Eating pistachios can help clear up foggy thinking.

Eating pistachios can help clear up foggy thinking.

Brain fog is the casual name for the mild confusion, forgetfulness and dull feeling that characterizes the condition of mental fatigue. You know you are mentally fatigued when you forget where you left your car, try to make a call with your television remote or go to the store and buy everything except what you intended to go there for in the first place.

Common causes of brain fog include aging, low blood sugar, high blood sugar, chronic fatigue, gluten intolerance, overworking, a lack of sleep and nervous tension. Foggy thinking is also caused by diabetes, a bipolar disorder or a candida yeast infection Many medications also cause confusion and affect your clarity of thinking including antibiotics, blood pressure pills, medications for incontinence, cough syrups and prescription pain killers and muscle relaxants.

Adhering to our holistic theory that food is your best medicine for most things that ail you, you might try consuming these affordable every day items on a daily basis to try and feel better.


Avocados are rich in a substance called oleic acid; a fatty helps protect the myelin sheath of the brain. This myelin sheath brain that cloaks your nerves is like a cord that encases wiring and the stronger it is, the easier it is for your working memory to behave in a fast an efficient manner. There are scores of ways to add more avocados to your diet including adding it to smoothies, salads and sandwiches and of course consuming in the form of guacamole.


Beans of all kinds are a beneficial source of complex carbohydrates that are also rich in chromium and B vitamins. They help supply a steady supply of fuel to the brain, which prevents the rapid drops and spiking of blood sugar that causes lapses of mental clarity. The best beans are the broader, flatter white types, such as navy and broad beans, as they contain the highest levels of chromium. Avoid slathering bean dishes in sauces that contain too much sugar or eating canned beans in tomato sauce as the high sugar and sodium content in these products.


Beets contain nitrates that actually boost blood flow to the brain, which in turn, can help improve your mental performance. They also reduce inflammation and help rid your blood of toxins that might be contributed to the impairment of your cognition. Beets can be roasted and tossed into salad. Roasted beets are particularly delicious when eaten with goat cheese and arugula.

Blueberries and Blackberries

Dark colored berries such as blueberries and blackberries contain high levels of antioxidants called anthocyns that protect your brain cells from oxidative damage, which in turn help preserve your memory and cognitive functions. If you need to think better while on your feet, then eat raw or frozen blueberries every day. It is easy to add blueberries to your daily diet. They are excellent in pancakes, added to oatmeal and in smoothies and muffins. You can eat them raw in salads, in gelatin or with cheese.


Broccoli, which can be eaten raw or steamed contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Vitamin K and choline, which prevent inflammatory conditions of the brain, mostly related to aging that can cause a temporary loss of working memory capacity. Eat broccoli once a day to keep blood sugars level. If you eat it as a mid-afternoon snack with a dip, that is even better, especially if you find yourself needing to keep up intense levels of concentration at work.

 Dark Chocolate

Dark chocolate contains a bit of caffeine and also theobromine, a natural stimulant that helps boost your thinking and your mood by stimulating the production of endorphins in your brain. The cacao butter in dark chocolate also contains essential fatty acids that are beneficial for the myelin sheath. For best results, buy premium chocolate that has at least 70% cacao in it.


Salmon and other fatty fish contain very high levels o mega-3 fatty acids as well as B vitamins and a powerful antioxidant and sub-form of Vitamin A called astaxanthin that protect your blood vessels from oxidative damage. Buy wild Pacific salmon, which is more likely to be richer in antioxidants and also less likely to be contaminated with mercury.

Seeds and Nuts

Both nuts and seeds contain protein, omega-3 fatty acids, Vitamin E, selenium, zinc and magnesium, all of which are essential for brain health. Seeds and nuts such as pistachio seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, cashews, peanuts and walnuts can be added to salads, smoothies or yogurt or simply consumed as a snack while you are on the run.

For more information about naturally boosting your memory or to book a consultation about anti-aging, naturopathic testing, weight loss programs or any health issue you may be experiencing, visit the Pinewood Natural Healthcare Centre website that has a list of full services and products at or call our Toronto Office at  (416)-656- 8100.  We also have an office in Pickering, Ontario at (905)-427-0057. You can also email us at and we would be happy to answer any question that you have about our holistic health services.


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