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Home Treatment For Brain Fog

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We've all had bouts of brain fog, where no matter what we do, we can't seem to clear our heads. You may stumble through the days, losing your keys, forgetting important tasks, having trouble focusing at work and zoning out at home. Brain fog is much more common than you might think; because it's not considered a medical condition there's little research as to its causes. However, you can work to determine what may be causing your brain fog, and take certain lifestyle changes to reduce it.

What Is Brain Fog?

Brain fog is characterized by poor mental clarity. This may last for a day or two, or weeks on end. Common symptoms include:

  • Lack of clarity
  • Poor short term memory
  • Confusion
  • Absentmindedness
  • Trouble learning new tasks
  • Mild anxiety
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Fatigue

Those with long term brain fog may seem detached and forgetful. Some may attribute their fog to aging or fatigue, but this may not be an accurate diagnosis.

What Causes Brain Fog?

There are many possible causes of brain fog. For most people, fatigue, poor diet and medications may be to blame. When we are tired our brains don't respond as quickly to new information, and the exhaustion makes it difficult to focus. A poor diet often will affect many aspects of a person's life, making them susceptible to illness and fatigue. Vitamin deficiencies especially can do a number on a person's body and brain. And, since so many of us take at least one prescription medication, fatigue and brain fog are common side effects that we may learn to accept simply because we need the medication. Other possible causes of brain fog include medical conditions, food or environmental allergies, psychological problems and environmental toxins like pesticides or household cleaners. Often the toxins affect children more than adults, as young brains are more susceptible to neurotoxins. A sedentary lifestyle may also be to blame, as exercise increases blood flow to the brain.

How To Treat Brain Fog

It's important to try and identify what may be triggering your brain fog. Consider all aspects of your life. Talk with your doctor about what you are experiencing, as brain fog can also be a warning sign of a more serious physical or psychological problem. You may want to take a multi vitamin or make other lifestyle changes to alleviate the fog.

Home Treatment For Brain Fog

If you are sure your brain fog isn't part of a larger medical condition, there are a number of things you can do at home to clear the fog. Most lifestyle changes will benefit not just your brain, but your body and emotional well being as well.

  • Rest: Fatigue or exhaustion may be to blame. If your job or lifestyle is contributing to your exhaustion, you may want to make some changes.
  • Diet: Work to increase the amount of fruits, vegetables and whole grains in your diet. Take a multi vitamin to boost nutrients as well.
  • Exercise: Make an effort to become more physically active. Exercise will boost your energy levels, and the serotonin in your brain, helping you feel better as well.
  • Lifestyle changes: Smoking, excessive drinking and chronic stress can all contribute to brain fog.

With some effort, you can work to alleviate brain fog. It may take some time as you work to identify the possible sources of the fog, but will be well worth the effort.

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