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Curcumin Can Help You Reclaim Your Mental Clarity
Did you know that the cloudy, distracting feeling you have in your head has a name? It is called brain fog and approximately 12 million people in the UK battle with it according to a report by the NHS. Brain fog manifests itself in numerous ways such as compromised articulation, difficulty focusing, and bad short-term memory. Some of the most prevalent causes of brain fog range from overworking and multi-tasking to substance abuse and vitamin deficiencies. As debilitating as this mental paralysis may be it is good to know that including a simple supplement, curcumin, into your lifestyle, you can improve your productivity and become an overall happier and healthier individual.
Curcumin may be the answer to all your prayers
What we eat has a direct effect on our brain’s ability to think clearly and be productive. Curcumin, which is found in turmeric, has been found to not only boost our working memory but also increases attention span and fights depression. While many individuals are only now starting to recognize the countless benefits of turmeric, it has long been used in traditional Chinese medicine as well as Ayurveda. The true power of curcumin lies in its ability to combat oxidative stress and providing a cleaner pathway and connections for your brain cells. All this is made possible because the curcominoids found in turmeric increase the bioavailability of DHA, a powerful omega-3 fatty acid.
Ways to incorporate curcumin into your diet
One of the easiest ways to incorporate turmeric (and curcumin) into your diet is by eating curry, as the brightly-coloured spice is a staple in most Indian dishes. You can also add a liberal amount of organic turmeric powder into your favourite soups, stews and smoothies for a potent cognitive boost. In addition to turmeric powder, you can also choose to invest in a quality turmeric extract or curcumin supplement from a reputable manufacturer.
Boosting your mental clarity even further
Apart from including healthy doses of curcumin in your diet, there are a number of other lifestyle changes you can make to help bust through your brain fog. Engaging in regular exercise, getting enough sleep, and eliminating certain stressors from your life can all significantly help in boosting your cognitive abilities. The changes can be small, and incorporated one at a time. If you aren’t up to gruelling gym sessions and marathon running don’t despair, even 20 minutes of brisk walking 3 times a week can clear your brain fog substantially. If you currently only sleep 6 hours a night, try up it to 7 and then, eventually, 8.
If your lack of mental clarity has you feeling despondent, don’t despair. By adding curcumin to your diet and following the guidelines above, coupled with plenty of relaxation you are bound to bust through your brain fog with ease, leaving you feeling happy, energetic and mentally alert.