How to Naturally Crush Brain Fog for Good
For the longest time, I didn’t understand why I was so tired and cranky ALL. THE. TIME. It was frustrating! I also experienced years of depression and anxiety without any relief...until I healed my brain fog.
Brain fog is real. It drains our energy, makes us feel like we’re going crazy, and we’re told it’s normal.
Brain fog is still largely misunderstood. This lack of understanding about this issue from many professionals is how we’re made to feel like it’s all in our head and that it’s normal (ie mom brain).
It’s not diagnosable by a healthcare professional because they don’t have a diagnosis or a ‘treatment’ (aka pill) for it.
Merriam-Webster defines brain fog as ‘a usually temporary state of diminished mental capacity marked by inability to concentrate or to think or reason clearly’. (1)
This is the very tippy top of the brain fog iceberg. For many people, brain fog isn’t temporary. It can hang around forever if we keep making the lifestyle choices that cause the brain fog.
A more thorough definition of brain fog would be: it’s a condition brought on by poor gut health and toxin overload that can show up as low energy, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, headaches, irritability, forgetfulness, insomnia, and low motivation that leaves us feeling frustrated, hopeless, helpless, guilty, sad and more.
There’s good news...I promise!
Brain fog is reversible!!
It will take time to heal your body because you have to heal your gut and decrease your toxic load so that the inflammation and hormone imbalance that contribute to brain fog subside.
Here are some tips to help you feel some relief quickly:
Decrease your sugar intake. The recommended daily amount of added sugar for an adult woman is 25g per day. ‘Sugar’ includes refined sugar, cane sugar, raw sugar, turbinado, coconut sugar, maple syrup, honey and fruit juice. My fave sugar substitute is Monk Fruit Sweetener because it’s low glycemic, doesn’t have a gross after taste, and can be subbed for sugar 1:1. Learn more about kicking your sugar cravings in this free worksheet I created for you.
Intake lots of nutrients. Eat a wide variety of real food….clean meats and organic produce. Most of us are severely nutrient deficient which creates brain fog as well as other health issues. Food’s #1 purpose is to give our body what it needs to function properly.
Take in healthy fats. I know eating fats still makes some people nervous because of the misinformation our society was fed for decades which was that fat made us fat and contributed to disease. That’s not true of healthy fats, but I wanted to share some articles to help understand the necessity of the right fats in our diet. I like this one and this one and this one, just to name a few. Our brain is 60% fat so it makes sense that when we’re not getting enough fats in our diet, we experience brain fog, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s, etc.
Clean up your skin care products. While harmful toxins can be found all around our home, skin care products are notorious for containing anywhere from hundreds to thousands of chemicals that make us fat, create hormone imbalance and inflammation, contribute to cancer and more. There are many items on the ingredients list you can look out for to avoid. I like to make this easy for my clients which is why I tell them to avoid absolutely EVERYTHING that has ‘fragrance’ in it. To learn more about having non-toxic skin, click here.
While these 4 steps can get you some noticeable changes quickly, it’s best to make one change at a time instead of trying to make all 4 changes at once.
When you make one small improvement at a time, you’re able to get really comfortable in that one change before moving onto the next. This allows it to become a part of your lifestyle instead of something that is temporary. I go into more detail about how to have a plan in place to make lasting change in this video.
Please always remember that you’re not crazy. It’s not ‘all in your head’. You can recover from brain fog.
I want nothing more than for you to feel the relief that comes with being free of brain fog. There is hope!
I’m here for you. If you’re ready to learn more about beating brain fog, click here.
Peace and wellness,
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Hi! I'm Bri....the wife, mom, RN, and Certified Health Coach behind HippieDippieMom. Read more about me here.
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