Brain fog is a term people use to describe that “fuzzy feeling” and not being able to process information, remember things, or recall information like they used to. Not only is this a frustrating feeling, but it can also indicate that something else may be going on, and a sign that your adrenals may need a little extra support.
Brain Fog & The Adrenal Fatigue Connection
The connection between adrenals fatigue and brain fog often goes overlooked, but it often has to do with the stress hormone cortisol that’s produced by your adrenal glands. The brain-adrenal (HPA axis) controls how much cortisol is secreted, and when there is an imbalance present with the communication between your brain and your adrenals, this can lead to adrenal fatigue, and brain fog is the result of this imbalanced communication. (1)
What Can You Do?
So, what can you do about it? If you have been walking around with brain fog for as long as you can remember, the first step is to check in with your primary care doctor to rule out and other potential causes.
But, there are also a handful of natural steps you can take to try to clear that foggy thinking that has been weighing you down.
- Try Adaptogens: Adaptogenic herbs are incredibly helpful for supporting the adrenal glands and may help combat brain fog. Adaptogens can help restore balance among different systems in the body and can help balance cortisol levels. Our Yinergy and Vigor blends contain potent, therapeutic doses of the most powerful adaptogenic herbs to support the adrenals and help you feel your best. So, if you want to take your life back, gain energy, and reduce that fuzzy thinking, consider trying adaptogens.
- Reduce Stress: Stress reduction is also key when it comes to supporting the adrenals, and thus reducing brain fog. Try incorporating daily stress reduction into your life through exercise, meditation, yoga, and doing things that make you happy.
- Get Enough Sleep: Not getting enough sleep can certainly make it difficult for us to stay on top of our day to day tasks, but it can also do a number on our stress hormones, and how much the body secretes. A lack of sleep can also negatively impact the brain by decreasing the amount of glutathione (the body’s most potent antioxidant) found in the hypothalamus. (2)
- Up Your Vitamin D: So many of us aren’t getting enough vitamin D, and especially during the months where we may not be getting outside as much. Vitamin D deficiencies have also been linked to things like brain fog and poor memory, so consider adding a vitamin D supplement to your current supplement routine. (3)
If you are suffering from brain fog, it’s important to take your adrenal health into consideration. Consider making these lifestyle changes to boost adrenal health and support better overall health. With just a few small changes, you may find that you are able to think more clearly and focus on the things that matter without that brain fog that’s been following you around for as long as you can remember.