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Brain Fog - Just A Buzzword Or Should You Be Concerned?

Elanya van Heerden

You're sitting behind your desk, trying to work, but you just can't focus... You've even gone as far as switching off your email notifications to stop the constant interruptions...

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You get up to have a caffeine hit, but that doesn't do the trick either.

A bit of fresh air - nope, doesn't clear your mind either.

Carb loaded snacks - gives you a bit of zing but the fogginess still seems to linger...

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What? The? Actual? Is going on?!

Brain fog - although not a recognized medical condition (yet) seems to be on the increase. A 2013 study printed in the Journal of the Clinical Autonomic Research Society  investigated 138 subjects, with 132 of them reporting brain fog.

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According to the subjects, the following descriptors were used to describe their brain fog:

  • being forgetful

  • cloudy mind

  • difficulty focusing, thinking and communicating 

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In a recent survey on social media, the following symptoms were also frequently named:

  • fatigue

  • low energy

  • headaches

  • anxiety

  • confusion

  • low motivation

  • feelings of mild depression

  • insomnia

  • low drive to exercise

  • irritability or moodiness

Now, I don't know about you, but I've experienced quite a number of these symptoms myself.

The possible causes are as numerous as the symptoms themselves. Here's a quick look at a few of them:

1.  Lack of Sleep 

Failure to get enough shut-eye comes with a whole host of issues, and it should come as no surprise that brain fog is one of them.

Look at your sleeping patterns if you often experience brain fog. Web MD has a handy checklist to help you get set for a great sleep.

Time to stop binge-watching Netflix every night and getting into bed at a reasonable time, ok? OK! 

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2.  Poor Diet 

Specifically a high intake of sugar, alcohol, refined carbohydrates and caffeine. Yep, that coffee actually may have made your brain fog even worse!

Furthermore, eating a diet rich in sugar and refined carbohydrates will send your blood glucose levels soaring. When this happens, you might feel irritable, confused and tired.

Did we mention these are symptoms of brain fog? 

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3.  Allergens

An intolerance to gluten has very similar symptoms to brain fog, so keeping a food diary and eliminating possible causes would be a good starting point.

Other common allergens causing brain fog include eggs, peanuts, soy and casein (dairy).

Avoiding allergens will also help you to bring down your body's inflammatory response.

    4.  Dehydration 

    Did you know that the optimum amount of water you should be drinking on a daily basis is half your weight in ounces?!

    Are you drinking enough water? Most probably not!

    Drinking too little water leads to an unhealthy gut, which can cause constipation.

    I'm not sure about you, but I've always found it pretty hard to concentrate properly when I'm trying to concentrate on going...

    Am I right? Or am I right? 

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    5.  Vitamin Deficiencies

    Even in the developed world, the most common vitamin deficiencies (that contribute to brain fog) are Vitamin B complex, particularly B1 and 2, and also Vitamin C.

    Titanium Neural Reboot contains all of these vitamins to enhance cognitive function and help clear brain fog. 

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    6.  Stress

    Chronic stress can increase your blood pressure, weaken your immune system and trigger depression. It also causes mental fatigue, one of the main symptoms of brain fog, as reported in a recent social media survey.

    When your brain is exhausted, it becomes harder to think, reason and focus.

    Finding ways to manage your stress levels are key to managing your brain fog! 

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    7.  Medical Conditions

    If you suffer from a medical condition or chronic disease, you may very well be suffering from brain fog. We suggest you have a talk to your doctor about treating this symptom, as it can lead to other health and emotional problems.

    Conditions that may cause brain fog include (but are not limited to) anaemia, depression, diabetes, fibromyalgia, Sjögren syndrome, migraines, Alzheimer's disease, hypothyroidism, and also autoimmune diseases such as arthritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis and Type 1 Diabetes. 

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      Wow, that's quite a load to take in, hey?!

      But don't worry, it's not all doom and gloom - now that you've got the lowdown on brain fog, and you've hopefully identified the reason behind YOUR persistent brain fog, you're halfway there! 

      Next, let's take a look at what you can do to start feeling better, straight away! 

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