Six Steps for Clearing Brain Fog
Do you find yourself constantly feeling fatigued, distracted, suffering from headaches, unmotivated, anxious, moody or just plain out of sorts? You might be suffering from “brain fog.” Brain fog can be caused by nutrient deficiencies, sugar overload, a lack of sleep and too much stress, all of which deplete energy levels.
The brain relies on a steady stream of nutritional support in addition to exercise, rest and relaxation. If you’re not getting enough sleep – a common modern problem – you have a higher likelihood of always feeling tired and dealing with the issues of brain fog. And if your diet is nutritionally deficient, coupled with a steady supply of sugar, alcohol, refined carbohydrates, and caffeine, there is no wonder why you are feeling foggy!
Here are six simple steps that will contribute to clearing away the fog:
1. Cut out sugar and eat enough healthy carbohydrates. Try eating cleaner and avoid packaged foods whenever possible. Cut out anything artificial, including fake sweeteners. Cut out sodas, and replace them with lots of clean, fresh water. The same goes for alcohol, which is also sugar. Eat complex carbs like those found in fibrous vegetables, whole grain cereals and breads, brown rice, quinoa, and other healthy grains. If you’re craving sweets, grab a fresh, delicious apple.
2. Eat plenty of lean protein and healthy fats. Wild-caught fish, free-range chicken and eggs and grass-fed beef fuel the brain with plenty of amino acids and omega-3 fatty acids. If you’re sautéing or making salad dressing, extra virgin olive oil is your best choice. Make learning more about nutrition enjoyable and begin to think of food as fuel for your body.
3. Try some healthy supplements. Stores are filled with endless rows of supplements. What do you need? Which is the best quality? We recommend an extremely pure line of natural food supplements, available only through doctors, called Standard Process. We can do a simple, non-invasive test called Nutrition Response Testing that will show us which supplements your body really needs to heal itself. You may greatly benefit from adaptogens to help lower your cortisol levels, omega-3 fatty acids, or B vitamins. We can also assess whether food allergies or a hormonal imbalance could be contributing to your brain fog.
4. Relax and release stress. Managing stress is no easy feat. Take a look at your caffeine consumption. Cut it back by half and try some healthful green tea instead of your usual strong morning coffee. Take a few minutes every few hours at work and just breathe. Make time to go back to a favorite hobby. And do something fun each day just for you.
5. Sleep well. Consider this — the quality of your day is in direct correlation with the quality of your sleep. Is your bed comfortable? How about your pillow? Is your room cool with good circulation? Do you have a time in the evening to transition from the day and relax for sleep? Do you allow enough time for sleep?
6. Get healthy exercise. Exercise lowers inflammation, helps release stress, and increases energy levels. Start out slow and easy with daily or nightly walks. Swimming is a very low impact exercise that can be very beneficial. The main thing is to start out slow and steady.
If brain fog is an issue in your life, give us a call and make an appointment so we can help you get back on the road to health and vitality.
How is Dr. Charlene Thorburn different from other Chiropractors? In addition to her Chiropractic degree, she is a Registered Nurse (RN). Dr. Thorburn is also a nutritional professional with over 30 years of research and knowledge in the areas of nutrition and the healing quality of natural supplements. This gives her a well-rounded medical perspective and a unique ability to diagnose, treat, and get great results for her patients.