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How to Get Rid of Brain Fog

October 29, 2017

how to get rid of brain fog

BY Dr. Keerthy Sunder

Is Brain Fog Getting You Down?

The good news? This condition isn’t only inside your head! Brain fog is getting attention recently as a cognitive disorder that deserves true attention.

Keep reading to learn more about brain fog as a type of cognitive dysfunction. We’ll describe common medical causes that contribute to its formation and their characteristics. Finally, we’ll cover how specific dietary and lifestyle changes can help you eliminate brain fog and get back to feeling like yourself again!  

Keep reading for more on causes of brain fog. We invite your questions in the comments section at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all questions personally and promptly.

What Exactly Is Brain Fog?

Recent medical studies have begun to classify and categorize a spectrum of symptoms that researchers are starting to call “brain fog”. In the past, this relatively subjective condition has been described as a widespread cognitive disorder that is similar to mental fatigue. In fact, there are many medical conditions that have been associated or connected with brain fog.

WHAT THE DOCTORS SAY...

“Brain fog can make you feel like you are going a little crazy. But the issue may be caused by a nutritional deficiency or even trouble with digestion. See your doctor for a medical opinion and get an OK to use supplemental nutrients for brain health. Formulas like Brain Tune Brain Tune can truly help stabilize and improve brain health.”

Dr. Keerthy Sunder, MD
ObGYN and Psychiatry
Director, The Mind & Body Institute

“Its impermanence is the big difference between what we know as brain fog and actual dementia. Brain fog might cause you to forget where you parked that car at the mall, but dementia might make it impossible to get there in the first place.”

Dr. Robert Lahita, MD, PhD
Rheumotologist
Chairman of Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center
Professor of Medicine, Rutgers University

 

 


Yet, the term “brain fog” remains rather cloudy, medically speaking. While patients describe the condition as difficulty focusing, thinking and communicating…experts are reluctant to give it a definite definition. The  closest they have come is to describe brain fog like this:

Brain fog causes an inability to perform usual cognitive tasks. This mental health problem stops you from being able to think clearly.

More specifically, brain "fog" is a constellation of symptoms. The symptoms of brain fog include:

  • inability to concentrate
  • inability to multitask
  • loss of short-term memory
  • loss of long term memory
  • reduced cognition

If the symptoms listed above sound familiar, you’re not alone In fact, brain fog is an increasingly common cognitive issue people report. Still, there is a way to get out of a state of confusion. Keep reading to learn how to put your thinking processes in order.

What Causes Brain Fog?

Brain fog can a symptom related to autoimmune disorders, brain or central nervous system disorders, or hormonal change. Some of the more commonly diagnosed medical causes of brain fog include:

  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Hormonal changes
  • Lupus

One main cause of brain fog is surprising and may come from an unexpected source.

Brain fog can be caused by the buildup of bad bacteria in your gut.

Think about these facts. The food we eat - and the ingredient combinations we choose - all impact the way that particular food is digested and eliminated from our bodies. Additionally, the human body is an interconnected system. The digestive system is actually directly connected with the brain through nerves.

When you eat too much sugar, eat very late at night, or eat the wrong diet, you exhaust your digestive system. When the digestive system no longer works optimally, it allows the unprocessed food to stay inside the system. Improperly digested food results in accumulation of various types of bacteria, such as:

  • Aspergillus
  • Bullera
  • Candida
  • Galactomyces
  • Penicillium
  • Pleospora
  • Rhodotorula
  • Saccharomyces
  • Sclerotinia
  • Trametes

When bacteria accumulates, it begins to do the body harm. We call this type of bacteria “toxic”. When toxins occur out of balance, they cause gut inflammation. But this guy inflammation can directly influence the brain. How?

Our brain and stomach are connected. A problem that begins in the gut, over time, starts to become the brain’s problem, as well.

This is people who experience digestive problems also experience problems with sleep, mood, and thinking. The food we eat, profoundly affects digestion and the way we feel.

Natural Remedies for Brain Fog

First, you can pay attention to the ingredients you include in your meals. Specifically, you can try to be more selective and avoid foods that are known to put optimal digestion at risk. Food that are known to be associated with brain fog can include:  

  1. Sugar
  2. Additives (monosodium glutamate (MSG) and artificial sweeteners)
  3. Foods that create allergy (soy, corn, eggs, dairy, peanuts, nuts)
  4. High fructose corn syrups
  5. Low-fat vegetable oils (canola, sunflower, and safflower oil)

Additionally, bad digestion and brain fog can be caused by dehydration and/or nutritional deficiencies. Deficiency of certain nutrients is more likely to cause symptoms of brain fog.

Main Brain Fog Symptoms

  • decreased ability to focus and concentrate
  • forgetfulness  
  • insomnia
  • memory problems
  • muddled thinking
  • problems forming thoughts

How To Diagnose Brain Fog?

Unfortunately, there is no objective laboratory test that measures or diagnoses brain fog. Instead, “brain fog” is thought to be a subjective state. So, while your physical exam may show up normal – even a brain scan comes up normal – you’ll need to talk to your doctor about your symptoms. Even then, s/he may have a hard time getting to the bottom of the problem.

The constellation of symptoms related to brain fog is similar to many ailments and can be confused with Alzheimer’s Disease, dementia, or mental illness.

Therefore, a clinical diagnosis will be based on careful history and exclusion of medical illness that presents with similar symptoms. However, another test can be very helpful.

Brain Fog and Nutritional Deficiency

One way to identify brain fog is to first identify possible nutritional deficiencies in your body. More good news! To diagnose possible nutritional problems, there are tests that doctors use to diagnose nutritional deficiency. You might feel relieved to know that “Functional Intracellular Analysis (FIA)” can help pinpoint problem areas in your diet.

An FIA is based on samples taken from white blood cells called “lymphocytes”. The FIA measures specific levels of a long list of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential micronutrients found in these cells. The tests give a detailed overview of your diet. Plus, the tests measure the function of multiple nutritional components within our white blood cells.

How does an FIA work?

First, you give your blood sample to the testing laboratory or clinic.

Then, they analyze your white blood cells by isolating them into a controlled environment. The procedure of white cell examination includes growth stimulation. Then, each micronutrient from the cells is removed one by one.

During analysis, the growth of the white cells under specific conditions reveals the presence or absence of deficiencies. If the white cells grow well, that means they do not lack anything. But if white blood cell grow is inhibited, this means your white cells show deficiency in nutrients.

The tests measure the lack of the following nutrients:

  1. Vitamin A
  1. B complex vitamins
    • B-1 (thiamine)
    • B-2 (riboflavin)
    • B-3 (niacinamide)
    • B-6 (pyridoxine)
    • B-12 (cobalamin)
    • Folic acid
    • Pantothenate
    • Biotin
  1. Vitamin C
  2. Vitamin D
  3. Vitamin E
  4. Vitamin K
  1. Amino acids and metabolites
    • Asparagine
    • Carnitine
    • Choline
    • Glutamine
    • Inositol
    • Serine
  1. Fatty acids, especially oleic acid
  1. Minerals
    • Calcium
    • Copper
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • Zinc
  1. Antioxidants
    • Glutathione
    • Cysteine
    • Coenzyme Q-10
    • Selenium
    • Alpha lipoic acid
  1. Carbohydrate metabolism (abnormalities point to increased diabetes risks)
  2. Glucose-insulin interaction
  3. Fructose sensitivity
  4. Chromium

Finally, when the levels of all these nutrients are examined you’ll receive the results. Clinicians can help you identify key problem areas. In the case of brain fog, low levels of essential nutrients indicate that brain function is far from optimal. In fact, improved brain function is often a ‘side effect’ of nutritional balancing correction of body chemistry.

The brain requires many nutrients to function at its best. This includes protein, high-quality fats and starches, many vitamins and two dozen or more minerals.  Among the most important nutrients are calcium, magnesium, zinc, chromium, selenium, iodine, L-glutamine, L-taurine, choline, thiamine, B6, B12 and other B-complex vitamins.  Others are the omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and in fact all of the vitamins.

NOTE HERE: Be aware that each person’s metabolism is different and unique. Some of us absorb nutrients better than others. That’s why we have individual nutritional needs, and absorb certain vitamins more quickly or slowly. Therefore, results from FIA tests can be biased by factors such as the type of food eaten the previous few days preceding testing.

DoctorSunder's Brain Tune

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Dr. Sunder has used his 20 years of medical practice as an OBGYN physician and Psychiatrist to design a nutraceutical-grade supplement formula to help those who struggle with brain fog. It contains a whopping 25 different ingredients! Each ingredient works in combination with the others to boost the brain. But please don’t take our word for it.

Dr. Sunder’s patients and clients are reporting the following results to us:

  • Better sleep
  • Clearer thinking
  • Improved memory
  • Increased focus and concentration

If you’re interested in boosting your brain’s performance, calming your mind, and priming yourself to live the life you deserve, DoctorSunder's Brain Tune is definitely the product for you. And not only can it help clear out brain fog…it can be used as a meal replacement! Brain Tune comes in vanilla or chocolate flavors and pack enough nutrients into one serving that you can skip a meal if you’d like.

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What other brain supplement can do that?

An All-in-One Brain Fog Solution

The bottom line is this. You can look for a solution to brain fog via lifestyle change. Most cases of ordinary brain fog respond well to:

  1. Daily exercise of at least 30 minutes
  2. Health eating, especially avoiding trigger foods.
  3. Optimal sleep hygiene and adequate REM sleep.

But, if these changes post a challenge to you…you can boost your chances of success. A daily dose of the Brain Tune can provide you with all you need to support your brain. It’s packed with vitamins and minerals…and is the only formula on the market that actually contains the digestive enzymes and probiotics you need every day!

DoctorSunder's Brain Tune can help elevate brain performance and eliminate the fuzziness in your head…within a few weeks. If it doesn’t, we invite you to take advantage of our

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How To Get Rid Of Brain Fog Questions

In this article, we’ve discussed the possibilities for eliminating brain fog. However, if you’re still concerned about this issues, feel free to leave your comments or questions below. We’ll do our best to address your concerns and point you in the right direction.

Reference Sources:
Brain Health: How to Handle MS “Brain Fog”
http://www.brainhealth.utdallas.edu/news_page/how-to-handle-ms-brain-fog
Stanford Medicine: Immune system disruption
http://stanmed.stanford.edu/2014fall/immune-system-disruption.html
Prevention: Brain Fog & Your Health
https://www.prevention.com/health/brain-fog-and-your-health



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