Adaptogens for Mental Fog
People have many terms for lack of mental focus. Brain fog. Attention deficit. Or (pardon us) brain fart. Call it what you like, lack of mental focus is a problem for many people in our society. In fact, recent research on lack of focus (otherwise known as mental fog) found that “one in seven adults between the ages 18 to 39, and one in four adults older than 39, will experience some short-term memory loss.” What most of those adults don’t know is that there is an easy solution, and it comes in the form of a proven new supplement. But more on that later….
The Varying Causes of Decreased FocusThere are many possible causes of metal fog. Topping the list are such things as poor diet, abnormal or inadequate sleep, insufficient physical activity, and brain injury. Brain injury (concussion) is not subject to self-discipline or personal choice. If you receive a concussion it is not usually the result of an intentional choice or action. However, the other three leading causes of decreased mental focus (lack of sleep, poor diet, and little to no exercise) are the result of lifestyle choices you make. In other words, the bad news is that if you are experiencing mental fog, you should look no further than the mirror to find the cause. This is also the good news: if your decreased concentration and sharpness are a result of lifestyle choices, that puts you squarely in the driver’s seat and means you can do something about it!
The Effects of Mental Fogginess in Life…Mental fog adds unnecessary stress to your life. “Unnecessary” because it is so easy to prevent. If you are a parent who can’t seem to get with the program in the morning, you know what I’m talking about. Or what about the students across the world who are studying late into the night and drinking cup after cup of coffee or sugar and chemical-filled energy drinks to keep them going? And how about the effect that mental fog has on the business world? How many millions of dollars are lost in decreased production or errors every week?
…And What You Can Do About ItImagine what the world would be like if parents, students, teachers, and business people were all able to isolate the causes of mental fog and then do something effective about it. Well, it turns out it isn’t that hard. Yes, you will need self-discipline to change some bad habits you may have developed. But the alternative is a stressful life that falls short of your potential. Seems like a no-brainer to me. If you want to improve your mental clarity and thereby improve your life, here is what you should do:
- Change your diet – As much as possible eliminate sugar, refined carbohydrates, and processed foods. Replace them with whole foods and include mostly meats, vegetables, and nuts.
- Get enough sleep – Shoot for 8 hours every night. You’ll be surprised how quickly increasing your sleep will pay off.
- Make exercise a regular part of your weekly schedule – Exercise increases blood flow and therefore brain health. Plus the endorphins released will lift your mood and brighten your day.
- Add adaptogens to your daily regimen – Adaptogens are plants that help cells adapt to environments that create stress and decrease performance, thereby overcoming these negative effects. Adaptogens also support healthy thyroid function. The thyroid has a direct impact on sleep and energy production.