The first time someone mentioned “brain fog” to me, I didn’t think it sounded like a very professional term, but I knew there was truth in it. I was experiencing it as a result of a serious fall down stairs, a blow to the head, and continued back injury.
A clinical definition of “brain fog” may be described as feelings of mental confusion or lack of mental clarity. It is called brain fog because it can feel like a cloud that reduces a person’s ability to think clearly, according to www.drwilson.com. It can cause forgetfulness, frustration, and even feelings of hopelessness or depression
Many situations can cause brain fog. After a knee replacement surgery this summer, I can vouch for the feeling of “brain fog” after being under anesthesia. I have experienced the lingering effects for several weeks. I haven’t been able to write anything meaningful and can’t comprehend what I read. I’m very thankful to know this is a temporary state and can already feel improvements in my thought processes.
Excessive worry can cause a person to be so focused on one thing that they have trouble concentrating on other daily things that need attention.
There is not a medical or clinical diagnosis for “brain fog” because it is not exactly measurable. It is very subjective, but the person experiencing it can certainly attest to the reality. I’ve heard people describe this feeling as being “foggy headed,” “fuzzy headed,” or having “cloudy thinking.” The person realizes they are not functioning at full capacity. This is not the same as dementia, or onset of Alzheimer’s disease.
In summer weather and exposure to heat, people who don’t drink enough water may have some of these problems of fuzzy thinking, headaches, or being “swimmy-headed” because they have become dehydrated. It is very important to get enough water daily, and even more when out in the hot sun or working outside in the heat.
Anyone can experience brain fog, even children. It can last for a little while or long term. It can be brought on by illness, medication, depression, dehydration, chemical imbalances in the body or in the diet according to some sources. One source even named excessive use of artificial sweeteners as a cause of brain fog as well as too much processed sugar in the diet. Additives found in our groceries is also listed as a contributing factor.
I have met people who say they have “brain fog” and there is a dullness in their eyes during a conversation, as if they are trying to listen and participate, but can’t quite grasp all of what is being said or what is going on around them.
According to bebrainfit.com, there are ways to deal with the problem of brain fog. Get exercise, change your diet. Drink plenty of water. Being dehydrated affects the brain and its function to the point that a chronically dehydrated person can have symptoms like dementia – just for lack of water intake. Adding fats to the diet like those found in nuts, coconut oil, and olive oil is good for the brain. Eating lots of plant based food is also a good step in the daily diet.
Chiropractic alignment may also help relieve symptoms of brain fog when the spine and joints are in alignment and there is no undue stress on nerve endings in the skeleton.
I also add one very important step in my daily process when I feel a little foggy. I ask God to give me “clarity of thought,” and a sound mind, to function, think, react, and to hear His voice clearly throughout each day.
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