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5 Causes of “Brain Fog”

5 Causes of “Brain Fog”

Your mind feels like San Francisco in the springtime: The fog is rolling in and it might not leave again until fall, unless you do something about it. Here are five common causes of “brain fog” and what you can do to bring back the sunshine.

1. Stress.
Chronic stress overstimulates the brain. Turning down the figurative volume helps repair damage done to brain and nerve cells. Adaptogens (such as ashwaganda, panax ginseng, and rhodiola) can help your body cope with stress. L-theanine has been shown to reduce anxiety and increase sleep quality.

2. Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. Both of these are relatively recently recognized disorders that can cause impaired mental function. Magnesium supplementation has been shown to alleviate symptoms of both disorders. Light to moderate exercise can boost the immune system and improve mood and sleep.

3. Fatigue.
As obvious as it sounds, fatigue affects the ol’ gray matter. Lack of sleep can cause symptoms mimicking mental illness. We need from seven to nine hours of sleep per night—and quality counts. Don’t check email or do work right before going to bed. Avoid drinking caffeinated drinks late in the day. Practice calming techniques, such as meditation or deep breathing.

4. Nutrient deficiencies.
Your brain is cranking through nutrients at a furious pace. Make sure a steady supply is at hand. Vitamins C and E have been shown to delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. The B vitamins can help improve memory. Zinc, Co-Q10, and essential fatty acids also help maintain healthy brain function.

5. Depression. Almost 10 percent of Americans suffer from depression, which can cause difficulty concentrating, remembering, and making decisions. Read Natural Cures for Depression for what you can do to help relieve depression.

Neurotransmitter-boosting supplements, such as SAMe and 5-HTP, help lift levels of dopamine and serotonin. St. John’s wort, although bruised in recent media reports, is still a great option for minor depression.

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By Brock Edelson, Natural Solutions magazine

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9:57AM PDT on Apr 15, 2014

You mis Number 6:

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11:13PM PST on Jan 12, 2014

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11:31PM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

I'm a 27 year old male, and I've suffered with this since my teen years. It's really taken its toll on my life. I've been diagnosed with depression and taken antidepressants, but that is NOT the problem.

Also, Anas A. is an idiot.

5:28PM PDT on Mar 30, 2013

Thank you :)

8:00AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thanks for the info.

6:28AM PDT on Mar 21, 2013

Thanks

10:26AM PDT on Mar 13, 2013

There are MANY causes of brain fog.I have Hep Cand this is an ongoing issue.Lots of other serious disease causes brain fog as well.Don't just assume it's a problem because of winter blahs!

1:48AM PST on Mar 4, 2013

Thank you :)

4:41AM PST on Feb 25, 2013

Very good. I had a recurrence of depression over the winter and felt foggy for days.

1:02AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

Thank you.

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