Removing the Brain Fog with MCT Oil
July 30, 2018
Posted by Simply GOODFATS
Have you ever suffered from a post-breakfast or post-lunch “brain fog?” You know, that feeling when your brain isn’t firing on all cylinders, you’re processing the world at a glacial pace, and productivity is virtually impossible? Well, trust us, you’re not alone. This experience affects a large number of people every day and it occurs due to differing factors. One of the most common triggers is prevalent because millions of people engage it in a daily – cereal, bagels, pasta, sandwiches – why yes, it’s a carb-heavy meal.
The current keto movement exists to counteract adverse physical symptoms caused by diet, especially those caused by eating an overabundance of carbs. This foggy, zombie-like experience is an inhibitor to good health and true wellness. A keto diet can assist in reducing or even eliminating the brain fog cycle as you know it. Science reinforces this idea, as studies have shown a direct correlation between ketone levels in the blood (a marker that ketosis is occurring within the body) and cognitive function. This was revealed through key measurement tests known as the Digit Span test and the Trail-Marking test:
“Peak ketone body levels were recorded between the 90-minute mark and 180-minute mark. Compared to the control group (not keto), the intervention group (keto group) had significantly higher scores on the Digit Span test (90 mins) and Trail-Making test (180 mins). There was also a positive correlation noticed between improvements in the Trail-Making test and levels of ketone bodies at 180 minutes.”
The Digit Span test is designed to assess verbal short-term memory and temporary storage of information; this is crucial in everyday tasks, such as remembering a telephone number or understanding long sentences. In our day-to-day life, it is a common mental duty to convert short, quick conversations into actionable results for our partner, boss, family, or friends.
The Trail-Marking test focuses more on the processing and juggling of information, a skill that can be particularly impactful for professional settings and maintaining a family. This test assesses the subject’s ability to quickly convert visual stimuli into information, as well as the ability of the brain to switch between tasks that require different lines of thought. How often have you felt stretched in 6 different directions as you struggle to balance everything on your plate? This test essentially seeks to measure just that: the brain’s ability to bounce between tasks, as well as its strength in tracking those tasks simultaneously.
With these two cognitive testing methods, science has uncovered a beneficial link between the human body in a state of ketosis and the brain’s ability to function at its most optimal. Now the question remains: how best can you take advantage of the cognitive-boosting power of keto? Here are some pro tips for embracing the keto movement:
- -Fats first: Make sure your breakfast and lunch are focused on, and primarily composed of, high volumes of good fats. Try to limit your carbohydrate intake to dinnertime.
- – Organic MCT Oil: We recommend 3 tablespoons per day. You can include it in your smoothies, drinks, food, or even on its own.
- – Slowly work your body into ketosis by first incorporating the routines needed to kickstart the autophagy process
This transition from a carb-heavy diet to one with an emphasis on good fats is a key first step toward dissolving brain fog and allowing your mental ability to reach its peak.
~The Good People at Simply GOODFATS