At some point, most people experience the effects of brain fog.
Although it isn’t a true medical diagnosis, it’s still very real and can be quite debilitating. Brain fog makes focus and concentration difficult. It can affect memory, mood, and can even cause confusion. While there can be many causes for it, here are the top five reasons and remedies for getting your brain back into shape.
The brain processes enough information each day to shut down a laptop in a week. With so much information flooding our brain, it’s only natural we might have trouble processing all of it. Sleeping is our body’s way of not only resting but flushing the neurotoxins which accumulate as a result of processing so much information. It’s kind of like how our computers need to clear the cache to run more effectively. When the cache doesn’t get cleaned regularly, the computer’s performance suffers. It’s the same with our brain. When we don’t get enough sleep, it can affect many systems in the body that regulate everything from mood to the ability to learn.
There are several natural ways to help you get the sleep you need. Herbal supplements, fragrances, teas, are but a few. Other methods are singing bowls to clear your crown chakra, soothing music, nature sounds, and meditation.
Because the brain is 85% water, keeping it adequately hydrated is imperative to cognitive function. Even if the brain is only 2% dehydrated, a person could experience up to a 5% reduction in cognitive ability. This results in trouble focusing, short-term memory loss, and difficulty completing simple math problems like calculating how much time is left until those cookies are ready to come out of the oven.
You may already be aware of the recommendation of eight glasses of water per day, but I suggest a minimum of 10. This is especially true for those who do extensive computer work or are consistently studying or learning, like students. Brain dehydration has been linked to and is currently being studied as possible contributors to depression, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lou Gehrig’s disease, ADHD, Asperger’s, Autism, and anxiety. With so much at stake and with so many other benefits of drinking plenty of water, it’s well worth it to reward your body for its hard work by replenishing it with water.
Did you know vitamin deficiency could be causing brain fog and fatigue? With so many people on the go and pressed for time, sitting at the table with homemade nutritional meals is quickly becoming a thing of the past. We’ve traded wholesome and nutritious meals with over-processed and pre-packaged food filled with chemicals. This has caused an increase in brain fog. The good news is much of this can be remedied by supplementing your diet with additional vitamins and minerals.
Supplements like B12, B6, folate, thiamin, niacin, zinc, omega-3, and ginseng can all help with brain health, focus, and memory. Anti-oxidants can also help with getting rid of free radicals that can contribute to brain fog. And with our brain being packed with nerves and about 100 billion neurons, it’s important to keep them as healthy as possible. Not having the proper amount brain-boosting vitamins can affect how efficiently the brain processes information, learns the lyrics of that new song, or even remembers why you walked into a room. There’s a myriad of supplements in a variety of forms to get you feeling sharp, on point, and refreshed.
Just like it’s important to keep your body in shape, keeping your brain in shape is just as important. Keeping your brain youthful helps reduce or even eliminate brain fog and can even help with enhancing focus, memory, and mental sharpness. Activities like crosswords, chess, hand-held wooden puzzles, or even regular table puzzles are all inexpensive methods for helping keep the brain in shape. Other methods including problem-solving video games, learning a new language, or learning a new craft like knitting or painting can help reduce brain fog. Even reading this article could be helpful.
If you’re thinking brain fog is inevitable with aging, well, it’s a myth which has been disproven. Recent studies have recently revealed that cognitive decline in those over 45 is not normal. Perhaps this is why we’re seeing more and more older people having the time of their lives traveling and taking up enjoyable hobbies.
With so much happening in our busy lives, it can be challenging to find the ideal balance between caring for responsibilities and taking the time to recharge. Stress can wreak havoc on nearly every system in the body and the brain is no exception. It can deplete our energy and cause the brain to process at a much slower rate, increase memory issues, and contribute to that confused feeling associated with brain fog. However, there are many ways to reduce and possibly eliminate stress-induced brain fog. Even small changes can make a big difference.
There are numerous methods for reducing stress and how well they work is as varied as the people who try them. It’s important to remember how beneficial you are to this world. Your loved ones, the earth, and the universe are all better with you being healthy and happy. Take the time to find which method of stress reduction works for you.
Even if your brain fog is caused by a medical condition like low thyroid function or anemia, you can still take the steps to help your brain function as optimally as possible.
You might be surprised how much the quality of your life can improve when you’re able to focus, remember, and learn like your body is intended to. With a little awareness and a few easy changes, you’re sure to be on your way to feeling your best.