What exactly is “brain fog”?

What exactly is “brain fog”?

by Vanessa Ng 1 month ago

When your brain feels like it cannot focus, or is unclear or lost, you may be experiencing what is typically referred to as “brain fog”. Despite its decidedly unscientific name, brain fog is a common condition that affects anyone, regardless of age. Your head may be all groggy and foggy, but what exactly is this phenomenon about?


Brain fog is not cognitive impairment

When you do not feel like you are in tip-top condition, you may start to stutter or be confused by what you are doing. Words may not come to you as quickly as they typically do, and you are more likely than not to feel tired and unmotivated. To clear the confusion however, this is not to be equated with mild cognitive impairment or early dementia. It also does not lead to any degenerative cognitive diseases.


What causes brain fog

Have difficulty thinking about what you just had for lunch? How about the last time you went to the toilet today? While some have the misconception that brain fog is caused by aging or hormonal changes, many modern-day causes are also responsible. Being exposed to toxins, contaminants, microbes, and chemicals over multiple years of your life can trigger an inflammatory response, which results in the onset of said condition.


Check what you eat

Foods can be either pro-inflammatory or anti-inflammatory. They can also be energy-supporting or energy-draining. What you choose to put into your mouth affects the microbiome. When there is imbalance in the gut microbiota, we experience dysmotility and fatigue as our cognitive slows. In other words, what you eat/absorb can share a causal relationship with brain fog. Of course, changing your diet won't result in an overnight improvement. Be patient and give your body and mind time to adapt before deciding on the next step.


Tracking your glucose intake

Our brain prefers glucose for energy due to its simplicity and availabliity. Opting for complex grains as opposed to simple and processed sugars allows your body to break them down into natural sugar molecules. It will then be delivered in a controlled manner to avoid fatigue, which can result in the prevention of a brain fog.


At the end of the day, fogginess of the mind can be avoided if you understand the science behind it as to what makes it tick. Start paying attention to how your body feels after performing certain actions to discover your own triggers. A slow mind isn't exactly a death knell, but why should you let it weigh you down when you can easily take a stand against it?