What Causes a Lack of Focus?
Inflammation and blood sugar balance are the key drivers for poor brain health. Brain fog, depression and anxiety are signs that your brain needs TLC.
Inflammation of the brain may cause brain fog, cognitive impairment, low motivation and poor decision making, which could all lead to unhealthy habit formations.
For example, staying up late, eating fast foods, not exercising and getting less than adequate sleep may all lead to further cravings, and guess what? Staying up late will lead to further bad habits such as eating fast food, not exercising and having further cravings. You see, it’s a cycle that we need to break. In fact, calorie consumption has been shown to increase due to staying up late, and these two factors may cause brain inflammation, which may further cause bad decision making.
What are the Root Causes?
The gut-brain connection is key to this mechanism. Biochemical signals from the gut send dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine along the vagus nerve to the brain, which controls mood, memory and much more. In fact, these hormones are made in the gut, and so the quality of our food is vital to the quality of our thoughts.
Imbalances in the gut microbiome may even alter brain function and cause inflammation, so eating an optimal diet is a key step in preventing inflammation of the gut and the brain.
Research has identified that individuals with IBS are three times more likely to have anxiety and/or depression, and so dietary choices may help to alleviate mood disorders.
How to Optimise Your Brain Power?
⭐️Probiotics may be beneficial in helping to build a diverse gut microbiome and may improve cognitive function and depression.
⭐️Adopting the Mediterranean diet may be the most overall helpful approach. It is the most well studied diet which is rich in whole foods, oily fish and olive oil and may improve cognitive function.
⭐️Lowering calories, especially from carbohydrates may also increase memory and brain health.
⭐️Going gluten free might help long-term in some cases, and it may help to normalisedepression in those with Celiac and gluten sensitivity.