Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, researchers have found that there are a number of people with lasting symptoms; neurologic symptoms such as “brain fog” being one commonly reported.
According to certain studies, brain fog was reported as a complaint by 81% of participants (1).
It is believed that this brain fog occurs following COVID-19 because of the increased inflammatory response in the body to fight the disease. Inflammation, with or without a COVID-19 diagnosis, can contribute to brain fog and other cognitive disorders like Alzheimer's or dementia.
What is the Biggest Cause of Memory Loss?
I rarely contribute ailments like memory loss, low energy, weight gain, etc to just one cause. Instead, I try to take a whole body approach.
With that in mind, one of the leading causes of memory loss is inflammation as mentioned before. I’ve always said that chronic inflammation is the root of all evil.
Inflammation is the body’s normal response to foreign or harmful substances. Although it is meant to protect us, overtime if this response is not kept in check it can cause damage to vital structures like the brain.
Recent studies have discussed the link between chronic inflammation and memory loss, specifically related to Alzheimer’s disease. They found that higher levels of inflammation were associated with cognitive decline (2).
Having said that, keep in mind that memory loss can be related to more than just inflammation.
I always stress to people the importance of diet and stress reduction.
If you are not eating a proper diet that contains nutrient-rich food, it can lead to inflammation which can in turn contribute to memory loss.
The same goes for stress; if you do not take the proper measures, such as meditation or other stress reduction activities, the more at risk you are for inflammation and eventual cognitive issues.
And of course, there are certain medications, injuries such as severe head trauma, and diseases like hypothyroidism that have “brain fog” as a noted side effect.
That’s why it’s important for people to look at the root cause of a symptom such as brain fog before deciding on a course of action to resolve it.
What Can We Do About It?
There are multiple ways to address the issue of memory loss and brain fog.
Targeting inflammation is a good place to start. There are many ancient spices, like Turmeric, that have been well-studied when it comes to their anti-inflammatory effects.
And the best part is, these natural solutions can be easily woven into most health routines.
You can also target memory loss and brain fog through your diet. You can do this in two ways: avoid foods that cause inflammation and add more foods that reduce inflammation.
Some foods that cause inflammation include refined or processed carbohydrates, sweeteners or other sugar additives, and general “junk” items such as candy or fried foods.
On the other hand, some foods that reduce inflammation include leafy green vegetables, fatty fish, fruits, and olive oil.
I always suggest shopping organic or locally-sourced to ensure that you are getting the most nutrient-dense foods and avoiding any unnecessary and/or harmful additives.
You can also focus on stress reduction. Try setting aside 10 to 15 minutes each day to engage in activities such as deep breathing, stretching, and meditation.
Beyond targeting inflammation through natural solutions or changes in diet and stress, there are numerous herbs that have been studied in relation to cognitive health.
Some of the most popular include Acetyl Carnitine, Maca Root Extract, Panax Ginseng, and Green Tea Extract. These can also be found in KaraMD's Focus 365 product.
These ingredients may help increase energy, improve concentration, and enhance memory.