We are coming to the end of yet another powerful year to be alive! It’s almost impossible to not take a moment to review what happened in our lives this year and make a plan for the year to come!
For me, I had one of the most transformative years of my life. My move across the country, the deep listening to my heart’s guidance, and trust that something bigger had a plan for me created a HUGE SHIFT in my mindset.
We all know how important mindset is, right!?
Since a really young age I felt like I was having experiences that would show me how powerful my mind was. Whether I was a witness to how my negative, old thought patterns would embed dysfunctions in my health and success or see how positive, clear manifestations could clearly become my reality.
The thing is having a clear mindset can be difficult when you’re suffering with imbalances in your gut, hormones, and overall health. It can be hard to see and create your positive outcomes through the thick veil of brain fog, physical pain, and feelings of emotional chaos.
I know this to be true because I have been there myself!
I remember the clear moments when I could see myself digging deeper into my unbearable symptoms due to my mind control and focus on the discomfort.
And, I am not suggesting that anyone bypasses their true experience!! Please hear me out.
There is a dance on the healing journey of being able to fully hold your uncomfortable sensations, yet focus your attention on something more pleasurable. If that sounds insane and you are lacking a pleasurable thing to focus on right now, then this message is for you!!
Part of healing is reminding the body it’s safe. Reminding yourself that you can feel pleasure and comfort by focusing on the simplest, easiest, and the littlest things that make you feel good.
For me my bathrobe, a cup of tea, the texture of the air when I’m outside, listening to music, breathing and massaging my body bring me great pleasure.
Find the things that work for you and amplify those things while holding the discomfort of your healing journey. Really take in those sensations and experience. Allow yourself to smile and feel held by these simple pleasures.
Next, is to understand that brain fog and cloudy thinking is not normal!
I never would have said I had “brain fog” back when I was dealing with extreme health imbalances in my gut and not menstruating due to this.
Brain fog is a term that is not typically recognized by most traditional health professionals, yet it is extremely prevalent.
It’s a phrase that basically sums up a collection of symptoms or feelings that can include:
- Forgetfulness or confusion
- Trouble concentrating
- Lack of focus or mental clarity
- Inability to handle stressful situations
- Difficulty recalling words or putting words together
- Feeling “frazzled”
- Mental fatigue
- Feeling “less productive” than before
- Struggling creatively
All of which are very common but NOT NORMAL.
It wasn’t until my brain fog lifted that I realized it had been there.
Sometimes we only know what we know until we experience something different. It took getting out of the fog for me to realize I had been in it for so long.
The fog crept up on me the same way it slowly rolls in off the coast line. Super stealthy, low to the ground, until wham! You can’t even see two feet in front of you.
I had become so used to living in the fog, I didn’t even know it existed. I adapted to my less efficient ways of functioning and thinking by engaging in less social activities and taking on less work.
Typically we tend to brush off symptoms like brain fog and associate them with “just getting older.” But what we don’t realize is that these symptoms are NOT a part of getting older, rather they are a sign that something isn’t right in our body.
These subtle signs of brain fog can actually be early indicators of brain inflammation and left unattended can increase our risk of more serious health concerns!
Just like any other dysfunction, disease or condition, inflammation is at the core of brain fog.
It is believed that high levels of inflammation alter 3 primary hormones that dictate brain function:
- Serotonin – your happy hormone
- Dopamine – your wellbeing hormone
- Cortisol – your stress, anti-inflammatory, energy, blood sugar and sleep cycle balancing hormone
And inflammation in the gut particularly has a huge effect on brain function since it can directly interfere with the gut-brain axis.
The key to lifting brain fog is figuring out what’s fueling the inflammatory fire.
Inflammatory factors can be different for everyone. For me, my time of brain fog was due to toxic mold in my home, along with food sensitivities, and a variety of intestinal parasites, bacteria, and yeast overgrowth.
For others, brain fog and inflammation might be fueled by:
- Eating inflammatory foods such as gluten, dairy, sugar, soy and alcohol
- Unknown food sensitivities or reactions (not allergies)
- Hidden heavy metals, chemicals or other toxic contaminants
- A leaky and inflamed gut
- Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
- Various hormone imbalances
- Side effects of autoimmunity
- Thyroid imbalance
For some, lifting the fog can be as simple as avoiding the top 5 inflammatory foods, eating more whole foods, and getting to bed by 10pm.
And as I discovered, even once you start to lift the fog, there is an endless possibility for how much better you can actually feel.
Remember, you only know what you know until you know something different.
I want you to know it’s possible to feel exceptional, focus the power of the mind, and lift the fog!
Don’t just suck it up and see signs of brain fog as “ getting older” OR let them get diagnosed as something else paired with a quick fix medication, leaving you settling for a lower quality of life or just getting by but still not feeling like yourself.
Do me a favor… don’t settle for anything less than what you deserve (which is the world) when it comes to your health and wellbeing.
In my practice I use functional labs and assessment to get to the bottom of what is truly bothering you, so you can heal and return to a sense of joy in your life.
If this is calling you, then book a complimentary Strategy Session with me today!