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Updated on October 22, 2012

Natural stategies to get rid of brain fog

If you've ever experienced brain fog you know how strangely disconcerting it can be. It can even make you wonder if you're slowly losing your mind. One might even liken the experience to a sort of "Invasion of the body snatchers." I found the whole experience of having brain fog to be rather terrifying honestly. Photo Credit: Ben Heine (via Flickr). Being the tenacious and determined sort that I am, I fought back hard against the brain fog.To my amazement, I found that it really wasn't so difficult to remedy the problem in the long run. Read on to discover the simple natural remedies I used to get rid of that insidious brain fog and find my sharp wit again. I've been using the following strategies for about a year now. I believe it is due to a combination of these things, but, whatever the case, I'm happy to say the brain fog is gone and the synapses in my brain are now working at top speed.

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My brain fog story in a nut shell

Early in 2011, I was in a car accident and suffered what my neurologist said was a mild concussion. Well, it sure didn't feel mild to me, especially since I was approaching mid-life and, as a result, my estrogen levels were dropping off sharply. It's hard to describe, but it felt like this thick blanket of fog appeared out of nowhere and enveloped my brain. I wondered if I'd woken up in some kind of Twilight Zone.

Panicking, because I couldn't get my head around what was actually happening to me, I knew one thing for sure: I could no longer sail through my days mindlessly multi-tasking. Rather, I would find it difficult to concentrate. Sometimes, I'd have to work hard just to focus on a simple task at hand. I'd become unusually forgetful, so much so, that I had to start keeping little reminder post-it notes everywhere. I grew more and more concerned that my mind might be deteriorating, that I might never feel like my normal "smart self" again. I even went so far as to have an MRI done on my brain just to be sure there wasn't something amiss. My neurologist assured me I was fine. So, I began implementing some very simple, natural strategies that I'm going to share with you in this lens, because my brain fog has since virtually disappeared.

My first line of defense was, and still is, definitely sleep! Getting enough quality sleep works wonders when it comes to attacking brain fog head on. No matter a person's age, problems with sleeping can have adverse affects on cognition. Now I understand why sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture because it breaks people down, is cumulative, and can be counted on to eventually take a big toll on both memory skills and critical thinking abilities, not to mention our overall physical and emotional well-being. Still, the best quality sleep isn't the only thing necessary for optimal brain function, although sleep also helps us to feel happy and well-rested and helps to restore our energy each day.

No, my attack also included changing my diet. Some of the healthiest brain foods known to science are included as a regular part of my diet. Here's what I found out. Brain fog can be successfully combated by eating a regular diet rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, eating plenty of anti-oxidant rich foods, and incorporating simple daily activities into your life geared towards keeping an active mind as well as a moderately active body.

If you really want to take good care of your brain and keep that brain fog at bay naturally, all it really takes is some discipline and a little self-love!

The best tip for clearing brain fog is getting lots of good quality sleep! - My ticket into dreamland came with this heavenly little head/neck icing pillow...

Okay, I'll admit it. I'm having an affair with my Quik-Cool Pillow. I take this nifty tool to bed with me every night and it's never let me down. If I wake up in the wee hours of the morning for some reason, I simply swap my Quik-Cool Pillow for a second one I keep on hand in my freezer and I'm soon fast asleep again. That's because cooling the brain has been scientifically proven to help us catch more quality z's. And, according to a recent CDC study, over one third of the population is getting inadequate sleep. When we start worrying about not being able to get to sleep it can cause anxiety, and, unfortunately, the probability of not getting enough shut eye only increases.For a natural remedy, I rely on the Quik-Cool Pillow to lull my busy brain to sleep each night. I can attest that when it comes to combating brain fog, there can be no denying that getting good quality sleep at night will translate to sharper mental acuity and focus the following day.

(Image credit: my own)

Hot heads vs. Cool heads - "Now I lay me down to sleep...but find I can't get in to dreamland"

Would you try a Quik-Cool Pillow to help you catch more z's?

Brainy breakfast suggestions that are delicious

Eating blueberries & walnuts every day provides great nutrients for the brain!

Often referred to as "brainberries" it doesn't matter whether they're fresh or thawed from your freezer, blueberries are delicious! They're rich in antioxidants, meaning they're also great for your skin, and blueberries are considered one of best brain-foods on Earth. Consuming about 1/2 cup of blueberries a day will help keep those critical-thinking skills top-notch! And walnuts are another amazing brain-food. They even look like a brain when their shells are opened. I keep walnut halves and pieces in the freezer and make sure to eat 6-8 of them a day. I chop them up finely, along with 6-8 raw almonds, and then add them to my oatmeal, or to my non-fat vanilla yogurt, if I'm having fruit and yogurt for breakfast. I generally alternate between these two breakfasts, however the blueberries and walnuts are my key ingredients in both. I add a tablespoon of ground flax seeds to the oatmeal and it tastes a bit like peanut butter. Yum!

Image credit - my own

Delicious breakfast oatmeal recipe:

I package of organic instant Flax & Oats

1 TBLS. of ground flax seed (you buy the bag of whole seeds, but process it in a blender before using ~(Note: remove the silica pack first!)

1/2 cup blueberries

6-8 walnut halves, finely chopped

6-8 raw almost, finely chopped

1/2 banana, sliced (optional)

Delicious breakfast yogurt recipe:

1 cup Vanilla non-fat yogurt

1/2 cup blueberries

6-8 walnut halves, finely chopped

6-8 raw almost, finely chopped

plum, peach, nectarine, or strawberries, cantaloupe (optional)

1/2 banana, sliced (optional)

Image credit: my own photograph

Supplements to help keep your brain in tip-top shape - I swear by these because my brain fog has virtually disappeared

Here's my own personal regimen for taking supplements:

I keep my fish oil in the refrigerator. I take two at night after dinner, along with two Vitamin D3 capsules, and I enjoy treating myself to 3-4 tiny vials of Red Panax ginseng each day. And please remember you have to grind up flax seeds before you consume them in order for your body to be able to absorb their exceptional nutritional benefits!!

Spectrum Essentials - Fish Oil, 250 Softgels
Spectrum Essentials - Fish Oil, 250 Softgels

If you store these in the refrigerator they digest without any residual fishiness.

 
Spectrum Essentials Flax Oil Softgels, 250 Count
Spectrum Essentials Flax Oil Softgels, 250 Count

Some people prefer the oil to actually eating the pulverized seeds.

 
Trader Joe's Golden Roasted Flax Seeds Whole Seeds
15 oz(425g)
Trader Joe's Golden Roasted Flax Seeds Whole Seeds 15 oz(425g)

Taste delicious - like peanut butter. Before you put the whole flax seeds in your blender to grind them, be sure to remove the little silica packet and throw it away. Then just return them to this zip-lock pouch and store in your fridge.

 
RED PANAX GINSENG EXTRACT 30 BOTTLES
RED PANAX GINSENG EXTRACT 30 BOTTLES

I can't say enough about how good this product has made me feel. My overall well-being noticeably improved, including brain function, sexual function, energy levels, and more, all from drinking 2-4 little vials per day for a few months. Now I swear by them.

 
Trader Joe's Vitamin D-3 1000iu, 180softgels
Trader Joe's Vitamin D-3 1000iu, 180softgels

Most people are low in Vit. D. My doctor told me my lab results showed mine was low and prescribed a daily dose of 2 of these pills. After two years my blood test revealed my Vit. D levels have increased. I'm now reached the "normal" range thanks to these pills from Trader Joe's..

 

It's smart to enjoy wild caught salmon at least once a week

Helps to clear the brain fog and then some!

(photo credit: safeforsalmon.com) Salmon is fine example of one fish that is extremely rich in Omega-3's. I incorporate wild salmon into my weekly diet because I know that it goes a long way to keep my brain functioning clearly. Sometimes I cook salmon with lime and dill seasoning and then enjoy it atop a big spinach salad for lunch or dinner. Other times I eat salmon quickly grilled on the BBQ and seasoned with lemon pepper and lemon juice. And, still other times I enjoy smoked salmon simply as a delectable appetizer served with crackers!

Dumbbells make you brainy

Even for older people, physical exercise has been shown to actually increase areas of the brain

Many of us have misplaced the "owner's manual" to our own bodies. Consider that your brain is running the show. That's right, it's your brain that's telling you to move your arms and legs, to walk up those stairs (rather than ride the escalator), to lift those little dumbbells for a measly ten minutes four times a week, all of which can help to improve your brain function. By that same token, it's also your brain that tells you to SIT in that chair in front of your computer or LAY your body down on that couch to watch television for hours on end. The point is, always remember that YOU are the captain of your own ship! That means that you can choose to do very specific things to vastly reduce your own brain fog dilemma! Exercise is one of those things, specifically lifting dumbbells! Read IN-YOUR-FACE FITNESS ~Dumbbells make you brainy and make yourself aware of a study that revealed what exercise does for building mitochondria in the brain. (Mitochondria are the powerhouses of the cell.) It might just give you the motivation to incorporate this exercise into your regimen. This article, combined with the brain fog I was experiencing, certainly motivated me. The results have been fantastic.

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