Brain Fog – Written by Annamarie Salyer, FNP
Is your brain fog more than just stress or fatigue? Brain fog is a common condition that can make an individual feel disconnected. You may lack clarity, the ability to concentrate and often struggle to make simple decisions. If this is something you struggle with on a regular basis, a functional practitioner can investigate and treat the underlying root cause. Brain fog is an increasingly common complaint and often is accompanied with depression and anxiety. According to the CDC, 1 in 5 adults suffer from these issues at some point in their lifetime.
Your functional medicine provider will look for the underlying issues causing this frustrating condition. The best place to start is to look for infection and to check for leaky gut syndrome. Leaky gut is one of the most common causes of brain fog because of the brain/gut connection. Did you know the gut is known as the second brain? It is true! The brain and gut share the same tissue because they were formed simultaneously during fetal development. Other causes of brain fog include hormone imbalance, adrenal fatigue, and methylation impairment.
Healing brain fog due to leaky gut can be achieved with a clean diet and proper supplements, and by testing for food allergies and avoiding toxins. These lifestyle changes will also augment your treatment for other causes of brain fog. In addition, your functional provider will likely recommend using an infrared sauna, a proper exercise routine, and sleep schedule.
Ongoing brain fog is not just in your head. This condition can be treated and is not just a symptom of stress or aging. If you feel that you have difficulty with focus, finishing projects or lack of engagement in your daily life, contact your functional medicine provider for an evaluation.
-Annamarie Salyer, FNP