If you’ve never had brain fog, you probably have no idea what I’m talking about. But if you have, you know!
It kind of feels like cotton in your brain. Like your brain is not firing on all cylinders. Like the lights are on, but no one is home.
Brain fog is annoying, and it kills productivity – its hard to make decisions, learn new things, remember things or compute stuff in your brain. You need to write everything down, and feel like you need sticky notes for your sticky notes!
I used to notice brain fog in the late afternoon if I was really busy and missed lunch. Someone could ask me a question, and I would look like I was thinking through possible answers, but the truth was, nothing was going on in my brain! Just a big blank. It was hard to make decisions, I was inefficient and it was frustrating. When I recognized the problem, I’d go have something to eat and in about 30 minutes I’d feel much better. This is a common scenario! Thankfully once I got my hormones back in balance, the problem disappeared.
Things that can make brain fog worse:
- Lack of sleep
- Multitasking (just too many things going on in your brain at once!)
- Low blood sugar (that was my problem when I couldn’t think in the afternoon)
- Excessive alcohol
- Junk food
The important thing to know is this is a symptom! Something is causing the brain fog, and you have to know what the underlying cause is, so you can fix it!
Common underlying causes of brain fog
- Hormone imbalances (including menopause, perimenopause and thyroid problems)
- Environmental toxins
- Digestive yeast overgrowth (candida)
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Mold exposure
As you can see, getting to the root cause is important to getting your brain back online and getting you back to feeling like yourself again!
Here’s where to start
- Give your brain healthy food, so it will have the fuel it needs!
- Avoid common brain toxins, like too much sugar or alcohol
- Exercise to get more oxygen to your brain
- Try breathing exercises or meditation to calm your brain so it can work for you
If you already have good lifestyle habits and you’re still struggling with brain fog, it’s important to start looking for the underlying reasons! If this is something you need help with, please let us know – we’re here for you!
Yours in health,