As the saying goes, you are what you eat.
Everything you put in your body is either helping you or hurting you.
And though it may sound scary, the reality is some of the foods you are eating are causing you to have serious brain fog.
But don’t fret!
Protecting your brain is as simple as changing your diet.
Here are 5 foods that cause brain fog and must immediately be eliminated from your diet.
When it comes to the worst foods for your brain cured meat is pretty close to the top of the list.
While we ourselves love to have a little pastrami every now and then, we also realize having it too often is not good for the brain.
Cured meats such as bacon, pastrami, prosciutto, and capicola are high in both salt and protein.
Anytime you eat too much cured meat your body has to use more water to flush out the nitrogen that naturally occurs in excess salt and protein.
Because your body has to use more water to flush out your system you increase your chances of becoming dehydrated.
And according to Military Medicine, when you are dehydrated your brain does not function the way that it should.
You will become easily distracted and less likely to stay focused on any single task.
To avoid becoming easily distracted you should limit the amount of salty meats you consume on a daily basis.
If you have a day where you overindulge in such meats, make sure you drink plenty of water so you can remain hydrated and flush it out as quickly as possible.
For most people dipping their sushi in a bit of soy sauce is no big deal.
But when you consider one tablespoon of soy sauce is all it takes to hit 40 percent of the recommended daily intake of salt you start to see just how big of a deal it really is.
So what exactly does salty food have to do with brain fog?
More than you probably realize.
According to a study published in Hypertension journal, eating too many foods that are high in salt and sodium can lead to hypertension.
Once you develop hypertension blood flow to the brain can be severely restricted.
When this happens you will have trouble focusing, your organizational skills will be negatively affected, and you will have trouble remembering things.
Consuming too much salt can also lead to mild dehydration and an imbalance of your electrolytes, both of which can make it very difficult to maintain focus.
The next time you head out for sushi request low sodium soy sauce and keep your portions small.
You can also opt for eel sauce which has more of a teriyaki taste.
Replacing soy sauce with low sodium soy sauce will cut your sodium intake in half.
This simple swap will ensure your brain remains laser focused.
Before you grab that muffin for breakfast you need to stop and really think about what you are eating.
While trans fats are no longer a part of many of the products found on store shelves, there are still trace amounts that can be found in certain packaged foods.
Unfortunately commercial muffins are one of those foods that contain trans fat.
And as you very well know, trans fat is known for causing all sorts of issues with the brain.
Commercial muffins also contain high fructose corn syrup and soybean oil. Both of which can contribute to a wider waistline.
Being that one blueberry muffin has around 400 calories, you may even develop a muffin top.
Stay away from the commercial muffins as they are one of the worst foods for your brain.
When it comes to taking care of your brain, fried foods is the worst type of food you can eat.
French fries in particular can clog your arteries and put you at great risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
According to research, these brain slowing properties can be attributed to the amount of cholesterol found in fried foods.
We all love ice cream.
It is the perfect treat after a long hard day.
The problem is, while ice cream tastes good, its not good for your brain or your waistline.
Haagen Dazs, which just may be the best ice cream in the world, has 10 grams of saturated fat in every half cup.
That same half cup also contains 19 grams of sugar.
When you combine saturated fat and sugar you have a recipe for disaster.
This combination can lead to diminishing cognitive skills as well as memory issues.
Instead of ice cream you should opt for a big cup of delicious Greek yogurt.
Throw a few blueberries on top and you have yourself a tasty treat that won’t expand your waistline.
Blueberries have been known to slow down cognitive decline and keep your brain running at optimum levels.