We live in an “always on” society. Our phones constantly ping away with notifications. Our schedules are filled with extracurriculars, household chores, and special work projects. Many of us frequently feel tired, irritable, and have trouble concentrating.
It could be what some experts call “brain fog.” While “brain fog” isn’t something that your physician is going to diagnose you with from The Merck Manual, it could be a symptom of some cognitive dysfunction.
What is brain fog?
People who experience brain fog may have:
- Feelings of fatigue and low energy
- Low-grade anxiety and/or depression
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty remembering information
- Trouble focusing
- Trouble exercising
- Irritable disposition
What causes brain fog?
Brain fog may be caused by any number of health issues, from stress and lack of sleep to poor diet and use of certain medications. In some people, brain fog may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s or some other brain-related illness.
If you’re not feeling as mentally sharp and energetic as you ordinarily do, try some of these natural brain fog hacks…
#1 Gut Reset
Did you know that the gut contains bacteria that affect the brain? Eating a lot of highly processed foods may even kill off some of that healthy bacteria in your gut, potentially causing symptoms of brain fog. During a gut reset, take a seven-day break from processed foods, dairy, gluten, and other ingredients that may cause inflammation.
#2 Cat-Cow Pose
Cat-cow is one of the most common yoga poses, and it’s great for circulating spinal fluid. Take a few minutes at the start of your day to get a deep spinal flex with this pose. For a little extra stretch, add in some side-to-side movements or roll the head in a circular motion.
#3 Take a B Vitamin
A vitamin B12 deficiency can cause problems with energy, memory, mood, and mental clarity. If you feel like your brain is foggy, the solution may be as simple as taking a B12 vitamin!
#4 Get Quality Sleep
Aim for at least seven hours of sleep per night. Getting adequate rest may help clear up brain fog. Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and screens in the evening if possible. Use the last half-hour or so before bed to read and wind down.
#5 Exercise Regularly
Exercise releases endorphins, which improve mood. Furthermore, exercise can help promote blood flow and reduce inflammation… all good things for people experiencing symptoms of brain fog!
#6 Manage Stress
High levels of stress can cause anxiety, depression, hormonal imbalances, and other health issues related to an increased production of cortisol. While there are many good reasons for managing stress, clearing up brain fog is a great motivation to start!
#7 Fuel Your Brain
Input equals output, right? Consider giving your brain the boost it needs with a supplement that offers healthy brain support. The right kind of fuel may assist your brain by supporting memory formation and recall and reducing anxiety.
You’ve Got This.
Have questions about what you can do to get over your brain fog? Reach out to the BIPRI team with your questions. We’re here for you!