Brain fog is pretty common. You’ll find it in people who have ADHD, in teenagers and those in their 20s who eat a poor diet, and those who have been exposed to chemicals or have chronic fatigue syndrome. Alzheimer’s disease is an advanced case of brain fog.
Brain fog is a condition of the mind where the person can’t seem to think clearly. It’s difficult for them to make decisions; it’s as if there were cobwebs inside the brain preventing all the synapses from firing correctly.
How can you improve the functioning of your brain and ‘get the cobwebs out’? Below are five strategies you can start using right away to improve brain functioning:
1. Eat more protein
If you’re eating about 0.8 grams protein per pound body weight daily, you probably don’t need to eat a lot more protein – unless you’re a bodybuilder. But if you’re like most people in today’s world, you eat less protein than you should. This means that you’re increasing your carbohydrates and fats when you are lowering your protein intake. Too many carbs and bad fats kill brain function.
O.8 grams protein per pound body weight is calculated like this: If you weight 150 pounds, your protein intake should equal about 120 grams per day. These 120 grams are divided by 7 to give you the necessary amount of protein in ounces for the day. In this case, a 150lb person should eat 17 ounces protein per day.
Your brain loves protein because it’s able to use the amino acid sequences directly for neurotransmitters. You’ll notice a difference in a few days from adding more protein to your diet.
2. Cut out all the sugar and processed foods from your diet
Sugar is worse than cocaine for the brain and sets up blood sugar fluctuations all day long. Since the brain uses blood sugar as its only fuel, these rapid changes contribute to the brain fog, loss of concentration, dizziness, and other low blood sugar symptoms that affect the brain.
Processed foods have high Glycemic indexes so they will cause these same blood sugar fluctuations all day long. The easiest way to stop brain fog is to cut out these two types of foods from your diet.
3. Play brain games
One website online, www.lumosity.com offers brain games you can play on a daily basis to boost brain functioning. These brain games are tested by major universities to work at improving brain functions. They are fun games that don’t require any prior knowledge of anything to play. Check them out.
4. Eat high antioxidant fruits
Antioxidants work to quench free radicals that interfere with the damage that free radicals can cause in your body, including in your brain. Antioxidant vitamins include vitamins A and C and E, found in fruits such as citrus fruits, papaya, cantaloupe, kiwi fruits and acerola. By boosting your antioxidant levels, you’ll know and understand firsthand what these can do to increase brain function. You’ll also feel as if you have more energy when you increase these vitamins.
5. Take herbs that boost brain function
There are specific herbs that improve brain function. Some of them are ginkgo leaf, gotu kola and periwinkle herb. Periwinkle also offers the advantage of lowering blood pressure levels.