Focus and concentration are crucial components of a productive life, both in the short term and in the long term. Scientists have proven that food has the ability to affect your memory, ability to focus, mental clarity and mood. So, are you looking to improve all of these? Maybe you should consider healthy eating to make you feel better and have a sharp mind.
Here are some incredible foods to eat more often…
- Leafy Green Vegetables
Because of their rich carotenoid and antioxidant properties, these foods are known to boost brainpower. After eating these foods religiously for six months, three times a week, I have also realized that my memory has improved. My physician tells me that this is because leafy green vegetables are rich in vitamin B.
The reason I include water here is that without it, your brain would be devoid of electrical energy. Water is the engine behind all the activities that take place in the brain. Try it and you will discover one thing: the more water you take the more creative and clearer your mind becomes. Since every function in the body depends on water, you will also realize that your overall wellbeing will improve too because water is a component of healthy eating to make you feel better.
- Dark Chocolate
I used to be a fan of the milky and sugary chocolate until I discovered the power of dark chocolate. If you want to be more focused on your daily tasks, I would recommend you include this chocolate in your list of daily snacks. Its small amount of caffeine is enough to enhance your alertness for several hours.
I know how stressful office environments can sometimes turn out to be. One of the best ways to de-stress is take some dark chocolate. Its magnesium content promotes the release of serotonin and endorphins, which are feel-good hormones.
- Seeds and Nuts
If you aren’t already eating nuts and seeds, there are enough reasons why you shouldn’t go nuts about these foods. In case you are worried about aging like me, you will be pleased to hear that these foods contain Vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that slows down the decline of cognitive ability. Of course, seeds and nuts aid brain focus because they have high amounts of amino acids and essential oils.
- Fatty Fish
In our Chemistry classes in high school, the once teacher told us about the low rates of bipolar disorder in Japan. While the prevalence of the condition in America is 4.4 percent, it is only 0.07 percent in the oriental country. Why is there such a big disparity between these two civilized nations? The answer is the type of fish eaten and the frequency of doing so. Thanks to the lesson, I take fatty fish regularly for their Omega-3 fatty acids. Throughout my school life ever since, my focus and performance have been remarkable.
- Green Tea
Did you know that brain cells are susceptible to damage? Did you also know that green tea is one of those super foods that can prevent depletion of brain cells? I have heard so much about the benefits of taking this beverage. However, its ability to enhance mental alertness and memory is what keeps me drinking.
This is one of the healthiest fruits you can consume and one of my all-time favorites. While avocados often get a bad reputation because of their high fat content, it’s important to note that these green powerhouses are packed with monosaturated fats or the “good” kind of fats, keeping blood sugar levels steady and your skin glowing.
Containing both vitamin K and folate, avocados helps in preventing blood clots in the brain (protecting against stroke) as well as help improve cognitive function, especially both memory and concentration.
So, what are you doing anything about focus and alertness? You can start to improve your mental health by taking more of these amazing foods today.