If you have ever walked into a room of your house to get something and then suddenly wondered what you were seeking, or if you suddenly draw a blank on the name of a friend that you have known for years, you understand “brain fog.”
This is a term that is often used by people in an older age bracket. But the reality is that this condition does not have to be an inevitable part of aging.
With the higher incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, there has become an increasing amount of research conducted in the hopes of improving neurological health.
The brain is the master command center of our bodies. There are five major areas that this vital organ is responsible for operating: memory, concentration/attention, language skills, visual/spatial, logic/reasoning. To add to the complexity of this remarkable tool of our body, these five categories get further subdivided into additional areas of expertise and control.
The brain is the most blood-hungry organ of our bodies and operates primarily through the signaling of chemicals. So when hormonal changes take place and blood flow is compromised, the brain is at risk. The job of neurotransmitters in the brain is to receive messages from hormonal chemicals and send proper signals to various body parts so that the operations listed above, can be carried out.
Increasing certain proper nutrients can balance hormones and protect neurotransmitters. This can be done through the food one eats, through herbal aromatic oils, and through herbal supplements. Eating the proper food is the most ideal way for the brain to absorb necessary nutrients. Food in its natural state is the most ideal way to obtain the proper nutrients. That’s because nature assembles its nutrients in a way that the body can most readily absorb them, making the nutrients “bio-available”. By contrast, food that has been processed and contains manufactured chemicals and preservatives presents blockages for the body’s absorption.
If the proper foods are not available, herbs are ideal. They can either be in the essential oil form or in the dried supplement form. I will list the primary nutrients for optimal brain function. They are: choline, DMAE, L-carnitine, and Vitamin B-12. The foods that contain these in abundance are dark-skinned fruits and vegetables, cold water fish and nuts.
Herbs are useful in increasing blood flow to the brain. Improved circulation aids in the delivery of nutrients to brain cells. Herbs are potent in their essential oil form. It’s a great idea to integrate the oil form or the dried herb form into a healthy herbal tea. Some effective brain-boosting herbs are: ginkgo biloba, oregano, peppermint, rosemary, sage, and mugwort. Green tea has also been linked to a reduced risk for Alzheimer’s disease.
Just like shooting a bright beam from a car helps a driver cut through the murky fog, the proper nutrients can help dispel brain fog and provide the mental clarity to engage fully in life’s most promising years.