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What is brain fog? – Four common causes

Updated: Oct 9, 2019

Do you feel sluggish during the day? Your morning coffee fix didn't do the trick and by midday, you feel your mind wandering as you struggle to get through work. You might be experiencing brain fog, aka mental fatigue.


Brain fog affects our cognitive processes of thinking, understanding, and remembering, and can make you feel as if your brain is not functioning properly. It's more than just a dip in energy - forgetfulness, poor memory, a struggle focusing, are all characteristics of brain fog.


Brain fog can be caused by several factors. The good news is that in most cases it is not permanent, and can be overcome by making some lifestyle changes. Below we've listed some of the main causes of mental fatigue.


Lack of sleep

Sleep deprivation can have a profound impact on your overall mental performance. Getting a good night's rest is one of the assured ways to cure brain fog. Optimal rest (which is 7-8 hours per night for most people) plays a key role in cognitive function. If you find yourself sleeping more hours regularly, then it's recommended you speak to a doctor, as this can be a sign of something more serious.


We recommend adding supplements like Sporton's Calcitone, Omegatone, and Magnetone D to your diet. These supplements are loaded with the right ingredients to help calm your system and prepare for a solid night's sleep.


Lack of exercise

Naturally, if you are feeling tired, the last thing you want to do is go for a jog around the block. However, a healthy dose of exercise might just be the jolt your system needs to reboot. An active walk or a calming yoga session can do the trick. Exercise can stimulate the release of chemicals in the brain that will help you feel good and energised.


Our favourite Sportron products to add to any exercise routine is the range of juices - Aloe Vera, Ultravine, and Energizer:


  • Aloe Vera is a unique plant that contains vitamins, minerals, amino acids, enzymes, and fatty acids.

  • Ultravine contains a combination of super antioxidants including those found in red grapes.

  • The Energizer drink restores and rehydrates. It is also suitable for diabetics.


Poor diet

You need to add some healthy brain food to your diet. The link between your brain and gut might just be the cause of your brain fog.


Avoid junk food, processed foods, and sugar completely. Opt for healthy protein foods that help build and support neurotransmitters. Salmon, walnuts and pecans, avocado, extra virgin olive oil, and coconut oil contain brain-boosting omega-3 fatty acids that our brains rely on to build brain cells and process information.


Sportron also offers an omega-3 supplement called Omegatone. Omega-3 fatty acids are essential fatty acids that must be obtained either from food or nutritional supplements. We also love Sportron's Ultragard, like all of Sportron's products, it is a FoodState® supplement that the body recognises as food, making it easier for the body to absorb and send to the areas in your system that lack in certain vitamins and minerals. Ultragard contains all the goodness we get from our green and yellow vegetables.


Stress

Stressful situations release cortisol, and cortisol levels subside when the situation passes. If stressed 24/7, hormones continually flow throughout the body, making it difficult to calm down and think clearly. It’s no surprise that some of the symptoms of high cortisol levels mirror the symptoms of brain fog, such as:

  • Having a hard time falling asleep

  • Inability to focus

  • Constantly craving junk food


Sportron's Neurotron with its combination of B-complex vitamins can help you during stressful times. Neurotron has been developed as a dietary supplement to assist the entire nervous system.


We can't always avoid mental and physical fatigue but we can learn how to better equip ourselves for tough times. Learn ways to handle stress and put motivation back in your day!


Drop us a message via our contact us form should you be interested or have questions about any of the products mentioned above.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this communication is not to be construed as medical advice. Consult a professional on any medical or psychological concerns. The articles and blogs are posted only as opinion or ideas, and are general in nature. The administrator takes no responsibility for any action or outcome a reader may make as a result of reading a post.

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