Brain fog is one of the most common symptoms we see in our practice. This condition is characterized by a sudden onset of poor concentration, mental fatigue, inability to focus, confusion, and memory issues that make even the simplest tasks seem overwhelming. This can negatively affect all aspects of a person's life.
Brain fog is a well-documented symptom of several chronic conditions. In fact, it is especially prevalent in diseases featuring inflammation, fatigue, and blood sugar imbalance, such as diabetes, depression, autoimmune diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS/ME), and fibromyalgia.
If the underlying causes of brain fog are left unaddressed, the condition can affect a person's ability to function in both their personal and professional life.
"Brain fog" is a term frequently used when our minds feel slow, unfocused, or foggy; for example, when words don't come easily and we don't feel as sharp. Brain fog is also the culprit when we often lose our train of thought or struggle to have easy back and forth conversations with someone. Some people experiencing brain fog may not even remember what they did yesterday.
Episodes of brain fog can last days or even months and are often described as a type of cognitive dysfunction that involves:
Decreased mental clarity
If you experience brain fog or the above symptoms, your body is telling you that something is wrong. These complications often mean that people experiencing brain fog see several doctors before getting an accurate diagnosis.
The medical term for this is neuroinflammation, or inflammation of the brain and the nerves. There are several factors that can cause neuroinflammation. We commonly see a few in our practice: chemical toxins, infections (biotoxins), poor gut health, food sensitivities/intolerance, and stress.
Some patients notice their brain fog and take action to improve their cognitive abilities early, while others wait until their executive and cognitive functioning are significantly impaired.
At Las Vegas Integrative Medicine, we want to encourage people to take action earlier and explore their cause of brain fog to stop and reverse it.
Learn about treatments and symptoms of brain fog.
Since brain fog is a common symptom of many illnesses, it can be challenging for medical professionals to know what might be the underlying cause of brain fog.
Treatment plans vary depending on the individual history, their unique symptoms, and their diagnosis. They may include naturopathic medicine, acupuncture, or dietary, environmental, and lifestyle changes.
Here are a few examples of treatments that might be used to get rid of brain fog:
Reducing sugar intake
Increasing water intake
Identifying food sensitivities
Improve sleep quality
At Las Vegas Integrative Medicine, our team of naturopathic providers is uniquely qualified to diagnose and treat brain fog-related illnesses. We begin by examining your health history, environmental factors, symptoms, lifestyle, supplements, and your unique immune system to make a proper diagnosis.
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