When I see clients with brain fog, my very first recommendation is to check out their digestive health. Again, and again, I’m seeing very low levels of beneficial bacteria in patients with severe brain fog. Cognitive function tends to be particularly bad is a comprehensive stool analysis shows one or two cultures with Candida and almost no beneficial bacteria. Brain fog becomes worse if there are also issues with parasites, harmful bacteria, or high levels of inflammation.
A comprehensive, three sample, stool analysis is one of the best investigations to do if you are having severe problems with brain fog.
Many of the clients I see with brain fog has a history of multiple courses of antibiotics. I remember one client I saw who lead quite a healthy lifestyle but had taken antibiotics on several occasions for acne. He came to my office with terrible brain fog.
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I always ask my clients to look for possible causes of the brain fog. The kind of work that I do is a bit like a detective. You need to do your own detective work because you’re not seeing me. Think carefully about what you did and what you took before the brain fog developed? Did you take drugs? Did you drink a lot of alcohol? What kind of lifestyle did you have? What happened before the brain fog? Were you working with any toxic chemicals? You didn’t just wake up one day, “Hello, I’ve got brain fog. I was perfect yesterday.”
Generally, I find there’s a very powerful connection between the small intestine and the brain. Don’t forget that the most significant part of your immune system resides in about three inches of the small intestine. That small part of the duodenum has a very profound effect on what’s happening in your primary brain. A stool test will allow you to understand what needs to be addressed in your intestine. Treating any health condition, including brain fog, should be based on thorough investigations and not just speculation.
If you’ve got Candida, get it treated. If you’ve got a lack of beneficial bacteria, get it treated. Brain fog is a terrible condition, but it’s certainly treatable.