Posts made in August, 2013

You are what you think you are

It’s true when they say “you are what you think you are” actually it was Buddha who first said that. The same really does apply to food and what we put in our mouths. This is a great article giving you tips on what to eat to increase your concentration and we can all do with a bit of that can’t we?

 

In whatever type of job, concentration is a major requirement. This cognitive ability is necessary for a person’s productivity and quality of work. But even though it is inherent in our brain, there are times when we could barely concentrate. This is usually caused by physical and mental issues like chronic stress, intense worrying, fatigue, and illness.

If you have problems concentrating, you may be delighted to know that there are a number of superfoods that can come to the rescue! Because of the antioxidants and essential compounds present in them, these foods won’t just boost your concentration levels but also enhance your overall brain function!

Berries – instead of high-fat, chemically exposed crisps, why not have berries as your desk munchies? These delicious fruit gems are super loaded with antioxidants that have brain-enhancing and anti-ageing effects. They also help prevent oxidative stress that is linked to various memory illnesses, including the scary Alzheimer’s disease. In a large study published in the journal Annals of Neurology, it was found that eating blueberries can stave off memory decline.

Spinach – start your day right by eating fresh healthy produce like spinach. Popeye knew it. Spinach is one of the best foods for strength and brain power. This leafy vegetable is naturally dosed with vitamin E which improves cognitive function. Vitamin E also helps stimulate the release of dopamine which controls the flow of information in the brain. Here’s a bonus – spinach has lutein as well – the antioxidant that provides protective benefits against mental decline.

Coffee or tea – Research has shown that certain substances such as caffeine can energise the body and help the brain focus and concentrate more (although the effects are short-term). But don’t overdo it or else, it will make you jittery and uncomfortable.

Complex sugar – it’s true that sweets can boost our alertness and concentration, but only for a limited time. If you want lasting effects, choose complex sugar such as fruits. Fresh or sundried – fruits can satisfy both your sweet tooth and your memory needs.

Fish – the omega-3 fatty acids in fish are essential for brain development and function. They also play a big role in enhancing memory, especially in older adults. What’s more, these healthy fats were found to help lower the risk of stroke, dementia and mental decline.

Heavy, fibre-loaded breakfast – if you want to get as much work done in a day, never skip breakfast. Starting your day with the right breakfast meal will not only improve your memory but also your overall mental activity. Try spinach, salmon and egg, with a side dish of fresh berries, and a glass of orange juice or a cup of coffee.

Nuts and dark chocolates – what could be a better combination than this? Nuts and seeds are great sources of vitamin E which, as mentioned, boosts memory and cognitive function. On the other hand, dark chocolate is high in antioxidants that nurture brain health. It also has caffeine that provides concentration boost!

Whole grains – a good way to fire up your brain cells and increase your mental performance is to eat whole grains, as they are loaded with dietary fibre and vitamin E. Avoid refined grains like white rice, bread and pasta because they are mostly composed of starch.

Bonus Tips

Yes, proper nutrition is vital to a healthy, functional brain. If you keep your diet balanced, you’re sure to experience amazing improvement in how you feel and how you process information in your mind. But aside from nutrition, other factors are essential to power up your ability to concentrate. These include getting a good night’s sleep, staying hydrated, meditating to clear your mind and help your body relax, and of course, exercising. Make all of them a part of your daily routine and make each day a super productive one!

Can you give more tips to boost concentration? Share your comment below.