Do you find yourself forgetting words, not being able to finish sentences, or remember details? If you struggle with memory, focus, and clarity, you probably have brain fog. Other symptoms of brain fog include confusion, disorientation of time and place, and slowing of mental reflexes and sharpness. Quality sleep and less stress are essential for eliminating brain fog, but there are also nutrient-dense, brain-loving foods that can help improve focus, concentration, and memory. In this article, we’re sharing the best foods to help beat brain fog.
What is brain fog?
While brain fog can result from structural brain damage, it’s much more likely that the epidemic we’re dealing with has a lot to do with high stress, lack of sleep, and more nutrition.
Getting 8-10 hours of sleep a night (and good quality sleep, that is) is crucial to flush toxins and reset the brain. To get deep sleep, a consistent bedtime/waketime, exercise, and meal schedule is crucial. Many experts also say meditating is excellent for improving focus and reducing clutter in our minds.
Diet and the Brain
The mind-body connection is inseparable—and more and more research is supporting that claim. What we put in our bodies directly affects brain function, energy levels, and aging. A healthy diet filled with a variety of colorful foods can support proper energy and bodily functions. Good food can also signal the brain to produce serotonin, which is involved in sleep, mood, and appetite.
Foods with a good source of omega-3 fatty acids are your best friends when it comes to balancing mood, lowering inflammation, and staying focused. Because our bodies don’t make omega-3 fatty acids on their own, we need to get them from foods. Getting these from plant sources is especially important for DHA and EPA synthesis. DHA in particular, helps to improve brain fog.
Foods to Fight Brain Fog
Turmeric is one of the best foods to lower inflammation, and that’s all thanks to its active ingredient compound curcumin.
Curcumin stimulates the brain hormone BDNF, which boosts and protects neurons. Turmeric can also help protect brain health and improve both mood and memory!
Add turmeric to morning smoothies (find it in our Immunity Greens powder), stir fry, soups, curries, desserts, and more.
It’s not news that fatty fish like cod liver, sardines, mackerel, herring, and salmon are rich in omega-3’s (especially DHA). Get your dose of fatty fish in to nourish the nervous system and boost brain function. Just always remember to buy sustainable and wild-caught to avoid heavy metals, antibiotics, and other nasty toxins.
Avocados are also rich in omega-3’s and help to reduce oxidative stress, which wreaks havoc on our brain function. It is also plentiful in vitamins D, E, and B and minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc. It’s the perfect fruit. Try our almost-famous berry avocado chia pudding bowls for a brain-boosting breakfast.
Walnuts look like tiny brains, and that makes sense because they are incredible for maintaining healthy brain function. They are overflowing with DHA and antioxidants that help reduce inflammation and protect brain tissue. Their high concentration of magnesium also makes them perfect for supporting learning and memory.
Wild blueberries can pull toxic heavy metals from our brain that cause poor mood, mental illness, and brain fog. They combat oxidative stress and inflammation in the brain. Their flavonoids or antioxidants improve communication between cells, protect neurons, and improve blood flow—all necessary for clarity.
Chronic dehydration leads to poor brain function and feelings of brain fog. Getting pure water packed with essential minerals and electrolytes is absolutely necessary for healthy brain function. Most people neglect this, but getting in half of your body weight in ounces of water per day is crucial. If you have a hard time drinking water, check out our Hydration Superfood Energy powder, it’s delicious and hydrates and detoxes on the deepest level.
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