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Secrets to Why Your Brain May Not Be Working Properly

There may be times when you feel mental confusion or fuzziness.  Many factors affect the brain’s function.  Since the brain utilizes up to 25% of the oxygen in the body, it must be pumped from the heart.  If you don’t exercise regularly and spend a lot of time sitting in a chair, you will experience mental dullness.  Get up and walk around or jog in place to get your circulation moving.  If you have sleep apnea or snore a lot, you are depriving your brain of oxygen.  You may want to be tested to make sure this is not your problem.

Other reasons why you may experience lack of mental clarity may include lack of sleep or oversleeping.  Poor diet can contribute by not nourishing your brain cells with the energy they need to function.  Medications and/or over the counter drugs can contribute to mental fuzziness as can allergies.  Depression causes lack of mental clarity. Stress can deplete the B vitamins in your system and take a toll on your brain.

Urinary tract infections can make it appear as if you have dementia but once it is cleared, you will be back to being your old self.  Research is finding that a B vitamin deficiency will affect mental functions.  Those who had normal levels of vitamins C, E and B scored higher on tests.  As the body ages, B vitamins do not replenish themselves so they must be supplemented to ensure your body is being adequately nourished.

Another reason your brain may not function properly is sugar level sensitivity.  If you have hypoglycemia, sugar levels may drop suddenly and your ability to remember or calculate will be affected.  Drinking alcohol can have the same effect temporarily.

What can you do?  Practice relaxing through meditation or breathing exercises.  This will activate the parasympathetic nervous system which tells your body to relax.  Breathe in to the count of 6; then breathe out to the count of 6.  Think of something that brings a smile to your face.  Practice breathing this way for 25 times.  You will find that you feel relaxed and sleep very deeply.  It also helps to release negative emotions because you reach a place of calm where you can think more clearly.  Therefore, your thoughts are more organized and dependable so you can make better decisions.

Lastly, lack of mental stimulation and social interactions will contribute to a dull mind.  Do something to have fun and invite others to join you.  Sponsor a game night and use games that are social and stimulate your brain.  Re-learn how to relax. And, most of all, laugh.  This releases endorphins which puts you in a good mood and more healing mode.

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