5 Fixes for Brain Fog
What is Brain Fog and How to Get Clarity
By: Jean Stanford
Brain fog is the feeling you have when the lights are on, but no one is home. You are unable to concentrate.
You need more snacks and coffee to get through the day. Small tasks are feeling larger than life. Combating this is possible using these five techniques.
Causes of Brain Fog
Brain fog is caused by a variety of issues. Understanding the cause will help you combat the issue. Causes include:
- Gut microbiome issues (bad bacteria, parasites, yeast/fungal overgrowth)
- Poor sleep
- Nutrient deficiencies
- Mood issues
- Long term stress
- Poor diet
Gut Dysbiosis and Brain Fog
One of the biggest causes of brain fog we see over and over again, is from an overgrowth of yeast or bacteria in the gut microbiome, which triggers a series of events that slowly overburdens the body with toxins called lipopolysaccharides (a.k.a. biofilm)
These toxins trigger the immune system to attack, only this attack is never ending, since these colonies usually grow larger. Over time, the body’s immune cells, not able to penetrate through the biofilm layer, begin to damage delicate nerves in the body responsible for producing our “feel-good” chemicals, including our energy production.
These biofilm lipopolysaccharides produced by bad gut bacteria (and some yeasts) have been found to create symptoms that mimic many health symptoms such as lethargy, body aches, brain fog and digestive issues.
Getting Rid of Brain Fog
Eliminating brain fog has to be an intentional effort. In order to accomplish this, we have given you five ways to begin the journey to experiencing more clarity.
1. Reset Your Digestive System.
Brain regeneration can keep brain fog at bay. And there is overwhelming evidence that the brain and gut are intricately related. One of the most effective things we’ve found for brain fog is to focus on biofilm disruption, which in turn, will allow for the normal flora of healthy bacteria in the gut to regenerate to healthy levels.
This can be done with avoiding the common trigger foods that both feed bad bacteria and/or create inflammation in the body in conjunction with following a biofilm protocol.
2. Move More
An increase in activity can lead to sharp mental function. It increases memory function and improves our moods. The release of chemicals called endorphins in the brain during activity is what keeps the fog from rolling in. One of the best exercises a human body can do is rebounding on a mini trampoline.
This activates the lymph system, which is the essentially body’s sewage system. Lymph is a fluid that goes around collecting waste from blood cells for elimination and rebounding is the most effective way to move this fluid around the body. The lymphatic system does not have any internal pumping mechanism and relies on physical bouncing type movements in order to circulate. The trampoline provides a perfect way to efficiently circulate lymph in order to keep the body detoxified.
3. Get Better Sleep
Staying up late or getting up too early will not benefit your brain function. Sleep deprivation decreases cognitive ability. For trouble sleeping, try taking chelated magnesium (mag. malate) or magnesium oil before bedtime. This can help to calm and relax the body to prepare for deep rest. Also, have a rule of no screens a few hours before bed. If you must use screens, make sure the blue light spectrum is filtered out. You can use any free software to achieve this such as f.lux or one that comes with your electronic device.
Exercise is great, but too much can be harmful. Our bodies cannot distinguish between normal exercise and danger. This leads to unnecessary stress. Taking time to meditate will calm the stress signals, therefore, calming the mind.
5. Feed the Brain
Because our brains are made up of protein and fat, our diets should incorporate more of these. Healthy fats are what the brain craves. Adding foods that are plant-based and full of omega three fatty acids will boost energy production and release the fog. Walnuts are an example of foods very high in these healthy fats.
Brain fog doesn’t have to run your life. With the right knowledge and patience about how it develops, you can take the necessary action steps towards fixing it and finding clarity once again. The biggest factor we’ve found is that this is a gut-related issue and putting attention on balancing the gut microbiome will likely provide the most effective and long-lasting results.
Check out our free action plan for eliminating biofilm, which tends to be underlying many health challenges people face and learn more:
The Biofilm Buster Action Plan
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