Stop worrying about remembering names, feeling overwhelmed by information overload or walking into a room and forgetting why. Neuroscientists say that’s just normal by age 50 or so. To help clear your brain fog, try this three-pronged approach:
Stress reduction: With the pace of life accelerating every day, increased stress can take a toll on our health, especially our brain and heart health. Why? Stress produces a hormone called cortisol, which can contribute to diabetes, heart disease and depression, all risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease.
My favorite stress reducer is meditation. It takes as little as five minutes, and can be practiced almost anywhere. Just sit in a relaxed position and clear your mind. Focusing on a sound or the rhythm of your breathing can help keep you focused inward.
Exercise: In addition to helping clear brain fog, exercise can help prevent Alzheimer’s by stimulating neuron connections and increasing the supply of oxygen to the brain. Researchers are also finding that exercise even helps brain cells grow and multiply, no matter what your age. Pick your favorite exercise, as it’s the one you’re most likely to stick to. Even a 20-minute stroll around the block can help.
Eating well: Add antioxidants and brain-friendly foods, like cold-water fish to support brain health and reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s. Antioxidant-rich foods include cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower and leafy green vegetables like spinach and lettuce. Berries are also loaded with antioxidants. Try adding blueberries, strawberries and raspberries to a smoothie or atop yoghurt for an antioxidant boost.
In addition to adding healthy foods to your everyday diet, cut the junk food ! Read labels on processed foods and try to eliminate trans fats, saturated fats and high fructose corn syrup from your diet.
You’ll find an in-depth guide to banishing brain fog from your life in my new book, Keys to Alzheimer’s Prevention. It explains an easy-to-follow plan to prevent memory loss and dementia. Once you learn how to prevent Alzheimer’s, you can focus on enjoying your new, longer and healthier life to the fullest.