10 Smart Tips On How To Fight Brain Fog
On a purely scientific level, brain fog hints at inflammation. Rather scarily, I’ve seen some scientists describe it as “brain on fire”. What?!
But get this: Medicine doesn’t actually recognise “brain fog” as a correct term. Instead, “brain fog” is just a phrase us mere mortals have coined to sum up feelings of forgetfulness, confusion, and a loss of concentration. Brain fog is also characterised by an inability to bring things to mind, or process information as quickly as usual.
While brain fog isn’t physically harmful (it certainly won’t kill you), it does slow down your productivity. When your brain is literally still half asleep, you can’t race through tasks with your usual gusto. Instead, you just want to go back to bed.
To return to the “brain on fire” bit for a moment. Scientists use this phrase because, when our neurones are firing quickly, we’re alert, focused and ready. But when our neurones are firing slowly, we’re tired, fatigued and confused. We’re “brain fogged” – and our brain is on fire. This all boils down to inflammation, which slows our neurones down, and reduces energy in our cells. As such, we feel groggy and we can’t perform at our optimum.
If you’re consistently suffering from brain fog at the moment and find that it’s slowing your productivity down, here are 10 smart tips on how to fight it.
It makes a lot of sense that a lack of sleep is going to leave you feeling tired the next day. But it’s not enough to say to someone “GET MORE SLEEP” thanks to all the variables involved.
People don’t get enough sleep for various reasons. Some have insomnia, others have sleep apnea, while still others can’t prise themselves away from online gaming, social media and Internet chat rooms out of a fear of missing out. Before we know it, it’s 4am.
If you’re not getting enough sleep at the moment, it’s a very good idea to find out why you aren’t getting enough sleep. Then, find ways of remedying the situation.
Cut Out Fatty Foods
Most of us feel guilty each time we take a bite of a greasy streak of bacon or a succulent cheeseburger because we know we’re going to gain more weight.
But the bad fats found in junk food don’t just make their way to your belly and thighs – they also find their way to your brain, where they accumulate and leave you feeling foggy. Not cool.
Get Some Fresh Air
Whenever I lose focus, I always make it a point to head outdoors and catch some fresh air. Sunlight is a bonus – a very good one!
You don’t have to take a really long walk. Simply stepping outside of your confined building for a few minutes works wonders. If you can’t leave your office, crack open a window.
Breathing deeply when you can’t think straight is important. You might think it ridiculous that such a simple technique can eliminate brain fog – but it really does work.
When you breathe deeply and properly, you’re allowing more oxygen into your body. At the same time, more carbon dioxide is exiting. When you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed, this helps a lot.
The key is to breathe slowly through your nose for about five seconds, before holding for a second and letting go slowly through your mouth for another five seconds.
Just a minute of this technique will replenish your mind.
Improve Your Blood Sugar Levels
Most of us, when we hear about spiked blood sugar levels, will think of diabetes. But spikes in your blood sugar levels is also a cause of brain fog.
If you’re skipping meals or bingeing a lot on sugar at the moment, it’s important that you change your dietary patterns. Skipping meals – especially breakfast – often causes us to raid the snacks cupboard for sugary treats. These, in turn, can cause spikes in our blood sugar. And it is then that inflammation can occur.
Spikes in you blood sugar can also cause hormonal imbalance, of which adrenal fatigue is a symptom.
Many of us are more stressed and busier than ever. Our lives are crammed with all kinds of useful and useless information. With so much info to retain and so much to do, it’s no small wonder we get foggy now and then.
So, it’s time to empty your mind and chill out.
Meditation is perfect for this. It sharpens mental awareness and resolve by freeing your mind of thoughts so that your only focus is the present moment.
Enjoy the bearable lightness of being for once.
Your liver is responsible for detoxifying your system and eliminating pesky toxins and free radicals from your body. But there is only so much it can do without your help. Eventually, it will become overwhelmed by all impurities and will no longer be able to cope. In such circumstances, the lunatics take over the asylum and you begin to feel run down. Symptoms include fatigue, headaches, skin conditions – and brain fog.
It’s important that you detoxify if you’re struggling with brain fog at the moment. Detoxifying cleans out your system, eliminating harmful toxins that are leaving you feeling confused and tired.
There are plenty of detoxifying treatments you can undertake, and they all centre around your diet. Recommended cleansing herbs include milk thistle an artichoke leaf.
Get Some Vitamin D
Vitamin D deficiency is fairly common, especially in places that don’t get much sunlight. Because it’s difficult to get vitamin D from our diet, a number of people struggle to get hardly any at all.
Vitamin D deficiency can actually cause brain fog. And during the winter, such a deficiency gets worse. Which means your brain fog will worsen, too.
If you’re unsure, visit your doctor and ask for a blood test. If it turns out that you are vitamin D deficient, they will suggest a vitamin D supplement.
Drink More Coffee
This is perhaps the most obvious solution to brain fog, and if you haven’t tried it yet you might very well be kicking yourself.
Yup, caffeine is a nootropic that makes you more alert, improves your memory and sharpens your focus. Millions of people around the world drink a cup (or two) before work each morning to wake them up. And millions of people can’t be wrong, right?
Eat More Fruit
Coffee is one way of improving brain fog via your diet. Eating more fruit is another.
Fruit is essentially energy on tap. Especially when you eat fruit on an empty stomach, its sugars are released quickly into your bloodstream, which gives you an instant boost of energy.