When I was ill with Lyme Disease, one of the worst symptoms was brain fog, usually accompanied by fatigue. Many of you with Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, and neurological Lyme can probably relate.
Brain fog is typically explained as impaired or slow thinking. During my bouts of brain fog, I'd forget my own phone number and be unable to complete simple tasks, such as grocery shopping and cooking. I couldn't even drive without getting lost, and I often misplaced things. In one of the worst episodes of brain fog, I was involved in a major car accident.
Brain fog is caused by a load of neurotoxins produced by bacteria and fungus, as well as by other factors, including:
- Adrenal Fatigue
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Chronic viral infections (such as Lyme disease)
- Parasitic organisms
- Heavy metal toxicity
- Circulatory problems
- Uncontrolled blood sugar
- Overuse of artificial sweeteners and MSG
- Allergies and food intolerance
- Leaky gut
- Side effects of medicine
- Sick building syndrome
Each of these conditions diverts the body's regular functions in order to deal with an internal emergency.
Fortunately, there are many methods that can help relieve brain fog:
This way, you can limit the effects of brain fog on your body. Eat plenty of green leafy vegetables, wholegrain foods, and foods that contain Omega-3 fatty acids. Eating well (and taking supplements) ensures that you have the nutrients and minerals you need to keep your energy up, so that you divert fewer resources to basic functioning and can feel more aware and alive. Natural supplements known to reduce brain fog are multivitamins and B12 supplements. Ginkgo Biloba may reduce brain fog by allowing improved circulation and oxygen to the brain. “Pinella” from Nutramix is great, and some people swear by turmeric.
Drinking lots of water with lemon also helps, by flushing out toxins and further reducing the amount of energy you have to use for basic functioning.
Physical activity is a must. By increasing oxygen flow, boosting energy, and improving circulation through exercise, you your brain healthy. If you begin regular physical activity, you'll see improvements in your cognitive abilities and mood, thanks to the additional production of serotonin and endorphins.
Another benefit of exercise: you might sleep better! Sleeping well is difficult for many of us, but getting eight hours of sleep every night can reduce brain fog and increase your cognitive abilities. As you keep improving your health, you will find sleeping easier and experience less brain fog.
For me personally, the best relief from brain fog was to detox physically by sweating. No matter how tired and foggy I felt, I'd go for a run and I always felt better even for a bit.
The best brain fog elevation treatment for me was hyperthermia, i.e. sauna or even better – hot yoga. (I do not recommend a steam room because municipal water is chlorinated and this you will inhale too much toxic chlorine while in a steam room).
Once I started sweating, loads of toxins left my body through sweat and I felt better immediately. Also, taking activated charcoal, coffee enemas, and drinking plenty of water with lemon worked for me.