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Brain Fog: Could Inflammation be the cause?

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Have you noticed that your mood occasionally fluctuates with the types of foods you’ve been eating? The types of foods we eat can make a difference when it comes to brain health and function. A study published by Neuroimage shows that inflammation might be responsible for the brain-fog and sluggishness often associated with the illness. Being mindful of every day eating habits and avoiding foods that cause inflammation can improve mental and physical well-being. If your head has been in the clouds, and you’ve been experiencing mental fatigue, we recommend including more anti-inflammatory foods as part of your everyday diet.

Brain Fog

Podcast Host Dr. Stephanie Estima says one of the most common causes of brain fog is diet. Brain Fog shows up as lack of focus, mental clarity, and as slow processing and decision making time. When a person experiences inflammation, they may have more of a difficult time achieving an alert mental state.

What is inflammation?

Acute: Inflammation is the body’s natural immune response to an injury. This type of inflammation is not bad, as its your body’s way of healing an affected area.

Chronic: Inflammation happens when your immune system is unable to heal and eliminate toxins for a prolonged period of time. The World Health Organization (WHO) ranks chronic diseases as the greatest threat to human health. Prolonged periods of inflammation have been linked to arthritis, Crohn's Disease, IBS, and Alzheimer.

Anti-Inflammatory Foods

Over time, inflammation can deteriorate your immune system, leaving you vulnerable to chronic diseases and health issues. The good news is, there are lots of simple practices that can fight chronic inflammation and keep your mind and body in a healthy state! The most important practice is implementing a diet that can nourish and heal the body from inflammation. Keep your body and mind thriving by reducing your intake of processed foods and following our anti-inflammatory food guide.

1. Leafy Green Vegetables: Arugula, Spinach, Kale

2. Healthy Fats: Flaxseed Oil, Avocado, Chia Seeds, Olive Oil, Salmon

3. Protein: Legumes (lentils, chick peas, kidney beans), Eggs, Almonds, Walnuts, Bone Broth

4. Antioxidant Rich Fruits: Blueberries, Pomegranate, Papaya, Raspberries

5. Spices: Turmeric, Ginger, Cayenne, Garlic

Lifestyle

Giving the body adequate rest and exercise, along with a healthy diet can enhance cognitive function and overall feeling of well-being. A few shifts in your lifestyle habits can clear your mind and energize your spirit- seize the day!

1. Meditate: Daily meditation practice promotes emotional health and improves the feeling of brain fog.

2. Exercise: Living an active lifestyle has demonstrated to boost memory, reduce stress and improve sleep.

3. Acupuncture: Acupuncture enhances mental clarity and promotes an overall sense of well-being (read more!).

4. Sleep & Manage Stress: Make time for sleep and self-care when ever you can- the biological affects of stress and lack of sleep can influence mental clarity and emotional health. To balance your mind and body, Jou Tranquility Supplements use organic herbs and roots to give a sense of calm and peace to a busy mind.


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