I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Brain Fog Fix: Reclaim Your Focus, Memory, and Joy in Just 3 Weeks by Mike Dow
Published by Hay House on September 15th 2015
Genres: Diet & Nutrition, Healthy Living
A new epidemic is sweeping the country. Some people call it “ADHD,” “scatter brain,” or “brain fog.” And some people simply say they “just don’t feel like themselves”—and haven’t for a long time. People are thinking and feeling worse than ever. Why? Because our brains are not getting the support they need to produce the essential brain chemicals that keep us energized, calm, focused, and inspired. In fact, if you look at the way that most of us live, it’s almost as though we had chosen a lifestyle deliberately intended to undermine our brain chemistry. Fortunately, there is a solution. The Brain Fog Fix is a three-week program designed to help you naturally restore three of your brain’s most crucial chemicals: serotonin, dopamine, and cortisol. Rebalancing these three brain chemicals will, in turn, enable the rest of your brain’s chemistry to reach optimal levels. You will find yourself thinking more clearly, remembering more accurately, learning more quickly, and unleashing the floodgates of your creativity. You will also find yourself feeling more optimistic, calm, energized, connected, and inspired. The good news is that this is easier than you think. Instead of trying to ambitiously overhaul one aspect of your life entirely with some difficult-to-maintain resolution, begin by making small and achievable changes in many different areas of your life.
“If I’ve learned one thing from the thousands of people I’ve treated, it’s that you have to take the whole person into account if you want to think and feel better.” —Dr. Mike Dow
Holy information overload! This is amazing just be prepared for lots of highlights or note taking. I pulled out a new notebook just to write down the most important stuff and wound up highlighting and sending texts to my hubby for stuff I did not want to forget!
Although chock full of information, it is set up in a way that is completely readable. One task is taken on at a time. Mike Dow also explains everything with backup. He does not say anything without having his resources. There are so many studies that it is getting hard to know what is good for you and what is bad. He helps get through the quagmire one step at a time.
According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, only 17 percent of American adults are considered to be in a state of “optimal mental health.”
The part on dieting is amazing and is probably my favorite. I have heard many of the same things that Mike Dow talks about but having scientific info to back it up helps me understand the why behind it. But, don’t get me wrong, there is not a bunch of scientific jargon that is going to make your head spin either.
The next few chapters move from diets to how we conduct our lives in this digital age. We all know that social media is actually doing the opposite of connecting us. Mike Dow explains exactly how this is happening and why this affects our lives in a negative way.
Depression. Anxiety. Sleeplessness. Forgetfulness. Confusion. Dementia.
The two chapters before he delves into the actually program, he also discusses the difficult changes in life; being a mom and senior moments. Those I just skimmed since my daughter is 23 and I’m hopefully a few years away from senioritis! THEN he delves into the real work. I’m currently in the middle of this but enjoying it so far. It is going to take work but I’m excited.
The most interesting work portion is the spiritual week. I’m really looking forward to digging deep and starting meditations daily. 12 minutes a day is something everyone can do!
One study showed that meditation improved attention while decreasing fatigue and anxiety with just 20 minutes of practice for five consecutive days. Another study showed that the benefits of meditation were apparent in brain scans and improved subjects’ memories with just 12 minutes a day of practice.
In short: LOADS of information. Only a few things that I would disagree with (sleep patterns but I’ve found a good rhythm for my body). Really excited about the weekly plans.