Brain fog is a very common and may not seem like a serious condition—for many it’s not—but being aware of the causes of brain fog can go a long way in eliminating it.
Stress: One of the leading causes of brain fog is chronic stress. Stress causes increased blood pressure, weakens the immune system and triggers symptoms of anxiety and depression. It also causes mental fatigue and brain fog. Last week’s BrainTap blog featured healthy ways to move from stressed to serene. If you missed it, click HERE.
Lack of Sleep. If you’re not getting good quality sleep, your brain can’t function properly, which could lead to cloudy thinking and judgment. For Mayo Clinic’s top tips on getting restful sleep each and every night, click HERE.
Hormones. Many women who are pregnant—pregnancy brain anyone?—or in menopause can experience lack of mental clarity and forgetfulness as a result of fluctuating hormone levels. To learn more about how hormones affect memory, click HERE.
Medication. If you’ve recently been put on a new medication and find yourself experiencing an inability to focus, you should speak to your doctor. Your dosage may need to be adjusted or you may need a different medication. To learn which medications are the worst culprits click HERE.
Diet. Several food additives such as MSG and aspartame can cause memory issues, along with other health concerns. Vitamin B12 deficiencies, peanuts and dairy are also known culprits. Check out what foods you should stop eating and how you can increase your brain’s health.
Medical Issues. Certain medical conditions, such as chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, anemia, migraines, hypothyroidism, or blood glucose issues can have a direct effect on your brain’s performance. Having these conditions under control is key to gaining clarity and eliminating brain fog.
Dehydration. As little as a 2% deficit in hydration can contribute to memory issues. Be sure to get at least eight glasses of water daily. To learn how water affects brain health click HERE now.
When your brain feels foggy it’s trying to tell you to shake things up a little bit. Employing a few of these tips will ensure that you stay sharp and focused every day.
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