The good news is that it is not a disease, the bad news is that there is no specific medicine for it.
What is brain fog?
Brain fog is not a disease, but rather a general feeling when we are not focused, rather scattered and lack mental clarity. This can be caused by a number of underlying health issues – including COVID – so we should definitely see a doctor if this has become a chronic problem for us. Regardless, it happens to all of us from time to time and is usually nothing to worry about. But that doesn’t make it any less unpleasant, especially when we have to do things that require our full attention.
5 Ways to Fight Fog
If our doctor has ruled out serious health problems, it is likely that our brain is simply not working at its peak performance. Fortunately, there are a few things that can help you achieve the mental tuning you need. (Before using an exercise program or dietary supplement, consult your doctor).Move There is nothing better than fresh air and exercise – even a brisk walk in the park – to blow away the cobwebs. Studies have shown that physical activity improves cognitive function by reducing levels of cortisol (the stress hormone) and that physical fitness promotes the growth of the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for learning and memory. But we don’t need studies to tell us what we already know through common sense. Our brain is an organ like any other; you need well-oxygenated blood to be in top shape, and a brisk walk in nature is a proven way to fill your lungs with fresh air and get your heart moving.
If there is a way, we should definitely find a solution to our problem in physical activity first. CaffeineBut if that doesn’t help, there’s still coffee. “I can’t do anything until I’ve had my morning coffee!” We’ve all heard it – and probably said it – at some point in our lives. And there’s a reason for that: the caffeine in good old coffee (40-150 mg per serving) is a stimulant that temporarily improves lower cognitive functions such as attention, alertness, and reaction time.However, caffeine is only a quick fix for mental underperformance, and too much of it can have the opposite effect, making you nervous and distracted.L-theanine
If you are not a fan of coffee, consider drinking a refreshing cup of green tea. Green tea also contains caffeine, but much less (about 33 mg per serving). Rich in antioxidants, it also contains a high concentration (~25mg) of L-theanine – an amino acid with proven neurological benefits. In a recent Japanese clinical trial, a single dose of L-theanine not only increased the reaction time of subjects, but also improved the results of memory tests. In addition, it has a neuroprotective effect – that is, it strengthens the brain against degeneration – according to a study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, the authors of which suggested that L-theanine could one day be used as a therapy for drug-related brain damage.Mangiferin
The mango leaf extract, mangiferin, stirred up a lot of dust when it appeared on the nutritional supplement market in 2018 under the trade name Zynamite – and rightly so. Promoted by the manufacturer, Nektium, as a caffeine-free nootropic (brain stimulant), the product enhances cognition, mental performance and responsiveness, and reduces fatigue. So much so that mangiferin has been called a “natural miracle” by an international group of scientists, studying its many health benefits, including the possibility of preventing brain cancer. Pending further clinical trials, medical researchers say mangiferin shows promise as an effective treatment for neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Unlike caffeine, mangiferin has no known cardiovascular side effects, so it cannot cause jitters like drinking too much coffee.Salidroside
Salidroside is another herbal nootropic – a bioactive compound found in the adaptogenic herb Rhodiola rosea. It is also talked about as a side-effect-free candidate for neurological rehabilitation therapy.A 2009 scientific review of the salidroside-rich SHR-5 rose root extract by the Swedish Herbal Institute concluded that there was “strong scientific evidence” that SHR-5 “improved attention, cognitive function, and mental performance” in human subjects , while the strong neuroprotective effect of pure salidroside is well documented in preclinical tests on rodents.However, many commercial rose root supplements contain only trace amounts of salidroside, so be sure to check to see if salidroside is specifically listed on the label.
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