Nutritional advice is available everywhere: drink this, eat that, never drink this, always eat that…it can get confusing.
Here we’re going to present 8 brain foods that will help you concentrate, as well as a few good practices that follow for optimal health.
1. Caffeine helps with alertness.
Whether your prefer it in coffee, tea or soda pop form, caffeine is one of the greatest chemicals for alertness around. It’s the most widely-used psychoactive substance in the world, and it may have been responsible for the Reformation. Check out this awesome video for more fun facts about coffee.
2. Sugar can help alertness, too!
Your body prefers glucose, which it derives from the sweet things you eat and drink. A glass of guice or an orange is a great source of glucose. Just don’t overdo it, or your waistline may show it as well.
3. Fish, 2 servings weekly.
Fish is literally brain food; the omega-3 fatty acids in fish help your brain stay healthy. Eat two servings a week to help ward off dementia, risk of stroke and mental decline.
4. Nuts and dark chocolate.
Chocolate?! Really?! In case you haven’t heard, dark chocolate has all sorts of great antioxidant properties. And nuts are a veritable feast of vitamins and some trace minerals. Eat up to an ounce each a day to get all of their benefits.
are especially important for the blood flow in your system (your brain would have a problem if your blood flow has a problem) by reducing cholesterol buildup and adding good fats. Also, they’re just delicious.
6. Whole grains contain a lot of fiber and vitamin E.
Fiber helps your large intestine by working symbiotically with the bacteria there to keep your digestive system healthy.
contain compounds that may help protect the brain from damage from free radicals, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
And a few good practices to keep in mind:
1. Eat a healthy diet with a wide variety of healthy foods.
If you’re hungry or if you’ve eaten too much, you’re going to upset your ability to concentrate. This is where I defer to Mr. Michael Pollan who puts it very clearly: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
2. Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements
For this stuff, check with your doctor. They may want to do bloodwork to see if you’re suffering any deficiencies, and may be able to suggest high-quality brands.
3. Get ready for a big day.
Need to power up your concentration for a particularly big day? Start with a meal of a whole grain bagel with salmon, a cup of coffee, and a cup of 100% fruit juice. Also make sure you get a good night’s sleep the night before, stay hydrated, exercise regularly, and meditate. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve!