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What are the main causes of brain fog?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created March 10, 2012 at 8:43 PM

I've been Paleo for quite some months now. When I was over in Haiti, I didn't eat Paleo for a week. I got back, had the runs, and now I'm back eating Paleo.

It's been about a month since I was in Haiti, and I've had brain fog for the last 2 weeks. I'm trying to hack it, and figure out what it's from. I need your help.

I have had anxiety in the past, but not too much anymore. It's tricky trying to figure what's from anxiety, and what's from low-carb/not eating enough?

I don't really exercise, but work and lift things a few times a week. I walk here and there, and stretch every now and then.

I eat mainly low carb paleo, but sometimes I will have rice, sweet potatoes, corn, and potatoes.

Does going back and forth from carbs to low-carbs wreck havoc on your body?

I figure brain fog is from one of these:

-Anxiety/Stress -Not eating enough -Too low carb -Not enough restful sleep -Deficient in some nutrient

or a combination of any of them.

What are your thoughts?

What's the main cause of brain fog?

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on May 18, 2013
at 05:19 PM

lack of glucose causing your body to convert amino acids to glucose is the cause

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on February 27, 2013
at 06:30 PM

I haven't spent much time looking into it further, because I'd rather make progress on the research I'm doing for my PhD. But I've reached a plateau of sorts. I'm definitely a lot clearer mentally, and my energy levels are increasing, but I still require a lot of down-time to rest, and I am not yet back to the reading level I was before I got sick. I'm continuing the folate and b-12 supplementation, and now I'm going to look into Progesterone, which was very low last I checked. I'm planning to get tested again and see if my doctor can give me a prescription to get my progesterone levels up

3b031bce7c181c10452ee202e2b54dc6

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on February 27, 2013
at 12:01 AM

how long until these after effects clear?

3b031bce7c181c10452ee202e2b54dc6

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:59 PM

Any further research done? How is it going?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on February 10, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Oh, you know, I should follow up on this. For me, the brain fog appears to have been caused by folate deficiency. My blood values for folate and b12 came back fine, but empirically it seems likely I was deficient, anyway, as supplementation has helped a great deal, and when I've accidentally/unknowingly forgotten my supplements, I have brain fog again.

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on January 02, 2013
at 11:22 PM

This is my ostrich answer - SCD freakin' scares me with the strictness. That's all this brain-fogged ostrich has to say. Argh.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Avoid all-ness statements like all paleo foods are low in mold

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:43 PM

What was left to eat after removing: grains, legumes, nuts/seeds/their oils, nightshades, oxalates, salicylates (except black or brown tea), goitrogens, FODMAPs, sweet fruits ???

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on March 13, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Hey Ben, I'm going to email you (got your email off your website) and we can discuss this more in detail.

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at 09:48 PM

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/aflatoxin.php Aflatoxin is a potent human carcinogen. It is a naturally occurring toxic metabolite produced by certain fungi (Aspergillus flavis), a mold found on food products such as corn and peanuts, peanut butter. It acts as a potent liver carcinogen in rodents (and, presumably, humans). They are probably the best known and most intensively researched mycotoxins in the world. Aflatoxins have been associated with various diseases , such as aflatoxicosis , in livestock , domestic animals and humans throughout the world .

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Phazo, thanks for your kind thoughts. I hope you are doing very well. :)

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Good life advice!

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on March 11, 2012
at 06:57 PM

my experience is that wheat has this effect on me--when you veered from paleo, is this something you indulged in?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 11, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Possibly. I really wouldn't like to say though because I only had a very quick search. It wouldn't surprise if there are several things that can cause brain fog.

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on March 11, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I don't want to argue the fact, and I'm sorry if I offended you Warren, not trying to be nasty man, it's a win loss situation some people do good low carb w/out brain fog, and for others they can not handle it. I think that's a fair assessment?

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on March 11, 2012
at 04:42 PM

recover, see above

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on March 11, 2012
at 02:14 PM

OK, so mold could be one of any number of things that can cause inflammation, which can lead to brain fog.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on March 11, 2012
at 02:11 PM

Warren, I think Justin worded his answer very poorly, as clearly a lot of people do really well with low-carb. I interpret his statement as meaning, "*for some people*, brain fog = not enough carbs".

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on March 11, 2012
at 02:09 PM

College, I understand that SCD/GAPS helps a lot of people, but it didn't do anything for me. I'm not still having brain fog issues since I increased carbs, especially fruit, and added more seaweed. The digestive trouble is just part of being a slow healer and sensitive to stupidly trace amounts of gluten. I do seem to be more resilient the last few weeks, and I'm 9 months into eating gluten free, with most of those months consisting of my being on an elimination diet.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 02:02 PM

I'm still at the beginning stages of exploring this stuff. Reducing inflammation and improving gut health seems key, but we're all already doing that with a paleo diet. I've been playing around with some of Danny Roddy's ideas: more fruit, vitamin c, calcium, and broth/gelatin. I also have upped my selenium (with brazil nuts) and iodine (with seaweed and iodine drops) because I suspect I have hashimoto's thyroiditis along with my celiac disease. I think the biggest improvement was from increasing my carbs (especially the fruit) and having more seaweed.

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

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on March 11, 2012
at 11:06 AM

@Sara S., Would you suggest or recommend anything?

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

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on March 11, 2012
at 11:06 AM

@College, thanks for your insight! Very interesting. The weird thing is that I don't have the runs anymore and my digestion seems fine. So even though my digestion seems fine, maybe something still wrong in my digestion system? I've heard that 70% of your immune system is your digestive system. Hmmm...So you recommend SCD or GAPS diet? I feel I sometimes don't eat enough on Paleo, and now I have to eat more strict? :P Would you suggest any supplements on top of the diet? How long does it take to heal? (I suppose it varies)I know you may not be a doctor, but any advice is appreciated.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:28 AM

I second this. Sometimes food sensitivities cause sluggish digestion (gastroparesis), leading to brain-fog and other issues.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:03 AM

I just had a quick Google search and it turned loads of articles on the subject.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:00 AM

So anyway, back to my question. If "brain fog = not enough carbs" then surely everyone on very low carbs should have brain fog?

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 11, 2012
at 08:59 AM

@Justin, I asked a question. I didn't make a statement, so there is no need for a "not true" BTW I am VERY active. Far more active than most people on this message board, I would guess. I do very hard work for 8-9 hours, 6 days a week on construction sites and workout on a Sunday and the only carbs I usually eat are from a few leafy greens at dinner and I havn't even eaten those for several weeks, so your statement that "If you are active, you need some more carbs" is the comment that is "not true".

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

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on March 11, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Sara if you are still have brain fog issues and digestive trouble, you should look into SCD. I too am a recovering celiac and the SCD diet has helped tremendously. Dean and I are on the same page here.

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Don't think you can what?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Can you provide sources for the brain fog / mold connection? Or at least a possible mechanism?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:01 AM

As a celiac who is still healng, I would say I have digestive disarray, and yet upping my carbs made a *huge* improvement for me to reduce brain fog. I don't even get that much exercise, just a little bit of walking and some running to catch a bus here and there, so it wasn't like I really "earn" my carbs in the traditional sense (I think being a grad student might increase my carb requirement, though). So while I don't think Justin's statement is true for everyone, it was certainly true for me.

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on March 11, 2012
at 03:28 AM

My own experience confirms this.

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on March 11, 2012
at 03:25 AM

When there is digestive disarray, more starch can actually worsen brainfog. You need to be discriminating about the actual cause, not depict assumptions as fact.

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on March 11, 2012
at 02:13 AM

:( i dont think i can have a lotta other stuff going on, including a whiplash injury

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(402)

on March 11, 2012
at 02:03 AM

@Warren- not true, some people do not do as well with a low carb approach. If you are active, you need some more carbs. 100-150 carbs is not going to make you fat. If anything it will increase your muscle mass.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on March 11, 2012
at 01:52 AM

If "brain fog = not enough carbs" then surely everyone on very low carbs should have brain fog?

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(555)

on March 11, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Holly, please check out my answer to Ben. Brain fog is so horrible. You can recover!

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97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

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on March 10, 2012
at 08:57 PM

Ben, in my experience, brain fog is related to digestive health. I'll guess that you had some traveler's diarrhea in Haiti perhaps? Or at least some digestive disturbance, and maybe now you still are having issues. You say you "had the runs" as if that was related to your consumption of non-paleo foods, but I'd imagine it is more complicated than that and is related to your now compromised digestion.

Look into either the SCD diet or the GAPS diet. I had debilitating brain fog a couple months ago. I've been on the SCD since January and have made striking improvements. The bacteria in your gut, it seems, can cause disturbances in brain function (I have no references for this - completely anecdotal). Feel free to comment if you have any questions or need help on the diet.

E2b72f1912f777917d8ee6b7fba43c26

(2384)

on March 11, 2012
at 09:28 AM

I second this. Sometimes food sensitivities cause sluggish digestion (gastroparesis), leading to brain-fog and other issues.

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

(1725)

on March 11, 2012
at 11:06 AM

@College, thanks for your insight! Very interesting. The weird thing is that I don't have the runs anymore and my digestion seems fine. So even though my digestion seems fine, maybe something still wrong in my digestion system? I've heard that 70% of your immune system is your digestive system. Hmmm...So you recommend SCD or GAPS diet? I feel I sometimes don't eat enough on Paleo, and now I have to eat more strict? :P Would you suggest any supplements on top of the diet? How long does it take to heal? (I suppose it varies)I know you may not be a doctor, but any advice is appreciated.

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 13, 2012
at 11:56 PM

Hey Ben, I'm going to email you (got your email off your website) and we can discuss this more in detail.

2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

(1520)

on March 11, 2012
at 03:28 AM

My own experience confirms this.

A3c56c85290f748410a6f340ddd552b3

(321)

on January 02, 2013
at 11:22 PM

This is my ostrich answer - SCD freakin' scares me with the strictness. That's all this brain-fogged ostrich has to say. Argh.

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:31 PM

With the trip overseas being part of the equation, I'd think you should consider the possibility of a parasite or other organism being a trigger. Even if it is gone now it could have left the body "rippling" with aftereffects.

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on February 27, 2013
at 12:01 AM

how long until these after effects clear?

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on March 11, 2012
at 06:31 PM

I do not know what the main causes of brain fog are for everyone, but can write a bit about what helped get rid of some brain fog, for me.

Some things that have helped me:

Diet related:

Eating a ketogenic food plan. Also, making sure that what I eat is nourishing. I don't eat things that could cause troubles.

Avoiding packaged/processed foods, with all their additives, preservatives and mystery ingredients. The FailSafe diet helped with this.

Avoiding: grains, legumes, nuts/seeds/their oils, nightshades, oxalates, salicylates (except black or brown tea), goitrogens, FODMAPs, sweet fruits.

Following Dr. Richard Bernstein's Law of Small Numbers, which means eating constant amounts of CHO and PRO from breakfast to breakfast, lunch to lunch, and supper to supper, day to day. And, eating small amounts at time. Small meals. This keeps blood sugar normal and stable, for me. Constant blood sugar means clearer thinking. Eating too much protein, at one time, or in one day, makes me feel unwell and out of sorts a bit later.

Taking supplements: magnesium, L-carnitine, CLO with a dab of butter, Vit. D and E, nutritional and brewer's yeast, PicMins minerals, for a few examples.

Drinking tea helps me. Too much tea causes troubles. As with the other things, it takes experimenting to discern how much, how often....


Non-food aspects:

Getting proper rest and sleep.

Doing yoga, Callanetics, rebounding, taking walks. Calming, strengthening, and restorative, for me. Callanetics combines yoga with ballet training. Yoga is known to increase GABA.

Balancing rest and exertion, being alone and being with others, work and play, etc. Easier said than done, I know. :)

Avoiding things/people/situations which are, for me, too much input at once. I don't go to the cinema. I avoid crowds. Don't listen to the radio very much. I like being around folks who are circumspect and value quiet decency. I like being able to hear myself think. :) This aspect of being able to think clearly takes deliberate care nowadays. Before television, every day life was much saner.

Those are the things which come to mind, at the moment. :)

Hope they help someone.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:43 PM

What was left to eat after removing: grains, legumes, nuts/seeds/their oils, nightshades, oxalates, salicylates (except black or brown tea), goitrogens, FODMAPs, sweet fruits ???

D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Good life advice!

D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

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on March 11, 2012
at 07:36 PM

Phazo, thanks for your kind thoughts. I hope you are doing very well. :)

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7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on March 10, 2012
at 09:50 PM

It's a great question and I hope someone can provide a well-researched answer. I've been trying to make sense of the inflammation/gut permeability connection with brain fog. The best I can figure is that the blood brain barrier gets compromised, or you otherwise have inflammation (i.e. pro-inflammatory interleukins, NF-kappa-B, etc.) within the brain, and that causes decreased efficiency of neural signaling some way or another. NF-kappa-B, a transcription factor, regulates gene transcription for genes related to neural signaling as well as inflammation, so maybe that is one possibility to explore. I used to work as a research technician in a stroke lab doing proteomics-type work, but I haven't heard of anyone looking at the role of neural inflammation outside the context of ischemia.

Another possible connection is via serotonin production in the gut. I've read (on non-academic websites) that a lot of the body's serotonin is made in the gut, but I haven't seen anything on whether that serotonin stays in the gut or crosses the blood-brain barrier to affect neural signaling. But that could be a second mechanism by which a person suffering poor gut health could experience sweeping cognitive changes.

Ef2f6c723983d7fe7a06bd57af6adeed

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on March 11, 2012
at 11:06 AM

@Sara S., Would you suggest or recommend anything?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 02:02 PM

I'm still at the beginning stages of exploring this stuff. Reducing inflammation and improving gut health seems key, but we're all already doing that with a paleo diet. I've been playing around with some of Danny Roddy's ideas: more fruit, vitamin c, calcium, and broth/gelatin. I also have upped my selenium (with brazil nuts) and iodine (with seaweed and iodine drops) because I suspect I have hashimoto's thyroiditis along with my celiac disease. I think the biggest improvement was from increasing my carbs (especially the fruit) and having more seaweed.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on February 10, 2013
at 01:15 AM

Oh, you know, I should follow up on this. For me, the brain fog appears to have been caused by folate deficiency. My blood values for folate and b12 came back fine, but empirically it seems likely I was deficient, anyway, as supplementation has helped a great deal, and when I've accidentally/unknowingly forgotten my supplements, I have brain fog again.

3b031bce7c181c10452ee202e2b54dc6

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on February 26, 2013
at 11:59 PM

Any further research done? How is it going?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

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on February 27, 2013
at 06:30 PM

I haven't spent much time looking into it further, because I'd rather make progress on the research I'm doing for my PhD. But I've reached a plateau of sorts. I'm definitely a lot clearer mentally, and my energy levels are increasing, but I still require a lot of down-time to rest, and I am not yet back to the reading level I was before I got sick. I'm continuing the folate and b-12 supplementation, and now I'm going to look into Progesterone, which was very low last I checked. I'm planning to get tested again and see if my doctor can give me a prescription to get my progesterone levels up

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on March 11, 2012
at 06:50 PM

It's too complex to pin it down to one cause, one solution.

I have experienced it due to three reasons. 1. Poor sleep. I have sleep apnea and still use a machine. Fixed. 2. Eating too many simple sugars, before I knew better. 3. Wrecked thyroid, complicated by insulin resistance. The fix was meds and VLC.

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on March 11, 2012
at 01:14 AM

Brain fog = not enough carbs....Up the carbs a bit, maybe add in a sweet potato and see how you feel. I would expect some improvement!

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on March 11, 2012
at 06:44 PM

I don't want to argue the fact, and I'm sorry if I offended you Warren, not trying to be nasty man, it's a win loss situation some people do good low carb w/out brain fog, and for others they can not handle it. I think that's a fair assessment?

2870a69b9c0c0a19a919e54cb3a62137

(1520)

on March 11, 2012
at 03:25 AM

When there is digestive disarray, more starch can actually worsen brainfog. You need to be discriminating about the actual cause, not depict assumptions as fact.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on March 11, 2012
at 08:59 AM

@Justin, I asked a question. I didn't make a statement, so there is no need for a "not true" BTW I am VERY active. Far more active than most people on this message board, I would guess. I do very hard work for 8-9 hours, 6 days a week on construction sites and workout on a Sunday and the only carbs I usually eat are from a few leafy greens at dinner and I havn't even eaten those for several weeks, so your statement that "If you are active, you need some more carbs" is the comment that is "not true".

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:01 AM

As a celiac who is still healng, I would say I have digestive disarray, and yet upping my carbs made a *huge* improvement for me to reduce brain fog. I don't even get that much exercise, just a little bit of walking and some running to catch a bus here and there, so it wasn't like I really "earn" my carbs in the traditional sense (I think being a grad student might increase my carb requirement, though). So while I don't think Justin's statement is true for everyone, it was certainly true for me.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on March 11, 2012
at 09:00 AM

So anyway, back to my question. If "brain fog = not enough carbs" then surely everyone on very low carbs should have brain fog?

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:36 AM

Sara if you are still have brain fog issues and digestive trouble, you should look into SCD. I too am a recovering celiac and the SCD diet has helped tremendously. Dean and I are on the same page here.

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 02:11 PM

Warren, I think Justin worded his answer very poorly, as clearly a lot of people do really well with low-carb. I interpret his statement as meaning, "*for some people*, brain fog = not enough carbs".

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78417)

on March 11, 2012
at 01:52 AM

If "brain fog = not enough carbs" then surely everyone on very low carbs should have brain fog?

7841848bd0c27c64353c583fb7971242

(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 02:09 PM

College, I understand that SCD/GAPS helps a lot of people, but it didn't do anything for me. I'm not still having brain fog issues since I increased carbs, especially fruit, and added more seaweed. The digestive trouble is just part of being a slow healer and sensitive to stupidly trace amounts of gluten. I do seem to be more resilient the last few weeks, and I'm 9 months into eating gluten free, with most of those months consisting of my being on an elimination diet.

9a86fa04b1a69b788e379093c7b83ef5

(402)

on March 11, 2012
at 02:03 AM

@Warren- not true, some people do not do as well with a low carb approach. If you are active, you need some more carbs. 100-150 carbs is not going to make you fat. If anything it will increase your muscle mass.

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on May 18, 2013
at 03:30 PM

Here's a link that suggests many causes for brain fog: http://naturopathconnect.com/articles/brain-fog/. Anyone with protracted brain fog should probably be tested for Lyme disease and its co-infections. These infections can produce quinolinic acid, a neurotoxin, which Great Plains Laborabory has a test for as well as information about how to manage at: http://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/home/eng/brochures/Toxic%20Chemicals%20Brochure.pdf. The herbal supplement pinella, which is part of the Cowden protocol for Lyme disease, can help. Agree that leaky gut can also be a cause and SCD diet (or GAPS or low fructose) may help. Look into SIBO (small intestinal bacterial overgrowth). There is a Yahoo discussion group dedicated to this topic. It can be diagnosed with the hydrogen breath test. Chronic fatigue syndrome and mold intolerance can also play into brain fog. That said, I have brain fog and have not been able to quell it. I also have Lyme disease that has been treated as well as SIBO, which is currently flaring, and CFS. My brain fog has come on two years in a row in December so I thought it may have been light related; however, it is mid-May, and I still have it this year. So much for that theory. Yesterday, I took some colostrom, and it seemed to help, but I don't know if that will hold. If anyone finds anything that works, please post.

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293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

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on March 10, 2012
at 09:50 PM

for me--

aldosterone issues with hypotension
thyroid exacerbated by vlc. 

i eat more carbs now but i'm still not myself

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:42 PM

recover, see above

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:34 AM

Don't think you can what?

293ba4c95d190bc616b27d85b10d705a

(661)

on March 11, 2012
at 02:13 AM

:( i dont think i can have a lotta other stuff going on, including a whiplash injury

97ffbac59e88bdff6495d0a9b6f70ff7

(555)

on March 11, 2012
at 01:17 AM

Holly, please check out my answer to Ben. Brain fog is so horrible. You can recover!

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on April 23, 2014
at 11:33 AM

1. One of the major causes of Brain fog is Nutritional deficiencies or imbalances.

2. Brain requires minerals, amino acids, fatty acids and vitamin for proper functioning. If any of these elements are not enough brain dysfunction occurs.

3. Another cause is low thyroid function, which alters the neurotransmitters functioning. Resulting into brain fog.

4. Chronic Stress leads to poor brain functioning and thereby Brain Fog.

5. Temporary adjustments in the Paleolithic diet also are one of the reasons of Brain Fog.

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on April 23, 2014
at 03:59 AM

All of these theories about brain fog are wrong/incomplete.

In a sentence, brain fog is condition caused by oxidative stress and/or inflammation in the hypothalamus that is usually a result of an autoimmune disorder, but can also result from drugs and toxins.

Inflammation and oxidative stress cause each other, so in one sense they can almost be used interchangeably.

OS/Inflammation can directly target the hypothalamus or affect it indirectly if they occur peripherally to the hypothalamus such as when there is an increase OS load in the body..........

Read more:

http://selfhacked.com/2014/02/21/cause-brain-fog/

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on March 11, 2012
at 03:18 AM

Brain fog is from mold. All Paleo foods are low mold food. People think its sugar but its only because sugar is in most moldy food because it feeds mold.

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(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 02:14 PM

OK, so mold could be one of any number of things that can cause inflammation, which can lead to brain fog.

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(78417)

on March 11, 2012
at 06:49 PM

Possibly. I really wouldn't like to say though because I only had a very quick search. It wouldn't surprise if there are several things that can cause brain fog.

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(7275)

on March 11, 2012
at 04:03 AM

Can you provide sources for the brain fog / mold connection? Or at least a possible mechanism?

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on March 11, 2012
at 09:48 PM

http://www.ehso.com/ehshome/aflatoxin.php Aflatoxin is a potent human carcinogen. It is a naturally occurring toxic metabolite produced by certain fungi (Aspergillus flavis), a mold found on food products such as corn and peanuts, peanut butter. It acts as a potent liver carcinogen in rodents (and, presumably, humans). They are probably the best known and most intensively researched mycotoxins in the world. Aflatoxins have been associated with various diseases , such as aflatoxicosis , in livestock , domestic animals and humans throughout the world .

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on June 24, 2012
at 01:45 PM

Avoid all-ness statements like all paleo foods are low in mold

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(78417)

on March 11, 2012
at 09:03 AM

I just had a quick Google search and it turned loads of articles on the subject.

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