In this day and age, most of us have a go-go-go mentality. We have endless tasks to do, chores to accomplish, success to achieve and it just never seems to end. Sometimes, even with all the coffee in the pot and adequate sleep, we still don’t feel like we get the drive and focus we want. So what do we do? Well, we’ve compiled a list of 3 tips to decrease brain fog and hopefully give you that clarity you’re looking for to tackle that to do list
- Test your hormone levels:
Testosterone and estrogen go way beyond sex hormones. Hormones are chemical messengers that travel to organs and tissues and tell them how to function. Your hormones are responsible for not only your reproductive system, but also play a large role in your mood, energy, and metabolism! Our hormone levels, in both men and women, fluctuate as the individual grows and ages.
For females: When girls are young, hormones contribute to bone growth and will eventually trigger puberty changes. During childbearing years, these hormones obviously play a large role in pregnancy, but they are also responsible for muscle mass changes and weight management. At about 45 (give or take a few), most women will start to experience menopausal changes. During this stage, you will leave childbearing behind as your estrogen and progesterone levels drop.
Imbalances in your hormones during any stage can cause:
- Mood swings
- Weight gain
- Low libido
- Low energy
- Decreased mental focus
Imbalances in your hormones during menopause can include all of the above plus the additional:
- Hot flashes
- Sleep problems
- Pain with sex
- Vaginal discomfort
For males: When males hit puberty, their hormones cause them to grow extra hair, build muscle, possibly develop acne, and gain a deeper voice. Between the ages of 18-40, hormones are responsible for weight control, vitality, and muscle mass. During this time, men may notice their testosterone levels beginning to drop.
When this happens, they may experience:
- Low libido
- Weight gain
- Low energy levels
- Mood changes
- Skin changes
When men approach 50, these symptoms only get worse as the testosterone levels drop even lower.
They may also experience:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of hair
- Lower libido
With all of these aspects being affected by hormones, it is quite likely that these hormones are affecting more than one area of your life, especially if they are low. It should also be noted that even just one of these symptoms could indicate low hormone levels. It should also be noted that the “normal” ranges for hormones are very large. So even if you fall within the “normal” range, doesn’t mean that your hormone levels are optimized for you. Some people require higher levels than others to feel their best. These hormones will give you that energy, drive, and focus you’re searching for.
- Check your nutrition.
There are so many different avenues of nutrition in our world today. There’s keto, paleo, vegan, vegetarian, counting macros, high protein diets, low carb diets, and some that involve drinking 2-3 shakes instead of eating. I mean you name it, there’s one out there. Supporters of each lifestyle will go toe-to-toe with you to tell you why their way is the best way. But here’s some things to consider:
Everyone has a different body type and processes food differently.
Yes, we all have essentially the same digestive tract. But what isn’t identical is how our body views and stores those nutrients. You can put 10 different people on the same lifestyle plan and they will all have different results. Some people hold on heavily to carbs, some people need higher protein due to their heavy workouts, some people’s metabolism just doesn’t run as quickly as it should yet. So how does your body react to the different lifestyles? If you know that your body stores carbs as fat really easily, then maybe a keto or low-carb lifestyle is best for you. If you have a sensitivity to dairy or don’t like eating cheese, sour cream, cream cheese, etc, then maybe paleo is for you. Point is, it truly is a personal choice to which lifestyle is going to work best for your body. We should note that all lifestyles work best and bodies function optimally when the food sourced is clean and organic, if possible.
Take a food sensitivity test.
Even if you’re not having an allergic reaction, per say, the foods you are eating could be causing inflammation in your system. This inflammation can cause bloating, weight gain, upset stomach, and even joint pain. These food sensitivity tests will not only test if you’re reactive to things such as gluten or dairy, but it can also get as targeted as a certain chemical that be found in cucumber or pineapple. These can be essential in targeting what foods are best for you to eat and which ones are causing inflammation in your system. If you’re interested in learning more, head on over to Apple Healthcare for more information. https://applehealthcaregroup.com/medical/
You’d be surprised how much your nutrition affects your mental clarity. If your body is inflamed, then it cannot function optimally. If you feel foggy or dizzy after eating certain foods, that may be indicative of an allergy. Diets high in processed foods and low nutritional values, can lead to brain fog and simply slow down your productivity. Since our brain runs most efficiently on glucose, if those levels begin to drop due to poor nutrients, you will experience brain fog as well.
- Make sure you get your B-Complex vitamins
B12 vitamins are most commonly known for energy, but they are also essential in maintaining mental clarity. A deficiency in B6 vitamins can lead to confusion. Even if you are taking B12 vitamins daily, it may not be enough, or you could possibly still be deficient in the other B vitamins. When we take vitamins orally, we only absorb 30% of their maximum strength because our body still has to break them down. When we get vitamins through an IV, we absorb 100% of them because they are delivered straight into our blood stream! You also don’t have to receive them near as often because they’re delivering much more quality and quantity than your daily vitamins! To read more, check out https://www.s1health.com/s1_specialty/hydration-therapy/.
Like energy, focus can seem to be fleeting and elusive. But it doesn’t have to be. It just may take a little bit more than adequate sleep and motivational talk in the mornings.
Written by: Jess Champion