Avoid allergens –  According to a 2015 report published in Frontiers in Neuroscience, people most likely to suffer from brain fog include those people suffering gluten intolerance symptoms or other food allergies.

The fuzzy feeling of brain fog could possibly be caused by the inflammation that results when your body tries to counteract your allergy symptoms.

Oftentimes, the inflammation is of such low grade that you don’t even realise you are suffering from inflammation.

You have simply become used to being mildly bloated, somewhat constipated and sometimes have a runny nose.  If this sounds familiar, it might be exactly what your problem is.

allergen samples for testing

Following a gluten free diet helped improve my focus, memory and verbal fluency.  Yes, I’m now a smooth talker ;-)

Limiting your exposure to allergens can greatly reduce your chances of experiencing brain fog, too.

I suggest keeping a food diary together with symptoms you are experiencing, to identify which allergens could be causing the problem in the first place.  If you find that it is not a food source, it could possibly be seasonal allergens, as described in this article from Cleveland Clinic.

woman writing in diary

Once you’ve established which food sources are the most likely cause of your brain fog, avoid those food sources for a week or two, and see if symptoms persist.

If you are still experiencing brain fog, even after you’ve cut a particular type of food out of your diet, it may not be that food type causing the brain fog symptoms.

You can then re-introduce the food type to your diet, and continue to keep record of your food intake as well as symptoms experienced.  Are symptoms getting worse?  Or are they staying the same as when you eliminated that food type from your diet?

At this stage, do NOT eliminate the next possible “culprit” from your diet.  Otherwise you won’t be able to tell if re-introducing the first food type made you experience the symptoms the way you did, or if it was because you had eliminated the next food type that seemed to be causing the brain fog.

Yes, I get that it is a bit of a tedious process, but it is totally worth it if you think of the outcomes – clear thinking and being mentally alert and able to focus.

Who knows, you might even become a smooth talker, just like me!

wheels of cheese

A word of caution though – cutting out whole food groups from your diet may cut our essential vitamins and minerals from your diet, so it is very important to do this process with the advice of your healthcare provider.

They are also trained in picking up the symptoms that you might be missing, so make sure you share all information with them.

One think they will most probably tell you to do, is to drink more water.