Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Foods for Focus

Written by Lauren Lind

Do you ever find your mind wandering or feel that you are unable to focus at work? Well here is a great solution...eating! There are foods that can actually help you to be alert and focused so that you can get your tasks completed. 

Make sure you have a protein packed breakfast. Eggs will keep you going and are better than having a bowl of sugary cereal or a pastry. The easy-to-grab sugary foods will help get you out the door but will have you crashing within the next hour. Sources of B6 and B12 help your memory, focus, and overall brain function. An easy way to get these vitamins in is to pack a bag of popcorn. Other foods that have good B vitamins in them are whole grain foods including brown rice, meat, molasses, vegemite and marmite

Although it may stink up the kitchen, fish, has Omega 3 fatty acids that help get you focused immediately. Omega 3 fatty acids have been linked to decreasing the risks of dementia and strokes. A way to get in Omega 3 fatty acids for those who are vegetarians, is to eat avocados

Other green foods such as kale, spinach, Swiss chard, broccoli, and brussels sprouts contain B vitamins, folic acid, and vitamin K are good focus foods. They can also help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's Disease. 

One of my personal favorite easy snacks that help support focus are nuts. They are packed with antioxidants and protein that help you retain more information for a longer time. Blueberries are also loaded with antioxidants.  Some other benefits are that they help keep you focused for longer and boost your attention span. 

If you have a sweet tooth, an ounce or two of dark chocolate is a great option. It contains antioxidants and caffeine. Natural sugars that can give you a boost include fresh fruit, whole grain carbohydrates, and sugar-free fruit drinks

Eating is always a great solution in my opinion. However, it is important to eat good foods to help keep you focused an opposed to foods that will make you crash on your desk. 

Contributors: organizedwisdom.com