Is What You're Eating Causing Your Brain Fog?
People often ask me what causes brain fog and I’m afraid there isn’t one clear answer. For some of us, we can’t think clearly because we’re just too tired, run down and overwhelmed. Others of us aren’t actually feeding our brains and so the poor things can’t function optimally. Still others of us are doing our best in terms of coping with stress and eating well, but we still can’t remember where we put those keys!!!
Why Do We Have Brain Fog?
Have you noticed how your brain feels more foggy after certain foods? How you just feel more tired both mentally and emotionally on some days and not others?
If you haven't yet taken notice, here's a little exercise for you:
- Keep a diary of everything you eat and drink over the next five days. Make sure you write down the dates and times of eating and drinking.
- Also keep a diary of how well your brain is functioning during this same time period. Write down when you feel most tired, forgetful or unable to concentrate.
- After five days put the two diaries together and have a look to see if there are any patterns between what you're eating and when you're more forgetful or unable to focus.
I bet you will find patterns!!! There is one problem with this exercise - remembering to do it!
Although there are many different causes of poor memory, unclear thinking and a foggy brain, underlying most of these causes is the physiological process of chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is very closely linked to your diet, your stress levels and your lifestyle. Before looking at your diet, let's take a quick look at the process of chronic inflammation.
What Is Chronic Inflammation?
Inflammation is our body’s normal response to injury and something we all experience frequently – when you twist your ankle the area becomes red, swollen, sore and usually quite warm to touch. This is our body’s way of protecting the injured ankle so that it can heal and it usually clears up quickly.
Some people develop an ongoing inflammatory response that can affect their entire body. We call this chronic inflammation and unfortunately it is commonly undiagnosed because its signs and symptoms are non-specific and can easily be confused with other health conditions. Have a look at the signs and symptoms of chronic inflammation that I've listed below and you'll see how similar they are to so many other health problems!
Common signs and symptoms of chronic inflammation include:
- food intolerances
- multiple allergies
- sore muscles and aching joints
- digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, chronic diarrhoea for no medical reason
- poor immunity and frequent infections
- inability to lose weight (or sometimes inability to gain weight)
- depression, anxiety and mood disorders
- fatigue and lethargy
- poor memory
- poor concentration.
How do you decrease chronic inflammation in your body?
If you have a number of the signs or symptoms listed above; if you are constantly struggling with fatigue, memory problems and an inability to concentrate; or if your head feels heavy and foggy and unclear all the time; then there is a good chance you have underlying chronic inflammation.
At the same time, there is a good chance that this underlying chronic inflammation is either causing, or if not causing, at least aggravating your brain fog. So the best way to start decreasing your brain fog so you can think clearly is by controlling chronic inflammation and the first step to controlling chronic inflammation is to stop ‘feeding’ it.
Which foods cause brain fog?
Take a look at the foods you are eating and see if they are highly inflammatory. For example, deep fried foods and sugar are pro-inflammatory foods and known to aggravate pain, inflammation, fatigue and brain fog. Click here to download a list of inflammatory foods I recommend you either throw out of your pantry today or at least start decreasing.
So, if you're struggling to remember the name of the person you're standing chatting to, or what on earth you came into a room to do then don't fear - you are not alone and there are things you can do to improve your brain and cope with brain fog.
And the best place to start is by cleaning out your pantry and making sure you're not eating inflammatory foods on a regular basis. If you want to think clearly, you should start eating "cleanly". Download my free list of highly inflammatory foods and throw them out of your pantry today!
Okay, so now you've taken the first step of getting rid of those foods known to cause chronic inflammation and so add to your foggy brain. What next? Once you've started to reduce the foods that can cause brain fog, you need to start eating more foods that feed and nourish your brain.
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