Eat this to improve your concentration

Eat this to improve your concentration

There's neither a pill nor food to make you instantly smarter. But certain substances can energize you and add to your ability to concentrate.

Coffee helps a lot in the morning, but one mug of energy alone can’t last a whole day at work. The effects of caffeine are rather short-term and too much of it can make you jittery and uncomfortable. Energy drinks contain much more caffeine than an espresso and they’re loaded with sugar and chemicals in no way beneficial to your health.

Yet sugar is your brain's most important fuel source indeed. Glucose is processed by your body from the sugars and carbohydrates you eat, which is why a glass of something sweet to drink can increase your mental abilities for a moment. Too much sugar isn't good for your mind anymore and of course you pack on the pounds.

Anyway the key to a successful day is definitely a decent breakfast. Not only does it provide you with energy to start your day with, but studies have also shown breakfast eaters are at lower risk for obesity, hypertension and diabetes. Again a breakfast too rich on calories appear to hinder concentration, so best go with foods like fruits, diary and high-fiber whole grains.

An interesting alternative to coffee is dark chocolate. It boosts serotonin and endorphin levels, which are associated with greater concentration. It’s also a source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals such as magnesium. Another good substitute for the brown brew is green tea. Most green tea brands contain less caffeine than coffee while being a source of the amino acid theanine, which is also said to improve mental alertness and focus.

What you need to take in during the whole day is of course water, as thirst and dehydration cause fatigue. Other food that boosts your concentration are bananas that contain potassium, a mineral important to keep your nerves and brain in a good shape. And spinach is rich in lutein, folate and beta-carotene. Although they won't make you strong like Popeye, these nutrients are linked with preventing dementia. Another undisputed brainfood is a handful of blueberries. Rich in antioxidants, they also improve both the learning and muscle function.

So who said healthy doesn't mean delicious? Whatever is your typical work day lunch, a hastily scoffed hamburger is pretty much the worst to eat.

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