Modern living comes with many distractions that can hinder our ability to pay attention, focus, think clearly, or break through the daily brain fog. Brain fog can result from stress, a lack of sleep, a poor diet, medications, or medical conditions, and can take its toll on our work and personal lives.

How to Defog Your Brain

Our modern lives would feel rather naked without our smartphones wouldn’t they? But smartphones can also lead to brain fog as well. One study postulated that “habitual involvement with these devices may have a negative and lasting impact on users’ ability to think, remember, pay attention, and regulate emotion.” [1] The study reports that “considerable evidence implicates smartphone technology as a source of sleep disturbances, with a compound effect on cognitive functioning and work engagement the following day.”

Therefore, finding ways to harness and improve your focus, and sustain that mental clarity once its recovered, is paramount to leading a more productive work and personal life. Thankfully, there are several natural ways that can boost your mental clarity.

Lion’s mane mushrooms and the polysaccharides within them can promote neuronal health, and animal models have shown that these polysaccharides can stimulate the production of nerve growth factor (a protein that’s involved in neuronal growth, proliferation, maintenance, and survival) in the hippocampus, a region of the brain involved in memory and learning. [2]

The tree called Gingko biloba serves as another example of a botanical product marketed for its ability to augment mental clarity and focus. While more research may need to be done to validate the claims, one clinical trial conducted on 262 people aged 60 or older showed improved cognitive abilities in the group who ingested Gingko biloba versus the placebo group. [3] What’s more, Gingko biloba may help alleviate anxiety. While the “more research needs to be done” mantra applies here as well, one study of 170 people showed that those given 480 mg of Gingko biloba reported a 45% reduction in anxiety. [4] Less anxiety means less stress, and less stress may translate to better mental clarity.

There are other simple ways to treat brain fog. For example, you may not be getting enough sleep, so ensure that you allow for adequate rest. And as always, exercising regularly can also help sharpen the mind. Pairing that with a supplement designed to improve focus, such as Spore Life Science’s Focus Performance formulation, containing lion’s mane mushrooms and Gingko biloba, should get you well on your way to clearing your mind and living life to the fullest.


[1] Wilmer HH, Sherman LE, Chein JM. Smartphones and cognition: a review of research exploring the links between mobile technology habits and cognitive functioning. Front Psychol. 2017;8:605.
[2] Mori K, Obara Y, Hirota M, et al. Nerve growth factor-inducing activity of Hericium erinaceus in 1321N1 human astrocytoma cells. Biol Pharm Bull. 2008;31(9):1727-1732.
[3] Mix JA, Crews WD Jr. A double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized trial of Ginkgo biloba extract EGb 761 in a sample of cognitively intact older adults: neuropsychological findings. Hum Psychopharmacol. 2002;17(6):267-277.
[4] Woelk H, Arnoldt KH, Kieser M, Hoerr R. Ginkgo biloba special extract EGb 761 in generalized anxiety disorder and adjustment disorder with anxious mood: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial. J Psychiatr Res. 2007;41(6):472-480.

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