Ever have those days where you can’t seem to think straight? It can feel like your brain is actually foggy, and you can’t get to your thoughts. Fatigue often accompanies brain fog — including feeling easily irritated, forgetting things or having trouble learning new things, feeling unmotivated, anxious, lacking concentration and even insomnia. Frustrating, and the good news is you can do a lot to clear the fog in your head.
Here are a few tweaks you can start implementing:
Change your diet. One of the best ways to clear away brain fog is to change the foods you eat. If processed and artificial foods are your norm, it’s time to cut those out of your life, as they can cause a host of problems including brain fog. Beware of cutting carbs — your brain needs them to feel more centered. Start adding in more fresh fruits and vegetables. Swap out unhealthy carbs for complex carbs made with whole grains, eating them only once a day. Doing these things will help reduce the inflammation that can set off brain fog.
Go to sleep. Your body needs sleep, and if you’re not getting enough of it, brain fog will prevail. Start going to bed a little earlier each night and having a routine of unwinding as you approach bedtime to help prepare yourself for better sleep. The more sleep you get, the better your health will be overall and the clearer your brain will function.
Get more exercise. Because exercise helps get the blood flowing through your body, transporting more oxygen with it, it’s a great way to clear brain fog. And you’ll feel better! Try a brisk walk, an outdoor run, yoga, or a high-intensity interval at-home workout and feel the positivite change all over.
Find healthy ways to manage stress. Take a moment for yourself. Ignore your phone and find a way to unwind that makes you feel positively fulfilled. If you don’t, you can allow anxiety and fatigue to fester which can cause your cortisol levels to sky-rocket. An overabundance of cortisol can prompt you to gain weight and have trouble sleeping, inducing the brain fog and feeling unwell.
Cleanse. Heavy metals and toxins are in our air, water, and even in our food. When we ingest them, it causes inflammation in our gut and takes a toll on our body. Unfortunately, we cannot avoid them altogether, so we must be mindful of supporting our body’s ability to cleanse itself. Simple daily ways to boost this function include drinking more water and eating cruciferous vegetables (think cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, kale) and cilantro, which will help move toxins out of your body and leave you refreshed.
Don’t suffer with brain fog anymore. Prioritize your health – and your future – incorporate these steps, and you’ll find you’ll see everything more clearly. And a health coach is available if you could use more support.