Brain Fog Causes
The Causes Of Brain Fog
We all have to deal with the causes of brain fog from time to time, perhaps several times every day. For the most part, we tend to recognize many of these causes, although at times we're unaware of their presence. For a part of our body that doesn't move around much, the brain uses an incredible amount of energy. It's estimated the brain uses 10 times as many calories as any other part of the body having the same weight.
For a little engine that really is constantly working, it should come as no surprise that it won't work quite as efficiently or effectively if it is being deprived of the nutrients it needs, or if toxins are present. A lack of nutrients or the presence of toxins are two of the more common causes of brain fog.
Sometimes the cause of brain fog is a mystery, such as the "senior moments" older people often experience. Brain fog is in evidence in a very mild form when you walk into a room to get something and then can't remember what you were going to get when you get there. This is a mild, but sometimes slightly irritating example of brain fog in action.
Clear Thinking Requires Oxygen - A common cause of temporary brain fog is a lack of oxygen being supplied to the brain. Try to hold your breathe as long as you can, without actually passing out, and the moment you take a breath try to think clearly. You probably can't. A more serious situation is when one has a vascular disorder and the arteries are clogged. In this situation, brain fog can be an ongoing symptom.
Stress - We all know that when we get overly stressed, we sometimes can't think straight. Again, brain fog is the reason for becoming confused, and stress is the reason for the brain fog. What stress does is over stimulates the brain. An over stimulated brain will "think too much" instead of too little, but the result is confusion, which is another way in which brain fog manifests itself.
Chronic Fatigue - Then there's that matter of fatigue. When we become overly or chronically fatigued, one of the first signs that the brain is not at 100% is we start making errors in judgment or become forgetful. Alcohol has the same effect of course, but is much quicker. What we're talking about in this case is brain fog that is the result of becoming more and more fatigued over a longer period of time, several nights of little sleep, or several days of working long hours. Not a half-dozen shots of whiskey.
Nutritional Deficiencies - In addition to the calories the brain is responsible for burning, it also constantly hungers for many or the nutrients we consume. A deficiency in certain vitamins, minerals, or both, can bring on a steady case of fuzzy thinking or brain fog. The B-vitamins seem to play a major role in this case, as does zinc.
A Symptom Of A Systemic Disorder -We've touched briefly on the effects a systemic disorder (vascular problems) can have on the brain as far as brain fog is concerned. There is a close association between fibromyalgia and brain fog. A major symptom of fibromyalgia is pain, and as we know all too well, ongoing pain can lead to fatigue, and when we are fatigued we don't think as well. The pain itself can be a significant distraction as far as clear thinking is concerned.
Problems in the digestive tract, or the liver or kidneys can cause brain fog as a primary or secondary symptom. The connection in these cases is usually due to an inefficient processing of nutrients in the foods we eat, or an excess of toxic elements in our system, or both. The effect is essentially one of supplying the brain with blood, a situation that can easily lead to substandard thinking processes. Allergens and food sensitivities can also affect one's mental acuity. In short, getting enough sleep is sometimes not enough. Often there is an underlying disease or disorder that will have to be treated in order to get the brain functioning at peak performance again.
It probably goes without saying, that eating well and following a healthy lifestyle, which would include getting plenty of exercise, can go a long way towards keeping the brain sharp.