What Your Brain Fog Is Trying to Tell You
Do you ever experience brain fog? You know, the I forgot my shopping list, I misplaced my car keys, I can’t remember that person’s name, and how many kids do I have anyway? kind of brain fog. We all have moments of forgetfulness, but these moments shouldn’t happen too often.
I’m finding myself forgetting things a lot lately. I can’t remember to pick up my raw milk on Fridays, I forgot I had to make muffins for the nursing home ministry, I forgot it was my week to do the cleaning ministry, and I forgot to send the promised text last night that I was sure I would remember. And this is all just this week. And that’s just the major things. We won’t mention the minor. Talk about brain fog! I should be the poster child for it!
Besides being thankful that I have a smartphone to set reminders on (and I obviously need to make reminders more a part of my life), I’m also thankful for herbs and nutrition that can help to assist me
If your memory feels lacking in the sharpness department, and your thinking seems muddled and foggy far too often, you are not alone! Many people suffer from brain fog symptoms often. Me being one of them.
None of us have time for brain fog – especially homeschooling moms! We definitely need fully functional brains! Educating our children is such a big responsibility, and things get more complicated if we can’t think clearly.
Today I’m going to share what the culprits are for brain fog and how you can have a clearer, sharper mind than you ever thought possible!
What Your Brain Fog Is Trying To Tell You
Watch What You Eat
Avoid artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose, and the flavoring monosodium glutamate (also on food labels as MSG).  These food additives are excitotoxins, which basically means they excite your brain cells to death, and are a common cause of brain fog and memory loss.  These ingredients are common in our food supply, whether it be fast food or boxes and cans on the shelf. There are several other excitotoxins, but these 3 are some major ones. Eat real food and you won’t be consuming these!
A poor diet, in general, contributes to brain fog, but sugar is especially a big culprit. Too much sugar in the diet spikes the blood sugar, which releases stress hormones and interferes with hormone signaling. This is a cause of brain fog. I personally feel the effects of brain fog almost immediately when I consume sugary foods. 
Lack of Sleep
Lack of sleep interferes with the body’s ability to fight inflammation and brain fog. Most people need 7-9 hours of sleep, and earlier bedtimes are better. I know this is so hard as a mom, but it does make such a difference!
Eat Those Brain Foods
Experiencing brain fog, memory loss, or difficulty concentrating is also a sign that you need to eat a more nutritious diet and consume foods that feed the brain.  If we simply change our diets, we will experience a much healthier life in many ways and can eliminate most health problems!
Some powerful brain foods and herbs are:
- Berries of all kinds, but especially blueberries
- Coconut oil – be sure to purchase organic, extra-virgin, cold-pressed, unrefined coconut oil in order to get all the true benefits. Consume at least a tablespoon a day.
- Avocados are loaded with healthy fats, which is essential for a healthy brain.
- Green leafy vegetables – eat lots of salads and throw greens into your smoothies and fresh juices.
- Turmeric is a spice that has quickly become a staple at our house. I have actually never cooked with it, but we add it to our smoothies because it is just that healthy in many ways. Turmeric contains curcumin which improves the memory and stimulates brain cell production. 
- Walnuts and chia seeds are some of the best among their kind at helping the brain because of their rich content of omega-3 fatty acids.
- Herbs such as Ginko Biloba and Gotu Kola are great for the memory! You can take them in capsule or tincture form or add them to smoothies. (Smoothies are my way to daily sneak herbs into our diet.)
The bottom line of eliminating brain fog is choosing to live healthily. Stop eating bad foods and start eating healthy foods. Don’t just eat a handful of walnuts or a bowl of blueberries occasionally, make them a part of your daily life. Consume large amounts of these foods and you will notice the difference!
DISCLAIMER: I am not a medical professional. This post is for educational purposes only. The information has not been evaluated by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent disease.
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Great article Jill! Thank you for sharing this!