May Minutes 2015

GAPS Meeting Notes

Brain Fog

Brain fog is mentioned many times in blogs and books and articles, but what is it? A survey of each of us at our GAPS meeting indicated that it is altered consciousness and decreased mental alertness/function that can occur quickly and be persistent. We all agreed it could be life threatening while driving. It was compared to “chemo brain” in our group and also in blogs. An article online on WebMD offered advice such as being more organized, writing things down, and basically, learning to live in spite of it.

In our group discussion we tried to identify triggers. Some that we felt were key were sleep deficit, stress, and eating food away from home that had questionable, unknown ingredients. It seems apparent that toxins are an issue with brain fog; either ingestion of too many or our body’s ability to eliminate them are compromised. Most likely both. For example, none of the systems of our body work as well when sleep is compromised, so ingestion of toxins after a sleep deficit might be more likely to induce brain fog than if those same toxins were ingested while being well-rested.

The most important thing with brain fog is to address it in a safe way. If plagued with it while driving, taking a break is imperative.

We discussed various methods of detoxification. Those were:
1. B vitamins
2. Saunas, near and far infrared
3. Dry Brushing
4. Epsom salt soaks
5. Baking soda shampoos/soaks
6. Castor oil packs
7. Coffee enemas
8. Fasting (while avoiding hypoglycemia!)
9. Iodine therapy
10. Cod liver oil
11. Vitamin C
12. Balanced activity, not too much, not too little
13. Healthy Fats
14. Broth
15. Grounding
16. Rebounding
17. Aromatherapy/Essential oils
18. Sleeping in the dark
19. Minimizing EMFs

Great discussion! Hopefully we can each incorporate more simple detoxification into our daily lives.