Herbal Remedies for Brain Fog
When brain fog hits it hinders our ability to think quickly and clouds our memory. It can affect our social and professional lives and impede on our confidence. There are many things that cause brain fog, and discovering the root of the problem can be extremely hard. Some major contributors are high sugar intake, lack of sleep, nutritional deficiencies, dehydration, and physical/mental stress. If you’re feeling constant brain fog, it’s highly suggested that you cut out sugar, drink tons of water, get a minimum of 8 hours sleep and make sure you’re eating a good diet. Sometimes these things aren’t always attainable, and when they aren’t enough, incorporating natural herbs can aid in the process of regaining clarity. These herbs are all safe and natural, and will help speed up the process.
Ginkgo Biloba has great benefits for those suffering from brain fog. In Chinese medicine it has been used to treat cognitive disorders like Dementia and Alzheimer’s. In lower doses it can help boost memory and sharpen thinking. It works by increasing the flow of blood to your brain. Ginkgo is also a powerful antioxidant and has the power to help heal most bodily systems by aiding circulation. It can be taken as a tincture, a capsule, or you can buy it loose-leaf and steep it into a gingko tea (recommended).
Ginseng has been catching attention in the mainstream for its energy-boosting and stress-reducing abilities. Ginseng is an adaptogen, meaning it helps the body adapt to both mental and physical stress. It’s ability to energize and de-stress the body are what make it a truly notable herb for combating brain fog. The ginsenosides in ginseng have a chemical structure similar to that of human hormones, and they help to regulate hormones by increasing metabolism, insulin production and the efficiency of nerve communication. There’s plenty of studies that indicate ginseng’s ability to enhance mental performance. Try it for yourself.
Ashwagandha is a popular healing herb and is highly regarded in Ayurvedic medicine. It’s an adaptogen known to support the health of brain cells by increasing the productivity of cell communication. Ashwagandha is the ultimate rejuvenating herb, it decreases mental fatigue and increases alertness. Another benefit of Ashwagandha is it’s ability to seriously enhance cardiorespiratory health. Results from a study of 40 elite cyclists proved that ashwagandha can seriously enhance athletic performance. It’s also proven to help with sleeping patterns, and as we know, good sleep = sharp brain. It has a bit of a funky taste, but it’s easy to find powdered versions that can easily be disguised in a smoothie.
Yerba mate is basically the new energy drink. It’s better than coffee or redbull because it slowly releases caffeine, eliminating the “rise and crash” that you typically get from highly caffeinated drinks. As a beverage it’s much less bitter and acidic than tea or coffee, making it easier on your whole system. It’s a great option for those suffering from fatigue-related brain fog. It can help you feel energized and awake, the same way a coffee would but without the dehydration that will only further your brain fog later. Yerba also has 24 vitamins and minerals, and 15 amino acids.
Brahmi is the combination of two Ayurvedic herbs: centella asiatica and bacopa monnieri. The combination of these 2 herbs creates the ultimate focus and concentration combination. Studies prove that it has the ability to improve memory and focus. The herb is said to give instant energy, helping further eliminate brain fog caused from sleepiness. It’s such a powerful blend of herbs, it even reduces neurotoxic stress on the brain when it’s been exposed to acrylamide. I should warn you though, this stuff tastes absolutely gross at first. Eventually you will grow accustomed to taking it daily. To make it easier I usually mix 1 oz of water with 1 tsp of Brahmi and then take it like a shot. The quicker the better. I then chase it with a smoothie or sweet juice. It’s really gross, but it really works, especially in yielding instant effects.
When it comes to herbal healing there is always a trial and error period where you will have to see what works best for your specific needs. The good thing is that the majority of herbs on the market are extremely safe and low risk. Of course, if you have specific ailments and are currently taking medication, it is advised to speak with a doctor before adding any plant medicines to your regime. Using natural herbs to treat brain fog helps you target the root, getting to the real issue that’s keeping you from thinking clearly. With dedication to a healthy lifestyle, and the incorporation of one or more of the above herbs, you should be feeling like yourself in no time!
By Tee Krispil