Brain fog can often be a response to illness, stress or other things that might be going on in your life. Luckily, there are strategies that can help to clear it
Feeling mentally sluggish or struggling to concentrate or find words? You could have brain fog, which is not a medical condition so much as a response to an illness or something going on in your life.
"Brain fog is not a medical condition so much as a response to an illness or something going on in your life"
We’ve heard a lot recently about Covid causing brain fog, and “baby brain” is a common cry among pregnant women. Women who are going through menopause also complain, while chemotherapy and some diseases can make you less alert. But sometimes it’s down to lack of sleep, stress, depression or the side effects of medication.
Try these strategies to make you think more clearly again:
1. Pack polyphenols into your diet
Polyphenols are a type of antioxidant. Antioxidants help reduce inflammation, which has been found to play a role in brain fog. Find polyphenols in blueberries, colourful veg, green tea and—hooray—in chocolate and coffee.
2. Opt for Omega-3
Traditionally found in cold-water fish like fresh salmon, mackerel, tuna and sardine, Omega-3 fatty acids boost brain function. Flaxseed and rapeseed oil are also good sources of one of the key Omega-3 fatty acids, ALA.
3. Try turmeric
Studies have suggested this yellow spice might improve memory and mood, and reduce inflammation.
4. Boost your Vitamin D levels
Vitamin D deficiencies are associated with low mood and cognitive decline. Opt for a Vitamin D3 supplement.
5. Exercise regularly
Consistent physical activity—even a country walk every day—is good for guarding against depression and clearing your mind.
6. Get enough sleep
Poor quality sleep is the enemy of a sharp brain. Try to go to bed at the same time every night and aim for seven to nine hours’ kip.
7. Do what you love
Take time to do the things you love—preferably with the people you love, whether family or friends. This will make you feel good and provide you with a support network.
8. Drink water
Dehydration can make you more befuddled, so keep a glass of water at hand and carry a bottle of it when you’re out.
9. Train your mind
Don't be tempted to write lists all the time, but instead try to use your memory.
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