Brain fog symptoms are something I am quite familiar with. I’ve experienced them many times, and maybe you have too.
I recently wrote about the brain fog I experienced after drinking a diet soda.
Even today I experience these symptoms on a regular basis since I’ve been going through chemo treatment. They come and go through each round of infusions as the drugs enter and days later clear my system.
Brain Fog Symptoms
Brain fog symptoms can best be described as a lack of ability to concentrate, focus and remember things.
Typical brain fog symptoms include:
- Poor concentration
The above symptoms often result in secondary issues such as:
- Poor sleep
- Low motivation
In my case dealing with brain fog, the symptoms I experienced were transitory and directly related to something that entered my body. As soon as those things cleared my system, the brain fog went away.
Causes of Brain Fog
Brain fog can be caused by any number of things. The chemicals found in diet soda and harsh drugs used in chemo treatment, for instance. They can also be caused by an underlying health condition.
Common causes of brain fog include:
- Lack of sleep
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Head injury
Short of an underlying medical issue, brain fog is generally caused by either something we’re putting into our body or by a lack of sleep.
How to Treat Brain Fog
Of course, adequately treating brain fog depends on the cause.
The way I discovered an adverse reaction to diet soda was when I eliminated it from my diet. When I added it back in 30 days later, I immediately experienced brain fog symptoms. After that, I knew exactly what the cause was and therefore how to treat it.
Therefore, one way you can treat brain fog is to try an elimination diet. This consists of eliminating certain foods and reinterring them one at a time noting their effects.
Besides checking to see if anything we’re putting into our body is causing our brain fog, we should also make sure we’re getting adequate sleep. Most people are not aware of how sleep affects memory and brain health.
If you’ve eliminated the possibility of a negative food or drink reaction and are getting enough sleep on a regular basis yet still experiencing brain fog symptoms, seek a medical doctor’s advice. It may be a reaction to medications your taking or some other health related issue that needs to be investigated by a medical professional.
Brain fog symptoms generally are described as a lack of ability to concentrate, focus and remember things.
These symptoms often come and go depending on the foods we eat, medications we take or simply a lack of sleep. When these symptoms persist, try to investigate the cause and eliminate it as soon as possible.
If you persist in having brain fog symptoms and cannot identify the cause via diet elimination and rest, it’s best to seek a medical doctor’s advice.