Brain fog – Is it a Disease?
Today the human species are the most superior to others, on our planet. Evolution is a powerful event that occurs to all species and brain is the most important organ in your body that gives you power over other beings. It is the seat of learning and knowledge. Sometimes perfectly healthy individuals experience feelings of disorientation, confusion and forgetfulness due to brain fog. Though it is not officially listed as a clinical diagnosis, it is becoming a common occurrence now. Brain fog is said to occur if you have one or more of the following symptoms:
- When you are unable to concentrate and feel a lack of clarity.
- When your mind blanks out when you are in the middle of a speech or exam – poor short term memory
- Feelings of mental confusion when you know that you remember something, but cannot quite recollect it.
- Difficulty in grasping new things
This condition is termed as brain fog as it can cloud your cognitive thinking ability. The onset of brain fog symptoms may occur over a long period or a short span of time. The three common causes of brain fog are improper lifestyle habits, some unidentified medical condition or side effect of prescribed medication.
Causes of Brain Fog and its Prevention
The brain is composed of about 78% water, 12% fats and proteins.
- As water is an important constituent, even 2% dehydration of the body affects the brain and contributes to fuzzy thinking. So keep yourself hydrated at all times.
- Low-fat diets cause havoc to your brain as along with reducing your waistline, they starve your brain cells too. Use the calorie counter app and make sure that you get your daily quota of carbohydrates.
- Avoid mono sodium glutamate (MSG), a common ingredient in processed food, as it is a proven neurotoxin.
- Allow for good blood supply to the brain by eating right without skipping meals.
- Consume foods that are rich in Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, DHA and Omega-3 fatty acids.
- It is very important to get uninterrupted sleep. This is the time brain rests itself and gears up for the following day by forming new brain cells and memories.
- Bowel toxicity causes brain fog. Make sure that food passes out of the intestinal tract, as soon as it digests and must not linger on, in the bowels for too long. If improper transit of food occurs, then it rots and ferments in the gut, which produces toxins like skatols, indols. These toxins first affect the brain and causes brain fog.
- Low blood sugar accounts for brain fog. When the level of glucose in the brain reduces, the brain is deprived of its food. Keep up your blood sugar level by eating on time.
- Toxic metals like copper, lead, mercury etc. too lead to brain fog. These metals can be ingested via mediums like food, air and water.
Remedial Measures Are Readily Available
Intake of certain oils like coconut oil, lecithin and hemp oil is advised, as these oils are rich in fatty acids, omega-3 and DHA that help is overall formation of brain tissue. Over-the-counter supplements like citicoline and traditional medicines (like arctic root and gotu kola) are also proven to be effective.