Feeling scattered and unfocused all the time? It might feel natural to reach for coffee, but I’ll show you how coffee can make your brain fog worse and what to do instead.
The conventional do-it-yourself approach to dealing with the fatigue and brain fog is to rely on stimulants like coffee and energy drinks that contain high levels of caffeine. Like many over-the-counter things we use, people assume that it’s safe to use all the time.
While caffeine may be good for a quick burst of energy, your health can take a hit if you are over-consuming it. Additionally, it doesn’t address the root cause of your brain fog, and brain fog can be a sign that your brain health is at risk. Or that some other systemic illnesses and issues need attention. Using too much caffeine can work against you and affect your cortisol levels. Cortisol is a hormone that helps control mood by elevation and even fear.
You’ve heard of adrenaline, right? Your adrenal glands are these triangle-shaped organs that sit on top of your kidneys and release the cortisol hormone. Cortisol is important for blood pressure. It helps reduce inflammation and helps with energy to handle stress, and plays a role in your sleep cycle.
Suppose you’re experiencing constant stress, which I like to refer to as perpetual environmental stress. In that case, your cortisol alarm button stays “on.” When its button stays on all the time, you can experience health issues such as anxiety, depression, heart disease, difficulty sleeping, brain fog, fatigue, and even weight gain.
So, should you caffeine up or not? Relying on caffeine throughout the day will only contribute to more issues; drinking caffeinated products and more is the underlying reason for your chronic tiredness and fatigue. It’s important to look for the underlying root cause of your fatigue and not just take a band-aid approach by using caffeine daily.
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