Do you ever feel that no matter what you do, you can't seem to be completely awake?
Do you go about the day feeling tired, drained and like you can't get your energy levels up to where you need them to be? Does your ability to focus suffer? Is your bed the only thing you're looking forward to by the end of each day? Does it seem to take you longer than usual to understand and process things?
You could be dealing with what's known as brain fog.
What Is Brain Fog?
Brain fog is a state people can get into often as a result of another health issue or potential threat to your health. While it's not necessarily a medical condition itself, it can be identified when a person experiences a series of symptoms, such as:
- Low energy levels, fatigue
- Easily triggered irritability
- Trouble focusing/concentrating
- Forgetfulness, confusion
- Low motivation
- Depression/depressive symptoms
- Insomnia or trouble sleeping
- Difficulty exercising
Brain fog (or sometimes referred to as mental fatigue) can greatly interfere with a person's day to day life and their ability to properly function during work or other life activities and commitments. If it gets pressing and severe enough, it can even impact a person's overall quality of life.
Brain fog can most commonly occur as a symptom or result of the following:
- Lack of sleep
- Hormonal shifts/changes
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Poor diet
- Certain medications
- Medical conditions (such as chronic fatigue syndrome, anemia, diabetes, Alzheimer's, hypothyroidism, chronic dehydration, etc.)
If you feel you are experiencing brain fog and have concerns that it may be due to medication or another larger medical condition, it is best to consult your doctor.
Beyond medication and medical conditions, brain fog can be a little hard to pinpoint and figure out why it's occurring. There are things you can start doing now though to help combat it and bring wakefulness and focus back into your mind, things that could also help you figure out why it's happening.
It all starts with little daily habits that can ultimately make big changes in your health and your life.
How To Beat Brain Fog - 7 Day Challenge
As I'm sure you know, when you want to make significant changes, trying to do too many things at once can ultimately backfire and send you spiraling back into your old habits or ways of living that weren't serving you to begin with.
That's why we suggest making smaller adjustments, one day at a time, creating a more dependable foundation of habits that can ultimately do great things for you in the long run and, in this case, can help you beat that brain fog.
Here are 7 different habits and lifestyle shifts to start focusing on each day. Build off each one, follow your own intuition, do what feels good to you and see how you start to feel after the week. Make adjustments where necessary and, most importantly, keep going!
The longer you go with these habits and shifts, the more they will be able to help awaken your mind and bring your ability to focus and function back into shape.
Day 1: Consume Antioxidants
Antioxidants are substances that help protect your body from oxidation and oxidative damage, fighting off free radicals and helping keep your overall system balanced and functioning as it should.
The easiest way to get antioxidants into your diet is by drinking Organifi Red Juice! You cab also consume food sources that are bountiful in them, such as blueberries, strawberries, dark chocolate, pecans, walnuts, beetroots, goji berries, spinach, etc. Many of these are easy to snack on, or you can simply include them in your cooking or when you're throwing together smoothies or juices.
Day 2: Reduce Stress
Very few things drain your body more than stress. While stress is a natural response and can be important to some degree, constantly experiencing stress can do a lot more harm to your health than good.
When you stop to breathe for minute, what thoughts, obligations, commitments, people, etc. cause you stress? Cause you unnecessary stress? Make a list and find out if there's anything that you can say no to, reschedule, or cut out entirely. Then start making time for yourself each day to do some stress relieving, self-care activities. Meditating, reading, drinking tea, taking a bath, going for a walk, journaling, do what works best for you.
Day 3: Improve Sleep Routine
Proper sleep is probably one of the most important things you can do for your health and not just because it helps reduce brain fog. And yet, sleep is so often sacrificed for the sake of our schedules and knocking everything off our daily checklists.
Evaluate your sleeping habits and start working towards creating a better, more effective night routine and making sure you are getting at least 8-9 hours of sleep every night. Things like turning off electronics an hour before bedtime, doing something relaxing like bathing or reading before bed, making sure your bedroom is kept dark at nighttime and maybe even supplementing with melatonin can all help make sleep a better experience for you and help you get the rest your body so desperately needs.
Day 4: Get Enough Proteins And Healthy Fats
Our bodies need certain amino acids and essential fatty acids in order to function properly and create the brain chemicals we need in order to stay wakeful and maintain the ability to focus and concentrate. Not getting enough protein and healthy fats in your diet can make it very difficult for your brain to do its job.
Make sure you are getting good sources of proteins and healthy fats into your everyday diet. Some great protein sources to consider are lentils, quinoa, hemp, chickpeas, peas, almonds, grass-fed meats, eggs, etc. Good sources of healthy fats include avocados, coconut oil, dark chocolate, chia seeds, olive oil, nuts, etc.
Day 5: Move Your Body
Exercise is important for you health on a number of levels, mainly because your body was literally designed to move. It may sound contradictory, but getting in some daily exercise can actually help your body and mind feel more wakeful and happy, because exercise releases important endorphins, or "feel good" hormones that help you get through your day.
Getting in some daily exercise doesn't have to be too hard or crazy. Doing something like taking a daily walk or jog, doing yoga, getting in a morning stretching routine, going on a bike ride, building up a simple gym routine, going on a hike, etc. can all be great. Do what you enjoy and set aside at least 30-40 minutes a day for physical activity.
Day 6: Limit Sugar Intake
Sugar is fun and delicious, but it honestly does you no favors when it comes to energy and staying wakeful and focused throughout the day. Yes, it may temporarily spike your energy levels, but you'll most likely find yourself crashing not too long after.
Start considering how much sugar you consume on a daily basis and how much you may depend on it for energy spikes and start reducing it. Find good, healthier alternatives for energy (that lasts!) like green juices, green tea, coconut water and other more natural options.
Day 7: Reset Your System
After going so long with brain fog and habits that only contribute to it, your body may need a good cleanse or reset to really get those old habits and ways of living out of your system.
Take the time to reset your system through some good green juices, drinking lots of water, drinking warm lemon water in the mornings, taking some Epsom salt baths, looking into skin brushing to help boost your lymphatic system, etc. Find some creative outlets too - like writing, coloring, drawing, singing, dancing, etc. - to help with an emotional cleanse as well, as your emotional state is just as important as your physical.
Organifi Red Juice
One way you can start not only getting in a good daily dose of those antioxidants you need, but also nourishing your body with empowering superfoods and also helping your body have lasting energy and mental clarity is drinking Organifi Red Juice.
Organifi Red Juice if formulated with ingredients that are specifically designed to help create lasting energy, mental wakefulness and clarity, give you a boost of essential nutrients (like antioxidants) and help combat things like brain fog. All you have to do is mix a scoop with some cold, refreshing water and you're good to go!
Haven't tried Organifi Red yet? Be sure to drop by our shop to get a bottle of your own, you won't regret it! It literally tastes like naturally delicious fruit punch!
If you start building up these daily habits and lifestyle shifts and - most importantly - doing what feels right to you, you should start seeing and feeling a difference in your ability to feel wakeful and focus throughout the day. Brain fog is frustrating, but it does't have to stick around, not unless you let it!
What has your experience with brain fog been like? What have you done to help combat it? Have you given any of these tips a try? Have you given Organifi Red Juice a try yet? Share your thoughts, tips and experiences with us in the comments, we'd love to hear and learn from you.
And remember, we're in this together.