Blog, Mindfulness

Fuelling the mind

12th April 2017

What does the food you eat have to do with how your brain functions? Turns out an awful lot. The food choices we make fuel our bodies and what we eat takes a toll on our concentration levels. If you’re struggling to stay alert, it may be time to start thinking about what you’ve been putting into your body lately.

The role of food in helping maintain optimal concentration and motivation is paramount, as any deficiencies, or even sub-optimal levels of the essential vitamins and minerals in the diet may have an effect on the brains ability to function properly. It may also play a role in any medical conditions that could develop that have an impact on the brain or mental health in general, which would impact ones daily performance greatly and lead to a host of issues.

Processed foods do the body no justice in any shape or form. The amount of power it takes to digest ingredients that you can hardly pronounce is another story all together. Years ago there was no such thing as processed foods and now we are reaching an epidemic of food related illnesses, based on bad food choices or diet.

Super foods rich in antioxidants, good fats, vitamins and minerals provide energy and aid in protecting against brain diseases. So when we focus on giving our bodies whole, nutritious foods benefiting both the gut and the brain, we’re actually benefiting our minds and bodies while keeping them both in tip-top shape.

When it comes to your brain, there’s always room for improvement. So here are some suggestions to get your concentration levels soring!

Any foods high in omega 3, such as oily fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines), flax seeds and walnuts are great for improving concentration and motivation as they improve cognitive function, which means they help with the brains ability to think and process. They are also anti-inflammatory, so they keep cells functioning optimally, which help the brain function well also.

Blueberries are one of the best possible brain foods. It’s been proven that blueberries can boost your memory and concentration for hours after eating them. They are also a great antioxidant that will help keep you from getting sick and fight off other diseases.

Oats are a great source of healthy carbohydrates. Oats helps stabilize blood sugar levels, which will maintain a high concentration, while the quick energy will make you ready to get focused for the rest of the day.

Leafy green vegetables are full of antioxidants and carotenoids, which boost your brain power, and help protect your brain. (A good, general tip: the greener a leaf vegetable is, the better.) Leafy green vegetables are also full of B-vitamins, which are proven to help your memory, focus, and overall brain health and power. They also contain folic acid, which improves your mental clarity

Drink at least 8 glasses of fluid to stay hydrated and prevent fatigue. Ideally most of this should come from water, but clear soup, tea, and juices also contribute.

Make sure your diet contains a variety of plant-based concentration boosting foods if you want to stay focused, alert and productive for the duration of the day. Healthy eating lowers your risk of diabetes, hypertension and heart disease and improves concentration levels!

Lisa x

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