How to Get Rid of Brain Fog
The festive season can leave us feeling tired, run down and a little foggy. And as we begin the new year, there is nothing worse than brain fog. Especially when trying to get back into work. Feeling tired, lack of concentration and experiencing the fuzzies can make 9-5 a lot less enjoyable.
With that in mind, we have put together a short list of the common causes of brain fog and how to combat them.
Common Causes of Brain Fog
Let’s just say with Christmas, the New Year and everything in between, we are bound to be feeling tired and a little run down. However, did you know there are a number of reasons for ‘brain fog.’
- Lack of Sleep
- An unhealthy diet
- Vitamin deficiency
- Health conditions
Deprivation of Sleep and the Impact of Stress on the Body
The M.D co-director of the McCance Centre for Brain Health at Massachusetts General Hospital, Jonathan Rosand highlighted the impact sleep deprivation can have on an individual’s concentration and memory retention. He discussed, learning, concentration and attention are demanding on the brain. Hence, when sleep deprived your brain can feel exhausted, making it harder to keep focused.
Rosand stated the importance of keeping a regular “wind-down routine” and to ensure you keep off all electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed. As this effects our melatonin levels, which help us sleep.
Exhaustion and stress go hand in hand. When we are feeling stressed, our blood-pressure begins to rise. So it is important to allow yourself to switch off, relax and get at least 8 hours of sleep daily.
Taking supplements such as Magnesium and Zinc can greatly benefit your sleep quality.
An unhealthy diet has a number of negative implications on the human body. However, it is not often realised how poor nutrition can effect our brain functionality. When eating the wrong foods, our energy levels and ability to concentrate is compromised. Like our bodies, our brain needs to be fed the right nutrients in order to function at its optimal level.
Eating unhealthy carbs and fats for example can increase inflammation in the body. Inflammation effects dopamine, serotonin and cortisol. Which are the drivers for mood, energy and focus. Ensuring you are getting the right level of nutrients in your body is paramount to brain performance. B12 for example impacts and regulates healthy brain function. Thus, if your body is lacking in this vitamin, you can experience brain fog.
Removing trigger foods from your diet can also play apart on brain function. Avoid eating fatty foods, high sugar or refined carbs as an example. If you are not having enough fruits, vegetables and proteins, you can also experience brain fog.
Food sensitives like dairy, MSG, aspartame and peanuts can also play a part too.
Supplements such as the Trilogy Nutrition Super Fruits and Greens are an easy way to replenish your body of all the right minerals and vitamins. The powder dissolves easily in water and has 20+ servings of fruits and vegetables. It is also available in 3 delicious flavours Berry, Espresso and Strawberry Kiwi. The dynamic blend supplies your body with improved energy, enhanced metabolism, digestion, detoxification, immunity, repair, recovery, revitalization, and longevity! It’s an easy-to-mix superfood allows you take your fruits and greens anywhere! Keep it at the office or at home to ensure you are getting the daily minerals and vitamins your body needs.
Medications and Health Conditions
A side effect from taking medications can be brain fog. If you feel this may be occurring after taking a medication, speak with your doctor. You may need to adjust your nutritional intake to help to combat this. Health conditions such as chronic fatigue, depression, anaemia, diabetes or as stated, inflammation, can also cause brain fog. Again, speaking with your doctor can help to understand what is best for your health moving forward in 2019.
The human body is incredibly sensitive to dehydration. Even if it is only mild! Our brains depend on proper hydration to function optimally. If we are just 2% dehydrated, studies have shown a pertinent impact on perception, short-term memory, concentration and alertness. Make sure you are drinking enough water throughout the day to ensure your body is not dehydrated.
Start the new year feeling healthy and with a clear mind. Ensure you are getting enough sleep, water and nutrients your body needs to perform at its best.