We’ve all hit the point where we can’t focus, our thinking seems slower than usual, and we find ourselves forgetting things more often than we’d like. Whether it’s something we feel at that 3pm slump, a week-long phase, or something we just can’t seem to shake, chances are that brain fog has impacted us all at some point.
Brain Fog, scientifically known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS) is a culmination of physiological and cognitive factors that causes us to feel more irritable than usual, have difficulties concentrating, experiencing headaches and anxiety, and often an overall lack of motivation. But what causes us to feel this way – and how can we fix it?
The roots of brain fog
When we experience symptoms of brain fog, we can often trace its origins back to two likely factors — sleep (or lack thereof) and nutrients. Those who experience brain fog are most likely engaging in a lifestyle that promotes inflammation, hormonal imbalances, stress, and fatigue.
It’s no secret that when we don’t sleep well at night, we have a hard time staying on top of our game. When we aren’t experiencing our full sleep cycle, our brain and its neurons aren’t able to receive the restoration they need to fire properly the next day. This results in slower brain processing abilities, which is why our brain feels — you guessed it — foggy.
Another major contributing factor to brain fog is diet, and in particular, foods that have high inflammatory properties (such as processed sugars and saturated fats). When we experience inflammation, we’re ingesting ingredients that promote an overactivity of our immune system that can affect our entire body and open us up to a whole host of health issues, including brain fog and depression. When we eat too much sugar and processed foods, we experience more free radicals in our bodies — which are certain molecules released in the oxidative process that can cause damage to DNA and other parts of human cells through their inflammatory properties.
Our bodies also have inflammatory responses to environmental occurrences. Exposure to toxins will prompt an inflammatory response and in modern day life, we are exposed to toxins, microbes, contaminants, and chemicals every day. This is why it's integral to have a diet that’s high in anti-inflammatory foods.
Catch enough Zzzz's. At Liveli, we believe it all starts with a good night’s sleep. Acknowledging and respecting our natural circadian rhythm is the first step towards encouraging a better tomorrow. When we go to bed around the same time each night and wake up around the same time each morning, our sleep becomes more consistent and rejuvenating. Trouble sleeping? Look here to see how you can boost your sleep with Liveli.
Stay hydrated. The brain is 85% water, so when we are even slightly dehydrated, our mental performance is hindered.
Mitigate stress and exercise. The more we are physically active, the less fatigued and stressed we become, and the better we sleep at night. Cut back on stress in additional ways by practicing your favorite methods for self care, taking time for something you love each day, and not being afraid to ask for help or delegate when it's necessary.
Know when it could be something more than brain fog. If it feels like you are chronically fatigued, possess a lack of interest in activities and friends, and feel a sense of helplessness — consider talking to a mental health professional to see what resources and solutions are available for you.
Ensure you’re consuming nutrients high in antioxidants and other beneficial properties. Our Restore Dayli formula is packed with ingredients with anti-inflammatory properties, including EPA, Garlic Bulb, Grape Seed Extract, Turmeric, and Flaxseed Oil. Omega 3 Fish Oils are key to lowering inflammation and are critical components to a healthy brain, and adaptogens like Ashwaghanda and Rhodiola provide the body with the support it needs to deal with fatigue and stress. Supplementing the body with enough B Vitamins to prevent deficiency is also key to maintaining our energy levels, given that B vitamins are critical to the process of converting nutrients into energy. (Guess what? All of these nutrients are in our formulas. You can see more here).
What are your tricks to fending off a foggy brain? Let us know in the comments!