Why your brain is not working

Why your brain is not working

Introduction to Cognitive Symptoms

Brain dysfunction, often referred to as cognitive impairment, is an early sign that your brain requires a tune-up. These symptoms may stem from various contributors. We are interested in WHAT your brain-related problem is (your diagnosis) and WHY you have it (underlying causes). Brain dysfunction ranges from common occurrences like temporary forgetfulness, poor attention or focus, and slowed processing speeds to difficulty with word finding, challenges in recalling names, and a number of other symptoms often referred to as "brain fog." Frequent brain fog can lead to more severe and chronic conditions such as dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Early recognition of these symptoms and a better understanding of their causes is a vital step in maintaining and improving your brain health.

Common Symptoms of Brain Fog

Cognitive symptoms can manifest in various ways, impacting memory, attention, problem-solving abilities, and language skills. Some common symptoms include:


  • Memory Loss: While occasional forgetfulness is normal, persistent memory issues may indicate underlying health concerns. If your friends or loved ones tell you that you are more forgetful, it's time to get tested.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: Often referred to as brain fog, this can affect your ability to focus and process information. If you started medications for ADHD or think you need them as an adult, it's time to get tested.
  • Language Difficulties: Struggling to find the right words or follow conversations can be a sign of cognitive decline. If you constantly struggle to find your words, it's time to get tested.
  • Impaired Judgment: Changes in decision-making abilities can be subtle but significant. If you are noting that you have personality changes or are making decisions that are not consistent with your character, it's time to get tested.

Have You Tested the Health of Your Brain?

You've probably had a wellness visit and had your blood tested (blood counts, metabolic health, cholesterol, thyroid, etc.). You may have had a mammogram, hearing test, DEXA scan, or colonoscopy. But have you ever tested your brain health?


  • Aging: Natural aging can lead to changes in cognitive functions and make your brain less resilient.
  • Medical Conditions: Conditions like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and autoimmunity can lead to neurological challenges and put you at higher risk of dementia.
  • Lifestyle Factors: A diet rich in fast and processed foods, lack of exercise, poor sleep, and dental decay can lead to brain fog and neurological disorders.
  • Stress and Mental Health: Chronic stress and mental health challenges like depression and anxiety can affect brain health and lead to neurological disorders.

Proactive Steps for Brain Health

Understanding why you have brain fog is just the beginning. Taking proactive steps to identify risk factors will help you age gracefully and improve your brain health:


  • Regular Health Check-ups: Early detection of brain-related issues can reduce your risk of dementia, Alzheimer's, and other neurological disorders.
  • Healthy Lifestyle Choices: A balanced diet, regular physical activity, and sufficient sleep are crucial for brain health.
  • Brain Training and Mental Stimulation: Engaging in activities that challenge your brain can improve brain health and keep you mentally sharp.
  • Stress Management: Techniques like meditation, yoga, and mindfulness can reduce stress and its impact on cognitive health.

Brain fog and brain dysfunction, often called cognitive symptoms, should be a call to action! By understanding these symptoms and their causes, you can take meaningful steps toward preserving and enhancing your cognitive well-being. Remember, proactive measures today can lead to a healthier, sharper mind tomorrow.

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