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Brain Fog and Stress Management

Have you ever experienced brain fog? Or maybe felt like your day was moving faster than you were? You're not alone! Myself and many others have also experienced it. But here's how to prevent it from happening again:

Here are three key habits you can do to eliminate brain fog and take control of your day.

1: Drink Water - About half your weight in ounces

  • Dehydration causes the brain to lose full functionality

    • Signs you may be dehydrated: Headache, lack of focus, fatigue, cramping, and early muscle fatigue

  • Drinking adequate water prevents anxiety and depression

    • If you are dehydrated, stress hormone cortisol increases. This hormone increases chance of anxiety, depression, and other mental disorders.

2: Practice Breathing Exercises/Meditation and Exercise Regularly

  • Meditation can reduce anxiety, depression, and increase recovery

    • After meditating your stress levels are lower which helps your brain send signals to your muscles to relax as well. So, meditating after workouts or at the end of the day can increase results!

  • Nose breathing decreases chance of sickness and insomnia

    • One of your nasal pathway's main jobs is to filter air as it comes into the body. Your mouth's main job is to start digestion. When air comes through your nose instead of your mouth it filters bacteria and other harmful contaminants.

    • During nasal breathing, your nose releases nitric oxide (NO). NO is a vasodilator, which means it helps to widen blood vessels. This can help improve oxygen circulation in your body.Regular exercise stimulates the brain and helps train your body and brain on how to manage stress

3: Eat A Balanced Diet

  • Nutritional deficiency can be a cause of brain fog

    • Eating too many unsaturated fats can poorly effect your brain

    • A diet without essential vitamins and micronutrients can induce or prolong brain fog

  • Keeping a balanced diet with enough vitamins and macro-nutrients reduces anxiety and depression, increases energy, and improves overall brain function

Adding these three essential habits to your weekly routine can eliminate brain fog and increase your energy. As a personal trainer I've seen many members of our community struggle with brain fog and lack of energy (myself included). I have found that changing my routine to prioritize these habits has positively impacted my overall mental and physical health. I encourage you to do the same, even if you start with just one of these habits. One bad habit changed into a good one can make a huge difference in the course of your life.


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