Many of us may experience difficulty concentrating, forgetfulness, and struggling to multitask at some point in our lives. This could be a warning indication of ‘Brain Fog’ if it occurs too frequently. It sounds harmless, but it’s not normal.
Signs or clues of brain fog include lack of attention, slow thinking, forgetfulness, mental fatigue, mood swings, and stress.
Stress, poor sleep, lack of exercise, dehydration, hormonal imbalance, depression, and chronic diseases are the seven most typical causes of brain fog.
WHAT IS BRAIN FOG?
‘Brain fog’ is not an actual medical term, but rather a term used to describe a list of symptoms that can influence your regular brain function. It’s as if your brain has a thin layer of fog surrounding it, leading to lack of attention, slow information processing and forgetfulness. In addition, mental fatigue and a negative impact on mood are common symptoms.
Brain fog can occur at any age, children, adults, or in the elderly. The good news is that it is reversible, but if the causes are not addressed and corrected, it may reoccur frequently or persist for a long time. Without appropriate treatment, this condition may impact your daily activities, social life, employment, academic performance, and even sleep quality.
COMMON CAUSES OF BRAIN FOG
Lack of Exercise
Psychiatric Conditions (E.g. Depression)
Recent studies have shown growing evidence of the important link between brain health and gut health. Gut microbiota (balance of gut bacteria) affects gut health, and overall wellness is affected by exposure to harmful heavy metals. After exposure to pollution, contaminated food, or contaminated water, these heavy metals can build up in various parts of the body, including the gut and brain.
HOW TO REDUCE BRAIN FOG
The most effective way to prevent or reverse brain fog is by maintaining a healthy brain through lifestyle changes. The importance of a nutritious diet, regular exercise, restful sleep, drinking adequate water, and stress management for brain health cannot be overstated.
Unfortunately, as mentioned above, brain fog may not completely clear up unless these underlying causes — such as hormone imbalance, gut bacterial imbalance, or too much exposure to heavy metals — are identified and treated.
In conclusion, brain fog is a common condition that can affect anyone, regardless of age. The factors can be environmental, a person's lifestyle, or due to internal imbalances or exposure of hormones, gut microbiota, and heavy metals. As we are moving towards a more modern and accessible era of medicine, many treatment options and therapies are available now to address the majority of the causes of brain fog.
Identifying the probable causes is the key. Brain fog can be successfully treated with lifestyle changes combined with scientific intervention to undo all mental and physical causative factors, and in turn improving your quality of life.
References: Ketchai Suavansri, M.D., Cognitive and Behavioral Neurologist
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