Brain fog is a state in which we wonder, for example, about the nomenclature of an object that is known and common, but our brain cells are lost and confused in search of very simple words known to each child.
Why I am having brain fog?
This effect has now been linked to thyroid diseases that cause inflammation like Hashimoto's disease. The current dietary trends also indicate the association of high intake of gluten, which can cause this type of side effects, and adrenaline burns, where a person who is physically fit every day is a mental wreck.
Other symptoms of this type of dysfunction are:
- Concentration disorder,
- Short-term memory problems,
- Slow to find the message in our brain,
- Problems with learning new activities or acquiring new information,
- Problems with speaking out,
- Problems with reminding e.g. names and simple everyday items such as toothbrushes,
- The lack of effective reading comprehension or processing of what we hear.
As we can see, the list of such symptoms is quite extensive, and as a result of this type of activity we experience nervousness, imbalances, severe fatigue, sleeping several hours a day in addition, even when we slept all night. The mind is tiring quickly during e.g. reading or driving, and we catch ourselves "blanking-out", where going home we do not remember the way we went.
Sometimes it’s so dangerous that the people who are affected by the "fog" are lost in their thought and passing through a red light.
The main cause of mental problems?
The theory of the mind fog is caused by inflammation in our brain, which is caused by an autoimmune disease. Dr. Datis Kharrazian said that anti-TPO antibodies cast on how the thyroid functions, worsening her condition, but not only. As it turns out, high concentrations of antibodies will also affect the functioning of the cerebellum. This means that there is a close correlation between thyroid inflammation and perceptual problems. The problem is quite complex, and untreated inflammation begins to influence the way our brain works, leading to gradual degeneration.
Gluten and leaky intestines
Another cause, which has already been mentioned in the introduction, concerns gluten and leaky intestines. There are a lot of theories on this subject, and the opponents of wheat are clashing their views with people who claim that there is no link between gluten intake and even the influence of that protein on brain structures and thought processes. From the opinion of people who put away products rich in gluten, it can be read that without additional supplementation the improvement of brain function took place after 2-3 weeks after stopping eating the flour products.
Third, the main reason is the adrenal burnout, which is often related to frequent substance abuse that stimulate the nervous system, stimulants, destructive lifestyle (eternal events), or inadequate diet and stress.
How to fight the brain fog?
The first step will be to trace the source of inflammation. If thyroid disease has been with us for several years, normalizing the action of this organ should be a priority if we want to restore the balance of our body. Symptomatic treatment of unchallenged organ function is bypassed with a goal, and ad-hoc action will not have long-term effects.
The next step is to ensure proper digestive function, including intestines. The elimination of products that we do not serve, such as gluten, dairy products, sugars, should bring about a fairly quick effect in improving intestinal function. The intestine is called the second brain where the biochemical changes that occur within them affect the brain. The level of neurotransmitters, which directly affects our mood. It will be helpful to do a food intolerance test to make sure that the nutrients we do not serve.
Take care of proper supplementation, use adaptogens such as mountain rosemary, ashwagandha or a number of antioxidants to help control inflammation. Complete the EFA diet, vitamin B12 in methylated form or vitamin D3 level in combination with K2. It’s also interesting to be interested in the precursors of choline, which should significantly improve the efficiency of thinking.
An important factor in alleviating inflammation is also the regulation of blood sugar. People with thyroid problems usually also have a problem with the right amount of glucose in the blood. Often, their condition leads to insulin resistance, where they are exposed to type II diabetes.
This article is merely an introduction to the problem of brain fog, and the causes of it, and the mechanisms that affect it, are quite complex and require an individualized intervention by a clinical nutritionist.