Originally published April 5 2011
Cope with brain fog and improve memory naturally
by Fleur Hupston
(NaturalNews) Loss of concentration or mental fogginess does not only afflict the elderly. Rushed modern living, technology overload, divorce and other stress factors contribute to distracted thinking. In addition, memory loss can be the result of heavy metal poisoning, traumas, certain vaccines, exposure to mold or chemicals and so on. Improve the memory with some simple home treatments.
Since the causes of brain fog are many and symptoms can range from absent-mindedness to dementia, before embarking on any home treatment, visit your naturopath or homeopath to try to find the cause and a suitable treatment.
Acute confusion is sometimes treated by homeopaths with belladonna. Chronic confusion is treated with alumina, where confusion is accompanied by irritability and obstinacy.
An imbalance of the mineral Silica causes poor memory, absent-mindedness and ponderous thought patterns and movements. Take tissue salt no. 12 (Silica) regularly to counter these difficulties.
Tissue salt no. 8 (Mag. Phos) helps when there is an inability to concentrate and for forgetfulness.
Traditionally, ginseng powder added to an herbal tea is used to improve the symptoms of poor memory, confusion and agitation.
Ensure sufficient intake of magnesium, calcium, vitamin B and fish oil to protect cells from the damaging effects of free radials.
Too much going on at once can definitely cause an inability to focus or concentrate. An old fashioned list that sets priorities is still one of the best ways to manage time. Computers, phones, TV, tending to kids and extramurals, and so on can contribute to disorganization. Have a technology break now and again.
Get enough sleep. Constant sleep interruptions can leave one with an inability to stay alert. Try having power naps during the day or going to bed earlier. See your naturopath if you suspect a sleep disorder.
Procrastination and poor work performance may be signs of job dissatisfaction, which can result in mind wandering and aimlessness. Yoga and meditation can counter the lack of concentration that results from stress.
Avoid artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and all foods containing refined sugar.
Keep consumption of alcohol to a minimum.
Stay away from additives such as sodium nitrite (an excitotoxin found in processed meats).
Avoid products containing monosodium glutamate (an excitotoxin).
Don't cook food in non-stick cookware. This can also affect brain function due to the toxins released from coated pots and pans at high temperatures.
Tissue Salts for Healthy Living by Margaret Roberts, pages 91-92, 2008 edition, published by Struik
About the authorFleur Hupston is a professional freelance writer. She is passionate about natural, healthy living and is currently studying to be a naturopath. She divides her time between writing for Natural News and various other sites, home schooling her children and studying part time.
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