Last Modified on Feb 18, 2015
Lawrence Wilson, a medical doctor and president of The Center for Development, sites brain fog as one of the most important symptoms of poor brain functioning today. However, most individuals consider the condition difficult to define and treat because it has such an array of causes and connections. Nonetheless, if you are experiencing issues with mental confusion or lack of clarity, you can treat the condition utilizing a variety of natural cures and therapeutic supports such as reflexology, detoxification, and supplements like CoQ10.
What Is Brain Fog?
Dr. Wilson defines brain fog as a general feeling of confusion or pervasive lack of mental clarity. If you are dealing with brain fog, you may feel like you have a “cloud” in your mental processing that prevents you from thinking clearly. In addition to cloudy thinking, individuals are often more forgetful, become somewhat detached from typical relationships, and may even feel discouraged or depressed.
Brain fog can be difficult to treat because it is a largely “subjective” condition by way of description. It also is generally associated with quite an array of causes including adrenal fatigue, fungal infection, the use of antibiotics, heavy metal poisoning, hypothyroidism, and others. Dehydration and low energy are also often linked to the condition.
Can I Remedy Brain Fog with Natural Cures?
One of the important first steps for treating brain fog is identifying the underlying cause of the condition. A medical professional can help you identify the cause after which you can typically utilize natural treatments to cure or at least balance your condition. Some of the best natural cures include reflexology, detoxification, and supplements like CoQ10.
One of the main treatment options Dr. Wilson supports is daily foot reflexology. This system pinpoints target areas in your body that and utilizes a massage-based system to promote the removal of wastes from your body as well as the improvement of general processing.
Another important practice for treating brain fog is detoxing your body. Dr. Isaac Eliaz, an integrative medicine expert and the founder of the Amitabha Clinic and Healing Center, suggests using modified citrus pectin to remove the toxins from your body without altering your essential mineral levels. You should take at least 15 grams of pectin by mouth per day for the best results.
Improving your body’s cellular power can improve your energy levels and reduce symptoms of brain fog. CoQ10 is a natural supplement that helps support mitochondrial function and reduces inflammation throughout your body – both important considerations for treating brain fog.
WebMD also suggests that managing stress and timing your day on a regular schedule can help you avoid issues with brain fog as well. Try one of these options or read below for other reader-tested suggestions.
Brain Fog - http://www.drlwilson.com/articles/brain_fog.htm
Clearing Away MS Brain Fog - http://www.webmd.com/multiple-sclerosis/features/ clearing_away_ms_brain_fog
Five Ways to Clear Brain Fog - http://www.rodalenews.com/brain-fog
This Brain Fog is getting worse and worse. I've battled this for about 10 yrs or so. The worst part is is almost happens overnight. Very scary. Makes me not want to get out in the public.. Can't think or speak very clearly. My 25 yr old son has just recently had 2-3 episodes, affects his work. He's an electrician and when he's at his worse, he can't think clearly enough to work.. What can be done about this?
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I have been suffering from an unexplained brain fog and fatigue. I noticed 2 remedies on your site, Apple Cider Vinegar and lime juice and baking soda. Which should I try? Can I try both?
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[YEA] I am now a firm believer of the benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar. For the past 6 months I have been suffering from extreme fatigue, and do not know why. I've been to many doctors and not one can tell me why. I think I have it narrowed down to either chronic fatigue syndrome, valley fever or an allergy. I started taking ACV on a regular basis (3T per day) for the past 2 week. I can't even explain how much better I feel...it has given me my life back after 6 months of suffering. I still do not know what exactly is causing the fatigue, but I no longer have it! I would recommend this to everyone! I feel great, no more brain fog, fatigue, sore throat and my headaches are GONE. I finally feel normal again!
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[YEA] Here is an update from when I recently wrote in about my experience of being "overly-energetic" after taking ACV. Upon further reading, I know now that ACV is a natural stimulant and the website for a popular brand of raw, organic, unrefined ACV 'with The Mother' actually recommends taking 1-2 teaspoons 3x/day, diluted with water (honey optional). OK, so now I understand why I've been bouncing off the walls the last week, feeling like I just downed coffee (very racing, manic feeling). Here's my new plan: 1 TEASPOON ACV with 7 oz. water and 1/4 tsp baking soda. I may take less or none with dinner because I'm not sleeping well. My husband is also sensitive to caffeine and he has had a similar experience to mine. I still love my ACV & what it's doing for my health - goodbye brain fog, depression, acid reflux & hopefully back pain!! Don't give up, folks, & God bless!
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[YEA] I tried ACV for UTI's with great success and have already written in about that. I am also loosing weight, and my arthritis symptoms have completely disappeared.
I also installed a reverse osmosis water filter to remove fluoride from my drinking water. I don't know if it is the ACV, or the fluoride free water that is making a difference, but I feel great. I have more energy and no more "brain fog"! My pain is gone! Maybe it is the combination, but it works!
[YEA] I had great success following Ted's borax recommendation for chronic fatigue and brain fog. When I read that it had the potential to decalcify the pineal gland, and that it could help to detox fluoride, I knew I had to give it a try.
(The other thing that I did differently was take Lugol's iodine and stop consuming fluoride in water or toothpaste.)
It was difficult to determine which thing helped the most, so I greatly reduced the borax, using only a pinch in water every 4 or 5 days. However, for about one month, I didn't use any at all and the brain fog returned, so I added the borax back in.
About 6 months after adding these things, my brain fog, energy level and mood are much improved - BUT I noticed a definite improvement within a week!
Definitely recommend for CFS sufferers.
PS, I've only sporadically used ACV, salt and baking soda too but generally remember when I am taking the borax.
PPS, I did a liver cleanse with olive oil and grapefruit juice a few weeks ago, and all the benefits of the borax and iodine were amplified, and I feel I need much less of them now.
[YEA] I have various minor ailments which I am working on correcting with acv and other cures, but for an immediate remedy for congestion and brain fog, first try breathing in through one nostril and out through the other, then switch and repeat until both nostrils are unclogged. If this method doesn't work, simply walk in a straight line for a few minutes, or try any other type of balancing exercises. These exercises will balance the brain hemispheres, clear up congestion and temporarily rid me of brain fog. I have never found anything to be as effective, not even acv. The downside is that it won't last forever (so take advantage and get some work done that requires a clear head).
Also, a tip about acv: if you buy the expensive mother vinegar, save a couple of tablespoons and pour it into a gallon of the cheap store brand. Soon, the cheap stuff will be growing the mother, and you will have a re-usable, active culture very much like a sponge for making bread.
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[YEA] I find that I have extreme brain fog (and brain fatigue for that matter) when I eat wheat and sugary things. I have made a great effort in the past few weeks to radically reduce my sugar intake and limit wheat consumption. I have also been eating tons and tons of cooked vegetable dishes with brown rice (Indian, Morrocan, etc. -- you can't believe how many recipes there are for vegetables!). I have also reduced my chicken and fish intake. And forget about beef after the humane society's video. NO WAY! Well, the most amazing changes I have discovered in the past week are that I have a very clear mind and sharper concentration that lasts consistently all day! My skin is also softer and my eyes are brighter.. dark circles not quite so noticeable. My husband and I just got a juicer and we have been having carrot and celery juice every few days. My current issue with juicing is that it appears to cause an acid pH quite quickly, but I might be doing the wrong concoction of ingredients. I tried cabbage and beets one day but felt nauseous for the next 12 hours!
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Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada
[WARNING!] I found out the cause of my brain fog. No, it wasn't my hypothyroid, nor my anemia. And ACV seems to have been totally innocent. IT WAS CANOLA OIL.
I have been very sensitive to not-so-good quality of oil from my childhood. As we couldn't find the regular vegetable oil I use at the supermarket around beginning of April, I bought Canola oil. As the container was leaking, I transferred it to the vegetable oil container I had at home which was empty and forgot all about canola oil. Shortly after I had started using it, I had trouble with my memory and concentration, but I had forgotten all about my sensitivity to oils and about canola oil as it was coming out from the vegetable oil container. Just 5 days ago I remembered my sensitivity and researched about canola oil on the internet and found others who have had similar problems. It was also mentioned that it effects the central nervous system and could cause blindness in the long run. I stopped using it right away and started feeling better the next day itself.
I am glad I am sensitive to not-so-good oils as I feel the effects immediately. My family members who are not sensitive, would have seen worse effects after a few years if we continued to use it.
While I was reading about oils, I also found that the vegetable oil (the container of which has pictures of vegetables on the front) is actually a soy bean oil. I never read the ingredients as the name says vegetable oil and it has has pictures of vegetables. I found that soy bean oil is not at all good for thyroid and generally.
I have been using olive oil for normal cooking and vegetable oil for deep frying (sometimes) since. But since the vegetable oil isn't good and olive oil is not suitable for deep frying - it leaves the question...which is the best oil to use?
I would appreciate input from others as to which oil to use - which will not be hard on thyroid and which will also not cause brain fog or any other health issues.
EC: Read the rest of Sangeetha's posts on this subject here.
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Hi I am Janette, as I am writing this I am suffering with bad brain fog, so bad its even hard to read/ write this message. I am exhaused even after 9 hours when I usually good on 6-7. I am 50 and I am having blood work done to check my levels of Estrogen etc... However I will be trying this ACV today!!! I cannot stand this feeling it is horrible!! And I feel like doing nothing, feeling of depression, emotional, and TIRED!! My head is so fuzzy!!! It really sucks!! Help if any Ideas. Thanx a million. Pheww
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Make sure there is no leak in your house in terms of carbon monixide, etc, or growth of mold causing brain fog. Get someone to come and inspect your living quarters to make sure environmentally everything is ok and you guys are safe.
[YEA] If you haven't yet seen this article on Earth Clinic, we suggest you take a moment to read Jason Uttley's brilliant article on Chronic Fluoride Poisoning. One of the more common side effects of CFP is brain fog.
[YEA] This may help because it helped my brain fog. I found that a small teaspoon of Virgin Coconut Oil ingested each morning immediately gets my brain sharper for the day. I was having foggy, muddled, almost lethargic thinking and getting very slow recall of names, events, and rememberances of just "yesterday." Since eating that tsp of VCO, I'm a lot sharper. I can recall a name at the drop of a hat. A small tsp at night, before bed gives me the best rest I've ever had; I wake up feeling wonderfully, well-slepted. However, being allergic to most nuts in various degrees, one symptom has arisen since taking VCO: my nose skin peels and around my chin and nose folds, it is slightly rashy. I'm not sure if this is a fungus/candida detox or allergic symptom. I did read that many people are allergic to the actual coconut protein and not allergic to the oil. I will monitor this for the next month. However, my brain IS sharper since taking this small amount of VCO every morning and before bed. I note that many people have stated the same, but, also advocate starting with small doses of VCO, say 1/2 tsp, particularly if you have candida, allergies to nuts, or get heart palpatations. Starting small, avoids massive detoxing of your organs and skin.
[YEA] I have been using Extra Virgin Coconut Oil since April of 2008. One tablespoon per day. I have Hypothyroidism and was having a lot of problems with brain fog. I was having difficulty doing my job and sometimes would forget where I was going when driving home for a few seconds. I am a creative person but was totally unable to express my ideas in artwork or my writing. I could not organize my thoughts. I could not make decisions or remember what I was supposed to do. This on top of all the other symptoms of hypothyroidism. 2 weeks after I started taking it the brain fog totally went away. I am very dependent on the coconut oil now as I do not want to go back to not knowing what I was doing. As for my other symptoms such as totally lost my sex drive which is destroying my relationship and sleeping too much and low energy etc. it has not changed any of that. My thyroid has gotten worse and I have had to double my thyroid medication (Thyroxine). I am working with a Naturalpathic doctor which was a very wise thing to do. She told me to keep taking 1 Tbsp of coconut oil per day. I just wonder if I should take more than that since I have heard of other people have been able to go off the thyroid meds when taking 2 Tbsp per day. She is also treating me for Adrenal Fatigue and cervical dysplaisia and fibrocystic breasts. I guess I'm a mess right now and just want to be well again. I am a big fan of the coconut oil because it is the one remedy that has made the most difference for me. Also I want to add that the doc specified I should use the solid coconut oil instead of the capsules which I started out on because she said that way you can tell if it has gone rancid. But I still use the capsules for backcountry trips and road trips for convenience.
If anyone knows a way to bring back the sex drive I would be grateful.
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