It's that moment when you go into your basement and look around, unsure why you are there, or when you head into the parking lot with a cart full of groceries and have no idea where you parked. It's the reason why someone has explained something to you 4 times and you still can't really grasp the concept and it's all just a little bit fuzzy. Brain fog can plagues us all and it makes our focus, attention span, memory, and our processing skills all a bit slower and well, just a bit... foggier. I find sometimes I go through the day in a daze; it feels as if I am floating through the day, not really being a part of the world. Brain fog is actually a sign of inflammation. According to an article written on Body Ecology, our brain fog and inflammation begins with head trauma, blood sugar irregularity, sort of sensitivity to something outside of the body, or even poor blood circulation. Whatever the cause is for the brain fog, there are common solutions that can make even your foggiest day clearer. A life where you are focused and able to enjoy every moment is right around the corner. Read on for some ways to reduce brain fog.
1. Sleep schedule
I find this tip comes up in many different health articles because having the right amount of it is crucial to staying in good mental and physical shape. Sleep is such an important part of our lives as it is the time our bodies need to recharge. If you are running on no sleep, your body won't be able to fight inflammation and your thought process just won't be as clear. If you find you aren't sleeping enough hours or if you are sleeping way too many hours a night, you may be making your brain fog even worse. Try to get a solid 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night and stick to that plan. The more consistent your sleep is, the more consistent your health will be.
2. Stress reduction
In a world that measures success by how many things you've got done, stress is now a normality in the average person's life. Some people don't even remember what life is like without feeling stressed every day. Stress is bad for your mental health, and bad for your physical health. Keep a stress free brain and you will reduce your brain fog. Take a step back and think about the things you are stressing about. Are they really worth it?
3. Eat real and clean
This is another essential part of reducing brain fog. Eating processed, sugary, and fast foods deprives your brain and body the nutrients that are needed to properly function. Without having those nutrients your memory, focus, and overall brain health will be jeopardized. Your brain needs healthy, nutritional foods to stay working properly. Processed foods have also been commonly linked to many diseases such as dyslexia, ADHD, and even autism. Even go the next step and try eating as much anti-inflammatory foods that you can. These foods are things like blueberries, leafy greens, and beets. You can find a good list of anti-inflammatory foods here. And lastly, DRINK MORE WATER.
Meditation is another brain fog reducer as it helps with focus, clarity, and reducing stress. If you are new to meditation, take it slow and try it for a few minutes every morning. You'll notice it improving not just your brain fog, but your overall health and mood, as it is a great way to achieve good mental and physical health. In a busy world it helps our bodies to take some time out to spend on bettering your own self.
5. Exercise daily
Build an exercise routine and keep up with it. When you exercise the brain gets more oxygen and your body releases more endorphins. You may think exercising is mostly good for your outward appearance, but after building a routine you will start feeling healthier and your brain will start feeling happier and clearer. You can literally chase your brain fog away.
Which ways are you going to change your lifestyle to reduce your brain fog?This post was originally published on Laila Ali Lifestyle