What is brain fog and what is it trying to tell you? Have you ever wondered why all of the sudden you feel confused, disorganized, find it hard to focus or put your thoughts into words? That’s brain fog.
You don’t want to ignore brain fog and what it could be telling you about your health. If you notice these symptoms, start paying attention to other symptoms, and journal about them. Also, start keeping a food journal to help determine if any particular food triggers any of your symptoms.
Doctors Need To Be Involved
Tell your doctor all the symptoms you have noticed. Brain fog may signal an underlying issue. For example, if you have brain fog along with weight gain, hair loss, brittle nails, and dry skin; this could be hypothyroidism.
Your doctor may want to check your blood to help identify the cause of brain fog by checking for the following:
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Inflammatory disease
- Abnormal glucose levels
- Poor liver, kidney, and thyroid
Based on those results the doctor may want to investigate further if needed by having you do an allergy test, sleep study, x-rays, MRI, or a CT scan.
Your Body May Lack B-12 Vitamin
It could be as simple as not getting or absorbing enough vitamin B-12. This particular vitamin supports brain function. Often times depression, dementia, paranoia, and behavioral changes can result from a vitamin B-12 deficiency.
Vitamin B-12 is key to maintaining cell health and keeping you energized. It’s primarily found in meat and dairy. There are other B vitamins that are important, but for today we are focusing on B-12.
A lot of times older adults, pregnant women, people who have celiac disease, Chrons disease, HIV, or those that abuse alcohol may need larger amounts of vitamin B-12 due to poor absorption. If you have allergies or food sensitivities, brain fog may develop after eating certain foods such as MSG, aspartame, peanuts, or dairy.
Other conditions that may cause brain fog are diabetes, hypothyroidism, anemia, autoimmune diseases (such as arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis), migraine, dehydration, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Some good sources of vitamin B-12 are:
- red meat
Investigating the cause of your symptoms is imperative to finding and maintaining good health. With the help of your doctor and support from your family, friends, and health coach; lifestyle changes are attainable.
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