What is the Treatment for Brain Fog and Fatigue?
In order to find the right treatment for brain fog and fatigue, you must first discover the root cause. Brain fog and fatigue are merely symptoms, not a disorder in and of themselves, and to fully resolve symptoms you must treat their underlying cause. There is a wide variety of conditions that can cause brain fog and fatigue, such as menopause, adrenal fatigue, depression and thyroid disease. Brain fog and fatigue can also be caused by certain lifestyle conditions, such as stress, poor diet and lack of sleep. With so many variables, treating brain fog and fatigue requires a personalized approach and thorough medical overview.
What is Brain Fog and Fatigue?
Brain fog is a type of cognitive dysfunction characterized by feelings of forgetfulness and confusion, lack of focus, poor mental clarity and trouble concentrating on tasks. It can also cause drowsiness, disordered thinking, decreased productivity, impaired decision-making and difficulty communicating (struggling to find the right words).
Fatigue is more than simply feeling drowsy or sleepy; it is an overall feeling of tiredness or lack of energy. When you’re fatigued, you have no motivation or energy and find yourself unable to function at work or at home.
Treatment for Brain Fog and Fatigue
To determine the root cause of your brain fog and fatigue, your doctor will evaluate all the symptoms you’ve been experiencing along with lifestyle behaviors and any bloodwork or diagnostic tests they run. If your brain fog and fatigue are a side effect of a medical condition, your doctor will begin a treatment plan to correct or control that condition. (For example, bioidentical hormones can be used to lessen the symptoms of menopause and treat certain thyroid disorders.) If your brain fog and fatigue are being caused by lifestyle conditions, your doctor will provide you with a personalized treatment plan to help restore your optimal health.
Treatment for brain fog and fatigue includes certain guidance that benefits anyone experiencing these symptoms, no matter their cause or how long the symptoms have been occuring. Changing certain lifestyle factors can have a positive impact on both your brain health and how well rested you are.
Reduce stress – Stress is at the root of many mental and physical disorders, including brain fog and fatigue, because it puts strain on the brain and depletes energy levels. Find ways to reduce your stress and also engage in stress-relieving activities, such as painting, knitting, meditating, yoga, biking or swimming.
Get moving – While it may seem counterintuitive when you feel exhausted, regular low-to-moderate exercise (at least 30 minutes 3-4 times a week) actually gives you more energy. That is because exercise – and the accompanying increase in blood flow – carries more oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, improving their ability to produce energy.
Practice good sleep hygiene – Sleep hygiene is a collection of habits that help you fall asleep more easily and sleep more deeply. Good sleep habits support your body’s natural circadian rhythm and help you get more restful sleep. These include things like going to bed and getting up at the same time every day; turning off electronic devices an hour before bed; limiting caffeine intake; and getting plenty of natural light during the day.
Eat nutritious foods that promote brain health – What we eat has a direct impact on brain health. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential to brain health, complex carbohydrates break down into glucose (the brain’s main source of fuel), and protein helps balance blood sugar and ensure a steady supply of glucose to the brain. Brain-boosting foods include wild salmon, walnuts, avocados, blueberries and eggs.
Treat Your Brain Fog and Fatigue at Anchor Wellness Center
To discover what’s causing your brain fog and fatigue, call Anchor Wellness Center today – (832) 246-8437 – and schedule a consultation with Dr. Minni Malhotra, MD, FAARM, ABAARM. Board Certified in Family Medicine as well as Board Certified with the American Board of Anti-Aging and Regenerative Medicine, Dr. Malhotra will help you recover from brain fog and fatigue no matter the root cause.