Maintaining a nutritious and balanced diet is key to taking care of your mind as well as your body. However, there are certain foods that you can increase your intake of in order to give yourself a boost of concentration. If we are able to concentrate better, and for longer, then we are able to enhance our productivity. The first thing I must say is that a good breakfast is crucial. It doesn’t matter if you’re just not a “breakfast person” ( personally I eat as soon as I open my eyes), just kick starting your digestive system will help you to function better. Keep your breakfast low on the calories; it will help you avoid feeling sluggish later on. Another thing that no super-food will beat is hydration and exercise. I try to get about 7 minutes of exercise in a day and drink as much water as I am comfortable with. With that being said, here are the foods I have introduced into my diet that have helped me to improve my concentration:
Blueberries reduce age-related conditions such as Alzheimer’s and improves the learning and muscle functions of the body.The reduce DNA damage and can lower your blood pressure. Plus they can be integrated into a dessert…and who doesn’t love dessert.
- Green tea
Green tea is super nutritious and has so many anti-inflammatory properties. Green Tea has many stimulants that caffeine, it is just enough caffeine to initiate a response without causing a “jittery” effect.
- Leafy green vegetables
Eating dark greens are great for weight-loss, not only because they are low in calories, but also because they turn fat-storing white cells into fat-burning brown cells.They also provide UV protection at a cellular level, you can actually eat your sunscreen!
- Fatty fish
Eating fatty fish such as salmon or tuna can help your heart during periods of mental stress…so basically all the time in my life lol. DHA is found in oily fish and it can protect against vision loss. Although be careful how much oily fish you eat, everything in moderation.
Our bodies are made up of something like 60% water; drinking water helps your body to maintain the balance of fluids that you need to function. Drinking water energizes your muscles and helps prevent them from shriveling up.
- Dark chocolate
The catch is that your chocolate needs to constitute of 70%-85% cocoa. Now don’t go scoffing down 6 bars at a time, unfortunately. But a little bit of dark chocolate has its benefits, such as improvement in blood flow and lower blood pressure.
- Orange Juice
Drinking orange juice improves blood flow to the brain and eases the passage for information between brain cells. To really feel the benefits of this OJ make sure you grab a brand with extra pulp and drink a glass daily.
Avocados are referred to as the “millenial’s superfood” , it is low in calories and jammed packed with vitamins. If you are lucky enough to be around when their 15 minute window of edibility arrives, then they are wonderful to cook with. Avo’s contain more potassium than bananas and are great for the heart.