Brain fog is one condition which is loosely defined and is not even considered to be a real medical condition. However, it is commonly found to accompany other serious illnesses. Its symptoms include impairment of concentration, affecting memory and clarity of thinking.
Brain Fog Defined
Brain fog is mostly defined as a condition that affects the way one thinks. People who experiences brain fog may feel disconnected and confused. Thinking clearly is almost impossible and the sufferer may feel spaced out.
Other symptoms include short term memory, a shortened attention span and forgetfulness. Often this happens at unexpected times when they feel detached and stuck. Others have reported feelings of cotton balls filling their head, the crown of their head tingling and their vision being somewhat impaired.
Causes of Brain Fog
Brain fog is common and it affects so many people at varying intensities. Although it affects mental clarity, it is different from dementia, depression or anxiety and all other mentally related problems. Its most common causes include the following:
- biochemical imbalance
- nutritional imbalance/deficient
- ingestion of toxic metals
- bowel toxicity
- adrenalin burnout
- thyroid imbalance
- yeast levels
- food allergies
- viral infection
- lack of sleep
- substance abuse
How to Clear Brain Fog
Eat healthy food
Healthy foods can strengthen your immune system. They can boost your body’s immunity against conditions that may cause brain fog. Healthy foods may also help detoxify your body from current day lifestyles which includes eating junk and fast foods and getting exposed to the toxicities of artificial foods.
Eating healthy food may also give your body the right state of mind wherein you get to think clearly and you can push away all negativities caused by physical ailments.
Get some sleep
Sleeping right means getting your body the right amount of rest. Sleeping is known to have restorative power for the body. It helps people gain back the energy they lost during the day. When one keeps a good sleeping pattern, the body may become attuned to the good benefits of sleep. This in return gives you clear mind devoid of fogginess intensified by lack of sleep.
By sleeping, it isn’t just the body that gets to rest; the mind gets a chance to rest as well.
Exercise strengthens the body and helps clear the fog away. Exercising may let the body produce the necessary hormones to keep the brain happy and focused.
Exercise may also foster discipline and focus; two good things to strengthen the mind and keep the brain healthy.
When you scour the internet, you may find various tips on how to detoxify. Some are true, some are not. Some people may react positively to the process while others may not. Anyway, detoxification can purge the body of all toxins that we acquire from food, drinks and the environment.
It’s one of the best ways to diet but it’s also very effective in clearing the fog away. It promotes the elimination of toxins and waste through stimulation of the liver, it rests the organs, improves blood circulation and it refuels the body with healthy nutrients.
After the detox process, you may find yourself clearheaded and with improved memory capabilities. Different detoxification processes involve the following:
- Replace meal with a smoothie out of fruits and veggies
- If you do eat, make everything organic
- Get an intense massage
- Drink lots of water
- Instead of coffee, have a cup of green tea
- Exercise (mentioned above already)
- If you can, fast for a day or two (not recommended if you have health problems)
- Avoid pollution
- Do yoga (will be discussed later)
- Have superfoods!
- Try to eliminate medication (if possible)
- Dry skin brush
- Say no to processed foods
Get off gluten
Although brain fog is not commonly found in the list of Celiac symptoms, it is said to be associated with gluten products. One remedy is to stop including gluten food in your diets. This may include bagels, breads, dumplings, muffins, noodles, wheat scones, pizza, and the list goes on. You can try to cut down your gluten intake or get rid of it from your diet.
Read and Write
Reading and writing helps exercise the brain. Exercising the brain can make it strong. When the brain is strong you have more ability to avoid the tendency of getting confused and zoning out while in the middle of a task. Challenge yourself every week. Read books with varying levels of difficulty. Then write about your opinion on the book you’ve read. Analyse your thoughts. Analysis of things helps you work out your brain. Or blog about it. Blogging what you’ve read is a good way to let out your thoughts.
Often, stress can cause distraction. It can occupy your mind and can even erase all important matters from your brain causing you to forget your commitments. So if zoning out happens every time you’re stressed, then maybe it’s time you find a way to de-stress. One method? Meditation.
Do yoga. Yoga is an ancient practice used to clear the mind and to help balance and flexibility. It also helps to strengthen your mind. Try meditating on your negative thoughts. Clarify those thoughts. Focus on your inner being and declutter. That way you may keep focus on the things you need to do, and avoid zoning out.
Do you know that there are supplements that can strengthen your mind? There are supplements that can support your brain and help strengthen your mental clarity. These include supplements of vitamin b12, vitamin D and Omega-3. Omega-3, as we already pointed out in our previous article, may help in brain health and has been found to reduce the likelihood of dementia.
Eliminate distractions, De-clutter
Your physical environment may affect the way you think. So instead of working at a cluttered desk, throw away all the unnecessary things. If you have a TV in the bedroom, unplug it, it can distract you from getting to sleep early. Keep your house organized and put all your needed things in their proper places. This way, you will be able to find them again.
You can also use some visual reminders like post it notes on your desk or fridge and use some apps to help you.
Develop a routine
A routine can establish things that you need to do. Of course it’s good to get out from time to time, but just make sure that you are on track with everything you need to do.
Your routine may include things you need to do before leaving the house. In the office or in your workplace, you can try to list down the things you need to do or things you do in a pattern for the whole week. Schedules can help.
Weed out negative people
Negative people may cause you to absorb their feelings. When the people that surround you start to give out negative vibes, avoid them or tell them right out how you’re feeling about the situation. Choose to be with people who keep you positive and who boost your confidence. Negativities can sometimes feed on your positive thoughts, causing problems and taking up a big chunk of your consciousness and focus.
Brain fog can affect everybody. It can hit at the most unlikely times, but many things that can be done to avoid it and to remedy it. If it does happen to you, don’t set it aside as unimportant. Remember, everything starts as a simple first step. For now, try these remedies, they won’t hurt.
Note: Some of the mentioned tips above may not be appropriate for you as they may affect existing treatments or conditions. Your doctor’s advice is still the best thing to seek in conditions like this.