In your busy, full and sometimes stressful daily life, it’s normal to occasionally be off your game. Somedays, you just forget what you went into the supermarket for, or you can’t focus on the important meeting at work. That’s totally normal.
But brain fog is on a whole other level. And it can have a serious impact on your life when it’s more frequent or more intense.
With medicinal mushrooms like Lion’s Mane, which are not psychedelic and are continually proving themselves in scientific research, you could beat the brain fog as well as support your overall health.
Want to uncover what these smart fungi can do for you? Let’s dig in.
What Is Brain Fog?
We’ve all had a touch of brain fog at some point, but for some people, it’s more than just forgetting why you walked into a room.
The most common characteristics of brain fog are feeling confused more often than normal, being noticeably forgetful and struggling to focus on tasks or get mental clarity. On the surface, it doesn’t seem like that big of a deal, but constant or recurring brain fog can impact all areas of your life.
The symptoms of brain fog can be caused by a variety of things, some of them obvious, like not sleeping well or being more stressed than usual (hey, it’s hard not to be stressed these days).
When we take brain fog all the way back to its root, scientists think that it's caused by the presence of excessive inflammation as well as changes in the hormones that regulate your mood, energy and focus.
Sometimes it’s hard to know if you’re dealing with brain fog or something worse, as brain fog can go hand in hand with many other conditions. But as long as you’re keeping in touch with your GP if you’re having any other un-fog-related problems, then it’s good to know how to identify brain fog on your own.
The kind of things you’ll notice with brain fog are the symptoms that are outside of your normal baseline of what doctors call ‘cognition’, which is a snooty way of saying ‘thinking’.
With brain fog, several things will affect your thinking abilities…
- Trouble remembering things or recalling information
- Lack of clarity and/or focus
- Inability to concentrate
- “Fuzzy” thinking
- Slower reaction times
- Difficulty making decisions
If you’re struggling with more than a few of these, brain fog is probably to blame.
What Leads to Brain Fog?
As we mentioned before, just a bad night’s sleep or a bad time of the month can affect your ‘fog levels’. But brain fog can be caused by a long list of other things, some of them more serious and some of them easier fixes than others.
Everything from vitamin deficiencies and menopausal hormone changes to a lack of exercise can leave your head feeling fuzzy.
Fortunately, most of the causes of brain fog can be managed or treated with quality dietary supplements or lifestyle changes.
That’s where Lion’s Mane comes in, as this particular mushroom is more than a silly mycelium. It’s a powerful immune booster, stress-buster and anti-inflammatory. If you haven’t already noticed, we adore Lion’s Mane for its many proven health benefits, but here’s exactly how it can support you if you’re wading through brain fog currently.
Reducing Stress For A Clearer Head
Stress isn’t all in your head!
Stress has been shown to have real physical effects on your thinking power and your body in general. There’s everything from stress-related tummy problems to stress-induced aches and pains, not to mention brain fog and memory problems.
These physiological effects can be more intense, especially if you’re dealing with chronic (long-term) stressors like a high-pressure job, an illness of your own or an unwell relative.
Lion’s Mane helps to reduce anxiety by regenerating brain cells in the hippocampus, which can help you regulate your emotional response. Because Lion’s Mane is so good at supporting your brain, it can also reduce or eliminate the possibility of stress-induced physiological changes, like damage to neural pathways and memory.
Better Sleep Is Your Natural De-Fogger
It’s hard to find that sweet spot with sleep because both too much and too little sleep can give you a foggy brain that simply won’t concentrate on the task at hand or work as fast as you’d like.
Some sleep deprivation studies have shown how our brain cells actually lose the ability to communicate with each other when we haven’t slept enough, and this is what leads to those annoying but temporary lapses in memory and focus.
Luckily, lack of sleep is something that the Lion’s Mane mushroom has recently been shown to help with! In a new pilot study, Lion’s Mane was found to support a more restful sleep in a test pool of women studying for their undergraduate degrees.
That means Lion’s Mane can help you get the rest your brain cells need even at stressful times.
Is Inflammation Behind Your Foggy Brain?
Think of inflammation as your brain and body’s arch nemesis.
This nemesis can wreak havoc without you ever noticing it’s been there, and the annoying part is that inflammation is often in town for a huge number of reasons.
Since inflammation has been connected to brain fog in various studies, it makes sense to call in the hero… or rather, the anti-inflammation hero.
Lion’s Mane has some impressive anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects that can easily be used to fight off brain fog induced by inflammation or other oxidative stresses.
When you’ve reduced that inflammation, you’ll find it easier to fight off and eventually get rid of the symptoms of brain fog. This is in part because reducing inflammation helps improve blood flow, which in turn lets more oxygen into the brain and aids in our critical thinking.
Fighting Depression & Anxiety With A Lion At Your Side
Depression and anxiety are mood disorders that are frequently seen together with brain fog. When you’re dealing with this unhappy combo, it can be hard to get anything done, difficult to feel motivated or to concentrate.
As you might have noticed by now, these kinds of cognitive problems all stem from some kind of imbalance or poor connection in the brain. Lion’s Mane supports your overall brain health by increasing the amount of something called Nerve Growth Factor (NGF). This mystery brain juice is responsible for improving the growth of the myelin sheath that surrounds nerves.
The chemical compounds that Lion’s Mane brings into your brain stimulate growth and development by encouraging more of this NGF to be produced.
Overall, Lion’s Mane has been found to have a positive effect on people with depression, being praised for its ‘anti-depressant-like qualities’.
It All Starts In Your Gut
Ever heard of gut dysbiosis? Most people haven’t, but it could be the culprit behind your brain fog. Because your body is a careful and intricate balance of microbes, and your gut biome is one of the most important, it makes sense that the disruption (dysbiosis) could cause your thinking problems.
Now, before you tell us ‘surely Lion’s Mane can’t do that too’, well…
Lion’s Mane contains as many as 70 bioactive metabolites. Basically, that means there are a lot of ways this medicinal mushroom can work in your body
One of Lion’s Mane’s most researched attributes is how it helps to boost your immunity. It does this by enhancing the immune function in your gut, which leads to a balanced immune response and lowers your risk of allergies, illness and - you guessed it - brain fog.
Ready To Try Lion’s Mane To Fight Brain Fog?
If you’re struggling with brain fog, memory problems and a lack of focus, then Lion’s Mane could be the helpful little fungi for you. Taken in specific dosages in a high-quality extract form, this mushroom can solve your brain fog at its source.Find out more about our 100% hot water extract Lion’s Mane capsules and see what this clever shroom can do for you.