Food plays a huge role in the quality of life you live. Knowing the effects of what you feed your body will change your relationship with food. There are foods that help you sleep better, and foods that rob you of a good night’s sleep. As you can see, food is the fuel that regulates a lot of our bodies’ functions, such as sleep, energy, mood, and focus. It can incredibly affect your mental clarity, mood, memory and ability to focus.
Now if you’ve been finding yourself having difficulty with keeping concentration and focus, your diet is one place you should start making overhauls.
Here are 9 foods you should eat for better focus and concentration:
One of the many benefits of eating blueberries is that this superfood boosts concentration and memory for up to 5 hours because of its abundance in antioxidants that stimulate blood flow and oxygen to your brain.
- Green Tea
Green Tea contains two focus-boosting chemicals: first, caffeine, and second, l’theanine. Caffeine, as you already know, helps keep us alert and focused. L’Theanine is a chemical that increases tranquility and releases caffeine more slowly instead of all at once, which may lead to crash-and-burn. These two combined will boost your ability to focus attention.
Avocados are superfoods that enhance your circulation, and taste super good. Eating healthy portions of avocado regularly is a delicious way to fire up your brain cells.
- Leafy green vegetables
Some of us may have never outgrown our distaste for leafy green vegetables, but whether we like it or not, they do our bodies good. They are full of antioxidants and carotenoids, which increase brain function and help protect your brain. Leafy greens are also great sources of B-vitamins proven to boost memory, focus, and overall brain health. Plus, they also contain folic acid that improves mental clarity. A basic rule of thumb: The greener the leaf, the better.
- Fatty Fish
Fatty and oily fish contains omega-3 which supports memory, mental performance and behavioral function. Studies also prove that consuming fatty fish help improve mood and concentration. Salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, and sardines are great fatty fish types you can add to your grocery list.
This is a no-brainer. Drink enough water if you want to improve your focus. Water fuels the brain the energy it needs for every single brain function. Hydrating well has been proven to stimulate faster thinking, more focus, and greater clarity and creativity.
- Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate contains a slight amount of caffeine that helps elevate mental alertness. However, we are in no way saying you should be eating huge bricks of dark chocolate a day, (we know it’s incredibly addicting). But dark chocolate in small doses can significantly increase your ability to focus.
- Flax seeds
Flax seeds are great sources of magnesium, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and fiber, all contributing to better mental clarity, focus, and even weight loss. Sprinkle flax seeds on cereal, oatmeal, salad, or yogurt to elevate your snacking benefits.
Nuts and seeds are high in vitamin E, known for slowing down cognitive decline as you grow older. You just need an ounce of nuts a day to enjoy this benefit. Nuts are also great sources of amino acids that will help you maintain focus.
This list has been adapted from the original article by A Life of Productivity.
Which of the 9 foods on this list are you adding to your regular diet? Let us know in the comments below!