Brain-Clearing Ideas for When the Fog Rolls In

Nearly all of us become susceptible to brain fog, or lack of mental clarity and focus, at one point or another.

Taking longer to finish a task than normal, lapses in memory and poor concentration can be symptoms of lifestyle choices or some health conditions.

It tends to happen more often as we age, but it’s not necessarily a sign of impending dementia. Brain fog in many cases can be lessened or eliminated through altering our diet, activities or other aspects of our lives to foster better cognitive function.

Sleep better

Lack of good sleep is one of the most common causes of brain fog, so taking steps to upgrade the quality of your slumber is one of the primary things you can do to combat it, at any age. Try to get seven to nine hours of sleep every night, which becomes much easier when you stick to a regular schedule and avoid consuming things that can delay or disrupt sleep including caffeine, alcohol, heavy meals or content from screens, whether they’re watch-size or 60 inches diagonally.

Exercise body and brain

Physical movement is an excellent elixir for brain fog on top of everything else, increasing blood and oxygen flow to your brain, reducing inflammation and triggering creation of new synaptic connections throughout the cerebral cortex. Doing brain-teasing puzzles and games or simply learning about a new subject strengthens those same connections while reducing stress by steering your mind to focus on one positive activity instead of fragmenting onto several subjects, many of them negative.

Feed it the right stuff

Many healthy foods lubricate the workings of your intellect through providing the right nutrients and promoting production of the right hormones to sustain cognitive activity. For an example, vitamin B12 fosters healthy nerve function and it becomes more difficult for our bodies to absorb it as we get older, possibly leading to brain fog. Omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids and many other nutrients also play a role in brain function. A physician or nutritionist can help you incorporate the right foods or supplements into your diet.