Many people get brain fog every now and then, but for some people, mental lethargy, “spacing out,” is a constant everyday struggle, and often a sign of an underlying condition requiring immediate treatment. Listed are 7 helpful treatments for brain fog, including vitamin B12 supplementation.
As mentioned in the previous article, Brain Fog- 7 Likely Causes, there are many reasons why you may be having trouble focusing on work, finding your car keys, or remembering names for things that used to be on the tip of your tongue.
Brain fog may be a sign of chronic pain, vitamin B12 deficiency, or a number of other underlying illnesses. Brain fog may also signal the need to change your diet or reduce stress.
Listed are some helpful treatments for brain fog:
What helps brain fog?
1- Vitamin B12
If vitamin B12 deficiency is the cause of constant brain fog and other signs of cognitive impairments, then only quick and immediate supplementation of vitamin B12 will reverse the symptoms.
Often, several consecutive doses of vitamin B12 shots or other forms of non-dietary vitamin B12 are required, followed up with a lifelong regimen of monthly vitamin B12 supplementation.
Other excellent nutrients that support healthy brain functioning include zinc, coenzyme Q10, magnesium, and omega-3 fatty acids.
Daily exercise is one of the best natural treatments for most ailments, especially brain fog caused by stress, depression, or chronic pain. Talk to your doctor about choosing an activity that boosts energy and promotes healthy circulation without causing stress on your joints.
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3- Treat depression
Brain fog is comorbid with many types of emotional instability, including depression. Ask your doctor to suggest an antidepressant which complements your specific needs. Alternatively, ask your doctor about natural mood enhancers, such as SAM-e (S-adenosylmethionine).
4- Take melatonin
If insomnia or lack of restorative sleep is behind chronic brain fog, then ask your doctor if taking melatonin supplements are a good option for solving your sleep problems.
5- Wean off caffeine and alcohol
Excess amounts of caffeinated beverages and frequent alcohol usage are both common causes of daily fatigue and brain fog. As a rule of thumb, limit yourself to two cups of coffee each day, and don’t drink any in the afternoon. At parties, try alternating between alcoholic drinks and tall glasses of water.
6- Avoid artificial sweeteners
Fake sugar, artificial preservatives, and chemically-produced flavorings are all toxic to our system, as our body doesn’t recognize them as verifiable food items. Brain fog, headaches, and respiratory problems are sometimes symptoms of toxicity from artificial ingredients.
7- Slow down
To prevent brain fog from overstimulation, try not to plan too many activities in one day. Relieve stress by practicing relaxation techniques, such as controlled breathing, positive affirmations, and mindfulness. Schedule meetings, pickup times, and other important dates in a daily calendar; that way, you won’t feel pressured to keep them on your mind the whole day.
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