What is brain fog?

Beat brain fog once and for all. 

 

What is brain fog?

what is brain fog

What is brain fog?

Brain fog by dictionary definition is described as: “a usually temporary state of diminished mental capacity marked by an inability to concentrate or to think or reason clearly.”1

Understandably, trouble focusing, memory loss and mental tiredness would fall under the ‘brain fog’ umbrella.

You might be surprised to hear that brain fog is an actual diagnosis! Clinically, brain fog is referred to as CFS – Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.2

According to a community health survey conducted by Statistics Canada in 2005, there were 333,816 people diagnosed with CFS (brain fog) in Canada alone.3 According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, “an estimated 836,000 to 2.5 million Americans suffer from ME/CFS, but most of them have not been diagnosed.”4,5

 

 
 
Why is brain fog so common in North America?

Maybe it’s rooted in the culture.

As a way to explain the brain fog phenomenon, let’s do a comparison; reactions to brain fog VS cloud fog. This might seem like an odd comparison, but stay with us! 

Think about when you are driving your car through the fog. Driving in these conditions can be scary. One can’t see clearly, therefore exists a higher risk of getting into an accident. This is why there’s public encouragement to drive slower during weather conditions that impair sight or delay judgement. We are advised to slow down and give the road more attention.

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Brain fog & hyper-productivity

Sadly, the same societal encouragement is not applied to cases of brain fog. You’re overworked at your job, there are family demands to fulfill and the general chores of daily life like; commuting in traffic, cleaning the house, cooking, going to the dentist and paying bills on time, all take energy, brain power and labour. But no one tells you to go slower when you experience brain fog. Why doesn’t your boss tell you to go home early to get some extra rest? Or shorten your work hours for improved productivity?

Well, there could be different answers to this. One being; North America’s obsession with hyper-productivity. Working hard and making your career your life is romanticized in westernized culture. It’s seen as being lazy when we take time for ourselves to just simply be present. When in reality, self-care should be the epitome of everything we do.

Perhaps brain fog is your body’s way of telling you to slow down and give it more attention. Sound familiar?

 

Brain fog causes

STRESS

what is brain fog

Brain fog & stress.

It’s unclear as to what the exact cause of brain fog is. However, links between Brain Fog and stress have been made.2  Poor diet, depression, chronic diseases and pregnancy have shown to cause various symptoms of brain fog.6 Stress can impact how your body operates at every level. Everything from the immune system to the circulatory system can be negatively impacted when your body is under stress.7

Our article Stress and Gut Health examines the close links between an unhealthy gut and chronic stress. Poor gut health results in not having diverse gut bacteria, which can lead to the malabsorption of nutrients, which can cause nutritional deficiencies. Yikes! Not only that, but chronic or daily stress means your body actually needs more nutrition to function optimally.

The more you mismanage stress = higher chances of nutritional deficiencies.

 

NUTRITIONAL DEFICIENCIES

Nutritional deficiencies might also be to blame for brain fog. B vitamins are responsible for assisting in many necessary functions in the body. One of these is helping your body turn food into

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Fast farming and nutritional deficiencies.

energy.8,9  That means a lack of B vitamins could easily cause a shortage of energy. Learn more about B vitamins and energy by reading What does Vitamin B do?

Many people think they are getting enough nutrients from food alone, but sadly this is not the case. A plethora of factors can be pointed to for the lack of nutrition in most foods. Fast farming ensures our large demands for food are met, but the quality of the food suffers. Crops are grown at rapid rates in controlled environments using pesticides, GMO’s and other equipment to synthetically alter food with the hopes of creating bigger yields that grow faster in less amount of time. This means crops have less time to soak in nutrients from the soil.

Additionally, pesticides strip nutrients from soil. Monocropping, large yields and crop turnover leave no time for the soil to replenish itself with nutrients from the earth. Poor little soil 🙁

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Organic farming is substantially better for us.

All food used to be grown without any artificial chemicals or alterations. This food is called organic now, and costs significantly more than ‘conventionally grown’ produce. If you can afford it, buying organic makes a big difference. We encourage you to buy organic foods if and when you can. Our article Organic on the cheap can help you buy organic foods within your means.

Food irradiation, too, is likely impacting the lack of nutrition in your foods. You might be thinking “What is food irradiation?in short, it’s the process of irradiating foods to prevent the spread of bacteria. But the process also destroys valuable nutrients in our food.

Additionally, iron deficiency could be one of the reasons behind your brain fog. It’s actually the most common nutritional deficiency in the world. Anemia can be caused by not getting enough iron into your body. Your body doesn’t have enough red blood cells which means it has trouble getting oxygen to your body! This might explain your overbearing workout fatigue, lightheadedness or even dark circles under your eyes.

Learn more about anemia and the signs to look out for: Why am I tired all the time? Iron deficiency could be the culprit.

Vitamins, minerals, enzymes and phytonutrients are the foundation of health. Not getting an adequate amount in today’s demanding world will lead to health problems later down the road. Find an organic, whole food supplement that makes it easy to get potent amounts of nutrient-dense foods, that naturally contain high amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and all of the other amazing compounds we mentioned.

 

Brain fog treatment
what is brain fog

Holistic lifestyle tips to beat brain fog.

There’s no magic pill that will cure your brain fog. Our bodies and environmental stressors are simply too complex for this to hold true. Feeling good and living a healthy and happy life takes time, resources and a willingness to learn and change. It takes practice and requires daily effort. Thankfully, we’re here to help.

Our all food, organic, nutritional powders are the perfect brain fog supplements. Giving your body nutrients in a whole food form will increase the likelihood of absorption and help you feel better, faster. Studies show nutrients from food absorb 200 to 1500 times better than synthetically derived nutrients.10,11

However, as we said there is no singular cure for brain fog. Yes, our organic, food sourced supplements are a great place to start, but lifestyle habits and further education are just as important. As stress and nutritional deficiencies require preventative care in many ways. Take meditation for example; researchers and medical professionals have found undeniable evidence that suggests regular meditation can improve the capabilities of the brain, by changing its structure.12,13,14,15 One of these research departments is Harvard Medical SchoolMeditating, exercising regularly (yes, walking counts!) and giving your body the nutrition it needs will guide you to the path of recovery from brain fog.

Pranin.com contains articles, resources, tools and recipes that will help you feel amazing and be your best self. More than just a supplement brand, we’re a supportive, health and wellness hub.

 

References:

1 – https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/brain%20fog

2 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3617392/

3 – http://www.mefmaction.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=145&Itemid=60

4 – https://www.cdc.gov/me-cfs/

5 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK284892/

6 – http://edoriumjournals.com/blog/brain-fog-get-rid

7 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2568977/

8 – https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/vitamin-b
9 – https://medlineplus.gov/bvitamins.html

10 – Vinson JA, Bose P.  Bioavailability of Synthetic Ascorbic Acid and a Citrus Extract.  Ann New York Academy of Sciences, 1987;498:525-526
11 – Vinson JA.  Human Supplementation with Different Forms of Vitamin C.  University of Scranton, Scranton (PA)

12 – https://news.harvard.edu/gazette/story/2011/01/eight-weeks-to-a-better-brain/

13 – https://hms.harvard.edu/sites/default/files/assets/Harvard%20Now%20and%20Zen%20Reading%20Materials.pdf

14 – https://www.mindful.org/your-brain-on-meditation/

15 – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3004979/