Some of my clients that have digestive issues also complain of brain fog and fatigue. It’s seems to be most prevalent in women that have constipation and bloating. They often feel like they can not concentrate and focus. While for some women it can feel like an all day frustration, for others it creeps up after lunch around that 3pm hour. Can you relate to this?
Our gut and our brain are very closely connected. In fact, our gut is often referred to as our “second brain”. What happens with our digestion is reflected in how our bodies feel, how our skin looks, and of course how our brain works.
Brain fog is inflammation of the brain, and a sign that something is not working right. We should never just accept feeling this way. For a woman in her 30s, 40’s and even 50’s, it’s not a sign of aging.
With poor digestion, our bodies are not breaking down and properly absorbing the nutrients that we need. Brain fog can be the result of poor absorption of vitamins such as B12. It can also be due to an unknown food allergy or sensitivity, and sometimes an autoimmune condition.
We are often told to eat “brain foods” such as salmon, leafy greens, and even dark chocolate. Although these are absolutely great for brain function, if your body is not able to digest them properly, you are likely not taking in the nutritional benefits of these foods.
Here is the good news: digestive issues can be fixed! It starts by looking at the diet and seeing what can be the culprit. Sometimes just removing a problematic food item can be helpful.
Are you curious if your diet is contributing to your brain fog and fatigue?