How to Get Rid of Brain Fog
While there isn’t an actual medical term for “brain fog”, it’s a condition that plagues an increasing number of Americans every day. People are talking about it more and more and there are even supplements and medication being prescribed primarily for it… but wait a second, what is brain fog?
Having brain fog is often described as being alive, but not living. It’s a state where your thoughts are completely scattered, and as a result, you feel dull and disoriented. If that wasn’t bad enough, brain fog can also bring about a number of other problems too, ranging from problems with being able to focus, suffering from poor memory, and being generally slow at processing information… all of which adversely affect a person’s ability to perform tasks at work.
When not dealt with immediately, brain fog can cause chronic problems with self-esteem, body image, and may even lead to depression and other mental problems.
Fortunately, brain fog is mostly reversible though… but you need to actively find what’s causing it and take steps to correct it, and then further prevent it from occurring again. While not all of these will apply to you, here are some of the most common surefire ways to alleviate brain fog:
Get Adequate Amounts of Rest
Most people need at least 6-8 hours of quality sleep a day to function at optimum… and that 6-8 is a general recommendation, not a rule set in stone. If you find that you aren’t as sharp in the morning from only having 6 hours of sleep, then you obviously aren’t one of those people who can survive on the bare minimum, so stop trying!
Your brain also functions at optimum levels when you sleep following your body’s natural circadian rhythms. A full sleep cycle normally lasts an hour and a half, so if you’re sleeping enough but still waking up tired, it might be due to you waking up in the middle of a sleep cycle. To prevent this, try to make it so that you’re sleeping in 90 minute intervals, using 6, 7.5, or 9 hours as guidelines, instead of the regular 6, 7, or 8.
Keep Yourself Stress-free As Much As Possible
Stress has been known to cause increased brain fog, so try to limit it as much as possible. Know your limits at work, and know when it really is time to say “no” to extra projects. Don’t take on too much responsibility, and try not to fill up all your free hours with more work to do. You need some time to free your mind, and let it just wander aimlessly.
Equally important is to know to set up some de-stressing rituals for yourself for whenever you’re having one of those moments. Try this: close your eyes, take a deep breath in and count to 10, then take a deep breath out and count to 10 again. Do this whenever you feel stressed and you should feel your move improving immediately. Try meditating a couple of times a week too, if that helps.
Avoid High Dosages of Caffeine and Stimulants
Caffeine may seem like a great way to improve your focus and clear brain fog, but it can only really be used as a temporary solution. It improves general alertness, but the effects tend to lessen as the body’s natural tolerance to caffeine increases. Discontinuing caffeine may even lead to symptoms of brain fog worse than before taking caffeine.
Instead, look to nootropics, also known as brain supplements. Nootropics like Piracetam, CoQ10, and Acetyl L-Carnitine help nourish the brain and clear brain fog by improving neurotransmitter levels and promoting increased neuron connectivity. Nootropics are a much better choice from a tolerance standpoint, and they do not have any of the common caffeine-related side effects either.
Stay Adequately Hydrated
Especially when busy, it is sometimes difficult to remember to drink enough water throughout the day. The brain itself is around 80% water, so it would make sense that you’d need a lot of it to keep it functioning well. Water also improves blood flow and oxygen to the brain, meaning it’s able to work at a slightly improved state too.
On top of that, keeping yourself hydrated also means that the body is able to do its job of ridding your body of excessive waste. Water will help remove toxins and harmful microorganisms in the body, so remember to drink at least eight 8-ounce cups of water a day. And no, you cannot substitute beer, coffee, juice, tea, milk, or any other drink for water. On top of all the flavored drinks you already drink on a day-to-day basis, make sure you still drink eight 8-ounce cups of water.
Have a Well-Balanced Diet
If all you’re ever eating are cheeseburgers, pizza, and nachos, then there should be absolutely no surprise why your brain is a little bit slow and scattered. The brain needs the energy from the food we eat for it to function at its best, so make sure that you aren’t just eating enough food, but that the food you eat is actually healthy and will contribute towards proper nutrition.
Avoid the junk food, soda, sugar, simple carbs, and fatty fried foods. Instead, try to opt for healthier food options like lean meats, fish, nuts, green vegetables, and whole grain carbs. These foods not only do a great job at nourishing you, but have also been studied to improve your mental health.
If you’re suffering from brain fog, we believe that implementing even just one or two of the above points should alleviate it to some degree. Brain fog can be devastating as it is worsened by other problems that come along with it, but by making one small change at a time, you should be able to get it under control, and perhaps even rid yourself of it altogether.