What is Brain Fog?
We’ve all had those moments:
scouring the house for lost keys that somehow appear in our pocket, struggling to sputter that neighbor’s name on the tip of our tongue, and circling the parking lot while clicking the alarm button until we see the lights flash on our car.
If left unaddressed, these minor episodes can switch from occasional annoyances into a debilitating set of symptoms called brain fog. Brain fog is a general term for dysfunctions in focus, learning, and memory that can create brief episodes of confusion, disorientation and frustration. Brain fog is a source of anxiety for many older patients.
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What does brain fog feel like?
Brain fog patients often report a nagging fatigue, irritability, anxiety, depression, headaches, and/or insomnia. This cognitive state can also make it difficult for you to:
– Remember and understand information or spoken language
– Organize your thoughts
– Problem-solve in common or routine situations
– Focus on the task at hand or in conversation
– Plan your day or for a task ahead
– Draw or recognize common shapes
– If brain fog is not addressed and controlled, your condition can intensify and eventually profoundly impact your professional, social, and personal life.
Why do I feel foggy?
Middle age is a major culprit of brain fog, as it induces drastic hormonal changes which science calls menopause in women and andropause in men.
The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists estimates that over 2 million women reach menopause every year1, as their estrogen levels begin to naturally decline drastically for some. About 25 million American men are also experiencing andropause2, the gradual decline of testosterone levels.
These gender-based hormones help regulate the stress hormone cortisol, which affects neurotransmitters in the brain and can cause our blood circulation and energy metabolism to slow down.
The phospholipids in our brain cells mediate the activity of those neurotransmitters and hormones, as well as form membrane barriers that protect us from charged particles. Phospholipids are important in a variety of brain cell functions. When these phospholipids begin to degrade, so does our brain’s information processing ability.
Besides hormonal imbalances, brain fog dysfunctions can be stimulated by:
– Leaky gut syndrome, which causes brain inflammation3
– Fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome4
– Stress, depression and anxiety which affects brain function5
– Anemia, which can cause a lack of oxygen in your body6
– Thyroid dysfunctions like hypothyroidism7
– Diabetes, which can impair glucose, your brain’s primary energy source8
– Magnesium, vitamin B12, amino acid deficiency or dehydration (brain malnourishment)9
– Brain inflammation from multiple sclerosis (MS)10
– Memory and concentration dysfunctions can also be side effects of common medications
like chemotherapy drugs, antidepressants, and sleep aids. 11
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1 https://www.acog.org/-/media/NewsRoom/MediaKit.pdf 2 http://www.menstuff.org/issues/byissue/andropause.html 3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24997042 4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3617392/ 5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3896080/ 6 https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/Press_releases/2006/09_13_06.html 7 https://www.nahypothyroidism.org/clearing-the-air-about-thyroid-related-brain-fog/ 8 http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/clinical-trials.html 9 https://www.webmd.com/brain/news/20100127/magnesium-may-improve-memory 10 https://www.nationalmssociety.org/Symptoms-Diagnosis/MS-Symptoms/Cognitive-Changes 11 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0887617797000279 12 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8624220 13 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3140015/ 14 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/266169922_Improved_Attentional_Performance_Following_Citicoline_Administration_in_Healthy_Adult_Women 15 http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1087054715593633 16 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8888372 17 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12021827