Do you feel moody, distracted, fatigued and off-center? If so, you may be dealing with mental fog and anxiety. Many researchers believe that mental fog is the result of today's industrialized, fast-paced, technology driven lifestyle. Because of our business, many of us reach for pre-packed convenience foods, processed foods and fast foods rather than wholesome organic foods.
This type of lifestyle has led to a number of nutritional deficiencies, unrelenting stress, increased sugar intake and lack of sleep. The brain requires a certain amount of amino acids, glucose, vitamins, minerals and fatty acids to function properly. During sleep, your body, including your brain, heals itself. Cellular damage is repaired and new synaptic connections are formed.
[b]The symptoms of anxiety[/b]
Anxiety and mental fog typically go hand in hand. When stress becomes too great or chronic, you may experience a host of issues. The Mayo Clinic reports that there are several types of anxiety disorders, including panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, separation anxiety and phobias. The symptomsof anxiety include:
• Avoiding or fearing things that may trigger your anxiety
• Concentration problems which include brain fog, forgetfulness or memory loss
• Fatigue that is not relieved by rest
• Feelings of impending doom, panic or danger
• Gastrointestinal disturbances like irritable bowel syndrome, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and constipation
• Headaches, including tension headaches and migraines
• Hyperventilation which means breathing rapidly
• Increased heart rate
• Insomnia that is the inability to get to sleep or frequent waking throughout the night
[b]Causes of anxiety disorder and mental fog[/b]
According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, more than 40 million Americans suffer from an [url=https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fadaa.org%2Funderstanding-anxiety&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNGOzS_b4GE-uPkhtjTvRtSLfuzjiQ]anxiety disorder[/url] . Unfortunately, only one-third of sufferers seek treatment. Anxiety disorders are real and can lead to a number of health issues. These disorders can be due to biological changes, genetics, brain chemistry, life events or personality types.
The causes of an anxiety disorder or mental fog are not always known. However, traumatic events, illnesses and everyday chronic stress can lead to it. Those who have experienced a traumatic event like a sudden death, an assault or abuse or who are suffering from an illness like cancer, chronic pain, drug abuse, respiratory issues, thyroid problems, diabetes or cardiovascular disease are at an increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder. Stress that has built up over time due to a stressful job, relationship problems or financial difficulties can also increase your risk of experiencing anxiety. Finally, those with certain personality types, those with other mental health disorder, those who abuse drug or alcohol or those with blood relatives with an anxiety disorder are at an increased risk of developing an anxiety disorder and mental fog.
[b]Overcoming mental fog and anxiety[/b]
When you are stressed, the body releases stress hormones, which can cause hormonal imbalances in the brain and brain inflammation. Eating an anti-inflammatory diet is the first step to overcoming anxiety and improving mental fog. An anti-inflammatory diet will cut out packaged and processed foods which are loaded with harmful ingredients like preservatives and artificial sweeteners. Switching these items out for all-natural whole foods like fresh fruits and vegetables, lean proteins, healthy fats and whole grains will help to boost focus, improve your memory and decrease anxiety by supplying the brain with the nutrients it needs.
[url=https://www.google.com/url?q=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.vitaliving.com%2Fcalm-cp-neuroscience&sa=D&sntz=1&usg=AFQjCNF8Rjhnf8H03TRoSvSDxbiCG_EkuA]Reduce stress[/url] by taking a nutrient-rich supplement filled with ingredients to help support a healthy stress response by managing cortisol levels and encouraging sleep. In addition to this, take the time to enjoy the things in life that you love, including spending time with friends and family members, exercising and hobbies. Stress relieving strategies can also include praying, journaling, meditation, deep breathing exercises and yoga. Each of these activities helps you to focus internally and calm your spirit.
Get plenty of sleep. When you suffer from insomnia, your cortisol levels will become elevated, you experience brain fog and your stress levels will increase. Following good sleep hygiene that includes going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time every day, establishing a bedtime routine that includes turning off electronics an hour before bedtime, turning down the temperature in your bedroom and avoiding caffeine after 6 pm can help you overcome your insomnia and decrease your anxiety and mental fog.
Fortunately, mental fog is typically a reparable condition. If you are ready to regain your focus, begin enjoying life once again and be clear-headed, learn how to reduce your stress, eat a healthy diet filled with whole foods, get ample amounts of sleep and take a powerful supplement to ensure your body and brain is getting the nutrients that it needs to function properly.
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