I haven’t posted on this site for a while now, mainly because I hadn’t found any more answers to my remaining fogginess (until now). I had developed other symptoms over the past year or two, including: apathy; fatigue; poor balance; my skin pre-maturely losing its elasticity; and very low sex drive. I had pretty much given up on feeling like my old self again, after all I’d been trying for 8 years! A couple of weeks ago I went to see a naturopath about my skin and libido. The long and short of it is that she gave me a product called TMG Betaine and it had an immediately positive impact, and I’m talking “silver bullet” stuff. I feel absolutely amazing, excellent concentration from morning to evening, great energy, and I can eat a lot of the things that I haven’t been able to for a long time. I really feel like I have a new lease on life – it’s a miracle! It’s been almost two weeks now and I have all my fingers and toes crossed that the change will continue.
I made a major discovery a month ago and it’s made a massive difference to my mental clarity and energy levels. Since my brain fog surfaced 7 years ago, I’ve made major inroads into overcoming it through changes to my diet. Now I am pleased to say that I feel back to 100% almost all of the time, and the simple secret…water!
I have always explained the sensation of brain fog to other people as feeling like I’ve got a hangover, just without the alcohol. I’ve tried a number of natural remedies over the years but it only occurred to me a month ago to try drinking the recommended amount of water each day (about 2.5 litres). It has really made such a big difference and I wonder if the reason could be that one of the causes of brain fog is dehydration of the brain, much like a hangover. Either way, about 8-10 glasses of water a day seems to do the trick.
The thing I can’t believe is that I didn’t find this solution earlier. I have read widely and seen a number of doctors and naturopaths to find a cure but never came across improving hydration as a suggested remedy. I still believe that improving my digestion through changing my diet has been the single most important factor in my recovery, but the addition of significant amounts of water has been the kicker I’ve been searching for.
The only negative associated with this change is that I have to go to the bathroom a lot but a secondary benefit has been an improvement in my skin, which is almost glowing! Either way, it’s got to be the simplest, most natural, and cheapest remedy for brain fog going around. Try it!!! I’m extremely interested to see whether anyone else suffering from brain fog notices major improvements in their mental clarity and energy levels after increasing their hydration.
I hope this post helps you.
I went through a long process of getting healthy again after suffering from brain fog for a number of years. I got some excellent medical advice along the way, largely from a wonderful integrated medical specialist in Sydney. I made major changes to my diet and have taken a number of different supplements, mainly probiotics and digestive aids, to get me back to health. However, I was never specifically given a diagnosis along the way as to what was causing my spaghetti head. Perhaps it’s because I never actually asked or maybe I was told but couldn’t take it in while I was in the fog. Either way, I think I might now know what my problem was.
After reading parts of Dr Datis Kharrazian’s “Why Isn’t My Brain Working” and some articles on Dr Josh Axe’s website, I think that I may have been suffering from Leaky Gut Syndrome. The part of Dr Kharrazian’s book that led me to this conclusion was his mention that new food allergies could surface as a result of Leaky Gut. I never used to have any major issues eating anything. I used to eat meat twice a day and have dairy with and between every meal. Now I’m vegan I feel 100 times better than I did. The other thing that lead me to believe that I had Leaky Gut was the similarity between the treatments that are suggested by these two health professionals and the treatment that I myself was prescribed to overcome brain fog.
I don’t profess to being a medical expert (because I’m not), so I thought I’d share a couple of links to more insightful sources so you can read up more for yourself. The first provides a quick overview of Leaky Gut Syndrome and the foods to avoid and to eat with reference to Dr Kharrazian’s guidance (link). The second is on Dr Axe’s website where he outlines the symptoms of Leaky Gut and how to heal yourself. In my opinion both of these are excellent sources of information.
The only thing I’d add to these two great sources of information about Leaky Gut Syndrome is the positive effect that I’ve found taking slippery elm powder has had on my brain fog. See my post on this natural product for more information.
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All the best,
I have found a natural remedy that has had a significant, positive impact on my wellbeing.
As you may have read in my previous posts, the most important element of my recovery from brain fog has been through diet, finding ways to be more gentle on my digestive system. Even though I was feeling so much better than I used to, I was still a little foggy some mornings and I’m always on the look out for different ways of getting back to 100% (or hopefully beyond).
I was at the library a few weeks ago and found a book entitled “Why Isn’t My Brain Working” by Datis Kharrazian, associate clinical professor for the Department of Preventive Medicine at Loma Linda University School of Medicine (Amazon Link and link to Dr Kharrazian’s website). I haven’t read the whole book but there is a section on the relationship between the gut and the brain and a lot of the information reconciled with my experience to date and the treatment plans I had successfully followed. The book has a couple of pages that tell you the foods to avoid and the ones to add to your diet to help heal your gut.
The main thing I want to share with you is the positive impact that taking slippery elm bark powder has had on my brain fog, which is now basically gone. As I understand it, the powder, when mixed with water, forms a coating on your digestive tract which reduces inflammation (see Dr Axe’s explanation for better insight). I have bought two different products (Caruso’s and Nature’s Own) which both seem to be equally effective, although it’s much more cost effective to buy the former which is in a bulk powder format. I have found that my stomach is able to cope so much better with the meals that I eat when I take the slipper elm powder between 5 and 30 minutes before eating main meals. I am quite amazed at what an impact this product has had. Slippery elm bark is totally natural so it’s worth giving it a try and seeing if you notice any difference.
I’d be really interested to hear if anyone else has made any improvements with slippery elm powder. Or even if this post prompts you to try it, let me know whether it made any difference for you.
I hope this helps you.
I just read an article about natural brain fog cures that I wanted to share with you. I read through it and think that this guy, Dr Axe, really seems to know what he’s talking about. I like his holistic approach and the way he links together a lot of wisdom that I’ve seen written elsewhere.
Happy reading -> Brain Fog Article by Dr Axe
I’m really interested to know whether there are many other people out there who suffer from brain fog but don’t have the illnesses that many sufferers have, such as fibromyalgia, ME/CFS, Lyme disease, etc. Please comment below to start a discussion.
It’s now been 5 years since my brain fog began, and a little over 2 years since I began my road to recovery. I am now healthy and only suffer mild fog symptoms some mornings, but these are gone by about 8am.
The key to my recovery was the discovery that poor digestion was the cause of my fogginess, or my “spaghetti head”, as I like to call it. The challenge for me was that even after I’d learned that good digestion was critical to my recovery, I had to identify what worked for me and what didn’t. As I’ve discussed in my other posts, meat and dairy were the main causes of my poor digestion and resulting fogginess. But greatly reducing my intake of these food groups still didn’t leave me with perfect clarity each day. Getting 7.5-8 hours of sleep helps me, as well as going to bed and waking at a fairly consistent time (asleep at 10:30, awake at 6:10 is my usual routine). After all this time, I’m still not sure how much exercise really helps in reducing brain fog. However, exercise helps relieve any anxiety that may otherwise arise. Having said that, I still exercise 2-3 times a week because the health benefits and stress relief are virtually indisputable.
Even though I’ve changed my diet to become (very close to) vegan, there are still a few foods that disagree with me and even upon careful scanning of the ingredients, I cannot for the life of me figure out why they are causing me issues; one is pasta, even the buckwheat-based ones; the other is pizza bases. Does anyone have any idea as to why these would be a problem? It’s not gluten as I eat bread every day with no problems.
I have recently discovered a supplement which helps my digestion which I wanted to share with you. I have started taking a digestive aid and have noticed that my morning fog has improved even more. I have tried two different brands of digestive aid (Eagle Vegie Digestaid and Blackmores Digestive Aid), both are vegan-friendly. Although they both help relieve fog symptoms, I have found the Eagle product to be more effective. I take two tablets of the Vegie Digestaid with my dinner, and one with my breakfast each day.
I hope that anyone suffering from brain fog might find this post useful. If you’d like to add anything from your own experience, or would like more details about mine, feel free to post a comment (I’d love to get my first one!!!) or send me an email at email@example.com.
All the best,