Brain Fog: Is it a symptom or a disease?
Brain fog is a symptom of an underlying cause, such as celiac disease, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, depression, and anxiety. Some people who have brain fog don’t even realize that they have it. Doctors don’t believe that there is such a symptom because it does not exist in the medical dictionary. Brain fog is clouded thinking and has nothing to do with the aging process as it effects both the young and the old equally.
What is brain fog?
According to an article by Dr. Lawrence Wilson; a nutrition consultant, physician, and researcher, “Brain fog can be described as feelings of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity.” People with brain fog often experience tiredness, focusing and perceiving thoughts, and difficulty concentrating.
What are the causes of brain fog?
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Food Intolerance
- Adrenal fatigue
- Yeast infection
- Food additives and artificial sweetners
- Viral infections
- Neurological imbalances
- Other cognitive dysfunctions
- Autoimmune diseases like lupus and MS
- Menopause or peri-menopause
- Side-effects of some prescription medicines which includes but is not limited to: drugs for allergies, pain, high blood pressure, depression, anxiety, and birth control pills
- Excessive use of common household cleaners
What are the symptoms of brain fog?
- Difficulty concentrating
- Chronic fatigue
- Difficulty organizing thoughts
- Feeling disoriented
- Inability to stay focused
- Experiencing mental fatigue after doing a short mental task involving reading or problem solving
- Symptoms of ADD
- A feeling of fog or a dark cloud over your head
- Difficulty multi-tasking, learning new things, and thinking and saying different things.
Are there any available treatments for brain fog?
To treat a brain fog, it is important to know the underlying cause for brain fog. Some other treatments that can be done are:
- Following an anti-inflammatory diet for 6 weeks
- Following a gluten free diet and seeing if the brain fog clears up
- Get tested for metal toxicities
- Consuming vitamin and mineral supplements that help brain fog and improve mental clarity such as:
- B-12 shots or sub-lingual tablets
- Probiotics for people experiencing brain fog symptoms related to celiac disease, food insensitives, constipation, or leaky gut syndrome.
- A Melatonin supplement if the symptom is insomnia.
- A daily dose of multi-mineral multivitamin supplement.
- Removing the source that causes allergies.
- St John’s Wort
- Thiamine supplement
- Coenzyme Q10
- Gingko Biloba which enhances circulation to the brain.
- Making certain dietary changes along with these nutritional supplements can also help:
- Eating foods high in protein at every meal.
- Eating foods with complex carbohydrates.
- Adding healthy oils such as coconut, hemp seed oil, and olive oils to your diet as they improve brain function.
- Controlling your blood sugar by eating every 3 hours.
- Exercising, which releases endorphins.
- Meditation, which helps control your cortisol levels.
- Alternative medicine such as acupuncture.