Have you ever experienced brain fog where you lose your ability to think?
Or maybe your mind feels “fuzzy” and you find yourself easily losing your train of thought and you can’t find the words you want to say?
If this sounds like you, then it’s possible that your body is producing an excessive amount of a toxin called quinolinic acid.
Let’s go deeper into this:
Quinolinic acid (QA) is a compound that is highly TOXIC to the nervous system. Your body can make QA from the amino acid tryptophan.
In a healthy body, tryptophan will get converted into serotonin (one of our “feel good” neurotransmitters).
But in a body that’s under stress from fungal overgrowth, Clostridia bacteria, or certain nutrient deficiencies, more tryptophan will be converted into QA.
Because QA is so toxic to the nervous system, it eventually destroys brain and nervous tissue cells.
Unchecked levels of QA have been identified as a causative factor in mood disorders, Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, headaches, chronic body pain – and, of course, brain fog.
The good news is that you can help your body overcome these challenges with a few simple shifts.
The first step in fixing this problem is to find out if you do, in fact, have too much quinolinic acid.
We like to do this by ordering a specialized urine test that directly measures your QA levels.
From there, we figure out WHY your body is producing so much quinolinic acid.
As we touched on earlier, the usual culprits are fungal infections, imbalances of Clostridia bacteria, and nutrient deficiencies.
(And there can be specific, deeper reasons for each of THOSE, too).
Next, based on your history, symptoms and test results, we give specific recommendations for helping your body get back into balance and start making healthy levels of serotonin again.
This stops the constant production of toxic quinolinic acid so your brain and nervous system can finally heal.
With these toxic triggers removed, you’ll start to notice a clearer mind and sharper focus within just a few weeks.
Getting rid of brain fog is one of the main things we help you do in our 8-week Body Bliss program. We help you order your own specialized lab test (the same one we use in our clinic) so you can measure your quinolinic acid levels and see if you have any issues with fungal or bacterial imbalances, or if you’re lacking important nutrients.
When you fix these issues, many other symptoms will improve naturally as a byproduct: you’ll have less pain, more energy, clearer skin and less constipation.
If this sounds like something you’d like some help with, you can visit this page to learn more about Body Bliss. We also offer 1-on-1 Health Transformation Programs where you’ll work with us privately to dive into your entire health history and develop a customized plan for you.
*Disclaimer: While brain fog and other neurological symptoms are often the result of “functional imbalances” such as the ones described in this article, sometimes the underlying cause is more serious. Therefore, you should always have any neurological symptoms thoroughly evaluated by a licensed health care provider.
The naturopathic doctors (NDs) at Attune Functional Medicine proudly serve the Denver metro area including Broomfield, Boulder, Arvada, Louisville, Thornton, Lafayette, Westminster, and Erie. Telehealth is also available.