Donna Gates, M.Ed., ABAAHP, Guest
Unfortunately, even resolutions made with the best intentions lose steam when the brain isn’t working. Brain fog is a sign of inflammation. It is described as the feeling of living in a hazy reality, where you feel disoriented, scattered, and dull.
Signs of brain fog include trouble concentrating and forgetfulness. Recurring brain fog may leave you:
-Feeling groggy or confused -Unable to focus -With a poor memory -Stuttering or stammering when speaking -Processing information slowly
What Causes Brain Fog?
Brain fog can be a common occurrence and a sign of inflammation in the body. You may experience symptoms like confusion, poor memory, difficulty processing information, and an inability to focus. Datis Kharrazian, bestselling author and a leading expert on autoimmune diseases, recently published a book about the brain called, Why Isn’t My Brain Working? He explains that brain fog doesn’t just involve the brain.
Brain fog is a sign of leaky brain or brain on fire. In other words, brain fog is a sign of inflammation. Inflammation in the brain causes neurons to fire more slowly, slowing down mental acuity, recall, and reflexes. Sluggish neurons also shut down the production of energy in the cells. This means that cells fatigue easily, and you may lose your ability to focus for long periods of time.
- There is head trauma.
- Your blood sugar is unregulated, such as diabetes or insulin resistance.
- There is poor blood circulation to the brain.
- There is inflammation outside the brain, such as an inflamed gut.
- You have a marked sensitivity to environmental pollutants, perfumes, and chemicals.
The bad news is that once microglia are activated, they feed inflammatory messages to the brain for their entire lifespan. They are like dominos—once one is activated, a string of microglia “turn on.” This can create a vicious cycle of brain fog that not only muddies your thoughts but can also destroy brain tissue.
4 Ways to Say Goodbye to Brain Fog
In order to alleviate persistent brain fog, it’s crucial to take broad steps to control overall inflammation. While your whole body will benefit from less inflammation, you will also find that you may boost your energy, clarity, and motivation.
1. Sleep and Stress:
Get enough sleep at night and stick to a reasonable bedtime. Also, find ways to manage mental and emotional stressors, such as conscious breathing or purposeful exercise. Lack of sleep, poor sleep quality, and stress can all interfere with the body’s ability to ward off inflammation and brain fog.
2. Blood Sugar:
If you find that you skip meals or binge on sugar, it is essential to shift your eating patterns. Skipped meals and sugar binges can spike blood sugar, leading to the release of pro-inflammatory stress hormones. Spikes in blood sugar can also interfere with hormone signaling. Adrenal fatigue, estrogen dominance, hot flashes during menopause, and disorders like PCOS are all signs of a hormonal imbalance. Brain fog is often on the list of symptoms that accompany these disorders. You can improve blood sugar regulation with an herb called stevia—a natural, sugar-free sweetener. Also, try incorporating small amounts of intentional movement into your day. Exercise not only helps control blood sugar but also improves the circulation of blood flow to the extremities, including the brain.
3. Low-Grade Infections:
Binging on sugar will also feed any low-grade infection in the body. Whether it is Candida yeast or bacterial overgrowth in the gut, a low-grade infection slowly drains the body’s energy by repeatedly tapping into your stress response system. These low-grade infections accelerate the release of pro-inflammatory messages. You can control and eliminate infections in the body by eating fermented foods and drinking probiotic beverages. For further support, follow The Body Ecology Diet, which is sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, and probiotic-rich.
4. Environmental Toxins:
Environmental pollutants and chemicals can place undue stress on the body and its regulatory systems. Donna created LivAmend to support your detoxification pathways with cleansing herbs like milk thistle, wasabi, sarsaparilla, and artichoke leaf.
About the Author
Donna Gates, M.Ed., ABAAHP, is the international best-selling author of The Body Ecology Diet: Recovering Your Health and Rebuilding Your Immunity, The Body Ecology Guide to Growing Younger: Anti-Aging Wisdom for Every Generation, and Stevia: Cooking with Nature’s Calorie-Free Sweetener. An Advanced Fellow with the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, she is on a mission to change the way the world eats. The Body Ecology Diet was the first of its kind—sugar-free, gluten-free, casein-free, and probiotic rich. In 1994, Donna introduced the natural sweetener stevia to the U.S., began teaching about fermented foods, and coined the phrase “inner ecosystem” to describe the network of microbes that maintains our basic physiological processes—from digestion to immunity. For a consultation or to learn about Donna Gates, click here!