What Causes Brain Fog?

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What Causes Brain Fog?

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One minute you’re talking and the next you completely forgot what you were talking about.  Or, maybe you mixed up words and are making almost no sense.  You know you’re not performing at your best, but you don’t know why.  Brain fog is to blame.  Each and every person can experience brain fog at some point in their lives.

What is brain fog?

Brain fog is how we describe a feeling of fuzziness or confusion.  It’s not a medical condition, but it can be a symptom of a more serious condition.  Symptoms of brain fog include:

  • Confusion
  • Forgetfulness
  • Lack of focus
  • Lack of mental clarity
  • Inability to follow conversations
  • Inability to pay attention

There are a lot of different causes of brain fog.  Tracking when you experience it may help you pinpoint the ultimate cause.  Let’s go over some of the most common causes.

Dehydration causes brain fog.

It only takes being dehydrated by 2% for your brain to stop functioning as it should.  The brain is made up of approximately 85% water.  Water helps your brain transport the needed energy to be able to perform properly.  As your body dehydrates, cells within your brain will quite literally shrink.  Your brain isn’t able to store water so it needs almost constant rehydration to perform optimally.

Oral rehydration salts (ORS) are used to treat dehydration orally.  Using the World Health Organization’s perfect formula, NormaLyte is able to treat the symptoms of brain fog as it relates to dehydration.  It’s an excellent tool to keep on hand on days when you’re not able to push past the fog.  Get free samples here.

Lack of sleep causes brain fog.

Our bodies need rest and relaxation.  In fact, we need approximately 7-9 hours of sleep every single night!  Avoid using electronics before bed, get to bed early, and try to keep to a schedule.  These things will help prevent brain fog caused by being overtired.

Drugs and alcohol cause brain fog.

This may be a given, but avoiding drugs and alcohol can help your overall health which will also help prevent brain fog.  Even too much caffeine can potentially trigger brain fog.  Drugs and alcohol will cause dehydration and we already know dehydration's effect on the brain.

Even prescribed medications can cause dehydration which will lead to brain fog.  Look at the symptoms on your medication to determine which medicines you’re taking may be a diuretic, then consider talking to your doctor about using an oral rehydration salt alongside it.

Chronic illnesses cause brain fog.

If you suffer from any form of dysautonomia you may know that chronic illnesses are often associated with severe dehydration and thus brain fog.  Rather it’s from POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) or from the medicines you’re taking. You sometimes feel like you’re just foggy all the time.  

Staying hydrated is one of the best ways to prevent brain fog.

Writing this blog, I’m honestly was feeling foggy.  I can’t seem to focus; going back and forth between tasks.  Looking back, I think I’ve been drinking enough today.  I’ve had around 1.5-2 liters of water to drink.  My urine looks clear enough, and I’ve eaten enough.  So, I decided maybe I should take my own advice and I drank a NormaLyte around thirty minutes ago.  And now?  Now I can function better.  I’m focused and working properly.

There are a lot of other causes of brain fog, but most lead back to dehydration.

We all know we need to stay hydrated, but sometimes we need more than just water.  Stay hydrated and prevent brain fog.  Try a NormaLyte and see for yourself what a difference it can make.