We all have had moments where we find ourselves struggling to focus on our work; whether it is in the classroom, studying or sitting in a cubicle staring aimlessly into space. You’re probably reading this, losing focus as we speak. However, don’t quit yet. Often, the foods you eat affect how you perform on a daily basis, including your ability to concentrate.
1. Leafy Greens: KALE
Kale contains the mineral manganese, which is known to enhance your brain function so you can perform at your highest level with greater concentration. Kale has also proven to boost your body’s cardiovascular system, which can lead to you feeling more focused, prepared and energized. Low in calories and carbohydrates, kale is a worthy food to incorporate into your diet.
2. Nuts: ALMONDS
Almonds contain riboflavin, a nutrient that boosts brain activity and helps you concentrate. Did I mention that almonds are extremely beneficial for your heart and can help lower your cholesterol? High in protein and low in carbs, almonds are a great snack that will make you feel full, satisfied and focused.
3. Berries: BLUEBERRIES
It is no surprise that blueberries are on this list due to the fact that they are filled with antioxidants that help increase memory, fight cancer and serve as brain food, just to name a few. But did you know that the antioxidants in blueberries have also been shown to stimulate the brain and help improve brain fu
nction and increase concentration? Try snacking on blueberries or better yet add them to a bowl of oatmeal and eat two great foods that help you focus all in one meal.
4. Whole Grains: OATMEAL
Oatmeal is a whole grain that has been shown to increase mental performance and the ability to focus throughout the day. Starting the day with a high quality carb like oatmeal can help energize your body. Oatmeal is high in fiber and protein, which can help you feel fuller for longer.
5. Caffeine: DARK CHOCOLATE
Dark chocolate contains caffeine, which is known to stimulate your mind and increase your ability to concentrate. Don’t be alarmed when the caffeine wears off because the small amount of refined sugars will prevent you from crashing.
Dark chocolate contains flavonoids which help lower blood pressure and stress levels, which help you relax while focusing on work. Not only are you eating something than enhances your ability to focus, you’re choosing a healthy alternative to desserts.