Do You Have BRAIN FOG As a Vegan?
Brain fog may be a really frustrating condition. And many vegans, who face this condition, are quick to blame the lack of animal products as a cause. But is it true? Do we really have to pay this price for being compassionate and considerate of our fellow Earthlings?
What is brain fog, or mental fog? You know you have it, if:
- You feel like you get often confused
- It’s hard for you to remember things
- You struggle with learning
- You have fuzzy thoughts or conversations
Brain fog is not an exclusively vegan issue. Lots of factors can cause brain fog – or feeling lost, lowered mental capacity, inability to focus, etc. Among these are:
- side-effects of some medicines
- anxiety or depression
- lack of sleep
- some diseases, like multiple sclerosis
Brain fog may also be a sign that your body is lacking some nutrients in your diet, like iron, magnesium, and vitamin B12, and a disbalance in fatty acids (omega 3-6-9). In such cases, the below tips may help eliminate this unpleasant symptom.
These tips May Help Eliminate Brain Fog
Supplement B12 – lack of this vitamin often causes brain fog, as B12 is very important for neurological function. B12 deficiency can lead to even more serious trouble than brain fog, that’s why vegans are advised to supplement it. Learn more about vitamin B12 and supplementation in this article.
Increase Omega-3 – it’s the base of your brain health. To do that, add more chia seeds, flax seeds, and walnuts to your diet. You may also choose to supplement with omega-3 from algae.
Wait for 1h after meals to drink coffee/tea/red wine – these will lower the amount of iron you body can absorb. And iron is crucial for transporting oxygen to your brain. Not enough oxygen = no mental clarity.
Eat your beans and whole grains – these are important sources of fiber, iron, and magnesium, among many other beneficial nutrients.
Drink more water – brain fog may be caused by dehydration. And it is as easy to lift as by drinking more water.
The above may help if you have a light, temporary mental fog. Still, make sure to turn to a physician to get a personal treatment plan and exclude changes of potential diseases.
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