“It’s clouding my brain”
Do you often feel confused or forgetful?
Do you usually have a lack of focus or clarity?
You may have brain fog.
What is brain fog?
People with brain fog usually experience one or more of these symptoms:
- Low energy
- Trouble concentrating
- Forgetfulness or trouble remembering information
- Low motivation, feeling hopeless or depressed
- Trouble sleeping
- Difficulty exercising
Don't worry—if you are experiencing these symptoms, there are things you can do. But, although brain fog is common, it is not normal.
So, when you’re feeling foggy or unfocused and are unable to think, you need to address the issue.
Possible Causes & Solutions
While the specific cause is unknown, there are many contributing factors associated with brain fog, such as:
Lack of sleep
o Do your best to get 9-11 hours of sleep each night! If you exercise regularly, eat healthy, and limit electronics before bed, you should have an easier time falling asleep. A helpful tip is to go to sleep at the same time each night so that your body knows when it’s bedtime.
Too much sugar
o Eating a lot of sugar sends your blood pressure up fast, and then crashing down. Stay away from sugary foods (every once in a while and for a special occasion is okay—everything in moderation!) and you will feel much better.
o Be aware of what you eat throughout the day and how it can affect you. Eat enough protein (meat, dairy, fish, eggs, etc.) and healthy fats (avocados, butter, etc.)
o Check my blog on healthy eating called, “Change Your Diet, Change Your World” for more information.
Lack of nutrition
o To make sure you get the nutrition you need, take a multivitamin!
o For more information, refer to my previous blog, “Change Your Diet, Change Your World”
Celiac Disease (when you eat gluten!)
o Brain fog is actually a symptom people with Celiac Disease experience after they’ve eaten gluten. For those of you who don't know, Celiac Disease is an autoimmune disease and those who have it cannot eat gluten.
Not enough exercise
o If you don’t like athletics, you don't have to do any tiring activities to improve. Just get moving by taking a walk and recognize when you’ve been sitting for too long.
o Meditate! It may sound silly, but it’ll have you feeling happier, smarter, and stronger throughout the day. A great app for meditation (I use it all the time!) is called Insight Timer. Find it on the app store!
o If that doesn't work for you, look up Mind Body Relaxation Techniques. There are plenty online and maybe you’ll find one that helps you relax J
o You can also exercise, write in a journal, read, spend time in nature, or do anything you love!
o If you have seasonal allergies, you know the toll they can take on your body. Because your body is working so hard to protect itself, it makes sense that it may not be as strong in other areas, like thinking. To cope with this, take allergy medication, stay clean, and do your best to stay away from things you’re allergic to.
o It could also be any unknown allergy or sensitivity. For example, if you don't know you are lactose intolerant and eat dairy, you are likely to experience brain fog.
Just living a little healthier can make a huge difference on the way your brain functions. When you’re faced with difficult decisions, like having to choose between a treat or a healthy snack, going to sleep early or late, exercising or relaxing, or anything really, think about how your body will react.
You will feel better. We promise!
We would love to hear from you. Share your brain fog stories.