Have you ever started your morning with a cup of coffee? Whether it’s black or laced with sugar and milk? If yes, then you’ve certainly had a feeling of that cloudiness that precedes taking the caffeine. You’ll also agree that you feel much better after taking the coffee.
The thing is, some people have this cloudy feeling all through the day. It never goes away. They usually report feelings of forgetfulness, tiredness, and haziness. They find it difficult to focus while concentrating becomes a tough task. Some people may also experience head pressure.
Finding out the exact cause may seem difficult, and even going for a diagnosis may seem scary, especially when it seems like you can’t think straight. And that’s where you’ll need the assistance of an expert.
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If you want to know what’s possibly causing your brain fog, then you may want to try out Foundational Correction. The thing with this form of healthcare is that it is non-invasive, and it is also drug-free.
But how does Foundational Correction help with brain fog? Read on to learn more.
Brain fog is not a medical condition per se. It is a symptom of other underlying medical conditions. Brain fog is a form of cognitive dysfunction that involves:
· Problems with concentration
· Inability to focus
· Poor mental clarity
· Memory problems
Brain fog is also described as mental fatigue. It may interfere with school or work depending on its severity. But then, it should not be a permanent component of your life.
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There are several causes of brain fog. Once you know the underlying cause, then you’ve solved half the problem. Here are some major causes of brain fog:
Chronic stress increases blood pressure, compromises the immune system, and in many cases, acts as a trigger for depression. Stress is also a cause of mental fatigue. When your brain gets tired, focus, reasoning, and thinking become difficult.
2. Lack of sleep
Poor sleep habits of quality also affect the brain. Adults should aim for 8–9 hours of sleep each night. If you don’t have an adequate sleep, you won’t be able to concentrate, and cloudy thoughts plague you.
3. Hormonal changes
Hormonal changes are also a brain fog trigger. Pregnant women, for instance, have high levels of estrogen and progesterone. This affects the memory resulting in short-term cognitive impairment.
Estrogen levels fall during menopause. This drop in estrogen levels can cause poor concentration, cloudy thinking, and forgetfulness.
What you eat can also determine whether you will experience brain fog or not. Your brain function gets a boost when you eat foods that are rich in Vitamin B-12. In other words, deficiency of vitamin B-12 triggers a brain fog.
If you are allergic to or are sensitive to certain foods, you may have brain fog after eating them. Potential culprits include:
Excluding these trigger foods can improve your symptoms.
If you have a brain fog while taking your medications, then you should see your doctor. Yes, some medications may cause brain fog as a side effect. Reducing your dosage or stopping the medication altogether may improve your symptoms. Your doctor may also advise that you switch to another drug with no side effect potentials.
Cancer survivors may also experience a brain fig after cancer treatments. Brain fog caused by cancer treatment is known as chemo brain.
6. Underlying medical conditions
Several medications may trigger brain fog. In most cases, these conditions are usually associated with fatigue, inflammation, or alterations in blood glucose levels. For instance, chronic fatigue syndrome may cause brain fog. Chronic fatigue syndrome involves consistent fatigue, which may last longer than 6 months.
For instance, fibromyalgia patients may experience daily episodes of fogginess. Other medical conditions that may trigger a brain fog include:
· Alzheimer’s disease
· Autoimmune conditions like arthritis, lupus, and multiple sclerosis
It is worth mentioning that any of the conditions listed above may not cause your brain fog. Sometimes, that feeling of fatigue or medical condition may be caused by a Foundational Shift. A person has a Foundational Shift when their upper cervical spine (top of the neck) shifts away from its normal position. A misalignment of this vital area may be due to aging, an injury, or stress due to constant lifting of heavy objects or poor posture.
A Foundational Shift can put a lot of pressure against your brain stem. Your brainstem enhances the transmission of signals (flow of communication) between your brain and the rest of your body. If this signal flow is obstructed, parts of your body will be dysfunctional as it no longer receives proper signals from your brain.
Also, without proper signal transmission, your body’s natural repairing and healing abilities are compromised, thus increasing your risk for various health conditions. It is also worth mentioning that the pressure put against your brainstem also affects your brain health. In some cases, the pressure may lead to a decrease in the amount of oxygen supplied to the brain resulting in inflammation to the surrounding nerves, headaches, migraines, foggy thinking, and/or depression.
Only specific corrections to the upper cervical spine performed by trained chiropractors who focus on this unique form of chiropractic can be done. Generalized manipulation simply for mobilization and temporary reduction in pain is not going to fix the primary condition that may be causing your brain fog complaint.
At our office, Foundation Chiropractic, we analyze and specifically correct your spine to ensure that your upper cervical area is properly aligned. When your upper cervical is in its normal position, your brain stem stays healthy, and your body will be able to carry out its natural functions optimally.
Foundational Correction using upper cervical chiropractic is highly beneficial as a natural treatment option for brain fog. It relieves not only your symptom but also arrests the underlying cause.
People who have exercised and have healthy diets are still susceptible to brain fog. This may be due to seemingly unknown causes. But then, by consulting an upper cervical chiropractor, you’ll get to know the underlying cause of your upper cervical misalignment.
At Foundation Chiropractic, we will adjust your neck area slightly and gently. Note that these aren’t bone-cracking adjustments. Neither are they rough as what applies in other techniques. Instead, they are safe and delicate.
After a correction has been done, your brain stem will be relieved of the pressure, and proper communication between your brain stem and the rest of your body is restored. This triggers immediate healing processes.
Now, depending on how severe your misalignment was, more adjustments may be made for your brain fog until your body is wholly repaired. However, in many cases, patients do feel relief after just a single adjustment. Why is this so? The answer is simple. Correcting the upper cervical spine back to normal improves the health of your brain stem and promotes your body’s natural functions.
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