What is Brain Fog?
Brain fog is not a medical condition or disease, but rather a symptom of something else going on in the body. It is a term used for certain symptoms that can affect your ability to think. A person with brain fog will feel confused or disorganized or find it hard to focus or put their thoughts into words. There has been more conversation about brain fog recently as it is a common symptom of COVID-19.
What are Symptoms of Brain Fog?
Symptoms of brain fog include:
- Feeling as though in a “fog”
- Poor concentration
- Inability to focus for long periods or at all
- Difficulty multitasking
- Trouble retrieving a memory or information
Brain fog can also come with other symptoms specific to its cause, such as fatigue.
How Long Does Brain Fog Last?
Brain fog can be temporary or long-term, depending on the cause. If someone just has a poor night’s sleep, they may have difficulty concentrating the following day, which is a temporary cause of brain fog. Having short-term stress or a short-term illness can also cause brain fog for a few weeks to a few months. When brain fog is caused by medication or an illness it can sometimes be more long term, from six months or longer.
What are the Causes of Brain Fog?
On a cellular level, brain fog is believed to be caused by high levels of inflammation and changes to hormones that determine your mood, energy, and focus. This imbalance can be caused by, but not limited to, the following:
- Certain medical conditions: lupus or MS, long-COVID syndrome, post-viral syndrome, Lyme disease, cancer and chemotherapy, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), fibromyalgia, insomnia, anemia, diabetes, migraines and headaches, thyroid disorders, ADHD, pregnancy
- Certain medications: any concerns about medications should be discussed with your doctor or pharmacist
- Lifestyles choices: poor diet, lack of exercise, lack of sleep
- Mental health: stress, anxiety, depression, PTSD
- Hormone imbalances: menopause or PMS, adrenal fatigue, low testosterone, thyroid disorders
- Environmental factors: allergies, exposure to chemicals, exposure to mold, EMFs, forest fire smoke, radon
How is Brain Fog Treated?
Conventional medicine treats the symptoms of brain fog by first doing blood work and any other relevant testing to determine if there is a medical cause. Brain fog itself is not often treated, but rather the condition causing it. There is also some advice on managing poor memory such as making lists, taking more time to complete tasks, and taking breaks while working on something that requires concentration. Other recommendations can be regular exercise, practicing mindfulness, minimizing stress, and getting enough sleep at night.
Ananta Health works with the body to reduce physical and emotional symptoms, so that the root cause of the brain fog can be identified. This process starts by assessing the patients’ history and testing with the BioScan SRT. It is important to identify physical causes or contributors to stress such as candida, parasites, Lyme disease, post-viral syndrome, food sensitivities and allergies or poor diet, heavy metal toxicity and environmental sensitivities. Treatment will often include traditional Chinese medicine, diet and lifestyle changes and supplements and herbs according to each patient’s needs.