By Jennifer Cohen, Forbes Contributor
Are you losing focus during the day? Having trouble concentrating? Before you start looking for the quick fix, it’s time you realize the problem. Would you believe that the primary catalyst for losing focus during a long work day is the food you put in your body? It’s a competitive world and to achieve real success, you have to be optimized and excel in little things that go beyond your daily tasks at work.
Here are 6 foods that will not only boost your productivity throughout the day, but are proven to help sharpen your focus. They are easy to add to your diet and the benefits will last a lifetime.
1. Steel-Cut Oatmeal
Eating breakfast helps your short-term memory throughout the day, and helps you eat less throughout the day. Why oatmeal? It’s low-calorie and will keep you feeling fuller longer, cutting cravings later in the day. Add fresh or frozen berries for a sweet taste, and avoid adding table sugar.
The antioxidants in blueberries help boost memory by activating brain-protective enzymes. Some researchers even believe they help long-term memory function and may help prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. Add fresh or frozen blueberries to your morning oatmeal for sweet taste without any added sugar.
3. Wild Salmon
The Omega 3′s in salmon boost brain function concentration. Salmon is also known to help depression and reduce the risk of heart disease.
The healthy fats in avocado help the brain to function and raise your ability to concentrate. It’s also been shown to help with nutrient absorption and is packed with antioxidants, which can help prevent aging, cancer and heart disease.
5. Green Tea
Green tea has the natural caffeine boost you’re looking for to help focus. The hot liquid helps keep you satiated and feeling full longer than a snack. Plus green tea has absolutely 0 calories if you hold off on sweeteners.
6. Dark Chocolate
A natural stimulant, dark chocolate satisfies your sugar craving while helping you focus. It has a natural stimulant similar to caffeine, which helps focus & concentration. A small piece (about 1/4 a bar) is plenty and a great treat towards the end of the work day.
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