fog is not recognized by either general medicine or
psycharitry yet it is a frequent symptom of illness.
It is usually not a result of thoughts or mental problems.
Finding and treating the base illness is reported
to be the only way to cure brain fog.
fog is a common problem in patients with CFS.(Chronic
Fatigue Synfrome)In pesticide poisoning it may be
so severe as to amount to a dementia. ...
But there may also be physical reasons for these problems...
Importantly, brain for may be an early warning symptom
of some other disease process. If one can treat the
brain fog early, one may prevent that other disease
process developing. " (1)
Quoted from Jigsaw Health
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fog may be the result of:
- Adrenal fatigue
syndrome – The adrenal
glands fail to produce key hormones that effectively
regulate the body’s stress response.
As a result, adrenal fatigue syndrome can
cause brain fog symptoms due to the body’s
inability to handle stress effectively.
- Insomnia /
sleep deprivation –
Sleep is crucial for optimal brain function.
Lack of adequate sleep can affect mood, cause
depression, anxiety, and clouded thinking.
- Chronic fatigue
syndrome (CFS) – Chronic
fatigue syndrome is known for its overwhelming
fatigue. CFS affects concentration, short-term
memory and disrupts healthy sleep patterns.
deficiencies – Nutritional
deficiencies can affect brain function, due
to a lack of nutrients necessary for optimal
brain function. Deficiencies of magnesium,
vitamin B-12, and amino acids can cause significant
brain impairment such as lack of concentration,
short-term memory loss, attention deficit,
and spaciness (or lack of focus).
– Systemic yeast overgrowth can cause
depression, anxiety, sudden mood swings, lack
of concentration, headaches, drowsiness, and/or
disorders such as fibromyalgia or multiple
sclerosis (MS) – Fibromyalgia
and MS are both nervous system disorders that
affect brain function, leading to, in many
cases, overwhelming fatigue, depression, and
- Chronic viral
infections such as Epstein-Barr, Lyme disease,
– Viral infections can reach the brain
and can significantly disrupt thinking and
organisms found in the brain
- Parasitic infections such as tapeworm can
invade the brain and cause symptoms of acute
mental illness such as depression and psychosis
in more than 65% of cases. Parasitic infections
outside of the brain that can produce psychiatric
symptoms include giardia, ascaris psychosis,
trichinosis, and Lyme Disease, among many
- Heavy metal
toxicity - The most common
heavy metals that humans are exposed to are
aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead, and mercury.
These often accumulate in brain tissue and
are difficult to excrete in many cases. Some
people—especially those who suffer from
chronic conditions—cannot excrete neurotoxic
heavy metals efficiently and a build-up occurs,
causing brain fog symptoms.
- Reduced blood
flow to the brain due to circulatory problems
– Lack of blood flow to the brain disrupts
brain function. Thick blood can also slow
down blood flow to the brain, causing brain
- Blood sugar
issues such as hypoglycemia or diabetes
– Uncontrolled blood sugar levels can
cause significant symptoms such as depression,
anxiety, fatigue, and clouded thinking.
- Overuse of
artificial sweeteners and MSG
– Artificial sweeteners such as Aspartame
and flavor enhancers are considered excitotoxins,
meaning that they are toxic to the brain,
and can disrupt brain function.
and food intolerances such as to gluten and
lactose – Many patients
who are lactose and/or gluten intolerant find
that their brain function often suffers as
a result of allergies to these substances.
- Leaky gut
syndrome – When the
gut becomes more permeable, larger particles
escape into the bloodstream and may pass the
blood brain barrier, causing a wide variety
of mental symptoms such as mood disturbance,
depression, anxiety, fatigue, lack of concentration
and focus, and short-term memory loss.
- Side effects
of prescription and over-the-counter medications
– It’s always important to double
check with your pharmacist for medication
side effects that can disrupt brain function.
Many medications have side effects that disrupt
mental health and may cause symptoms ranging
from depression, anxiety and agitation, to
severe conditions such as psychosis and suicidal
– Brain fog may be caused by bowel toxicity
due to inefficient digestive system that is
not able to effectively eliminate toxins from
– Many women experience brain fog due
to fluctuating hormone levels during perimenopause
and menopause. Lowered estrogen levels may
cause mood fluctuations and unclear thinking,
depression, and anxiety.
- Sick building
syndrome (fumes from new carpets,
paints, insulation, chipboard, wood treatments,
pesticides, carbon monoxide, poor ventilation)
– Chemicals used during construction
and for building fumigation may cause significant
brain impairment in individuals sensitive
or allergic to these chemicals.