signalling a  hormonal imbalance. It is also a very common symptom of those in perimenopause and menopause. Read about the how hormonal imbalances can contribute to brain fog and forgetfulness.



Identifying the Problem


Mind Fog: If you often find yourself with a blank mind or unable to recall why you entered a room, you might be experiencing mind fog. This cognitive cloudiness can disrupt your daily routines and hinder your ability to concentrate.


Hormonal Imbalance: Hormones play a significant role in regulating various bodily functions, including cognitive processes. When hormones are out of balance, it can lead to symptoms like mind fog, mood swings, and fatigue.


Addressing the Root Cause


  • Balanced Diet: Consuming a diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and whole grains can help stabilise your hormones and improve cognitive function. These are my go to: blueberries, green leafy vegetables like Chinese Broccoli (Gai Lan), protein intake from eggs and legumes to prevent cognitive decline. Also foods from Polyunsaturated fatty acids like omega fatty acids, icosapentaenoic acids (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) from fatty fish like tuna, salmon, makarel and sardines, or nuts like walnits and flaxseeds, support the function and structure of neurons, endothelial cells, and glial cells in the brain.

  • Regular Exercise: Physical activity can boost hormone levels and promote mental clarity by reducing stress and anxiety.

  • Stress Management: Chronic stress can disrupt hormone production. Practicing relaxation techniques such as deep breathing exercises, meditation, walking and connecting with the nature around you, dancing, or yoga can help manage stress levels.

  • Consulting a Professional: If you suspect a hormonal imbalance, consulting a healthcare provider is important for proper diagnosis and treatment. A functional medicine pracitioning naturopth could request testing like saliva samples that investigate the hormones that are at question to work out which one to address with therapeutic herbal medine and, or supplementation.

  • Avoiding inflammatory aggravators: Smoking or vaping, binge drinking alcohol, high saturated fat or refined carbohydrate foods (cookies, chips, deep fried foods, lollies), going to bed after 11pm or getting less than 6 hours sleep per night.


Take Control of Your Mental Clarity


Don't let hormonal imbalances steal your focus and productivity. By addressing the root cause of mind fog, you can reclaim your mental clarity and enhance your cognitive performance. Understanding the connection between hormones and mental clarity is key to combating mind fog and achieving peak cognitive performance as professionals. By prioritising your hormonal health, you can work towards unlocking your full potential.


If brain fog persists or worsens, don't hesitate to seek professional help to explore potential treatment options tailored to your specific hormonal needs. Let's get to the root cause and clear the mental clutter.

If you are struggling with your hormones derailing your health and wellbeing, energy and happiness, book in with me for an appointment to work out a detail hormone harmony plan for your personal situation.

Want professional naturopathic guidance? Read about my personalised sessions and programs and let’s create a nourishing healing plan together, just for you.



Sources: Nutrition and cognitive health: A life course approach https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC10083484/

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