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need advice on how to cure brain fog

Commented on December 09, 2014
Created November 19, 2014 at 2:33 PM

Hi! I really need advice! 

A few years ago I started experiencing brain fog, digestive problems, weight gain, bone pain, extreme fatigue, etc.

Last year I've read about candida and decided to try the diet. I've lost so much weight that I was under weight. (Went from 62kg to 45kg in 2 months) luckily the bone pain and fatigue improved, but not the brain fog.

During this year I had so many set backs (got intense cravings, couldn't stop eating nuts and tomatoes) and it got so bad that I stuffed my face with chocolates. I even gained all the weight back and more.

The dietician put me on ultra Inflamx now to calm the inflammation in my gut. But I'm scared to drink it for too long because of the carbs and rice protein. I also don't digest any of my food. She wants me to eat grains and starchy veg and legumes.. but I'm refusing.

(I drink digestive enzymes, probiotics, milk thistle, NAC, L-glutathione.and sometimes oregano oil.)

Does anyone have any advise on how to get rid of this brain fog? and does anyone have good suggestions on what to eat? (I can't digest foods, so It must be easy digestible foods)

Does anyone else experience extremely bad constant brain fog and what helps you to feel better? :-)

Can't wait to hear from you! 

 

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on November 21, 2014
at 03:09 PM

Get a real doctor, stop ignoring their advice. Dump the worthless supplments. Do a proper elimination diet. I know, that will take you 6-12 months to accomplish, but that's what you might have to do. And even then, diet does not fix everything. If you're broken, some veggies and going grain-free isn't likely going to fix you. 

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on November 23, 2014
at 01:37 PM

Have you been checked for celiac?  The bone pain sounds really worrisome; glad it improved.  

Have you had your thyroid checked?  

I am not really sure what you mean by "can't digest foods."  You may need to try different brand or dose of digestive and pancreatic enzymes to address that.  A functional medicine doc will be a big help there.  

I would encourage you to consider 'safe" and resistant starches as an important part of fixing a damaged microbiome (intestinal flora). Some carbs may well be appropriate for you at this time.    The Cooling Inflammation blog is worth a look, also the AnimalPharm blog.  She mentions brain fog here:

http://drbganimalpharm.blogspot.com/2013/09/my-n1-pre-and-post-microbiome-digestion.html

90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

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on December 09, 2014
at 11:07 PM

I second the recommendation for Cooling Inflammation. That blog imparted information critical to my recovery!

 

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on November 21, 2014
at 01:17 PM

You have a lot going on and your symptoms could be caused by something that can't be remedied by a simple change in diet. As someone else noted you should probably work with a doctor or nutritionist.

One guess I can make is that I'm guessing that you are on a low carb diet, and many report "brain fog" or inconsistent energy when on a low carb diet.  Many people have trouble sticking to a low carb diet for a long time.  You may try adding back some carbs.  One way to do this is to only eat carbs after a good strength-based workout.

I am not a big supplement person and rarely take them but one supplement you might try is fish oil which has many positive effects one of which is improved cognition.

However I would talk to your doctor / nutritionist about this too.

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on November 20, 2014
at 10:31 PM

I suspect that the reason no one's answered this question is that is seems to complex for a bio-hack suggested by laypeople.  You might consider working with a doctor who specializes in functional medicine.

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90bcfafd2ef73fea5398c483c593349e

on December 09, 2014
at 11:06 PM

Try the Autoimmune Protocol (AIP). A round of that with some good probiotics and resistant starch cured me of a long list of health problems. Give it a shot!

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on December 03, 2014
at 03:47 PM

Some things for your attention, read more about them and make informed decisions:

1. Raw juicing. See documentaries such as Food Matters, Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead.

3. After that and in addition to that, Autoimmune Paleo diet for a while. Unprocessed food from scratch.

2. Always clean water, if you can afford it (not tap water, not Brita-filtered water, not reverse osmosis water).

3. Full chemical cleanup of your environment: no common toothpaste, shampoos, conditioners, soaps, lotions, deodorants, perfumes, laundry and dish detergents, cleaning supplies, paint, lacquers, aerosols, artificial scents and so on. Replace plastics in household by wood, natural fabrics or fibers, glass, no plastic containers for food storage. Ideally back to cleaning by baking soda and vinegar, there are similar simple recipes of homemade shampoos, coconut oil and deodorant and hand cream. Acceptable solutions could be commercially produced healthy soap alternatives, as Soap Works, toothpastes as Green Beaver, specialized laundry mixes and so forth. No fragrances, SLS, titanium in list of ingredients. See Dr. Myhill website, search for Hulda Clark chemical cleanup (it doen't matter if you agree or disagree with her other approaches), multipe chemical sensitivity (MLS) chemical cleanup (again, it doesn't matter if you have it, just reduce your current chemical load) or FM, for the same reason. Recipes should be there.

4. Drastically reduce virtual life: TV, Internet, even reading.Use timer for keeping track how much time you spent on it. Use Pommodoro technique for focusing ona single task for a short periods of time.

5. Seriously increase exposure to nature: sun, wind, sounds of nature (real life, not out of box), visual stimulation by observing compex forms of plants, bright flowers and leaves colors, plants inside house are not enough. If you can move during outdoor time, even better.

6. Rest, relax and sleep more. TV, reading and Internet do not count as a rest.

7. After Autoimmune Paleo, try Failsafe diet principles, it could be sensitivity to colorants or additives to food.

8. Give it time, 6 months - 2 yrs. Should help, but no guarantee.

Best of luck to you!

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on November 21, 2014
at 03:37 PM

I've noticed that web surfing has affected my short term memory. The web has become a crutch for recall. Remembering names for instance. Others are noticing this too 

http://www.nofap.org/forum/showthread.php?6379-Reducing-brain-fog

Besides cutting back on web surfing, caffeine and exercising have helped me. I use carbs to support the exercise, so in a sense they cure my brain fog.

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