Do you find yourself constantly feeling fatigued, distracted, suffering from headaches, unmotivated, anxious, moody, or just plain out of sorts? You might be suffering from “brain fog.” Brain fog can be caused by nutrient deficiencies, sugar overload, a lack of sleep, and stress, all of which deplete energy levels. Here are six simple steps that can help clear away the fog:
- 1. Cut out sugar and eat enough healthy carbohydrates. Avoid packaged foods whenever possible. Cut out anything artificial, including fake sweeteners. Cut out sodas, and replace them with lots of clean, fresh water. The same goes for alcohol, which is also sugar. Eat complex carbs like those found in fibrous vegetables, whole grain cereals and bread, brown rice, quinoa, and other healthy grains. If you’re craving sweets, grab a fresh, delicious apple.
- 2. Eat plenty of lean protein and healthy fats. Wild-caught fish, free-range chicken and eggs, and grass-fed beef fuel the brain with plenty of amino acids.
- 3. Try some healthy supplements. What do you need? Which is the best quality? We recommend an extremely pure line of natural food supplements, available only through doctors, called Standard Process. We can do a simple, non-invasive test called Nutrition Response Testing that will show us which supplements your body really needs to heal itself.
- 4. Relax and release stress. Managing stress is no easy feat. Look at your caffeine consumption. Cut it back by half and try some healthful green tea instead of your usual strong morning coffee. Take a few minutes every few hours at work and just breathe. Make time to go back to a favorite hobby. And do something fun each day just for you.
- 5. Sleep well. See our previous blogs on getting a good night's sleep.
- 6. Get healthy exercise. Exercise lowers inflammation, helps release stress, and increases energy levels. Start out slow and easy with daily or nightly walks.
Dr. Thorburn is a Registered Nurse and a Doctor of Chiropractic. She also has advanced training in nutrition. Take advantage of her 46 years of experience!