Could a life spent indoors be contributing to your brain fog? Researchers from Colorado have published a new study declaring that being outside is not only good for our bodies, but it’s good for our brains. The research shows that we can’t think as clearly when we’re in offices and buildings breathing in everyone else’s recycled carbon dioxide.
To be honest, although Prof Shirley Miller who runs the Environmental Engineering Programme at the University of Colorado has discovered the whys and wherefores, my Mum could’ve told you this. How many of us as children were instructed to get outside – the fresh air will do you good!
Neurological effects of indoor pollutants
Rather more scientifically-based than our Mums’ collective wisdom, Ms Miller has found that some of the compounds emitted by people in indoor environments can cause neurological effects such as headaches.
Add to this the many household and consumer products that contain air contaminants that have harmful effects, and the air that we breathe in our houses and workplaces can be a toxic cocktail.
Your brain fog
More than this, this research also showed that CO2 pollution indoors can affect the way we process information, the way we think and our decision-making abilities - that is our cognitive ability.
What can you do?
If you live in an urban environment it won’t necessarily help to open the windows, as the air outside may simply add to the indoor pollution. So although investing in an air filter will help to dilute a build up of indoor pollutants the easiest answer could be to listen to your Mum after all, and spend more time outside.
Heavy metal toxicity
Lead, cadmium and zinc are some of the toxic heavy metals found in polluted air. Others such as mercury, aluminium, copper, nickel and arsenic are also present in other things we come into contact with every day, such as metal cookware, and pesticides and herbicides sprayed on our food. Toxic heavy metals oxidise over time, causing inflammation that can damage virtually every system and organ, including our brain and other parts of our nervous system.
Not only are heavy metals damaging in their own right, they are also a neurotoxin (a poison that disrupts nerve function and confuses your immune system), inflaming and irritating our central nervous system, causing brain fog.
A conventional medical approach to treating your Hashimoto's would not take into account the effect of this heavy metal toxicity on your immune system - but a professional homeopath can detox this build up of heavy metals that have damaging effects on your immune and nervous systems, and contribute to your brain fog.
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