I’ve been talking about natural ways to Beat Brain Fog and this is Part 2 of a two part teaching on that subject. The photo on the left is an image of a healthy active brain neuron communicating important information that our body needs.
There are many simple things that we can do to help relieve many of the common symptoms that are associated with Brain Fog and which will better help our brains to function. Here is my version of a quote from Anne,
“The bottom line is that you need to take personal responsibility, not just for your food intake, breathing cycles, rest periods, sleep, and nutritional or essential oil supplementation but also for how you spend your time and what you think about. You need to “rule over your own spirit,” or your “city” will soon break down and be “without walls.”
To read the original quote, see her book Time Management for Tired Women below. To learn more about Brain Fog and ways to relieve its symptoms, listen to the companion audio teaching below:
To listen to Part 1 and to read the companion broadcast notes, click here: Symptoms of Brain Fog
Eating Foods that Provide High Quality Nutrition
Making sure that we are getting high quality nutrition from the food that we eat is the first thing we can do. This means that we need to decrease or eliminate highly processed foods. Nearly every food that comes in a box or is commercially prepared will contain un-natural ingredients, chemicals and highly processed foods that have very little nutritional value left in them. It is important to eat foods that are freshly prepared, eating fresh or even raw fruits and vegetables and good quality protein from clean animals is a great way to start.
Eggs are a good source of “good fats” and vitamins and minerals to feed our brain. Surprisingly our brains are composed of a high percentage of fat and it needs good fats to support healthy function. For an article about the additional health benefits that fresh eggs from a small farm or a backyard flock read the article, Meet Real Free-Range Eggs – Mother Earth News .
Vitamin D, is normally produced by the human body after exposure to direct sunlight. This fat-soluble vitamin is used by the body for absorption of calcium. Everyone needs calcium to maintain strong bones. Skeletal muscles and heart muscle require calcium for contractions. Vitamin D has also been shown to regulate the immune system and assist our hormones which is one of the ways that our body communicates with its self.
Breathing to Oxygenate Our Bodies
Our brains use approximately 20% of the oxygen we take in through breathing. When we are stressed, exercising, concentrating while working or studying, etc. we may begin to shallow breathe, unconsciously. This is breathing in the upper level of the lungs only. When we shallow breathe we are not getting the full company of oxygen that our body needs to thrive. Our brains need a regular incoming supply of nutrients and oxygen to function properly. When we have deficient ooxygen levels to our brain we can experience a decrease in our memory, concentration and focusing abilities, and even our judgment.
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Many doctors and Neurologist recommend that we engage in activities that will stimulate brain activity throughout the day. Using brain power publications such as Crossword Puzzles, Sudoku, and Word Finds and be helpful. Other activities that require us to think, read or follow instructions and work with our hands all at the same time use different parts of our brains and help to keep our brains functioning, activities such as knitting, crochet, model building, etc can be enjoyable and very beneficial. For more on the benefits of knitting and crochet read, Amazing Benefits of Knitting.
Relaxation Cycles Throughout the Day
“Why is an hour so special? Our bodies follow a 3-hour “ultradian” rhythm throughout the day and night. In the 1960s, sleep researcher Dr. Nathaniel Kleitman discovered that we go through cycles of rapid eye movement (REM) when we sleep. These periods of REM happen about every 90 minutes. He found that even during the daylight hours, these 90-minute cycles continue, two every 3 hours.
Other sleep researchers have postulated that we have can work efficiently for 45-51 minutes, then we need approximately 8.5-10 minutes of rest, which adds up to about an hour. In other words, we can work for 6/7ths of an hour, then we need 1/7th of an hour for rest.” Excerpt from Anne Elliott’s book, Time Management for Tired Women (and Men) which is book 5 in the Too Tired Series.
Taking just 9 or 10 minutes every hour to change your position, your view, your thought patterns can be beneficial. It is even better if you can leave what you are working on and go outside for a few minutes and get some fresh air, a change in scenery and a micro break from your thoughts and activities is the best choice if your are able to do so. Your brain and body will thank you.
Anne says, “Simply put, rest is a change in my activity that reduces the number of processes my body has to handle.”
“Your circadian rhythm is your internal “clock” that regulates all the processes of your body over a 24-hour period. It controls the release, first and foremost, of cortisol, the king of your hormones. Your circadian rhythm also affects the release of thyroid hormones, serotonin and melatonin, neurepinephrine and epinephrine, glycogen and insulin – and hundreds of other hormones and bodily processes.” From, How to Get A Good Nights Sleep – Book 3 in the Too Tired Series by Anne Elliott. If our sleep cycle is off or drastically minimized it will effect our brain and our productivity during the day-time hours. For more information about ways to get a better nights sleep read my article, A or Anne’s book mentioned above.
MSG – Monosodium Glutamate
This chemical is an Excitotoxin and it very clearly affects our bodies and our brains. Dr. Russell L. Blaylock M.D. published the book Excitotoxins: The Taste that Kills. In his book, Dr. Blaylock cites studies in which MSG was found to produce brain lesions, obesity, and brain damage. To read more about the hazards of MSG check out the following links:
Beneficial Brain Boosting Helps
We carry several natural alternatives to traditional prescription drugs that help with concentration, focus and the other symptoms associated with brain fog.
Essential Oil Blends – Remnant Remedy
There are two, 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oil blends that can help our bodies and brains with the symptoms of Brain Fog, they are Brainstorm and Focus. For more information about each of these powerful and very beneficial essential oil blends read our articles here: Brainstorm for Enhanced Brain Function and Focus for Enhanced Concentration. Both of these blends are available from Keys 2 Natural Health which is an affiliate of Remnant Remedy and can be used with children and adults.
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We also carry a formula for ADD/ADHD that enhances focusing and concentration ability and that can help to relieve symptoms of brain fog. This natural formula can be used for both children and adults.
To learn more: Focus Formula
About Anne Elliott
For information about Anne Elliott or her comprehensive new book series, “Too Tired” and other helpful natural health articles visit her health website at: AnnesHealthPlace.com. She also has information about using the Scriptures/Bible as the main textbook for Homeschoolers at: HomeschoolingBible.com, other homeschooling curriculum at FoundationsPress.com and lots more information for women at: AnneElliott.com.
I hope that this series has helped you. What have you done that has helped you to relieve the symptoms of Brain Fog? Please share with us.
Three More Books to Read
The Truth About Aspartame, MSG and Excitotoxins a book by Mike Adams (Kindle Edition – Jul 2, 2010)
The Slow Poisoning of American a book by by John E and T Michelle Erb
In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome (Signet) a book by George R. Schwartz
Websites to search of MSG information: