Brain fog is one of the most commonly used terms in the internet today. It has become an umbrella term that covers feelings forgetting things, a lack of focus, confusion and less mental clarity. Not to mention that brain fog is not a medically recognized term but a common term that sums up the above disorders. In this period of time having brain fog is very common but does not mean that it is normal.
It is a mental disorder, which can be minimized with many methods which I will mention later in the article. Whenever you feel that you just don’t have the power to think anymore. You feel confused, foggy, demotivated or unfocused, it is your mind’s way to tell you that there are troubles within yourself that need to be fixed and learn to live a better life.
There can be many causes of brain fog. We can broadly classify them in two different categories.
- Dull Lifestyle
- Side effect of medications or a medical illness.
Take a Look At The Causes of Brain Fog:
Below are some most common causes of brain fog. They are either lifestyle related of side effects of any medication or a medical illness.
There is no argument that stress has become an integral part of most of the people’s lifestyle nowadays. People are falling in the trap of money making process without paying attention to healthy lifestyle. This is what making their life so miserable. Stress can cause mental fatigue. Chronic stress weakens your immune system, plays a key role to make you suffer from depression and increases your blood pressure. It takes away your mind’s energy and it becomes exhausted. It becomes harder to focus, think, and reason.
2. Lack of rest/sleep:
As Sadhguru mentions that proper rest is a requirement, sleep is not. Your body needs a good amount of time to rest or sleep. And how to improve the quality of sleep? The answer is to improve the quality of your life. If you are stressed out then even 10 hours sleep would be inadequate for you. Poor sleep interferes with how well your brain functions. If you are happy and joyful all the tome then quality of sleep significantly improves. After that even 6 or 7 hours would be sufficient for you.
3. Hormonal changes:
Hormonal changes can also trigger brain fog. A drop in the level of estrogen hormone during menopause can cause poor focus, forgetfulness, less concentration and foggy thinking. Levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen increase during pregnancy. Changes in levels of these hormones can also affect your memory and cause short-term cognitive impairment. Chronic fatigue syndrome, which involves persistent fatigue for longer than six months may lead to brain fog.
Poor eating habits may lead to brain fog. Eating healthy is not only important to fight brain fog but to maintain a good overall health. Vitamin B-12 is responsible to support healthy brain function. Deficiency of B-12 may become responsible for brain fog. Additionally, brain fog may occur after eating specific foods, If you suffer from any sort of food allergies or sensitivities, . Possible foods may include:
- MSG (Monosodium glutamate)
- Dairy Products
Consult with your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of brain for after taking certain medications. Switching to some other drug or lowering your dosage may improve the symptoms.
Glucose is the primary source of energy for the brain. In diabetes there is fluctuation in the levels of glucose. This may become the cause of brain fog. Fluctuating levels of glucose in diabetics can cause short-term brain fog. It doesn’t matter if you have type 1 or type 2 Diabetes, if you’re experiencing confusion or trouble focusing, talk to your doctor about what you are experiencing.
Other conditions that may cause brain fog include:
- Chronic depression
- Sjögren syndrome
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Arthritis and multiple sclerosis
How it’s diagnosed:
Is you are suffering with mental confusion, chronic lack of clarity that doesn’t seem to improve then speak with your doctor about it. There might be another issue with your health which is causing brain fog. So your doctor will conduct a physical examination and may ask about your:
- Mental fitness and stress
- How happy you are internally
- Your diet and eating habits
- Level of physical activity such as exercise and sports
Home remedies to reduce brain fog include:
If you are able to find the cause of brain fog then it is curable. Here are some tips and activities which will help you reduce brain fog:
- Sleep: You need at least eight hours of peaceful sleep every night. To improve the quality of sleep you need to improve the quality of life.
- Quit Smoking and Alcohol: Limiting the consumption of alcohol and quitting smoking is a great way to start fighting with brain fog. Smoking and large intake of alcohol dramatically increase the number of free radicals being produced in the body, and this can play a role in mental confusion and poor brain health.
- Eat a Healthier Diet: Change your poor eating habits and start making fresh fruits and vegetables a part of your diet plan. Make diet plan with full of fresh whole foods rich in Omega-3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, magnesium and complex B vitamins and it will help you a lot.
- Reduce Stress: Stress is the key cause of brain fatigue. It can literally damage your body and mind. Start meditating regularly, do yoga, morning walk and exercise daily. It will keep the blood flowing though your brain and help fight brain fog.
- Meditation: The best stress reduction technique that offers significant added brain benefits is meditation. Did you know that over 20 million Americans meditate regularly. Research shows it can actually decrease your biological age by 12 years!
- Foods: Sticking to the healthy diet and lifestyle is mandatory for health brain and body. But there are certain herbs that are extremely beneficial for brain health. Some of them are:
Oregano herb is consumed (through diet). It can enhance the promotion of alpha-1 and beta-1 brainwaves. The benefits of alpha-1 are highly helpful in reducing anxiety. Also, it improves learning, concentration, and relaxation. It also has positive mood changing benefits due to the presence of its components, thymoquinone, and carvacrol. In recent times, carvacrol acetate, derived from carvacrol when associated with gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) calms the nerves down.
Walnuts are packed with omega 3 fatty acids. The human brain is made up of about 60% of what is called “structural fat” and needs high-quality fats like omega-3s to function properly by keeping the brain fluid and flexible.
The essential minerals included in Cacao are: calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese. They contain polyphenols called flavonoids, with antioxidant properties that can offer skin protection against UV damage, along with the following vitamins- B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, and E. Try adding raw cacao nibs to your morning oatmeal or smoothie.
Spinach is high in inflammation-fighting antixoidants which protect the brain from free radicals. It is a source of vitamins like, niacin, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin K, and contains traces of the rest of the essential vitamins.
In addition to being a wonderful anti-inflammatory, turmeric helps fuel your brain and increase neuroplasticity. Turmeric is found in most curries, and can easily be added to tons of recipes, from your morning oatmeal to chicken, and more. Turmerone induces neural stem cell proliferation and regeneration. The basic problem in neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s is that neurons in the brain stop talking to each other. Eventually, these essential cells weaken and die. Turmeric revitalizes neurons and promotes the creation of new stem cells.
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