Multiple Sclerosis patients often feel foggy. Ever wondered what is Brain Fog, and what connection does it has with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)?
If you are an MS patient, remember the time when you felt you couldn’t concentrate, couldn’t remember important things, had a heavy head or had a lot of confusion in your mind? This is called brain fog or mental fatigue. Let us tell you that you are not alone in going through that experience!
Brain Fog is a common phenomenon in patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). You must address it and get rid of the factors which cause it; otherwise, you’re going to face personal and/or professional problems.
Brain Fog can steal happiness, motivation and peace from your life. Many factors are responsible for it.
In MS patients, lesions or inflammations in the brain are the main culprits for that experience. So, if MS patients observe any of the following symptoms, then there is inflammation in their brains.
- Trouble sleeping through the night or insomnia
- Forgetfulness And Memory Problems,
- Low Motivation,
- Trouble Concentrating,
- Mildly Depressed,
- Feeling Hopeless,
- Feeling confused,
- Difficulty Exercising,
- Slow Processing of information,
- Unable to focus,
- Poor memory, and
- Stuttering or stammering when speaking,
The primary cause of brain fog in MS patients is those we stated above. We now discuss the external factors trigger Brain Fog.
Following external factors participate in causing brain fog in MS patients:
- Stress and fatigue,
- Poor diet,
- Poor blood circulation. and
- Lack of sleep,
Stress is more powerful than you think it is. Everyday stress does not cause Brain Fog, but severe stress develops it. Stress also results in fatigue which is another cause of the condition.
Whenever you experience brain fog, the first thing to notice should always be your diet. What did you eat which caused that feeling? How much sugar did you take? Maintained blood sugar is very important for your brain’s health. Make sure that you eat less:
Foods which suck up water in you:
Many dairy products including bakery-made biscuits and wafers dehydrate. Keep a jug of water with you if you eat some.
These include foods, such as frozen foods and other FMCG products. You may wonder, why processed foods? Processed foods contain an ingredient called monosodium glutamate (MSG), neurotoxins which cause Brain Fog. The ingredient is usually not written as an ingredient, but you can guess the food may contain MSG. Just keep this rule in mind; the saltier a food is the more chances that it contains MSG.
Foods with high sugar amount:
These include, but are not limited to, carbonated drinks (especially, diet drinks). Diet drinks contain artificial sweeteners, Aspartame. High sugar in carbonated drinks disturbs blood-sugar. Your pancreas works more to produce insulin for that increased sugar.
This disease makes MS more difficult and the patients susceptible to Brain Fog. MS patients need energy in their brain. Glucose is the primary source of energy for the brain.
Fluctuation in the glucose level results in short-term mental fatigue.
The brain needs water to function. It is the basic substance which composes brain.
Taking in and accumulating sugar can only help get low-grade infections, such as Candida yeast or bacterial overgrowth in the gut. In addition, these low-grade infections increase the rate of release of pro-inflammatory messages.
Poor blood circulation:
Poor blood circulation in your brain may cause brain fog. Daily massage your head with your fingers and with almond oil.
Lack of Sleep:
Everyone needs a good night’s sleep. Resting at night is important for the brain to recover its health and functions.
Sleep irregularity can welcome emotional and mental stress, And stress causes heavy head and foggy brain.
Prevention & Cure:
We also advise to not skip meals. The primary cause of foggy brain is the problem with food. Take food rich in Omega 3, 6 and9 fatty acids, complex B vitamins and magnesium.
Include fishes in your diet. Fishes have Omega 3 fatty acid in them. You can also intake Omega 3 supplements such as Seven Seas which is rich in Omega 3 fatty acids.
They are killers. Soft-drinks have a lot of sugar, and diet carbonated beverages have artificial sugar, aspartame. The increased sugar may result in a disease which itself causes Brain Fog, diabetes.
Smoking is injurious to health!
This phrase is not a cliché but it has a lot of meanings. Along with many other negative effects, smoking produces free radicals in your body. Free radicals can cause brain fog and poor metal health.
We have discussed this along with some tips to do so in an earlier post. Don’t forget to check that out. In brief, work on your breathing, take deep breaths, practice meditation, and try to be as relaxed as possible.
Take Lot of zZZ:
Humans need 7-9 hours of uninterrupted sleep. Make sure that you take good-night-sleep and have a little nap too.
As a permanent patient with Multiple Sclerosis, you have responsibly of your health. Remember that a healthy brain results in a healthy body.