Have you ever battled with a cloudy feeling in your head that may, or may not, be coupled with confusion, and forgetfulness? This feeling of mental confusion and lack of clarity is known as brain fog and you are not alone in battling with it. While brain fog is often associated with older people, a study conducted by researchers from UCLA found that as many as 14% of individuals aged between 18 and 39 also battle with it on occasion. Not only is it extremely frustrating when you can’t think clearly, but it can have a deleterious effect on your productivity as well. Luckily there are a number of simple yet highly effective steps you can take to clarify your mind and boost your productivity, even while sitting behind your desk. Here are a few effective ways to combat brain fog.
Sit up straight
If you are prone to sitting for extended periods of time make sure you sit with your knees at a 90° angle and position your feet flat on the floor while keeping your back straight. Sitting in this position will not only strengthen your core muscles but improves your circulation as well which has been proven to support your active brain function. Make a point of standing up, even if just for a minute or two, every half hour that you sit down to counter the effects of prolonged sitting. Take a short walk during your lunch break at work, preferably outside where you can get some fresh air and be exposed to sunshine which will not only clear your brain fog but boost your mood as well.
Cut down on the sugar and starches
Food and drinks that are high in sugar are some of the biggest culprits when it comes to inducing brain fog. Carbs and starches have a similar effect, especially if you are sedentary for most of the day and don’t burn off the excess calories consumed. Instead of eating unhealthy take-out meals and snacks, pack your own healthy lunches and make sure to drink plenty of water every day to keep your body well-hydrated as dehydration is known to lead to fatigue, causing your brain fog to worsen.
Make your own brain fog-busting shot
Turmeric, which contains curcumin, boasts a large number of anti-inflammatory properties and also increased the levels of BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) which can boost your brain function to a great extent. To make your own brain-boosting shot simply mix ½ teaspoon turmeric with an equal amount of black pepper and add to an ounce of water and the juice of one lemon. According to Dr. Mike Dow, the author of “The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks”, this combination will help reduce your brain fog while reducing your chances of contracting dementia and Alzheimer’s later in life.
Despite how debilitating brain fog may seem, it is good to know that there are countless ways to counter it and claim your productivity and zest for life back. If you, however, suspect that your mind fog is due to an underlying condition though, it is best to seek professional medical advice to have it seen to as soon as possible. With your brain fog banished, you might surprise even yourself at just how much you are able to accomplish.