As we discovered previously, fatty and sugary foods trigger the same pleasure centres in the brain as drugs do – which explains why many people can’t help binge eating. What you eat determines your concentration levels. A high calorie lunch will make you crash and become sleepy shortly after eating it.
There are a few foods which can increase concentration such as oatmeal, dark chocolate, bananas, spinach, eggs and salmon. These foods have proven to increase focus, and prolong concentration.
Concentration depends on how easily messages flow between brain cells. These cells use oxygen from blood sugar to transport messages. So to keep concentration levels at an optimum level, it’s important to have an adequate and steady calorie intake throughout the day.
Omega-3 helps rebuild brain cells, slows cognitive decline and strengthens the synapses in your brain related to memory. Salmon is a concentrated source of omega-3 acids, and therefore heightens your concentration levels.
Even dark chocolate, full of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals we need for a healthy diet. Dark chocolate contains potassium, copper and magnesium, which helps control blood pressure.
In our breakfast blog, we spoke about ‘grab and go’ options, mentioning bananas as a good quick breakfast. Bananas are full of potassium, which is an essential mineral crucial for keeping your brain in perfect condition.
So, it’s important to think about the different kinds of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants you need on a daily basis, and plan your meal accordingly. If you’ve has a rough night, and need some waking up, have water or green tea, not coffee. Coffee dehydrates you, and makes you crash once the initial high has gone. Green tea contains the most modest amount of caffeine, balanced by the amino and theanine, improving mental alertness and focus.
Healthy Foods: babydigest