Brain fog is a type of cognitive dysfunction characterized by mental dullness, poor memory, impaired concentration, and reduced alertness. This is not a health condition in and of itself, but a symptom of broader health problems and possibly chronic illness, especially when it’s experienced on a regular basis.
Therefore, if you experience brain fog frequently, this may be a sign of toxic buildup caused by chronic disease. Toxins can build up in our brain and bodily tissues gradually, and, after many years of repeated exposure to them, symptoms like brain fog and other problems may develop.
Think of it as a bucket being filled with dirty water drip by drip–after some time, those drips will fill up the entire bucket and make it overflow. This is the point where negative symptoms like stress, fatigue, poor concentration, confusion, and poor memory will rear their ugly heads.
And, if we ignore all of these and do not seek proper treatment, chronic and extremely serious nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s might be soon to follow.
So, what are these dangerous toxins that may be responsible for triggering brain fog and other problems in the nervous system?
Here are just 3 of them:
1. Bisphenol A (BPA)
Bisphenol A (BPA) is a carbon dioxide compound found in plastic containers and the lining of food cans. BPA has been shown in several studies to cause neurotoxicity–in other words, BPA is the cells of the nervous system and can lead to a wide range of neurological health issues (e.g. tremor, brain fog, seizures, and memory problems).
This plastic compound also mimics the natural hormones of the system (e.g. estrogen in both males and females and interference with regular hormonal cycles), which eventually leads to problems like fatigue, mood swings, loss of energy, infertility, or birth defects in pregnant women.
It can also contribute, according to studies conducted in 2013 by the Jilin Medical College in China, to the formation of hormone-related cancers like ovarian, uterine, and vaginal cancer.
Aim to replace your plastics whenever possible with glass jars and containers to store food and drinks and avoid canned and plastic wrapped food.
(Think BPA-free is safe? Think again. Click here to learn more about harmful kitchen toxins, including BPA-free products!)
Aluminum is a naturally-occurring heavy metal that is also found in many of its artificial by-products (e.g. aluminum cookware, aluminum foil, cans, anti-caking agents in processed food, etc.) While it is considered to be safe in low amounts, there are studies demonstrating that repeated exposure may lead to neurotoxic effects.
More specifically, in various human and animal trials, aluminum was found to block the function and electrical power of nerve cells, gradually decreasing the normal function of the nervous system. Aluminum has also been found to decrease the release of important brains chemicals like dopamine and serotonin.
Because of its toxic effects on the nervous system, aluminum has been linked to serious neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, as well as loss of coordination/balance, seizures, and many more health problems.
3. Cleaning Products
Not only are we exposed to heavy metals and environmental pollutants on a regular basis, we are also regularly exposing ourselves to “hidden” chemicals that lurk in common household cleaning products like detergents, bleach, and dish soap.
There are currently over 8 classes of chemicals in cleaning products which are deemed to be toxic to our health. For example: phthalates, PERC, triclosan, ammonium compounds, 2-butoxyethanol, chlorine, sodium hydroxide, ammonia, and others.
Some of these substances (e.g. phthalates and triclosan) have been found to interfere with normal hormonal and nervous system function while others (ammonia, chlorine, and 2-butoxyethanol) are very strong irritants that can lead to skin and breathing problems when inhaled or coming into direct contact with the skin.
Are these toxins lurking in your home? How can you avoid all these?
Unfortunately, these aren’t the only substances that can cause issues with the brain system, hormonal function, breathing function, and immune system function. There are several other substances found in toiletries, cosmetics, and common household products with potentially toxic effects.
For example, parabens, synthetic colors, lead, mercury, SLS, toluene, formaldehyde, synthetic fragrances, propylene glycol, benzophenone, etc.
To learn the vital information you need to avoid toxins and keep your brain healthy, download this free eBook, How to Avoid and Heal the Toxic Brain, written by Dr. Ryan Wohlfert and Dr. Isaac Jones.
This 30-page eBook will walk you through your kitchen and all the various ways it can hurt you (and how to protect yourself!). You’ll learn about safe and unsafe cookware, storage ware, water, cleaners, cutting boards, and more!
Original photo of woman with brain fog courtesy of Anh Nguyen on Unsplash