Seriously, has this ever happened you?
You walk into a room then have no idea what you came in for?
Yep, that’s brain fog.
Brain fog can be characterized by a lack of concentration, an inability to make decisions, frequent headaches, and even nausea, to name a few.
Is this something you struggle with regularly?
If so in today’s blog we’re looking at natural solutions for banishing brain fog now.
the role of environmental toxins
why you shouldn’t be fooled into thinking it’s to do with your age (this does not have to be a side-effect of aging)
nutrients your brain needs
7 essential oils for clarity, focus & energy
daily practices to improve cognitive function
A few common causes of brain fog could range from a nutrient deficiency, lack of proper sleep, ingesting an abundance of sugar, a thyroid condition, or even depression. Inactivity and chronic stress can also unleash brain fog, so there are a lot of factors at play when nailing down what's causing your brain fog.
Luckily, you don't have to keep your head in the clouds for too long. Here's what you can do about it.
Reduce your toxic load
While brain fog can be caused by a drop in estrogen as a woman enters her 40s or 50s, it can often be caused by (and exacerbated by) environmental toxins stored at the cellular level waiting for discharge.
Things like preservatives, pesticides, hormones in food, etc. can cause brain fog to become a daily problem for many women.
And the combination of age, stress, and toxins can lead a woman to believe she might be facing early cognitive decline when nothing could be further from the truth.
By ridding your body of excess toxins and lowering stress, you remove two-thirds of the brain fog equation and get to finally see what you’re capable of -- no matter your age.
Reduce sedentary behaviour
Through no fault of our own, many of our jobs require us to log long hours behind a desk. Increased activity levels are known for boosting your mental acuity, so even if your schedule truly is packed, there are still things you can do to get moving.
Take a 10-minute walk around the office a few times a day to stretch your legs and get your blood moving, or spend your lunch break getting some activity in. You can even invest in a DeskCycle, and you can even get a workout in at your desk. It's a small under the desk bicycle that allows you to "ride" a bike while seated at your desk.
Sleep on it
I don't need me to tell you your body needs enough sleep to function properly. Rest is one of the most crucial aspects of your overall health, so get that sleep you need by going to bed a little earlier every night until you're getting more Zzz's.
If you have trouble sleeping soundly, investigate some natural ways to get a proper nights sleep, and see what works best for you.
It can be hard to shut off the noise in your head, which is why many people feel like giving up when they first try meditation. Instead, download some healing frequencies that help you tune into your mind.
There are also some fantastic apps you can download on your phone, such as Headspace and Calm, which can help you become a meditation pro.
Essential oils for instant clarity, focus, and energy
When your focus dips and you really need a mental boost, reaching for certain essential oils can be a game changer.
They’re easy to use. Just add a drop or two of your chosen essential oil to a tissue or cotton wool pad & smell, or diffuse these around your home or workspace.
Adding a drop under the tongue twice daily is also a great way to support cognitive function as the oils get straight into your blood stream and carried through the blood-brain barrier.
(Note - most brands of essential oils are not suitable for internal usage. Only do this with CPTG essential oils - which means they’ve been independently tested and verified as pure. Find out more about that here.)
ROSEMARY essential oil is super effective at boosting your memory … by up to 75%, according to some studies. It’s also been shown to improve cognitive performance. If you’ve been a bit absent minded lately or you just feel that your mind needs a helping hand to function at its best, this is a great essential oil for you!
PEPPERMINT essential oil - is a great for improving your focus. It stimulates the mind, which has big benefits for concentration, memory and mental clarity. It’s also perfect for a natural, caffeine free energy boost.
BASIL essential oil - perfect boosting mental clarity. It’s great for improving focus and recall. It’s also a stress buster and we all know how easily chronic stress can affect cognition.
FRANKINCENSE essential oil can help improve your focus and is also super helpful for regulating your mood.
GRAPEFRUIT essential oil is hugely stimulating and is ideal for a natural energy boost.
LEMON essential oil. Need to sharpen your focus? Lemon will help increase your attention levels. In a Japanese study, inhaling lemon essential oil increased work accuracy by as much as 50%. Lemon and wild orange are also give you a quick and easy energy boost.
Eat high quality nutrients
Make sure you are getting enough of the food your brain needs to work optimally. Especially high quality omega-3 fatty acids will are essential for brain function. You all need a high intake of antioxidants, and whole foods loaded with vitamins and minerals. You can get plenty of recipes to get started with here.
It's well-known for helping you lose stubborn weight, but intermittent fasting can also improve your neurological well-being. You can ease into it by extending the timeframe between the last meal you eat in one day and the first meal you eat on the next day.
A popular intermittent fasting method is 16:8, which means you're fasting for 16 hours and eating within an 8-hour window. For example, this would pan out by eating dinner at 7pm and not eating again until 11am the next day.
When most people focus on their health, they often put more emphasis on their physical aspects. But well-rounded health comes from balancing both physical and mental.
Give some of these tips a shot and see what helps lift the brain fog for you.