6 Foods that Jump-start Brain Power and Productivity
Nutrition is an important area of your life on which to focus. This is a pretty widely accepted concept, in fact, and the importance of eating well seems to be part of the “common sense” aspect of society at this point. In addition to how food affects your body and physical health, however, what you eat can have a significant impact on your mental ability. Did you know that eating the “right” types of food could boost your productivity by up to 20% according to the World Health Organization? I don’t know about you, but if I can raise my productivity that much just by changing what I eat, then I’m definitely going to take that opportunity.
1. Make Fish a Weekly Staple
More specifically, make salmon a menu staple when planning your meals for the week. Jam-packed with Omega-3, this food is full of the type of fatty acids that are fantastic for improving your brain’s function. In fact, research has shown that Omega-3s greatly improve your memory and ability to think clearly. This is great news for your writing because if you’re able to remember what you’re trying to write about and are able to put the paper together while thinking clearly, your final paper will be much clearer overall. Spending less time rehashing the same ideas that you had yesterday (but forgot until after you’ve spent time pouring over your notes) gives you more time and energy to channel into fresh ideas and paper structure.
2. Don’t Forget to Eat Blueberries Daily
Blueberries are great for your mental state. Not only do they enhance your learning power, but they also aid in inhibiting brain degenerating diseases. On a more immediately visible level, however, blueberries help improve your concentration and memory for hours at a time. This means that eating blueberries in the morning, for example, can boost your ability to focus for up to five hours – well into the afternoon, depending you’re your breakfast time. The effects are the same regardless of what time of day you eat them, however, so you can also keep them on hand for a snack, or even part of a dessert.
3. Green Tea
If you’re looking for a tasty beverage that boosts your concentration and alertness, then you’re going to love green tea. Green tea consists of both caffeine and l’theanine, which are both proven to improve your focus. Additionally, the latter helps prevent the crashing that sometimes occurs after the consumption of caffeine. In addition, both ingredients together help enhance the accuracy and speed of your productivity. Speed and accuracy are both vital components to consider when it comes to writing, and any type of advantage is welcome.
Aside from being delicious, avocados are a true “superfood.” They are full of fiber, and also work to improve blood flow throughout the body. This in turn translates to a better blood flow to your brain, which almost guarantees a boost to productivity and concentration. This is great for those long writing sessions that require you to sit at a computer or desk for hours at a time while remaining as focused as possible.
5. Dark Chocolate
Not to be confused with a bar of milk chocolate that’s loaded with sugar, dark chocolate is a great food to help improve your focus, alertness, and mood. This is because it contains ingredients like caffeine and magnesium, both of which help your concentration. In addition, magnesium helps maintain low stress levels and boosts the release of serotonin – both factors that greatly influence your mood. For most people, a better mood means a heightened desire to function well, which means that you’re more likely to happily sit down to complete writing assignments as opposed to dreading them and putting them off as long as possible.
6. Flax Seeds
Flax seeds are the second “superfood” on this list. Their levels of magnesium, B vitamins, omega-3, and fiber helped to land them this spot: all of the ingredients listed above greatly help in enhancing cognitive function, concentration, and appetite regulation. All three of those factors influence your ability to write clearly, and the fact that a single food can help boost all of them is incredible.
The next time you are finding yourself stuck while writing or are in a “funk” try eating one of these foods to see how you are affected. Chances are you will find with regular consumption of these foods, you will suddenly be more productive and produce the best papers you have written in a long time!
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