Hi friends, happy Friday!
How are you all? Looking forward to the weekend, for some rest and relaxation? Me too!
And while we are resting and relaxing ourselves, let’s make sure we let our brain/mind also relax. How? Maybe, do some deep-breathing and eat well, if you have been not, due to a hectic week and all.
Today’s post is about a very common term we read or hear these days-Brain Fog. Brain fog has been brought to light due to it being a post-Covid after effect however, it is also used in terms of very low calorie diets or starvation as well as stress. Can’t seem to recall where you left your keys? Can’t seem to recall if you have already had your medications?
What Is Brain Fog?
Brain fog is not a medical condition per se. Neither is it a permanent condition. However, if it persists, it does affect our state of ‘’mental well-being”. It hinders that happy feeling of being bright and perky through the day, acing things like a champion.
It is more like a symptom and the signs of brain fog are:
- Lack of focus/concentration
- Lack of mental clarity and cloudy thoughts
- Memory issues
- Feeling light in head/brain, dizziness in some cases
- Mental exhaustion/fatigue
Main Causes of Brain Fog
So, why does it happen? There could be many reasons, just like a fever. Fever too is just a symptom, not the main illness, right? Brain fog too, is a symptom that tells us that something somewhere in our body, is not right.
The main cause for a brain fog could be anything that exhausts our brain and interferes with its normal relaxation & recovery process. This would undoubtedly lead to a lot of chronic health issues, if persists.
Stress has been found linked strongly with inflammation in our body and is a root-cause for many chronic illnesses. It is thus surprising that most of us still don’t do anything about it actively. Everybody has some stress in their life but there are tools which could actively help, such as deep-breathing. Some dietary supplements could help too. If you have moderate to high levels of stress, I urge you to do something about it right away.
Anyways, the main causes for a brain fog could be any of these:
- Lack of good sleep
- Mental stress or depression
- Extreme diets or fasting/starvation – lack of enough carbs in the diet is one such example
- Food allergies
- Hormonal fluctuations – especially during pregnancy and menopause
- A side-effect of certain medications
- Irregular blood-sugar levels or diabetes
- Chronic exhaustion/fatigue
- Alzheimer’s disease
So, What Now?
If it’s just a one-off day, its okay. We all get stressed, many of us face indigestion problems sometimes and our blood-sugar levels might be off-balance due to last night partying.
However, if brain-fog persists or happens frequently, it is time to see a doctor who might run a few tests and ask questions about our diet, lifestyle, current medication etc. before starting on a treatment plan. The treatment depends upon the cause of the brain-fog and would differ from one person to the other.
Many a times and especially when there is no underlying medical conditions, the problem is easily treated with:
- dietary modifications and taking care of nutritional deficiencies
- some lifestyle changes might be required as well to lower the stress levels
- a regular exercise schedule would help a lot, too
- a good sleeping pattern would do wonders
- adopting a hobby would keep our brain happy and relaxed
- reducing excessive alcohol consumption would be ideal
- reducing energy drinks or caffeine is recommended too
Meanwhile, we can also observe the brain-fog pattern ourselves. Whenever you feel it, recall your last 24-hours, note what you did and what you ate (or didn’t eat). Spot a pattern. Identify the triggers and see how such triggers can be avoided.
Hope today’s post helped you in understanding brain fog better. Most of us have experienced it at some point in life. I too have experienced a mild brain fog a few times when I haven’t had something to eat in a long while, due to work or travelling.
The time seems to slow down and our thoughts become hazy. If it happens frequently, see your doctor immediately and get ready to make some much-needed changes. Don’t forget to join me on Instagram for a regular dose of Holistic Health & Motivation!
Till next Friday
Love, Health & Peace