How to Beat Brain Fog
Fatigue, irritability, trouble concentrating, headaches, forgetfulness, depression, anxiety, do any of these sound familiar to you? If you answered yes, then you may be suffering from brain fog.
Brain fog used to be largely associated with the older generation, but it is increasingly becoming a problem of the young. Why? Well scientists and health care professionals believe that the pressures and stresses of modern life are quite literally overloading our brains, resulting in stress and symptoms of brain fog. When we overload our brain and push it to the extremes of burn-out, our dopamine, serotonin and cortisol hormone levels change, effecting our ability to control mood, energy and focus.
The problem is, that so many of our generation believe that in order to be successful, we must hone our abilities to multi-task and to keep 100 plates spinning at once, but the truth is, that attempting to do so, increases our stress levels, effects the way our body regulates hormones and leads to brain fog. And the result of brain fog? Reduced decision making abilities, short-term memory problems, and mood swings. Hardly conducive to productivity or happiness.
The reassuring news is that this condition is completely reversible, but it does require a degree of personal changes, with the goal of helping your brain to return to normal chemistry levels, thus improving your ability to stabilise your mood, focus and maintain energy levels.
So what achievable steps can you take to clearing your mind? The advice is actually less complicated than you might think, and actually focuses on the main areas key for general good health.
Maintain a Healthy Diet
Eating a wide range of healthy foods is fundamental to ensuring all aspects of good health, but there are a few specific things to look out for when considering the quality of your diet. Firstly, be sure to look at the amount of sugar and refined carbohydrates you are consuming. Refined sugar is known to cause inflammation and has been shown to affect the way insulin interacts with the brain, leading to short term memory problems. Whilst not eating enough unrefined carbohydrates can effect your serotonin levels, which control your mood, influencing how happy or calm you might feel.
The best nutritional advice is always to make sure that you are eating a healthy and varied diet, including foods from all of the key food groups, such as protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats.
Take Adequate Exercise
Ensuring that you have a good fitness routine, helps to reduce stress, as well as helping you to get a better night’s sleep (both of which are also crucial to reducing the symptoms of brain fog). In addition to this, exercise reduces inflammation, linked to memory problems, restores hormonal balance and boosts stamina to combat fatigue.
Just be sure not to over do it at the gym, over exercising can actually exacerbate the symptoms of brain fog, so it’s all about finding the right balance.
Explore the Possibility of Allergies
If you are suffering from symptoms of persistent brain fog, you may be suffering from an undiagnosed allergy. Consuming foods or substances, to which you are allergic, can lead to changes in gut micro bacteria, which can lead to increased symptoms of brain fog. As with other triggers to brain fog, allergic reactions can result in inflammation in the body, which leads to unbalanced hormone levels and problems with cognitive function.
If you are concerned that you may be suffering with an allergy, then your doctor may advise that you consider an elimination diet to identify your allergen.
If you are finding that brain fog is significantly effecting your life, then talk to your GP for more advice and support.