Brain fog is a common complaint from my patients with dizziness and vertigo. Very often the brain fog will clear up as I successfully resolve their complaints of dizziness or vertigo with vestibular physical therapy. However, this does not happen in all cases.
Sometimes brain fog is related to vestibular problems, such as dizziness and vertigo. But other times, the brain fog remains after the dizziness or vertigo is gone.
This blog is about healthy habits for better brain health.
Exercise Your Body
Physical activity and exercise are important to maintain your healthy brain with fresh blood flow. For recommendations on how much exercise is right for you, check out these guidelines from the CDC on physical activity.
Exercise Your Brain to Help Brain Fog
When you were younger, your brain developed because you were studying, learning new skills, and being exposed to new situations. Learning and practicing new skills built up the myelin sheath on your neurons, making the neural connections in your brain go faster and faster! The myelin on your neurons can slowly go away over time if you are not training using the brain or learning new skills. This can make the neural connections slow down and may cause brain fog.
If you are just watching TV all day, then your brain can gradually get foggy due to lack of use. Strategies such as puzzles, games, reading books, and playing a new instrument may keep your brain connections at top speed. I suggest that you perform a cognitive puzzle or activity for at least 30 minutes every day. this can really help you manage your brain fog
My gramma used to play solitaire on her computer. You can find other online card games or brain puzzles. Some people like to play Mahjong or play bridge in groups.
I play board games and card games with my family. I also write poetry, compose music, sing, drum, and play guitar. These cognitive activities and challenges can keep your brain sharp.
During our history taking phone-call, I usually ask all my patients about their sleep. I want to know three things about their sleep.
- How many of hours of sleep do you get each night?
- Do you wake up feeling rested?
- How would you rate your quality of sleep? (excellent, good, ok, fair, poor, extremely poor)
One of the key components of brain health is at least seven hours of sleep every night. If you do not get enough you may suffer from brain fog.
Some people need more than that. Medical doctors who are board-certified in Sleep Medicine may be helpful if you are having trouble with sleep. They specialize in sleep disturbances and disorders that can affect sleep.
Laugh and Relax Can Help with Brain Fog
Laughter and relaxation are two of the best tools to help your nervous system heal and to stop brain fog. Are you a high stress individual? Do you work in a high-stress job? Do you worry frequently?
Then stress management is key to your healthy brain function. When you are not relaxed, your brain can feel foggy. Clear thinking can be difficult due to stress.
Strategies like spending time with friends and family members you like can help reduce stress and brain fog. Try to do light-hearted activities and have fun times, instead of always engaging in serious conversation.
Watching funny videos – such as animal videos online, sitcom TV shows, stand-up comedians, and comedy movies – are great ways to laugh and relax.
Watch What you Eat
Certain foods can promote inflammation and affect brain health and brain fog. Sugar is one such example of an inflammatory food. Some people are sensitive to gluten, soy, dairy, and nightshades. This can cause inflammation for people as well. Spikes in blood sugar can affect your overall health and cause dizzy spells.
Some food choices that support brain health by reducing inflammation include:
- Omega 3’s
- Low glycemic sweeteners
- Diet rich in colorful veggies and lean meats
For more information on the gut, click here.
I hope these five tips for better brain health were helpful to you!
This blog is provided for informational purposes only. The content and any comments by Dr. Kim Bell, DPT are not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. The details of any case mentioned in this post represent a typical patient that Dr. Bell might see and do not describe the circumstances of a specific individual.