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/ March 1, 2017

What is brain fog?

What’s the connection between brain fog and memory loss?

Are you having difficulty concentrating? When at work or in a social situation, are you struggling to recall details? Are you finding it exhausting to gather your thoughts? If you answered yes to one of these questions, you may be experiencing brain fog.

Brain fog, also known as “cloudy-head syndrome,” refers to a mental state defined by an overall sense of confusion, frequent memory lapses, lack of concentration, and often anxiety. While it’s not categorized as an official medical condition, it is recognized by the science and health community, especially when associated with chronic fatigue syndrome.

However, brain fog also covers a range of interrelated symptoms that affect ordinary people as well, and is known as a common cause of frequent and repeated memory lapses. Dr. Mady Hornig of Columbia University Medical Center defines it as “an inability to really punch through… a vague sense of what you’re trying to retrieve, but you can’t focus on it.”  She explains that the energy required to “harness the thought can be as draining as physical activity.”

The most common causes of brain fog include chronic fatigue, poor diet, extreme stress, lack of sleep, menopause, excessive multitasking, and some treatments and medication.

While this condition is frustrating and inhibiting, the good news is that it’s not permanent and is actually often preventable. In fact, one key difference between memory problems associated with brain fog and dementia is that brain fog is not permanent. With some critical yet simple lifestyle adjustments, you can boost your memory, improve brain activity, and help the fog dissipate. If you think you’re brain fog is being caused by a more serious condition such as chronic fatigue syndrome, consult your doctor.

References:

  1. http://www.prevention.com/health/brain-fog-and-your-health
  2. http://www.blueberrybrain.com/brain-fog-prevention/
  3. http://www.livestrong.com/article/204035-brain-fog-symptoms/
  4. http://www.healthline.com/health-news/study-helps-explain-brain-fog-in-chronic-fatigue-syndrome-033115#4
  5. http://www.livescience.com/45502-foggy-brain-causes.html

Interested in finding out how to get rid of brain fog and improve your memory as a result?

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