We all have those days where we feel tired, unmotivated, distracted and slow. It may even seem like no matter how much caffeine we drink; we can’t seem to focus!
This is indeed what we call BRAIN FOG.
Gary Kaplan, DO, author of MindBodyGreen, defines brain fog as the “cognitive impairments to memory, attention, executive function, and the speed of cognitive processing.”
We can all agree that this state of mind is annoying, frustrating and inconvenient. So, what can we do for this fog to disappear?
Nutrition is the number one cause of brain fog. If you suffer from this “condition,” then there is likely something you are eating that is hindering your productivity.
Causes of Brain Fog
After going on a sugar binge, it is probable you will feel hung over the next day. This is because sugar literally slows down the brain. A 2012 study in UCLA showed that the consumption of sugar impaired memory and learning in rats.
2. Processed Meat
Processed meat contains a large number of preservatives such as sodium nitrates and potassium benzoate that are directly linked to brain fog, dizziness, headaches and other health-related issues.
Most people are sensitive to dairy products. This is because we are not calfs. Therefore, we cannot properly digest cows milk. Due to this, many people suffer from brain fog, amongst other health issues, because of their sensitivity to lactose. Although you may not be aware of this sensitivity, it is probable.
Many ingredients that are used to process alcohol are directly linked to cognitive impairment. Not to mention, alcohol is poison to the body. When your central nervous system is poisoned through food or alcohol, brain fog will be a direct consequence of that.
Foods that Fight Brain Fog
Foods high in antioxidants, such as blueberries, are ideal for fighting brain fog. If sensitivity is the cause of brain fog, then consuming antioxidants are suitable for fighting off toxins that are attacking your body.
Foods such as walnuts, flax seeds, wild rice, Brussel sprouts, and spinach are all foods that are high in Omega-3s. Science shows that diets high in Omega 3 fatty acids help improve cognitive function.
Turmeric contains curcumin, a powerful antioxidant that breaks down the formation of plaque linked to Alzheimer’s. Studies show that curcumin protects against cognitive decline and can even stimulate the production of new brain cells.
This delicious food contains a powerful antioxidant called flavanol. This potent component has shown an increase in memory and overall brain power.
Nutrition plays an enormous roll in one’s productivity, energy levels, and motivation. Of course, it is easy to fall prey to bad habits, but if done right, it’s a lot easier than most people think. For more information on the secret to sustained success, check out my article about habits.