Kill Brain Fog Now With These 9 Probiotic Foods
O.k. genius, what’s going on with your brain? You can’t seem to concentrate. You forget where you put your keys on the way out of your front door, and you swear you never used to forget where you parked at the grocery store, but now it happens at least once a week. You may have brain fog.
Because probiotics are so popular, many people are now healing their guts and are on the path to better overall healing brain fog and digestion. Most of us know by now that probiotics are found in some of our favorite fermented and cultured foods including yogurts and leafy greens. But, the missing link that many people do not yet know much about are prebiotics, and they are essential for ensuring the effectiveness and absorption of the best probiotics. Prebiotics and probiotics go hand in hand with healing.
Why do I have brain fog?
There are four things that are contributing to your lack of cognitive acumen (feeling dumber than a doorknob):
- Your blood sugar isn’t stable. Your brain uses glucose as a type of fuel, but when it is constantly spiking and then dropping like a roller-coaster from hell, you’re going to develop insulin instability and eventually insulin resistance. Changes in your blood sugar levels are to be expected, but you need to keep them as consistent as possible by eating regularly, making sure you get enough protein (amino acids, the building blocks of protein if you are vegetarian or vegan), and fiber to keep your blood sugar levels normalized. This will prevent that tired-but-wired and brain-foggy feeling. Even the best probiotic isn’t going to reverse a sugar addiction, so also try to reduce your consumption of refined sugar and refined carbs. They contribute to the blood glucose roller coaster.
- Your hormones are wacked out. There are lots of things that can cause hormonal changes, including birth control, certain pharmaceuticals, the need for detoxification from endocrine-disrupting chemicals, diet and lifestyle choices, and even menopause. When any of these factors are introduced to the delicate hormonal system, neurohormones manufactured by the brain, but that also residing in the gut like serotonin can become depleted. Hormones like GABA decrease and cortisol increase. This is extremely detrimental to your brain’s overall performance, and definitely causes brain fog. (Probiotics for women are especially important during menopause).
- Your intestinal walls are leaking. Your intestines are a vital part of your digestive health. They absorb nutrients from the food and beverages that you eat, but they also keep stuff that isn’t supposed to be in your blood stream from leaking into it. The intestines have a mesh-like network of cells that keep them from being too permeable, but sometimes it can start to break down, allowing refuse (toxins, bad bacteria, viruses, etc.) to leak into your blood stream. This causes a full-blown immune reaction and the inflammation that ensues can cause all kinds of health issues, including brain fog. Your body essentially starts attacking its own healthy cells. To reverse this problem, you need to restore your intestinal integrity. Taking a probiotic capsule regularly and eating probiotic foods can help to restore your gut health. Also try to reduce overall inflammation in the body which can cause the walls to break down by taking ginger, turmeric, boswelia, and ashwagandha – all inflammation-busting herbs.
- Stress is simply a killer. It hurts your brain. When we are in a constant, low-level state of fight-or-flight triggered by our nervous systems in reaction to stressful events, the body start making cortisol and adrenaline in massive levels. This causes stress in the gut AND the brain, and leads to a negative feedback loop where neither can do their jobs correctly. Lower stress by meditating, practicing yoga, going for walks in nature, or spending time with friends. Working out regularly in addition to taking a probiotic for men or women will do the job, too. Getting sweaty is a great stress-buster.
Probiotics, whether they're gummies or probiotic powders, work for everyone equally.
9 Foods that support a healthy gut
There are about as many microbes (bacteria) living inside your digestive tract as there are cells in your body. There is increasing evidence that this collection of bacteria, called the microbiome, directly impacts your health. These tiny microorganisms can alter your mood, your immune system, cause certain food cravings that affect your weight, and so much more.
Perhaps the most profound way that probiotics help support your gut is by supporting the functioning of the brain. There are multiple studies that suggest your gut health may even be the primary determining factor for combating depression, anxiety, and boosting cognitive performance.
For numerus probiotic health benefits, you can start with a probiotic-rich diet. Each of these foods encourage the growth of healthy bacteria in your gut so that the “bad” bacteria that causes disease, inflammation, and other health problems is crowded out. Begin by adding these foods, you’ll start to change your microbiome. Then you can supplement with both prebiotic and probiotic supplements to fill in any gaps in your diet.
Prebiotics are foods or supplements that act like food for healthy bacteria and encourage them to grow in your digestive tract. They include:
- Leafy Greens
- Cruciferous vegetables
- Green (matcha) tea
- Brightly colored fruits like blueberries, blackberries and pomegranates
- Organic coffee
Probiotics for men are just as effective as probiotics for women will be and vice versa.
Support gut healing
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Pro and prebiotics
Once you’ve got prebiotics covered, add probiotics. This will ensure that your gut is protected and fortified as well as possible, no matter what is happening in your life (stress, a lapse in good eating habits, lack of sleep, having to take certain medications, etc.)
There are also probiotics that are good for adults, as well as those that are more suited to a child’s developing digestive tract. Be sure to find one that is best for you.