Why do I have brain fog?

Going through life with brain fog can be immensely difficult. It is a thief, and it steals away your motivation, your ability to think logically and rationally. It creates anxiety and depression and eradicates happiness and mental stimulation. Fatigue, irritability, inability to concentrate, lack of motivation, anxiety, and insomnia are all symptoms of brain fog. If you feel that you have these symptoms, you may find yourself asking:

Why do I have brain fog?

Before I go in-depth with the causes of brain fog, I’d like to tell you my story and experience with brain fog. I know all too well what these symptoms feel like. About two years ago I had a job in which I worked about 80 hours a week, 12 hour days. We also did rotate shifts, whenever I had 3 days off, I’d go from working 5am-5pm one week, and then work 5pm-5am the next week. The rotating shifts caused me to never find balance in my sleeping schedule, and as a result, I was always dozing off, never fully able to retain information.

I gained about 50lbs, and I truly just let myself go in the worst way I possibly could. At first, I did my best to continue to stay active, but I immediately noticed a decline in my stamina after about a month in this job I had. I become annoyed with everything and I felt as though I developed a bit of a temper as time passed. I turned to candy and pizza as my new diet. My depression and anxiety grew into me as if it was a manifestation of my will.

I was lucky enough to be able to resist becoming an alcoholic or turning to drugs, but for me at this time in my life, things like junk food were a huge drug to me. Many of the causes of brain fog are all things I have already explained in my short little story here, and now I shall proceed to give you the reasons of brain fog.

Amount Of Sleep:

Lack of sleep causes an increase in your cortisol. If your cortisol is too high, you will experience increased stress, and you will become irritated much easier. Having a lack of sleep is a vicious cycle because not getting enough sleep makes it even harder to get good sleep the next night. In a way, it’s a cycle that creates insomnia.

When well rested, everything comes more natural to you. Good sleep gives you more willpower and helps you manage your hunger and cravings (so you don’t accidentally eat an entire 41 oz bags of skittles in 30 minutes).

Diet:

Processed foods and unhealthy carbs/sugars are heavily responsible for causing brain fog. Food actually has a huge effect on how we think and act. I like to compare our bodies and brains to a car. In order to keep a car in mint condition, maintenance is required, such as oil changes, ensuring they have tire steering fluid, and overall doing occasional check-ups to ensure everything is in working order.

Our human bodies are the same; if we want to function at our highest capacities, we need to ensure that we are putting food that is at-least healthy for us, such as healthy meats like steak and chicken, fruits and vegetables.

Various drugs, alcohol, and medication side effects:
Also apart of how our diets affect our brain power, many drugs can have a huge yield of effect on increasing our brain fog, anxiety, depression, and lack of motivation. It is experienced while continuously going through using the drug, and the brain fog can increase after quitting due to going through withdrawal. Not all drugs are bad, and in fact, many have huge cognitive benefits (more talk about these kinds of drugs in the future). I think that it is very important to dose any drug properly (even the ones considered the safest and most nonaddictive).

Stress Management:

Negative stress, in my opinion, is generally a list of various distractions. These distractions raise our cortisol and cause brain fog. Life is, unfortunately, going to be full of stress, but if we don’t properly manage our stress, it will consume us. We can control stress by meditating, exercising, reading, being out and exploring nature, and most of all, doing something we love and are passionate about. Even just having fun has a considerably positive effect on stress, and keeping the brain fog at bay.

This may be unknown by many, but our stress increases by various amounts of technology. Computer screens and phones cause brain fog due to electromagnetic fields. You may want to consider being plugged into the internet less if you want to have the best brain health that you possibly can, but of course, that is a decision that is up to you.

Of course, traumatic events and tragic events cause a vast amount of brain fog. In this case, brain fog is actually used as a defense mechanism.

Ensuring we don’t have low Serotonin:

Serotonin, also known by its chemical name 5-Hydroxytryptamine is a compound that is in our blood. It sends messages to our nerve cells and is apart of our emotional well-being. Low serotonin creates the possibility for negative emotions to take over our lives. People with low serotonin levels are much more susceptible to anxiety and depression symptoms. While there is no concrete proof, evidence from various studies suggests that Serotonin has a heavy influence on our psychology as humans.

Good ways to keep your serotonin in check is to ensure you are getting regular exercise, as well as eating decently healthy.

Low Serotonin is believed to be related to having the following:

  • Troubles remembering things
  • Difficulty sleeping (possible insomnia)
  • Low Self-Esteem, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Feelings of anger and aggression.
  • Cravings for unhealthy beverages, candies, sweets, artificial sugars, and sugars.

Balance of Dopamine:

Dopamine is the neurochemicals within our brain that help us with our movement and speech. The main area of our brains that help us with movement and speech is called Substantia Nigra. Ventral Tegmental is the rewarding side of dopamine. It is the area of the brain that activates when we eat food that we love, listen to music we love, it is essentially the part of our brain that allows us to have joy in our life.

Dopamine also regulates our emotional responses to any and all situations. Eating a diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and meats is a sure fire way to keep your dopamine naturally high, and as a result, keep your brain fog low.

What happens when we alter our dopamine in unnatural ways:

Time to get a bit controversial. I should forewarn you that I am about to get a bit personal, and some of the content I am about to provide will be a bit uncomfortable to read as it is about how drugs impact our dopamine, as well as how porn and masturbation impact our dopamine and brain.

Various amphetamine drugs cause the buildup of dopamine, and while you may think that increased dopamine is a good thing, it isn’t always a good thing, especially if addiction factors come with higher dopamine levels. When we use amphetamines, we lose our sense of self-control. We may feel a sense of clarity at first, as well as energy, maybe even motivation, but its unnatural, and we become attached to it in order to keep up this sense of higher being.

These “fun drugs” like meth, cocaine, they do not healthily alter our dopamine. They make us irrational, deplete our ability of self-control, and overall make us feel like we would do anything just to achieve some sense of instant gratification.

So basically if you are continually doing things that trigger an overabundance of dopamine into your brain, you will essentially build a tolerance to dopamine, which is a pretty bad thing to do because dopamine is a necessity to your mind. The receptors will die off and become unresponsive. The world has endless pleasures, but it is essential to know which pleasures are too dangerous to indulge in, and which pleasures are best used responsibly.

Porn also has a very unhealthy effect on dopamine. Outside of the already horrible effects it has, such as creating erectile dysfunction during real sex, it also alters dopamine negatively just like drugs, and it creates anxiety. When your body orgasms too much, the dopamine that tells your brain to feel rewarded, so in other words, you build a tolerance to your dopamine just like amphetamines build your dopamine tolerance. Therefore, with increased dopamine levels, it is hard to feel natural joy, harder to be happy. and with harder happiness, comes easier anxiety and depression, and much more brain fog.

I have a lot of experience myself on how porn affects my brain negatively. I have learned many of these things through personal experience through a Reddit group called no fap, which is all about either abstinence from masturbation or abstinence from sex and masturbation all-together, and I have also done a lot of research as well.

What I have noticed from my previous abstinence cycles:

In 2014 I abstained from all sexual stimulation for one period of about 25 days, another for about 90 days, and around the summer of 2015 I went 115 days without any sexual stimulation at all, and again last year during the summer of 2017 I went close to 90 days without masturbation or porn. Sadly at this time in my life I am really struggling to break away from this addiction in my life of watching porn. I do however want to tell you some things I have experienced during times of my life where I was abstaining from the nasty and destructive porn industry.

Self Control, motivation, and a drive to be the best me. Every time I was on an abstinence cycle, I was in amazing shape and looked a lot better, compared to how I look when I indulged myself. When I mentioned at the beginning of this article that I was giving into sugar as a food source, I also was giving into porn and masturbation, I kept telling myself that doing this would help me with my stress. That wasn’t true at all, I was actually just giving into my weakness, and in doing that, I was also increasing my anxiety and depression every single day!

In the photo above (I’m the ginger with the dark green under armor sweatshirt), this is the result of my indulgences. This was taken during the Jan-March months of 2017, and while I am grateful to be hanging out with one of my long-time best friends, this photo was probably taken around one of the worst times of my whole life, and there wasn’t even a real tragedy, I was just out of control with my diet and life-decisions regarding my overall physical and mental health.

In this photo, after the result of 80ish days of controlling my diet and not giving into porn during summer 2017, I was feeling amazing, confident. I could think clearly and I felt like I could take on the world. I was running 3 miles almost daily and could run up to 6 miles without stopping. I was learning Muay Thai and Brazilian jiu-jitsu on the weekends, and it was one of those moments in my life where I knew I was working towards finding my true potential in life.

I give my personal story to enforce the fact that I know how some of this stuff works from my own personal experience. Brainfog Begone is all about showing people how this kind stuff works, its all about showing people how to be the best version of themselves as possible. I don’t only try to be the best self I can for me, I do it to benefit the ones I love. I do it for the squad fam!!!! 

I always take into consideration that I can build better relationships and create more meaning not only in my life but others as well.

I talk about natural ways to rid ourselves of brain fog, and I also talk about healthy natural drugs that can help people get a mental edge as well. Whether you want to get an advantage on your competition with your mind power if you are in the Business field, Affiliate Marketing field, MLM field, or just need a brain boost for your upcoming college exam; I will have you covered. Please just give me a little time, I just launched this website, and with having to work six days a week quite often, the content delivering process will be a bit slow for the short-term foreseeable future.

This article will be updated shortly with how serotonin and cortisol also affect the brain, and I will also be making a YouTube video as a counterpart to this article. I am not quite sure when I will get it done, but I will promise you that I will update it soon, it’ll take me a week at the longest.

I’d like to finish this article off with somewhat of an inspirational quote if you will, it is my own, I came up with it this morning on the date of March 11th, 2018.

“It is not just about becoming a better healthier version of yourself…NO! It is much more complex than that. It’s about earning your pleasure and refusing instant gratification. It is the refusal to give into all of the noise going on around you. It’s having the pride to see that almost everything going on around you doesn’t matter. It’s saying no to all of the social media, and instead of getting life stories from Netflix and Hulu, it’s getting stories from real authentic natural books.”

“It’s about always trudging forward in life. It’s about avoiding the quick fixes when we are distressed and instead of finding an option that is the hard way out, yet still benefits us in the end, because the quick fix will give us regrets, reduce our happiness, and hold back our potential for even longer.”

“It’s not just about becoming a healthier version of ourselves NO. It is about building a god-like presence and becoming as close to a deity as we can as humans.” -Jacob Schilling

I hope you enjoyed this article, it took me about 6 days to figure out exactly how I wanted this article to be, and I am still planning on updating it and adding more. If I have managed to make you feel inspired or raised your interest in nootropics at all, please consider following us on our facebook page, its the best I can do right now until I set up an email marketing service.

I also highly encourage comments, I would love to converse on your opinions of how the brain works. Do you think taking drugs to boost your brain power is a good idea, or do you think that the only way to improve our brain power is through other means? Do you think that No Fap is something that truly works, or is it all just a placebo effect? Everyone’s body and brain work different to some extent, and everyone has different opinions as well, and I would love to read yours! 🙂

 

 

 

 

20 thoughts on “Why do I have brain fog?

  1. I am so happy I came across this article. I can see you put a lot of effort and thought into this article about why do people have brain fog because there are so much content and detail. The first point you make is very true. Yesterday was daylight savings, and I forgot! I only got 5 hours of sleep, and I was sleep deprived! Everything is in check, I just need more sleep. Thank you for sharing this article!

  2. Hey very intense article. You began by simply addressing this universal condition. Yes it’s called stress, depression, or something else. Then you zero down on the real problem. Instant self gratification at really any cost. I look forward to hearing the results of your trials to experiment with solutions.

  3. I actually left my comment on your site. You raise some very serious issues. I was wondering if you have took control of that one particular addiction. One thing I would suggest is to spend more time thinking and helping others. There’s nothing better than putting someone else before ourselves.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Roman. To be honest, no I have not yet taken control of my addiction yet. I agree. I think to truly improve our lives we must learn to be selfless.

  4. Interesting read.

    I worked in a sleep lab once, where I had to work three days, 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., and then the rest of the week go back to normal daytime living. That was nooooot good for sleep.

    This article also reminded me (because of your mentioning cortisol) of a C.S.Lewis passage in “That Hideous Strength” that I just read a few nights ago. It talks about how so much of what we experience is due to simple chemical balances or imbalances. Resentment, fear, social relations, feelings, friendship, hatred… so many things can be, at times, by-products of what’s chemically going on inside our bodies.

    With so many chemicals in our bodies that influence our emotional and physical state, it’s really important to have a good understanding of them.

    Thanks for helping us cut through ‘the fog’! 😉

    1. so many artificial flavors and sweeteners go into many of our food services in our local grocery stores, and people don’t know how much of a huge effect it has on our physical and mental well-being. I am glad you liked my article 🙂 Thanks for stopping by. 

  5. There’s nothing worse than brain fog and it’s something that I’ve suffered before as well. I actually didn’t know about the science behind it so your post has really informed me.

    I honestly find that for me the best ways to get around it are sufficient sleep and eating healthily. As soon as I drastically cut sugar from my diet and increased fruit and veg consumption I noticed a massive change.

    1. Hi Stephen. I myself am learning the science behind brain fog every day, my hopes is that I bring a lot of people with me and support them in their journey to find mental clarity, as I find mental clarity within myself in this journey as well. I agree with you, sleep is super underrated, and in this fast world we all live in, almost no one gets enough of it. I am starting to rebound and get healthy again, and I am finally enjoying the look of my face and body in the mirror again. Thanks for your awesome input Stephen 🙂

  6. Thanks for the info. I have been feeling foggy lately and I have been chowing down on carbs. Thank you for being so candid with your own journey. I have also noticed that when I abstain from my immediate impulses I gain more control over my life and over my mind. Best of Luck.

    1. I am glad you find that controlling your impulses means more overall control of your life for you, I find the same thing. The world has many amazing things out there that make us feel as though we are experiencing ectasy, but it is best to use those sparingly.

  7. I can see from your article post brain fog can be triggered by a variety of things, I am thinking sleep is one of our biggest triggers when it comes to experiencing brain fog. For me anyway when I am not sleeping enough the rest of my body seems to be affected and eventually brain fog sets in.

    what are your thoughts on high gluten diets causing brain fog, I read just the other day the medical professionals are considering high gluten diets to be causing this and other health problems?

    1. Overall I hate all diets. I don’t think it’s a good idea at all to form a diet, but instead a lifestyle of responsible eating. I myself eat a ton of meat, but I don’t really attribute it to pursuing a Keto diet, but more as a lifestyle choice because I know meat is healthy for me, and I simply love my steaks and chicken. I also eat fruits that contain carbs. To me, diets are like strange religions that make other foods a sin, therefore you are missing out on certain vitamins and other nutrients that your body needs to function at its 100% capacity. 

      Low-fat diets ignore healthy fats you need, and focus on making you look insanely skinny but cutting fats and calories.

      Keto diets/no carb diets make you lose excess weight fast(which is great), but you’re missing out on essential carbs you need to prevent brain fog. 

      I could go on and on with what in my opinion is wrong with diets, to me it’s not just about looking good, it is about looking good and feeling good, physically fit and mentally stable.

  8. Brain fog sucks!

    You did a great job of capturing the causes and impact of brain fog. When I was working 60+ hours a week and raising a family, I didn’t get a lot of sleep. This caused me to start eating very unhealthy. It is such a viscous cycle!

    It’s really motivating to see your success! And I appreciate how candid you are in telling your story…I’m sure that it is not easy. But I think it will help a lot of people.

    Best of luck on on your journey!

    1. Thanks Kmv, every day is a struggle, but I am learning from my mistakes, and I am always willing to share to help others.

  9. A very sensible article, brain fog is an awful thing that does affect many people these days. This is due to overworking and running our bodies down. I’ve been through it before and what I’ve found helps out getting enough rest and doing things to keep the brain active. Just as you said get out communicate more with nature, exercise and watch what we eat. Great article

    1. Thanks for enjoying the article Fred. I find that for me nature really helps, and I exercise almost every day. I want to get into reading and start doing something to get my brain more active, but it is hard for me to get motivated for such ventures. All the best to you 🙂

  10. Hi Jacob, I found your website to be very interesting in terms of the various habits or reasons that can cause brain fog.

    From experience, I know that working for hours on end at my computer causes me to feel heavy headed and not able to think as clearly as I do when I first sit down to the computer at the start of a work day.

    Also reading an electronic devise before going to sleep is a no-no. But before turning the light of for the night, I often read emails, catch up on Facebook and look at my website, all on my phone. When I do that, I usually have a bad night such as waking frequently with all kinds of thoughts going on in my head.

    You mention using meditation to help with brain fog. Although I believe meditation works, I still haven’t found a type of meditation to suit me. I have a CD that is 30 minutes long and because of it’s length I find it difficult to relax and get benefit from it. But, if I try meditating for 5 to 10 minutes I’m not sure that I get value from that either.

    Do you recommend any particular type of meditation?

    1. Hello Valerie. I myself have only dabbled here and there with meditation, and I don’t know any exact meditation practices to recommend. I simply used headspace (the trail version) and meditated for about 5-10 minutes and I found that it helped a lot for me to just get a bit of a mind boost and feel at peace with myself. It is a free app and I would definitely recommend checking it out. I think that you personally do get value from just 5-10 minutes of meditation. I recommend using a journal, write about what is on your mind before you start meditating, and how you feel after.

      Many people say that meditation is about clearing your mind, I disagree, don’t be afraid to face your thoughts while undergoing meditation. Sometimes meditation is about growth, sometimes you will think about things you didn’t think you would while meditating. I think that becoming a monk while undergoing meditation is just a stereotype.

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