Do You Suffer Migraine Brain Fog?
Patients with migraines often complain about brain fog. That’s another way to describe poor memory, or being unable to recall common words or names. I’ve seen the relationship between better food and better brain power with my patients first hand for years, but finally scientists have found links showing changing your diet for the better does help give your a brain boost.
As part of their study published in Neuroscience, they watched young mice who were put on a high-sugar or high-fat diet. After just 30 days, the scientists saw the mental and cognitive functions of the mice start to decline. Cognitive flexibility was one of the most significantly-changed capabilities.
Cognitive flexibility is our ability to adapt easily to changing situations. For example, you might take the same route to work each morning. Then one day, you hit traffic. An accident blocks the route. You think quickly and come up with a new way to get to the office in time for your meeting. That is cognitive flexibility.
Food, A Migraine Brain Remedy?
When you’re at your best, your cognitive flexibility helps keep you on your toes. But think about those days when you weren’t quite as quick-minded. Scientists have found a number of things can be behind this — poor sleep, stress, certain medications, low thyroid, and deficient brain chemicals. Now, they say a poor diet lacking in key nutrients should be added to that list of causes of brain fog.
If you are able to rework your diet to restore a good balance of gut bacteria, you can help fight the cognitive declines which come from many conditions such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and migraines. There are also a variety of supplements which may help relieve symptoms, reduce pain and put an end to ‘brain fog.’ But once you make some significant changes in your diet and lifestyle, you’ll need to stick with it to see benefits for the long-term.