Eat Right for Your Brain
Posted April 13, 2012on:
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Many things can affect our ability to concentrate, such as not getting enough sleep, too many distractions and the time of day. But did you know that the foods we eat can have a big impact on our brain’s ability to focus? Here are a few foods that can help you concentrate, and a few to avoid.
Foods to help you concentrate:
- Fresh fruit. The natural sugars in fresh fruit are great energy for your brain, so carry an orange or apple with you for a short burst of mental energy.
- Fish. The fats found in fresh fish, such as salmon, have been shown to help improve memory and brain health.
- Healthy breakfast. Start off the day with some whole grains, dairy and fruit. Studies show that students who eat breakfast perform better.
- Blueberries. Yes, that’s right. The simple little blueberry has been shown to be a super food, helping both brain and muscle function. So eat up!
- Coffee, chocolate and nuts. A little caffeine from coffee or tea can help make your brain sharper, while too much will make you jittery, so don’t over do it. And feel free to have a small snack of dark chocolate and nuts in the afternoon for a quick boost.
Things to avoid:
- Sugary snacks. While tempting, sugary snacks like candy bars, cookies and donuts can zap your mental energy.
- Heavy, fatty foods. Skip the cheeseburger and onion rings if you want to stay focused. They can make you feel sluggish and tired.
- Too much of one thing. Too much of anything can be bad, so eat a balanced diet with a good mix of grains, lean meat, vegetables and fruit.