Eat your way to improved concentration!
Some days it can feel like your brain is stuck in first gear. You might find it hard to concentrate or discover your attention is wandering from the task at hand. While there can be many reasons for your mind suddenly deciding it’s going to take the day off, there are a number of simple ways to get yourself back on the concentration track – the first of which is looking at what you eat.
You are what you eat
Your daily diet can have a tremendous effect on your ability to concentrate. Some foods are not so good at keeping your brain sharp; others are fantastic for your mental focus. As you might expect, processed foods can be unhealthy and they’re also not good for your cognition. One of the reasons behind this is the excessive sugar content that many processed foods contain. Sugar, whilst useful for supplying a quick boost to your energy levels when needed, can be a bad thing when taken in unhealthy quantities.
Fantastic foods for thought
Blueberries are not only a great tasting source of antioxidants, but they’re also a quick and easy win if used to replace snacking on unhealthy, sugar-packed processed foods. A handful of delicious blueberries will make for a healthy change as well as giving your body a natural boost. Leafy green vegetables are packed with iron and helpful nutrients, with some neurologists suggesting that we should eat things like spinach three times a day. In addition, oily fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna are rich in essential Omega -3, as well as Vitamins A and D.
Lastly, common herbs such as rosemary, oregano and sage, as well as spices such as clove and turmeric, are also believed to help improve focus and concentration. With such delicious options available, tuning into more brain-friendly food will certainly be appreciated by your taste buds!
Concentrate on what matters to you
Making small changes to improve your diet is only one of a number of ways you can improve your concentration. By doing so, you can focus on what’s most important to you. Discover how others are making the most of life in our Lifeplus stories brochure.