Clearing That Mental Fog

Carolyn Guilford
Carolyn Guilford

More and more I hear folk talking about brain fog. Persons in Chemotherapy the most, but also persons of all ages.

Trouble recalling names and dates, newly learned materials, details of events and information from along ago.

This brain fog affects persons in every age range, from teenagers -difficulty learning, working professionals, retirees, as well as the elderly.

We call it ‘brain failure’. For abnormal brain function, most of the risk factors can be eliminated or easily controlled once we become aware of them and make the commitment to manage them. And in doing so we protect the brain, longterm.

Our overall quality of life is linked to cognitive function.

Academic performance, career success, self esteem and confidence, and the enjoyment of life, all comes from peak brain health. And peak brain health comes from regular physical exercise, regular mental exercise and the right nutrition.

We know that exercise strengthens the heart and is needed for good circulation, which sends vital nutrients, glucose and oxygen to all the cells of the body.

And it sends these vital nutrients to the brain as well.

The brain also needs the mental exercise. Learning new skills, languages, or challenging the brain with reading, games, puzzles even as we age, keeps the brain sharp.

It’s a ‘use it or lose it’ organ like any other, and is at risk of growing dull.

A healthy diet. The same nutrients we rely on to keep the body healthy and strong are also needed to keep brain cells strong and active.

The right nutrients with elevate cognitive function, memory retention, adapt to mental stress, reverse cognitive decline, and even stop dementia.

One of the main reasons for poor cognitive function in this age is the farming practices which depletes the soil in which the foods are grown, causing produce to be very low in the very nutrients vital to life and health.

But, also the processing, the adding of chemicals and preservatives, and pesticides, all of which are toxic to the brain.

This is a very good case for buying organically grown produce, and for growing your own.

Other neuro-toxins include smoking, chronic stress, chronic diseases: high cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure, and the medications for these diseases, and the drinking of alcohol.

So many times when I hear persons speak of the chemo brain, or brain fog, they laugh it off, however, this foggy thinking and faulty memory is really an early warning sign of brain decline to come, in the form of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease in the future.

Losing your mental acuity is not a normal part of aging as many would believe, and is not inevitable. With the right care, the brain, as with the body, is perfectly designed to last our full lifetimes of one hundred and twenty (120 ) years.

So how do we care for this brain and this body for a good life?

Avoid the things that are bad:

Sugar, fatty meats, cream, lard, shortening, hydrogenated fats, doughnuts, fried chicken, candy bars, commercially prepare cookies, breads and muffins, and french fries. Junk foods and processed foods. Alcohol, caffeine, artificial sweeteners, and sodas.

And embrace the good: Baked and broiled fish, leafy greens, berries, all the colors of veggies, nuts and seeds, whole-grain fibers, and organically grown meats and produce, as much as possible.

Aerobic exercise enhances circulation to the brain also, carrying vital nutrients and oxygen to the cells for energy and peak performance.

Mental stimulation with mind teasers helps multiply and extend branching neurons, helping keep them flexible and supple, all of which empowers the brain to learn more, recall quickly, accurately and to remain sharp.

A study call ‘ACTIVE’, published in December 2006, Journal of American Medical Association showed that mental exercise can help fight cognitive decline in older adults and also may “help maintain thinking skills needed for everyday tasks such as paying bills, shopping and cooking.”

This would allow many more persons to continue to live at home independently.

Remember, Health is a choice, Your Choice.

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