Brain Fog Is Much More Common Than You Might Think
Hearing the term "brain fog", one would probably assume that it stems from one's forgetfulness or playful explanation of why you can't remember things or serve as the reason why many of us have stood in a room, having a blank stare, not remembering why we came into the room in the first place.
If you have ever had those bouts of feeling like you lacked mental clarity, couldn't focus your attention on a task at hand, lacking concentration, or simply a general sense of just feeling not completely dialed into your own life, you could probably be classified as having a case of “Brain fog”.
Now with brain fog, most symptoms are "normal" when done with medical tests per se, but it is one of those conditions where people have many of the uncomfortable symptoms mentioned earlier yet the medical field can't label it. Just imagine if you are having trouble thinking of words on the tip of your tongue, feeling as if you're performing tasks in a haze, or even taking longer to do certain tasks are not, and then hearing the doctor tell you that nothing is wrong with you. What's up with that?
We should note that using the term brain fog doesn't mean the same thing as brain impairment or dementia, and there are no studies that says feeling of brain fog lead to cognitive diseases. But there are other reasons you may be feeling that way, and it has to do more with foods than it does aging.
Intermittent Fasting Can Improve Digestion
I like to intermittent fast and eat only fruits on Sundays. The weekends for me in general, are a bit different than the rest of the week. Why? Because I like to think that it's a day to start over... a new week to cleanse my body and start fresh... a fast of sorts. I have a few routines I do that I purposefully done on this day: I have my own teeth cleaning kit, I wash my hair, and from a eating and digestion standpoint, I really focus on only eating fruits up till around 6 in the evening. I shop in the mornings, buy organic fruits when possible, and if the rinds can be eaten, I do that as well. So what is the purpose?⠀
The first reason is to give my digestion a bit of a break; it's a fasting of sorts. But the other reason is because I truly love fruit and realize that, from an enjoyment standpoint, I could eat it everyday. The bountiful harvest I picked up from the store in the mornings or from the farmers market the day before is one of beauty, colorful fruits filling the rainbow. But there is another reason.⠀
It's one of the few foods that can regenerate itself via the seed and from a philosophical standpoint, I like to look at it differently than other foods we eat. Most people eat foods hastily, are impatient and are not very mindful of what they put into their mouths. But on a Sunday, with colorful fruits, I try to focus (and for me it is very hard) on taking this bounty and starting something anew for the week. It can be a new friendship, or a new idea, or a new habit. Can be ANYTHING.. just new. So how do I represent that with fruits? Every week, I'll randomly take a few of the seeds I grab and plant them in paper cups. Many (and I mean many) times, I have failed, but there are a few that have sprouted and grown: an avocado, a pear, a lemon... ⠀
So next time you grab a piece of fruit. Look at the seeds, and rather than chunking it in the trash, take a few seconds and think about a new life it could bring. Just like fasting, you are hitting the reset button. When you combine a fruit seed and your own fasting schedule, you can look at it as starting something new today, friends.
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Jared Toay is a master fermenter who has a passion for making fermented foods, probiotic drinks, probiotic-filled foods, and gut-healthy snacks. If you want a list of his 73 fermented foods recipe to include in your own family's diet, you can download it free by clicking here: http://bit.ly/73Ferments
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