Suffer From Brain Fog? Here Are The Top Causes And Symptoms
Do you often feel tired, like you can’t concentrate or just blah? Maybe you even feel depressed or anxious at times.
These can all be symptoms of brain fog.
Brain fog can take over our lives and leave us feeling miserable and hopeless.
The good news is that you can heal your brain fog!
Symptoms of brain fog
First let’s talk about what brain fog feels like. I actually think the term brain fog describes it just right. It feels like your brain is in a super thick layer of fog.
Which leaves us distracted, irritable, forgetful, and tired.
But brain fog can be kinda tricky because it can also show up as depression, anxiety, headaches, poor concentration, insomnia, lack of motivation, and feeling hopeless.
Is brain fog just for adults?
I believe that kids are able to get brain fog too, it’s not just something adults can experience.
When I volunteer at my daughter’s school, go to a park, or anytime I’m observing kids I get sad because a lot of the time what I’ll see are zoned out kids.
They’re already in a fog. I watch kids have melt downs (yes some of them are totally a learned behavior) but sometimes the kid just looks miserable because their body can’t function like it should.
Their thinking isn’t as clear it could be and they aren’t able to regulate their mood.
This goes for some adults. Adults can have temper tantrums and be zoned out too.
Here’s what brain fog looked like for me…
I used to fly off the handle at my husband and daughter for the most trivial things. I would realize my behavior didn’t match the situation and then mom guilt would set in.
I would forget what I was saying mid sentence. It would look like this… “Today, I went to Target to get….what was I saying?”
It was scary when I first started to experience this because I thought ‘What is wrong with me?’ Then I would just try to laugh it off because I figured there was nothing else I could do.
I definitely experienced depression, anxiety, headaches, insomnia, no motivation.
Is brain fog normal?
NO! Whether we call it brain fog or mom brain or depression or anxiety or headaches - it is NOT normal.
Side note - brain fog and mom brain are different.
Mom brain is being forgetful because we have way more stuff to remember when we have little ones.
We can literally only remember so much before we start to forget some things. So when we’re childless we only have to remember to feed and bathe ourselves, remember where our things are and where we have to be at certain times.
Then, we become moms and we have to remember to feed and bathe everyone, where all the things are (ie shoes, homework, rocks found in the park last month **EYE roll emoji), where we all have to be throughout the day, etc.
Mom brain is normal for a certain period of time in our life. It will pass as our kids take on more responsibility for themselves and their stuff.
Causes of brain fog
As with all negative health conditions/symptoms, there are multiple causes.
Poor diet is one of the biggest contributors because food has just one purpose, which is to nourish us. Food is meant to give us the nutrients we need in order for our body to function properly. Poor diets mean we’re nutrient deficient and our body isn’t able to function as it should.
Dehydration is another factor that can contribute to brain fog. Every cell in our body needs to be hydrated.
Stress, hormone imbalance and poor sleep are issues that many of us face today. If we’re not getting enough sleep we automatically feel tired and foggy. If we suffer from chronic stress, we’re experiencing shifts in hormones like dopamine, cortisol and adrenaline. When there’s imbalance in one hormone over an extended period of time, there will be imbalance in other hormones.
Another issue we’re faced with is that we’re exposed to thousands of chemicals daily. These chemicals range from fragrance to glyphosate to formaldehyde and many others. Many are known neurotoxins, hormone disruptors, and carcinogens. Our body is built to detox, but our energy is being zapped because we’re having to constantly work to rid our body of toxins. These toxins also interfere with basic daily functions.
Inflammation is a normal response our body has to an injury or illness. Inflammation starts to wreak havoc on our health when it’s chronic. Chronic inflammation disrupts many functions in our body and having to fighting inflammation long term is another energy zapper.
Poor gut health can lead to many of the above problems. Our gut is known as our second brain because of how much control we now know it has over much of our health or lack of it. Poor gut health is caused by antibiotics, stress, poor diet, toxins. Do you see a pattern?
There are many new studies coming out that link brain fog (and many other illnesses) to our over exposure to EMFs. This article explains how EMF exposure can lead to inflammation. This article shares studies that show that there’s a change in the proteins in our brain after we’re exposed to EMFs. Understanding how EMF’s affect us “throw light in the understanding of such health effects like headaches, dizziness, sleep disorders, memory disorders, brain tumors”. (source)
The awesome news is that you can heal your brain fog!
I’m walking proof.
I do still have trouble drinking enough water, I’ve admitted to that before. And something I have not yet talked about anywhere is that I have breast implants.
In learning a lot about how awful implants are for our health, I’ve learned that they can contribute to brain fog. So I can’t wait to get them removed in the near future because if my thinking can be even more clear, if I can have even more energy, if I can sleep even better I’m all for it!
It upsets me that we’re told that brain fog is normal at certain points in our life like after we’ve had a baby, or as we age. Other times some people have been told it’s all in their head.
If you feel like you have brain fog, you’re most likely right. Listen to your body.
You are not doomed to have it forever. I’m here to help you clear it up quickly. Click here to schedule your free call with me.
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