There are many different reasons someone many experience chronic or occasional brain fog. Sometimes it can be normal – maybe you didn’t get enough sleep, or you’re exhausted from traveling, or you’re under the weather. But for the most part, it shouldn’t be something you learn to live with or pass off as normal. If you experience regular brain fog, here are some tips to helping eliminate it. If it continues or is accompanied with other symptoms, it’s best to reach out to a functional medicine practitioner and identify the root cause.
1.) Get enough sleep. Sleep is a critical part to overall health, but especially brain function. Lack of sleep actually makes your brain cells tired. Researchers have found that sleep deprivation makes it difficult for brain cells to communicate effectively, which, in turn, can lead to temporary mental lapses that affect memory and visual perception.
2.) Limit your refined carb intake. Try cutting back on refined carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, cookies, and pastries. Do make sure you’re getting enough fiber though. Many vegetables are loaded with fibers, even low-carb ones, such as avocados. Click here to learn more about simple high fiber food swaps.
3.) Cut WAY back on sugars and artificial sweeteners. Refined sugar may give you a quick burst in energy, including brain energy, but it will lead to a crash fast, leaving you worse off than before. And artificial sweeteners do nothing but confuse the body’s natural functions, including brain functions. If you need something sweet or a quick pick-me-up, opt for whole fruits.
4.) Eat healthy fats. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of healthy fats in everyday diet. When it comes to brain function, healthy fats keep blood flow fast and efficient, including to the brain. Load up on nuts, seeds, fish, healthy oils, and avocados.
5.) Exercise. If you have brain fog, it’s likely that you’re also feeling fatigued. It may seem counter-intuitive, but exercising increases the body’s natural production of the chemicals that increase brain functionality.
In Good Health,