Understanding Brain Fog & Solution

Understanding Brain Fog & Solution


  • Brain fog occurs when the brain is overworked or under strain. The most common symptoms are feeling dazed and confused, headaches, thinking more slowly than usual, an inability to remember things or even tasks just completed, mental fatigue, and mood swings. If left untreated, brain fog may develop into early onset dementia.
  • Research has found that for those who are required to utilize multiple skills simultaneously to think or work but are unable to adjust quickly enough to this type of pressure, it results in decreased productivity and lower quality of work, as well as health problems such as burnout syndrome, brain fog, and lowered IQ.

In today’s business environment, employees who can utilize a variety of skills simultaneously—or multitasking as it is also known—are extremely popular with large corporations and private companies the world over. People who can work well under these conditions and still retain good time-management skills, are not easy to find. Unfortunately, however, these same people often experience physical and mental fatigue. This is because being a good multitasker and working well under these conditions for any extended period of time involves a wide variety of factors, including basic habits of acceptance and adaptability, as well as cognitive and emotional intelligence.

Many people today are required to think or work in a way that utilizes multiple skills simultaneously, for example, checking emails, talking on the phone, using social media, having meetings, thinking up strategies, coordinating with others as well as summarizing and presenting to their boss. Positions requiring this multitasking are found in a number of different fields, including digital marketing, planning, analysis and design. Studies have found, however, that when people are unable to adjust quickly enough to this type of pressure, it results in decreased productivity and lower quality of work, as well as health problems such as burnout syndrome, brain fog, and lowered IQ.

What are the symptoms of brain fog?

Many people have heard about burnout syndrome, which is caused by chronic accumulated stress at work. This can eventually take over a person’s life, severely affecting their mental state. It often results in the sufferer resigning from his or her job or career. Another term, however, known as brain fog, is less familiar to many of us. It occurs when the brain is overworked or under strain due to factors such as:

  • Insufficient rest resulting in fatigue
  • Lack of good dietary nutrition
  • Accumulation of toxic heavy metals in the body or consumption of foods containing pesticide poisons
  • Build-up of stress
  • Presence of free radicals in the body
  • Latent inflammation
  • Lack of exercise
  • Various hormonal imbalances
  • Dehydration or insufficient intake of water
  • Psychological disorders or other chronic health conditions

All of the above can result in a deterioration of body functions, thus overtaxing the adrenal glands. This in turn results in neurotransmitter imbalances and reduced blood blow to the brain, causing patients to feel dazed and confused, suffer from headaches, think more slowly than usual, experience an inability to remember things or even tasks just completed, suffer from mental fatigue, and experience mood swings. If left untreated, brain fog may develop into early onset dementia.

Behavior Modifications to Reduce the Risk of Brain Fog

  • Organize work tasks in order of importance.
  • Take a break from smartphones or any other sources of stressful news updates or media during times of stress at work.
  • Maintain a positive outlook on life and set aside time to enjoy some of your favorite activities to help you relax and unwind. 
  • Make sure to get plenty of sleep, at least 6-8 hours per night.
  • Eat nutritious foods, especially for breakfast.
  • Exercise regularly, at least 30 minutes per session, 3-5 times per week.
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking during times of stress, as these can increase brain fatigue.
  • Practice meditation.

Supplements for a Healthy Brain

  • Fish oil, which contains DHA, an Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid, helps strengthen the brain, the nervous system, and the visual system of the retina.
  • Ginkgo biloba extract helps to improve blood circulation to the brain and other parts of the body while also ensuring the brain receives sufficient blood flow. It also contains substances such as flavonoids that help prevent degeneration of the brain and blood vessels.
  • Gamma oryzanol, which contains GABA, helps balance the neurotransmitters in the brain by acting as a brake on the excitatory neurotransmitters, thus providing a calming effect.
  • The L – Theanine amino acid increases serotonin, dopamine, and GABA levels in the brain, improving relaxation and reducing stress. 
  • Phosphatidylserine, which is a major component of the cell membrane in the brain and thereby helps prevent the degeneration of brain nerve cells, helps to reduce stress and brain fatigue.
  • Choline Bitartrate and Inositol are two types of B vitamins and are components of the cell membranes, brain membrane, muscles, and nerve cells. They are also precursors in the formation of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter involved in memory and learning, thus aiding in the prevention of memory loss.
  • Vitamin B complex helps stimulate brain and nervous system functions and aids the digestive system in metabolizing and absorbing food, allowing the brain to benefit fully from the nutrients the body receives.

Diagnosis of Brain Fog

Fortunately, we now offer a solution for those suffering from the symptoms of brain fog. Able to stop brain fog in its tracks, this preventative program is aimed at the following key areas. (For additional details, click here.)

  • Thyroid hormones (TSH, Free T3, Free T4) are vital as they play a key role in regular brain functioning and in the activation and stimulation of the body’s metabolism. 
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is known as the anti-stress hormone and can help to prevent stress, improve physical strength, increase sexual desire, and postpone the physical aging process. Patients who have been exposed to stress for extended periods of time will display decreased DHEA levels.
  • Cortisol, aka “the stress hormone”, can increase the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease if levels are too high.
  • Urine organic acid screening is an assessment that can highlight indicators for various body function issues. The screening involves the following tests:
    • Metabolic testing for the rate at which carbohydrates, fatty acids, vitamin B, and protein are processed
    • Analysis of neurotransmitter imbalances
    • Testing for gut bacteria imbalances
    • Toxin exposure screening and detoxification analysis
  • Testing the urine for the presence of toxic heavy metals is necessary because this is yet another factor capable of causing brain fog. The accumulation of heavy metals in tissues such as the brain can lead to confusion and memory loss.

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