It’s 3:00 in the afternoon and you’ve got a ton of stuff to do and suddenly, out of nowhere, you’re suddenly soooo tired. About-to-crash tired. You can’t concentrate, you feel out of it and everything seems difficult. This is called brain fog and it’s an epidemic.
Brain fog is more than just a passing feeling. Scientists have learned that there are actual changes in the brain that over time cause fatigue, lack of concentration, sleep issues, memory problems and even headaches.
All kinds of factors from lifestyle to diet to hormones (hence the expression “mommy brain”) can cause brain fog. Of course, if your brain fog has reached epic proportions you might want to talk to your doctor and see if you have a hormonal imbalance or infection, but chances are it’s nothing serious. The good news? Brain fog can be avoided. Here are some tips on how to kick brain fog to the curb for good.
Get enough Zzzs.
For some of us, it’s easier said than done. If you have trouble getting enough sleep don’t drink any caffeine after 12 noon, and when it’s getting to be time for bed, turn off your phone or your laptop and definitely the TV. Your electronics have no place in your bedroom and send signals that bedtime is also for playing games, binge watching or surfing the internet. Going to bed at the same time every night has also been shown to help the quality of your sleep.
Manage your stress.
Some of us are better at this than others. Start by recognizing when you’re stressed and be okay with saying ‘no’ to obligations that aren’t really necessary. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, talk to someone you’re tight with. It can really help to talk it out.
That’s right: get some heart-pumping exercise. Anything that makes you sweat: whether it’s running, kickboxing or just cleaning the house vigorously will work wonders to snap you out of your brain fog.
Take the escape route.
Go for a walk. Don’t listen to music or talk on the phone, just walk and take in the scenery. It’s like hitting the reset button on your brain. Even a short walk can make a huge difference.
Ten to twenty minutes a day of meditation helps your brain keep calm, focused, centered and refreshed.
Feed your hungry brain.
What you eat has a profound influence on your brain. Foods like salmon, walnuts, pecans and avocado all contain brain boosting omega 3 fatty acids that your brain relies on to build brain cells and process information. This is key because what you eat affects how you think.
Of course sometimes it’s hard to get all the brain-charging nourishment you need from food and that’s why there’s BrainGear. With 13 brain fog busting nutrients it feeds your brain the nutrients it needs one gulp at a time.
So what’s in BrainGear?
To start with, Acetyl L-Carnitine, which promotes brain energy and supports mitochondria, the ‘powerhouse’ of cells that help turn the energy you take from food into energy that the cell can use. It works in conjunction with B12 and B6 to boost energy. It’s found in chicken, beef and asparagus.
Choline promotes healthy cell membranes, fosters mitochondria and supports the nervous system. It’s found in eggs, meat and poultry and works with Inositol to support cell membranes and facilitate messenger signaling that’s critical for healthy brain function.
Inositol works with choline and supports mood balance and neurotransmission. It’s found in brown rice, fruits, nuts and leafy green veggies.
N-Acetyl L Tyrosine supports neurotransmission and helps produce the brain signaling chemicals necessary for nerve to cell communication. You can find it in brown rice, fruits, nuts and leafy green veggies too.
L-Theanine which is found in green tea, promotes calmness and a balanced mood. It’s a unique amino acid that crosses the blood brain barrier to support healthy neurotransmitters.
Green Tea Extract is essential for antioxidant support and works with L-Theanine to promote the building blocks of brain messengers.
DMAE which is found in sardines, anchovies and salmon, works with Choline to promote neurotransmission.
PQQ is a powerful antioxidant that supports the cells of the nervous system. It also enables all the other nutrients to cross the blood-brain barrier for maximum absorption and efficacy. Papaya, kiwi and parsley are all excellent sources of PQQ.
Niacin supports mitochondrial function, promotes healthy nerve signaling and nervous system support. It works with vitamins B12 and B6 to support healthy blood cell formation. Meat, ginger and whole grain wheat are all rich in Niacin.
Vitamin B6 supports healthy brain cells, mood balance and well-being. You can find it in turkey, bananas and pistachios.
Vitamin B12 works with niacin to support healthy blood cells so that they can deliver oxygen to the brain. Meat, fish and eggs are good sources of B12.
Vitamin D supports mitochondria, neurotransmission and supports healthy nerve signals. It works with Choline and DMAE to enhance synaptic transmission between brain cells. Plant oils, soybeans and wheat germ are good sources of Vitamin D.
Vitamin E has antioxidants that fight free-radicals. Get it from sunflower seeds, peanuts, spinach and butternut squash.
Because brain health is all about what nutrients you put into your body it makes sense to seek out the best possible nourishment. When your brain gets what it really needs to truly thrive, You simply work-and feel-better while you’re at it. Without brain fog you’ll get more done, feel clearer and get through the day without losing momentum. BrainGear is backed by top neurologists from Stanford University and UT Austin, so you know you’re getting everything your brain needs to truly thrive. Better concentration, calmness and overall well-being-that’s what you’ll discover in BrainGear.