Foods That Keep You Focused

The food you eat has an impact on your brain power. Even while at work, you can power your brain to keep yourself more focused and productive. Brain foods are high in antioxidants, good fats, minerals and vitamins. If you want to feel more clarity during the day, start looking at your food choices.

Here are 5 foods that will keep you focused:

Blueberries: 

Blueberries are a great snack food to eat during the day. They are high in gallic acid, which helps the brain fight off stress and degeneration. Blueberries can even help fire neurons to help increase concentration by maintaining neural pathways. Flavonoids, a chemical in blueberries, is said to help reduce memory loss, improve cognitive function and boost brain cell development. Pack a container of blueberries for lunch!

Avocados: 

Avocados are rich in monosaturated fats, which help keep blood sugars in check. Have a few slices of avocado mid-day to keep your vitamin K and folate levels healthy. Avocados can protect against nerve damage.  In a 2011 study, patients who had an influx off avocado noticed changes in the prefrontal cortex – the area of the brain responsible for planning and critical thinking.

Leafy greens: 

Leafy greens including broccoli, kale (or kale chips) and Swiss chard are great substitutes to switch out with bulky carbs. They are high in vitamins A and K which will not only improve your memory, but will regulate healthy iron levels. Leafy greens can be added to just about everything. For a crunchy snack, try a kale chip or add a few stalks of Swiss chard into your salad.

Rosemary Oil: 

If you’ve ever smelled rosemary, you’ve probably felt it give you a burst of energy.  Rosemary oil can protect your brain against chemical free radicals (which are a known link to neurodegeneration, Alzheimer’s, strokes and normal aging in the brain). Rosemary oil can be drizzled to your salad or used as a dipping sauce for veggies. If you aren’t a fan of rosemary oil, dab a drop of rosemary aromatherapy oil to a diffuser for a brain boost!

If you notice yourself feeling sluggish during the day, take a look at your eating habits. It may be as simple as adding or subtracting a few key ingredients to ensure your brain is clear and focused.

Isabelle Marsh

Seattle writer and public relations specialist serving people in the healthcare and wellness field.

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