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Busy Mom’s Guide to Fighting Brain Fog

In this post, I am going to share the natural dietary supplements that have helped me with adrenal fatigue, anxiety and depression.Graduating college, getting married, starting my career and having my first child all in the same year took a huge toll on my mind and body. Add several job changes and a second child to the mix and I was in all out adrenal fatigue. My brain was mush. Something had to change.I talked to doctors, had multiple tests run and still the basic response I kept getting was, ” you’re getting older” or ” you just had a child, so it’s normal.” Those responses were just not good enough for me. I wasn’t living a full life. I was in a never ending foggy tunnel.Everything came to head around my 34 birthday and my body just said, “No more! I’m stopping until you figure out what’s wrong with me!” I had developed an autoimmune disorder and I was frantically looking for natural remedies.At my 34 birthday celebration, my mom gave me a self care basket. It’s contents helped me take my life back.Disclaimer: This is my experience of these products and should not take the place of medical advice. If you are being treated for anxiety and depression with pharmaceuticals, you should not take any supplement listed here with your normal medication without talking to your doctor. While these supplements are naturally reoccurring in the body, discuss dietary supplements with your primary care physician before beginning any regimen.

SAMe

SAMe

Simply, SAMe increases serotonin in the brain. This supplement is thought to be as effective as prescription anti-anxiety or anti-depressants when taken at the maximum dose of 1600mg per day. I take 400mg a day and have found this keeps me calm and grounded through the day. It took about a week to notice any benefit. After a month, I felt much more emotionally balanced.

CoQ10

CoQ10

My mother swears by CoQ10. This is the brand we use. It is said to improve cardiovascular function, boosts energy, supports cognitive function, fights free radicals, supports healthy vision and hearing, improves oral health and promotes smooth, supple skin. For me, the biggest benefit I noticed was that I was no longer having heart palpitations (which I have had for 15 years and worsens in times of stress.) After a month my heart palpitations had stopped.

Fish Oil-Omega 3

MegaRed Krill Oil

I remember growing up and going on vacation to my great-aunt’s house. Every morning she would pour me a glass of orange juice and give me a teaspoon of cod liver oil! Bleh! But, it is loaded with Omega-3’s which are such a brain boost. When I eat salmon, which is also loaded with Omega 3’s, I always feel smarter… almost euphoric. My husband says he feels the same thing.  I am not a big fish eater, mainly because we live inland and it’s hard to get fresh fish and I am a food snob…Anyway, when I really started battling with brain fog,  I almost went back to that old cod liver oil remedy until my mom gave me this bottle of MegaRed. This is my favorite fish oil and it does not have a fishy aftertaste. Basically, this supplement promotes heart health, combats arthritis and joint pain, fights inflammation and can reduce PMS symptoms. What’s not to love about that?!

B Vitamins

B-12

B vitamins are an essential nutrient and supports cellular energy production in the body. These really are a natural “energy pill” especially when you are on the go all of the time. My mom bought me a bottle of StressTabs, which are a B-Complex vitamin in a very high dosage. It really is no secret that I am the high-strung, stressed out perfectionist in the family, so when I saw the StressTabs in my gift basket, I thought it was a joke. These really do help with energy (which helps my mood!) In fact, I need to re-stock!  For now, I am finishing up this bottle of B-12 that I had laying around.There you have it! I call it “my daily mood concoction.” Within a week the fog started lifting and within a month I felt more cognitive and emotionally balanced than I had felt in years. My advice is to give it a month, you will know if it’s working for you. I noticed the difference when I stopped taking them for a few days on Christmas Break and started feeling those old feelings creeping back. I have been doing this regimen for almost a year now and I do notice that skipping a day here or there doesn’t effect me as much. I think that showed me just how depleted my body was in the beginning.I hope you found this post informative. I do regular blogs on healthy living for busy moms. Check out my page and as always, do your research and then take that leap to take your life back. You won’t regret it.Read my post on 7 Tips for Baby Blue MamasKitty B.About the Author

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