What is Brain Fog?

What is Brain Fog?
Next Health Staff
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February 5, 2024

Most of us have experienced feeling like our head is in the clouds. Difficulty thinking, being creative, staying focused, and remembering key details are all signs of brain fog.  

Defining Brain Fog

Brain fog encompasses feelings of confusion, forgetfulness, and a lack of mental focus and clarity. At a cellular level, brain fog is thought to stem from heightened inflammation levels and alterations in mood, energy, and focus-regulating hormones. Hormonal imbalances disrupt the entire system, potentially contributing to various conditions like obesity, irregular menstruation, or diabetes mellitus.

Causes of Brain Fog

  1. Lack of sleep: According to studies, sleep deprivation disrupts our brain cells' ability to communicate with each other, leading to temporary mental lapses that affect memory and visual perception.
  2. No exercise: In just 10 days without fitness, the brain can start to lose cognitive function. Without regular movement, your brain can fog up like a windshield, leading to serious long-term cognitive risks.
  3. Stress and anxiety: If you think of your brain as a computer, ongoing anxiety and stress are those programs that run in the background and use up tons of memory, making everything else run slowly.
  4. Poor diet: Consuming unhealthy processed foods like baked goods and soda, which are loaded with refined and added sugars — often in the form of high-fructose corn syrup — floods the brain with too much glucose. This “sugar flood” can lead to inflammation in the brain and may ultimately result in depression and fatigue.
  5. Toxin exposure: Environmental toxins, especially indoor pollution like mold, pet dander, pollen and cleaning agents, also negatively affect the brain. People with brain fog may not realize how bad they feel until they treat it and suddenly feel — and think — better. Test your toxin levels here
  6. Mold: For mold sufferers, what is most relevant is that brain fog can be caused by a variety of inflammatory, toxic, and allergic responses to inflammation. Infections resulting from mold exposure can create imbalances with hormones, neurotransmitters, and nutrition. Test your mold levels here
  7. Hypothyroidism: Thyroid hormone regulates metabolism in every organ of the body, including the brain. When thyroid hormone is low, it can affect your memory span and ability to concentrate.
  8. Hormonal imbalances: With age, key hormones decline. For women during menopause, declining levels of estrogen and progesterone are partly responsible for brain fog symptoms. Learn how to restore your hormones here

Beating Brain Fog

  1. Prioritize Sleep: Ensure you get adequate and quality sleep each night, aiming for 7-9 hours, to support cognitive function.
  2. Stay Hydrated: Drink enough water throughout the day as dehydration can impair cognitive abilities. Get your Brain IV for optimal hydration and nutrients
  3. Regular Exercise: Engage in regular physical activity to enhance blood flow to the brain, which can boost cognitive function.
  4. Balanced Diet: Consume a nutritious diet rich in fruits, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains to provide essential nutrients for brain health.
  5. Manage Stress: Practice stress-reducing techniques like mindfulness, meditation, or yoga to alleviate mental fog caused by stress.
  6. Limit Caffeine and Alcohol: Reduce consumption of excessive caffeine and alcohol, as they can contribute to brain fog when consumed in large amounts.
  7. Take Breaks: Incorporate short self-care breaks during tasks to prevent mental fatigue and maintain focus and clarity.
  8. Mental Stimulation: Engage in activities that challenge your brain, such as puzzles, reading, learning new skills, or playing strategy games.
  9. Avoid Multitasking: Focus on one task at a time to prevent cognitive overload, which can lead to mental confusion.
  10. NAD+ Therapy: NAD+ is a coenzyme that recharges your cellular batteries. Most adults have depleted levels of NAD+ by the age of 35, so increasing your levels can naturally improve your mental energy and clarity.

Remember, these strategies might vary in effectiveness from person to person. It's essential to identify which methods work best for you and your lifestyle.

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Sources:

https://www.bangkokhospital.com/en/content/brain-fog-syndrome

https://www.realsimple.com/health/mind-mood/what-happens-to-brain-without-exercise

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/foggy-brain-lack-of-sleep#:~:text=A new study explains why,affect memory and visual perception.

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/05/14/harvard-nutritionist-and-brain-expert-avoids-these-foods-that-make-you-tired-and-stressed.html#:~:text=Consuming unhealthy processed foods like,result in depression and fatigue.

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