This is so interesting and something I’ve only become really aware of very recently. I have suffered with ‘brain fog’ my whole life and I still get it pretty much daily now. It’s normally worse in the mornings but I can suffer from it all day. It makes concentrating on anything stupidly difficult and it makes me very unproductive which is incredibly frustrating and can make me very irritable. I procrastinate for hours at work, I find it hard to get into hobbies such as piano, sewing, reading, even having a productive conversation is difficult at times because I am so restless and unable to focus.
I found this brilliant article this week which really explains a lot about brain fog and the links to diet and mental health disorders. It also highlights a link between inflammation (which I personally have because of my ulcerative colitis) and food intolerance (which I also have as I’m lactose intolerant). It really has revolutionised how I’m thinking about what I put into my body and how that is affecting my mental and physical health. This line in particular
“Nearly every cell, tissue and system in the body, especially the gut-brain connection, suffers from an unresolved sensitivity”
in regard to food intolerance’s is just staggering for me. The body is such a well balanced machine and I’m basically messing up that balance constantly and then wondering why I don’t feel great.
Something else mentioned in the article is the link back to hormone balance and serotonin which I’ve mentioned in my previous posts.
I would be interested to know if anyone else suffers from ‘brain fog’ and what they do to help alleviate the symptoms. I don’t suppose it will be a quick process to completely change my diet but I am definitely going to start trying.
The more I put names to my symptoms and research these things I’ve been experiencing for years and years the more I am starting to understand my mental health and how it all fits together. It’s just a shame it has taken me so long to get to this stage.
Has this shed any light for anyone else? It would be so interesting to hear. I will report back on any progress I make and if I find any effective ways of combating ‘brain fog’ I will of course share.
As always, Stay Strong xxx