Last week I was in my favourite place on earth, Chapters, and I came across a book that brought back not-so-pleasant memories of where I was just a few short years ago. It's called "The Brain Fog Fix" and the tag-line says "Reclaim your focus, memory, and joy in just 3 weeks." I am happy to say that my brain is no longer foggy due to some important changes I've made over time, but I was curious to see what Dr. Mike Dow had to say, so I bought it.
Reading through the first part, which focuses on what your brain needs, and what fogs it up, he talks about some of the changes I have made that have really helped me both mentally and physically:
- limiting processed white flour (I've gone gluten-free)
- limiting sugar (which I've done and also what sugar I use is organic)
- limiting inflammatory foods (i.e. processed foods, artificial ingredients, preservatives)
- buying only organic meats (including eggs), fruit and vegetables, and dairy products
- eating sprouted, flourless bread (I buy "Ezekiel" bread, found in the freezer of the organic section at my regular grocery store - it's delicious)
- increasing intake of Omega-3 (salmon is great and should be wild, not farmed; I also take a supplement)
- choosing foods that are non-GMO (Genetically Modified Organisms)
- using a filter for tap water (I actual buy reverse-osmosis water and replace the electrolytes and minerals)
- using cast-iron, stainless steel or ceramic cookware rather than chemical-laden non-stick pans
- using environmentally-friendly, non-toxic cleaners for everything
He has some other suggestions too, however, that I plan to try.
- cutting down on "blue light" from excess time with computer, TV and phone screens
- eating more vegetables, fruit, fish and beans
- using cinnamon (suggestion: sprinkle it in coffee instead of sugar)
- using olive oil as much as possible, in cooking and as a natural salad dressing (good quality olive oil + nice vinegar + lemon = yummy!)
- eating vegetables raw or slightly cooked
- whole, organic milk is high in Omega-3 (helps with vitamin D consumption)
- Folate (a B-vitamin) - from spinach, Brussels sprouts, romain, asparagus, broccoli, lentils
- Vitamin B12 - from organic fish and eggs
- Vitamin D - from salmon, fruit and vegetables, and the sun!!
Some good news? Unsweetened coffee or tea is actually good for you! It gets bad when you add all the sugar and non-organic dairy to it, and artificial sweeteners are really bad for you! I buy a delicious fair-trade organic coffee bean at my regular grocery store called "Kicking Horse Coffee", that comes in different flavours (the one I currently have is called "Smart Ass").
"The Brain Fog Fix" then talks about lifestyle readjustments that make your life more joyful and rewarding. I found the book extremely informative and easy to read, as it explains the role of food and the reasons why these things are essential to good brain health. Knowing how certain foods are going to affect me physically makes it easier to "Just Say No" and to make good choices. That doesn't mean I don't sometimes buy the oat fudge bar at Starbucks, but I'm human too! A recommended read for anyone feeling unfocused and looking for a way out of the fog and into the sun.
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