Brain Fog—Bringing It Into Focus

Brain Fog—Bringing It Into Focus

Brain fog—we’ve all heard people complain about it, maybe even experienced it ourselves.

What is it? Brain fog is difficult to define. When trying to describe the condition people often say “My mind feels “foggy”. I can’t think clearly or remember things from one minute to the next. I find it hard to focus my thoughts and concentrate. My head feels heavy”.

What causes it? There can be many contributing factors. When I treat people with this condition I take an extensive history and complete a non-invasive physical exam. The information gathered reveals some common threads in these patients. Here are a few of them.
• Diet-many patients describe diets high in foods made with white flour and white sugar. Over time these foods deplete the body of the vitamins and minerals needed for good brain function.
• Aspartame and NutraSweet®-consuming beverages (sodas, teas and fruit drinks) and desserts (cookies, ice cream, candy and gum) sweetened with aspartame or NutraSweet® is a major cause of “brain fog”. These sweeteners can even cause mild to severe depression and many other serious symptoms.
• Vitamin B Complex deficiency—this nutrient is essential for proper brain and nerve function.
• Alkaline mineral deficiency—calcium, magnesium, potassium and other minerals are also essential for proper brain and nerve function.
• Childhood stress—unusually stressful experiences in the formative years can lead to diminished access to certain brain functions or pathways. These alterations in the brain cause it to try to adapt in order to learn and perform ordinary tasks. These children have much difficultly focusing and concentrating and are usually seen as unwilling to do their best in school and at home. If these problems aren’t corrected, they continue into adulthood and can cause difficulties in life. (See the “Treatments Offered” tab on my website to learn about the Brain Integration Technique (BIT) I offer in my practice. I’ve seen some amazing results.

What can I do to make the fog lift?
• Begin by working to replace refined food with whole, unprocessed food—include plenty of raw vegies and fruits. Choose organic as much as possible. Drink only pure water, not from the kitchen tap.
• Eliminate diet or sugar-free foods and beverages sweetened with artificial sweeteners, especially aspartame and Nutrasweet®.
• Add a whole food vitamin B complex supplement to your diet. Nutriplex Formulas is the only one I recommend.
• Introduce an organic, raw green supplement to supply an adequate amount of the alkaline minerals. Pines International Barley Grass (tablets or powder) is an excellent choice. Available on line and some health food stores.
• Consider BIT treatments. If you’ve followed through on my suggestions for a period of time (at least 6 months) and still suffer from “brain fog” consider looking into Brain Integration Technique (BIT). Call me and we’ll determine if you or your child might be a good candidate for this therapy (773-262-7611). I’d love to discuss the possibilities with you!