5 Natural Ways To Beat Fibro Fog

While it’s normal to let a friend’s birthday slip by, or forget to pick up your clothes from the drycleaner before it closes, fibromyalgia patients could swear their memory is slipping into a fog daily.

As if the aches, pains, fatigue and other symptoms of fibromyalgia aren’t bad enough, many of these episodes bring on additional fear: In some cases, a fibro patient can endure several seconds of complete disorientation, not even sure of where she is.

5 Natural Ways To Beat Fibro FogAnd it’s not her imagination. For the fibromyalgia sufferer, memory lapses — also called “fibro fog” or “brain fog” — are a very real concern.

Studies have shown that fibro fog sufferers do have a different level of brain loss (an actual decrease of grey matter in the brain), but (good news!) the memory problems are not related to Alzheimer’s.

Several fibromyalgia experts offer great tips for beating fibro fog. The top five:

1. Step out into nature – The beauty and simplicity of natural surroundings can actually help your prefrontal cortex (the part of your brain that helps you focus) to “reset.” Step out into a quiet back yard, listen to some birds chirp for awhile, take a stroll through a park or meadow, or lay out under the stars for a few minutes.

2. Exercise — Kicking your exercise regimen into gear increases the part of the brain involved in memory. Thirty minutes a day is a good amount of time to be active.

3. Get enough sleep – Starting the day alert and well rested is important to beating fibro fog. If you have trouble sleeping, try a hot bath before bed, move the clock out of sight, don’t drink alcohol in the evenings, and cut off caffeine by 4 p.m. These tips can help you sleep better.

4. Change your routine — Try to mix up what you do on a regular basis. Dine in a new restaurant, shop at a new store, get a new workout going, or start a conversation with someone in line at Starbucks. Anything that stimulates your mind will help to improve memory.

5. Say “om” — Yoga, tai chi and meditation can improve sleep problems, fatigue, poor memory and anxiety, which tend to trigger brain fog.

The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only and is not, nor is it ever intended to be, a substitute for professional medical advice or professional recommendations, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician(s) or other qualified healthcare provider(s).

Laurie Sanchez is a writer and editor at Lifescript.com, a website devoted to women’s health, where she disperses daily health tips about fibro and other conditions. Read more about treatments of fibromyalgia at Lifescript’s new online Fibromyalgia Health Center.

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