Try to make your health a priority
If you don’t have any medical issues you’re in luck, but there could still be room for improvement when it comes to your wellbeing. In fact, things you brush off on a daily basis could be signs that you’re actually not taking such great care of yourself. Read on to see if you’re experiencing any of these symptoms – and how to avoid their causes.
You’re having major brain fog
After what you considered a good night’s rest, you wake up feeling spacey, and you walk out the door without your wallet. Don’t just chalk up forgetfulness to aging, says Dr Martin G. Bloom, a cardiologist and functional medicine expert. Brain fog can be linked to things like poor sleep and stress but Dr Bloom says brain fog can also be indicative of something more serious, like a hormone imbalance that impacts cognitive issues, for example. For women especially, mind lapses may indicate a dysfunctional thyroid. “Consider a comprehensive blood test that measures all of your hormones and biomarkers, and a complete thyroid test that not only measures your thyroid hormones but also possible thyroid antibodies, to determine the root causes of your brain fog,” he says.
Because your intestinal microbiome can impact the rest of your body, healthy eating may bring greater clarity and ability to concentrate. “Most patients are amazed by the difference a healthy gut can make in their cognitive function. They report feeling sharper, smarter, and quicker with an improved ability to focus, remember things and complete mental tasks,” Dr Bloom says. Eating more probiotic foods could help balance your microbiome.
Your sex drive is low
The demands of work or parenting can drive down desire; so can decades of partnership, for some couples. While your libido will ebb and flow, if you never have the urge, says Dr Bloom, your hormones may be out of whack. Talk to your doctor about lab testing to analyze your hormones, such as testosterone, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, and more. Hormone imbalances may be associated with more serious conditions, like fatigue, depression, weight gain, and even heart troubles. “The hormone test will act as a roadmap, and 99 percent of the time testing will uncover the root causes,” Dr Bloom explains.