At what age is Brain Fog considered Normal?

Losing your memory or developing brain fog at any age is not mandatory.  Unfortunately, it is a common occurrence.  It is too common and is manifesting at earlier ages.  

Our genes and our brain are plastic however, in that we can mold their outcome through our lifestyles for good or bad.  Our diets are very important.  Eating less, or calorie restriction, is one of the best ways to keep young longer in all parts of the body.  We need fresh foods, with lots of green and yellow vegetables, fiber and nutrient rich protein and complex carbohydrates.  Restricting calories helps control the proper weight and decreases the risk for heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and stroke.  Restricting calories triggers the increased production of nerve growth factors, which are also beneficial to the brain. If you are at the optimal weight, then you have figured out the right amount of calories for you.  If you are overweight or gaining weight, you need to re-evaluate the quality and quantity of your dietary intake. The average fifty-year-old woman needs 1,800 a day to maintain her weight, and the average fifty-year-old man needs 2,200 calories a day.

Too much sugar, hydrogenated oils, heavy metals, toxic halogens and accumulation of any toxins have a severe negative effect on all of our cells and especially the brain.  Chronic stress of any kind and all types of stress add together to cause brain and body dysfunction.

Our sleep habits, too much alcohol and drugs contribute to our brain's early deterioration as well.  Most people accept a decline in cognitive functioning as normal aging. But this doesn't have to be the case. Make sure you get plenty of filtered water every day.  Having a filter on your drinking water taps at home and only drinking from phthalate and BPA-free water bottles is best. Proper hydration is a very important rule of good nutrition and detoxification. Even slight dehydration increases the body's stress hormones. Over time, increased levels of stress hormones are associated with memory problems and obesity.

The best antioxidant fruits and vegetables, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, include prunes, raisins, blueberries, blackberries, cranberries, strawberries, spinach, raspberries, Brussels sprouts, plums, broccoli, beets, avocados, oranges, red grapes, red bell peppers, cherries, and kiwis.

In considering the composition of the brain, by weight the brain is 60 per cent fat.  We need good and not bad fats like hydrogenated oils. The one hundred billion nerve cells in your brain need essential fatty acids to function. For health's sake we especially need omega-3 fatty acids, which are found in salmon, tuna, mackerel, avocados, walnuts, and green leafy vegetables. The two most-studied omega-3 fatty acids are eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). DHA makes up a large portion of the grey matter of the brain. The fat in your brain forms cell membranes and plays a vital role in how your cells function. Neurons are also rich in omega-3 fatty acids. EPA improves blood flow, which boosts overall brain function. Low levels of omega-3 fatty acids have been associated with depression, anxiety, obesity, ADHD, suicide, and an increased risk for Alzheimer's disease and dementia. You can see why fish oil has become an important addition to our diet.  Evidence indicates that fish oil helps to ease symptoms of depression. One twenty-year study involving 3,317 men and women found that people with the highest consumption of EPA and DHA are less likely to have symptoms of depression.

Aerobic exercise, balance and vibration exercise/activities, and resistance training have all been found to benefit the brain.  Vitamin D is noted for building bones and supporting the immune system. It is also an essential vitamin/hormone for brain health, mood, memory, depression and your weight. The brain has Vitamin D receptors throughout.  


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