A momentary lapse in memory is something that happens to everyone. However, if you find lately this has been occurring more often and it has been more difficult to make decisions or focus on particular tasks, it may be an indication of something else.
Brain fog is a condition in which your cognitive function, particularly your concentration, is significantly impaired. It can also cause poor memory and an inability the articulate yourself properly and can last from several days to several weeks. Living with brain fog can seem as if you are participating in life from behind a dense cloud.
There are many factors that can contribute to brain fog, and they are related either to your lifestyle or the side effects of a certain drug or medication condition. If you are suffering from brain fog, this is good news as it means that the condition is preventable and can be treated. Here are some things you can do to regain your mental clarity and concentration.
Cut Back On the Sugar and Carbohydrates
Many processed and prepackaged foods have substantial amounts of sugar, including refined sugars and artificial sweeteners, and carbohydrates. These substances can give you an initial boost of energy and lift in mood, but if you consume too much of them on a regular basis, they have the opposite effect, draining you of your energy. They can also cause inflammation in your body, which is a factor in brain fog as well as many health conditions.
Reducing the amount of sugar and carbohydrates you consume is important, but you also have to be careful of consuming too little. Not getting enough of the right sugars and carbohydrates, such as those found in vegetables and fruits, can actually enhance your brain fog.
Be Careful of Hormonal Imbalances
Hormonal imbalances, such as those that result from chronic fatigue syndrome, low thyroid function or insufficient adrenal function, are generally caused by the same factors that induce inflammation. Inadequate sleep, stress, a poor diet, allergies and sensitivities can disrupt your hormone levels, which in turn can affect the function of your brain, the epicenter of hormones in your body. To address your hormonal issues, having a well-balanced diet is key. While avoiding excess sugar and carbohydrates, you should focus on including proteins and healthy fats that are essential to proper hormone production.
Manage Your Stress
Our bodies are not equipped to function well while constantly under extreme stress. The resulting sustained increase in cortisol production can contribute to insomnia, depression, hormonal imbalances, and weight gain, in addition to brain fog. To combat chronic stress, it is important that you find effective ways to can allow you to de-stress, such as proper exercise or meditation, and increase the production of dopamine, in your brain. A lack of or an insufficient amount of dopamine results in the inability to focus and is linked to an increased likelihood of addictions.
Take the Right Supplements
In conjunction with eating healthy, getting regular exercise and rest and having a well-balanced lifestyle, taking certain supplements can also help eliminate brain fog. To lower the excess levels of cortisol that are produced by extreme stress, you can incorporate adaptogen herb supplements, such as holy basil and ashwagnadha, into your diet. Omega-3 fish oils, such as OmegaGenics DHA 600 from Metagenics can support cognitive function and may reduce the inflammation in your body contributing to your brain fog. Prime Wellness also offers vitamin B injections, which can restore your body’s depleted levels, stop you from feeling moody and sluggish, and help your body process nutrients.
Restful, restorative sleep is a vital component in improving how your brain functions, and getting at least seven hours of sleep every night can help the hormone levels in your brain to remain balanced. A lack of sleep can kickoff brain fog due to the increased levels of cortisol. High levels of cortisol will inhibit dopamine production and impair how well serotonin is able to work. It is no coincidence that you are highly likely to be moody and find it very difficult to give proper attention to your work, retain information or take part in meaningful conversations if you consistently fail to get the sleep your body needs.
You can be proactive in combating brain fog by adopting a healthy lifestyle and carefully managing your medications and health. At Prime Wellness, we offer a wide range of naturopathic treatments that may help you achieve and maintain proper brain function. As a Metagenics provider, we also provide a number of supplements, that can be used a part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address you brain fog.
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