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Foods You Should Eat To Boost Productivity

The things you eat enter your blood stream and flow to the brain, so inevitably they affect the way you think, feel, and work.With the right ingre­di­ents, you can boost brain pow­er by as much as 20%, accord­ing to the World Health Orga­ni­za­tion.


“Food is like a phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pound that affects the brain, says a research about brain foods.

 

Diet, exer­cise and sleep have the poten­tial to alter our brain health and men­tal func­tion. This rais­es the excit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ty that changes in diet are a viable strat­e­gy for enhanc­ing cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties, pro­tect­ing the brain from dam­age and coun­ter­act­ing the effects of aging.”

To get an under­stand­ing of what’s going to affect our body’s ener­gy sys­tem, we com­piled a list of brain foods from Psy­chol­o­gy Today and oth­er sources that will improve the way you think and work.

  1. Berries have potent com­bi­na­tions of antiox­i­dants that improve both mem­o­ry and motor coor­di­na­tion.

Neu­ro­sci­en­tist James A. Joseph says that the antiox­i­dants in berries coun­ter­act oxida­tive stress and func­tion as anti-inflam­ma­to­ry agents, which are “the evil twins of brain aging.”

2. Berries eat­en with oil-rich wal­nuts or avo­ca­dos keep brain cell mem­branes “youth­ful­ly flex­i­ble.”

3. A banana holds the dai­ly amount of glu­cose need­ed for your brain.

Researcher Leigh Gib­son found that “the brain works best with about 25 grams of glu­cose cir­cu­lat­ing in the blood stream — about the amount found in a banana.”

4. Eggs con­tain a fat-like B vit­a­min called choline that enhances mem­o­ry and reac­tion time.

5. Fish has omega-3s, pro­tein, iron and B-vit­a­mins, which sup­port mem­o­ry, recall, rea­son­ing and focus

6. Eat­ing gar­den egg will keep your brain “sharp by enhanc­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion between our brain cells and mes­sen­ger mol­e­cules.”

7. Caf­feine found in cof­fee improves mem­o­ry and even “pro­tects against eye­lid spasm” (for those who are star­ing at com­put­ers all day). It’s also rich with antiox­i­dants and amino acids.

8. Dark choco­late con­tains antiox­i­dant prop­er­ties that “increase the pro­duc­tion of endor­phins while enhanc­ing focus and con­cen­tra­tion,” where­as milk choco­late is good for quick­en­ing reac­tion time and improv­ing ver­bal and visu­al mem­o­ry.

9. Or, try green tea, which has neu­ro­pro­tec­tive effects (helps the ner­vous sys­tem).

10. Yogurt also does won­ders — it has pro­tein, tons of min­er­als, and pro­bi­otics which help the diges­tive sys­tem.

11. Dark leafy greens are prob­a­bly the best thing you could eat. They’re loaded with vit­a­mins, min­er­als and phy­tonu­tri­ents. Iron, for exam­ple, helps bring more oxy­gen to the body (and brain), and improves cog­ni­tive con­trol.

12 Raw car­rots will give you a steady lev­el of blood sug­ar your brain needs to func­tion opti­mal­ly.

13. While we don’t sug­gest drink­ing on the job, red wine sig­nif­i­cant­ly improves short-term mem­o­ry and motor skills.

14. Whole grains like brown rice are filled with vit­a­mins and mag­ne­sium, which also improves cog­ni­tive health.

15. The antiox­i­dants in hot cocoa pro­tect brain cells from oxida­tive stress.

16. Gar­lic con­tains strong antibac­te­r­i­al and antivi­ral com­pounds that help shake off stress-induced colds and infec­tions.

 

BONUS: Eat­ing this will slow down your pro­duc­tiv­i­ty…

  1. Sug­ary foods, like soda or can­dy, can make you feel spaced-out, weak, con­fused, or ner­vousonce the glu­cose in your brain drops — this is also known as a sug­ar crash.
  2. Heavy, calo­rie-rid­den foods like ham­burg­ers and fries will make you sleepy and slow you down at work.
  3. Eat­ing too lit­tlecan make you process infor­ma­tion more slow­ly, take longer to react and have more trou­ble remem­ber­ing sequences.

 

One Comment

  1. Tunde Tunde

    Good one. I need to rewrite my diet.

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