Beating brain fog

Vitality is the starting point for an active lifestyle. and has a lot to do with our lifestyle choices and particularly our diet. Brain fog can be a sign that something is out of balance and needs to be corrected. Fortunately, the most common causes of brain fog can be dealt with quite easily. You can use the below as a personal checklist.

An unbalanced diet

A diet high in sugar or carbohydrates (carbs) and low in nutrition is the most common cause for brain fog. Some carbs can push up our insulin levels quite rapidly which quickly drop back down leaving you feeling muggy in the head. It is quite common to suffer from a lack of vitamin, especially B12 for those on a vegetarian or vegan diet. A deficiency in Vitamin D and Omega-3 is also common. These can be easily be topped up taking quality supplements.

Dehydration

A lack of fluids in the body causes typical problems with concentration. Take a note of how much you drink and aim for at least 2 litres per day. Tea and coffee count towards this target but they are diuretics and will increase the need to urinate.

A lack of sleep

A refreshing night is essential for our general health and well-being. Sleep is an intricate part of supporting the memory process so not getting enough sleep can lead us feeling groggy the next day as well as affecting memory

Stress and burnout

Stress increases the release of the hormone cortisol, which promotes the formation of free radicals, which in turn damages brain cells. Prolonged bouts of stress can lead to burnout. Learn to relax when under pressure. Practising mindfulness or learning breathing techniques used in Yoga can help us change our mental state during stressful times in our life.

Incompatibilities and allergies

If you eat well, get plenty of exercise, have work life-balance and still suffer from brain fog, it may well be that environmental toxins or even food allergy is the cause. It might be a good idea to consider an allergy test if you react quite strongly to dairy products, nuts or fruits.

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