Nutrition is often solely associated with physical health; however, clinical studies linking nutrition to mental health are becoming more abundant. Mental health is crucial for people to perform their best. Have you ever heard someone complain about brain fog? Has your brain ever felt foggy? Brain fog can be a reference for forgetfulness, feeling absent minded, having difficulty processing information, or just an unclear though process or overall feeling of fatigue. One way to think of it is a “muddled thought process.” Brain fog is not yet a medical condition but it seems to be a common phenomenon experienced by many, and it is not a desirable experience. How does one treat this un-diagnosable brain fog?
The solution is different for everyone so I would recommend trying a few different things to relieve mental “cloudiness.”
First: Get your Diet Right.
Your brain needs proper nutrients just like the rest of your body. Phase One diet is a recommendation for a place to start. The diet consists of organic meats, a lot of vegetables, some fruits, nuts, seeds, eggs and some dairy products. The diet excludes refined sugar, grains, corn, potatoes, peanuts, pistachios, alcohol and other carb-heavy or starchy foods. I have actually tried a similar diet myself (the only difference was that I did not consume meat). I followed the diet by a program called Simple Green Smoothie and I cannot explain enough the mental clarity I experienced. Not only could I focus clearly throughout the day but I felt more in touch with my emotions and felt like I knew the root of where my feelings were coming. I highly recommend this for anyone. If it were not so difficult to maintain such a diet, I would happily do so every day.
Second: Rid yourself of Pathogenic Yeasts.
Yeasts and pathogenic fungi are commonly overlooked. The Phase One diet avoids yeasts and pathogenic fungi but one could try adding anti-fungals to their diet, which include olive leaf extract, oregano oil, or garlic. These will aid the Phase One diet to help rid your body of pathogenic yeasts. Some might find the Phase One diet in combination of these anti-fungals work wonders.
Third: Exercise Regularly.
Exercising regularly helps your circulatory system to run optimally by flooding your body with oxygen. This could help one to regain mental sharpness and clarity. Exercising regularly also helps to maintain regular energy levels and thus rid brain fog.
Fourth: Consume Key Supplements.
Once you have figured out which diet works best for your system, and exercise regularly, it could be time to add some key nutrients to your system. Good fats have been shown to play a role in mental health in addition to physical health. MCT oil, coenzyme Q10, L-carnetine, phosphatidyl serine and rhodiola rosea might be good ones to try.