Brain fog is a sign of inflammation.
Brain fog describes the feeling of living in a hazy reality, where you feel disoriented, scattered, and dull.
Signs of brain fog include trouble concentrating and forgetfulness. Recurring brain fog may leave you:
- Feeling groggy or confused
- Unable to focus
- With a poor memory
- Stuttering or stammering when speaking
- Processing information slowly
WHAT CAUSES BRAIN FOG?
Brain fog can be a common occurrence and a sign of inflammation in the body. You may experience symptoms like confusion, poor memory, difficulty processing information, and an inability to focus.
Datis Kharrazian, bestselling author and a leading expert on autoimmune diseases, recently published a book about the brain called Why Isn’t My Brain Working? He explains that brain fog doesn’t just involve the brain. (1)
Brain fog is a sign of leaky brain or brain on fire. In other words, brain fog is a sign of inflammation.
Inflammation in the brain causes neurons to fire more slowly, slowing down mental acuity, recall, and reflexes. Sluggish neurons also shut down the production of energy in the cells. This means that cells fatigue easily, and you may lose your ability to focus for long periods of time.
Dr. Kharrazian explains that the immune system in the brain is composed of cells called microglia. Microglia “turn on” and release inflammatory messages when:
- There is head trauma.
- Your blood sugar is unregulated, such as diabetes or insulin resistance.
- There is poor blood circulation to the brain.
- There is inflammation outside the brain, such as an inflamed gut.
- You have a marked sensitivity to environmental pollutants, perfumes, and chemicals.
The bad news is that once microglia are activated, they feed inflammatory messages to the brain for their entire lifespan. They are like dominos—once one is activated, a string of microglia “turn on.” This can create a vicious cycle of brain fog that not only muddies your thoughts but can also destroy brain tissue.
In order to alleviate persistent brain fog, it’s crucial to take broad steps to control overall inflammation. While your whole body will benefit from less inflammation, you will also find that you may boost your energy, clarity, and motivation.
Whole body cryotherapy has been shown to decrease systemic inflammation, including inflammation in the brain and gut. Inflammation in the brain has been linked to Alzheimer’s, Autism, and dementia. GI tract inflammation is linked to Crohn’s Disease, colitis, allergies and many other chronic health conditions. Cryotherapy triggers the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines that cross the blood-brain barrier and interact with the GI tract; all without the use of pharmaceuticals or invasive techniques.
If you are experience any symptoms of cognitive or mental aging, dementia or other forms of brain fog, please visit us at Chill Cryotherapy in Westfield, New Jersey. We offer both whole body and local cryotherapy services and we have seen incredible mental and cognitive benefits in our clients!!