What is Brain Fog?
I’m sure you all have days where you complain of feeling ‘out of it’, not being able to think clearly or forgetting more things than you care to admit in midlife. I know I do! Many people report this feeling as ‘brain fog’. This is not an actual diagnosis but rather a term that is used to describe a set of symptoms.
You may notice your memory is not as sharp, you may lack focus, have reduced mental acuity, low energy and low motivation.
It’s no surprise that you feel this way since many of you are overwhelmed, easily distracted, and have a long list of responsibilities. Along with feeling stressed out, you may suffer from ‘brain fog’ due to poor lifestyle choices and possible nutritional deficiencies.
The good news is that there are natural remedies you can choose to reach optimal brain health and lift the fog. With all that you are trying to accomplish in a day, you need to feel our best.
Don’t sit back or lie down (like I did) and think that this is the new norm. My fog lifted when I put these practices into place!
7 Ways to Manage Brain Fog
- Nutrition: Increase your intake of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich foods daily — leafy green vegetables, green tea, olive oil, blueberries or strawberries. Check out my blog on superfoods for more suggestions.
- Learning: Picking up new hobbies or even just learning a new word a day helps us to build cognitive reserve.
- Antioxidants: Consuming foods rich in Vitamin C (citrus fruits), Vitamin E (plant-based oils and nuts) and Polyphenols (berries, dark chocolate, black tea, coffee) are beneficial to the brain. They work to protect cells from free radicals which cause cellular damage and increase inflammation.
- Spices: Sprinkle some new spices in your dishes such as Turmeric, Sage, Ginkgo Biloba, Ashwagandha, and Gingseng to aide in brain health.
- Alcohol consumption: Too much alcohol can leave you feeling fuzzy the next day due to lack of proper sleep and possible dehydration. Stay hydrated, moderate your alcohol intake or abstain completely from drinking if you recognize alcohol is contributing to poor mental or physical health.
- Being outdoors: Research shows that getting outdoors is a positive promoter of good mental health with the release of feel-good hormones. It’s one of my go-to ways to destress and come back refreshed and clear.
- Stress management: Staying organized and decluttering your work or home environment will cut down on feeling overwhelmed. Stress is inevitable, but you can take action before it escalates by deep breathing, talking with a friend or taking a walk.
Let’s take care of the most important organ in the body, the brain. The organ that takes care of us.
Talk to your doctor for further testing and a more in-depth conversation if struggling with your mental health and memory is an ongoing concern. Reach out to me if you would like to learn more about how I can help! We deserve to thrive and not just survive in midlife!
I’m a registered nurse for over 24 years with a Masters Degree in Nursing (Education). I am also a Certified Women’s Health Coach specializing in helping women navigate changing hormones in their 30s and beyond after my own difficult experience through menopause. I believe women should truly thrive in midlife and not just survive!