What is brain fog? In children, brain fog is associate with zoning out. We commonly see this in ADHD and autism cases. In adults, brain fog often take the form of having difficulty engaging in cognition, learning or memory. Examples of this include: forgetting names/dates/events, hearing someone speak but not understanding, difficulty staying on task, etc.

Here are just a few, but very powerful ways, to combat brain fog:

1. Watch your blood sugar. Blood sugar is the main power or fuel source of the body. Many of us run low at certain times of the day. Mid morning (around 10 am) and mid afternoon (around 2-3 pm) are notorious times of brain fog due to low blood sugar. It is important to know your glucose and HA1C levels. Make this a part of your yearly check up.

2. Get some exercise. Early morning exercise can be very valuable in combating brain fog. Getting the blood moving really is important for many reasons, including focusing the brain. Exercise also combats stress and lowers inflammation in the body. A study done by the University of British Columbia found aerobic exercise helps grow an area of the brain involved in memory and learning (the hippocampus).

3. Consider your gut health. Infections or leaky gut syndrome can drain our energy levels and cause brain fog. Bacterial and yeast overgrowth are known to cause these issues. Poor food choices and food sensitivities matter. Researchers at Oregon State University reported changes in gut bacteria can impact cognitive function.

4. Get a brain map. Head traumas, toxin exposure and food reactivity can all cause high delta waves. Delta waves, 1-4 hertz, are only supposed to be high when we sleep. When these levels are high in a wakeful state, brain fog is common. Brain maps can tell us the level and location of delta waves in the brain. This is valuable for the targeted treatment of the problem area with neurofeedback.

If we can help in any way, feel free to contact us at The Martin Clinic. We are located in Duluth, Georgia (in the northern Atlanta suburbs). You can reach us at 770.237.3970 or info@themartinclinic.com.