Your body is just like a machine. It takes a lot of parts working together to make it run smoothly. And what it takes for head-to-toe health is to improve your diet-the wrecking ball of focus and concentration.
Amazingly, your brain is the central part of your machine. It’s only 2% of your body weight, but it uses over 20% of your body’s energy.
➡ It’s the organ that makes you human, giving people the capacity for art, language, moral judgments, and rational thought.
➡ It’s also responsible for your personality, your memories, movements, and how you sense the world.
So it’s crucial to make sure that your diet isn’t interfering with this 3 pound mass of fat and protein, consisting of over 100 billion nerve cells.
➡ It’s those cells that not only put together thoughts and highly coördinated physical actions but they also regulate our unconscious body processes, such as digestion and breathing.
But, as the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. When it comes to good mental health and allowing the multiple functions of your brain to work smoothly, it’s your diet that counts.
Fortunately, all your brain needs is a few simple fixes that come in the form of sleep, relaxation and eating the right amounts of the right types of foods.
➡ Just as you wouldn’t put just anything in your car and expect it to run, your brain also needs the right types of foods to work efficiently.
We all know (or ought to) by now that processed foods are bad for your health. They increase the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases.
But do you also know that foods high in sugar, salt, and saturated fats can also have a negative impact on your energy and concentration levels?
So here we go: Your Diet-The Wrecking Ball Of Focus And Concentration
1. Poor Nutrition
A very low-fat diet is harmful because the brain requires certain essential fatty acids to work properly.
On the flip side, diets high in fat can also reduce your memory and concentration levels.
Poor nutrition can also be due to eating foods high in sugar and simple carbs, like white rice and flour. These result in sugar crashes that greatly reduce concentration levels.
And another important piece of the health puzzle: If your diet is lacking in essential minerals and vitamins, especially the Vitamin B group and Vitamin D, your ability to focus will get worse and worse with time.
The reason we get cranky when we’re hungry is that when blood sugar levels drop, so does our energy levels. And when we don’t have enough energy, we feel sluggish and aren’t able to focus on any task.
While it may sound crazy that caffeine causes a lack of focus, it’s true for all of us, especially for those who drink more than 2 cups per day.
Over time, your body gets used to the large amounts of caffeine coursing through it and decreases its production of neurotransmitters which are responsible for concentration and attention.
Many people don’t realize how crucial water is to our concentration levels. But, did you know that even a 1% drop in normal hydration levels can have a negative impact on how well you concentrate?
➡ Dehydration can also bring on headaches, low moods, and fatigue.
But, here’s the good part. There are many ways you can improve your focus level – Start with a healthy eating plan…
Those who eat a well-balanced breakfast tend to have improved short-term memory as compared with those who didn’t pay much attention to it or skipped it altogether.
A nutritious diet should include minerals and vitamins, especially the following:
- Magnesium which is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and soothing effect on the brain
- Zinc is important for the healthy production and performance of **neurons.
**A neuron is a cell which is part of the nervous system. Neurons send messages to and from the brain. Information is transferred along each neuron with an electrical impulse.
The B vitamins are all known for maintaining good brain health.
- Thiamine (B1) especially helps boost mental strength and short-term memory.
- Vitamin B6 is crucial for keeping your focus.
- Vitamin B9 (folate) sustains memory and healthy brain function. If your body is lacking in vitamin B12, it can cause brain fog, confusion and memory loss.
- Vitamin D could also be beneficial because it helps with the production of serotonin, one of the ‘feel-good’ hormones that help keep you focused and calm.
- Vitamin E keeps up the brain’s energy and strength.
- Proteins are needed for concentration also because they’re considered the building blocks of the brain. Research shows that a high-protein diet, which includes lean meat, beans, omega-3 fatty acids, beans, and nuts, can help improve concentration and focus.
While supplements aren’t substitutes for real food, they can come in handy, especially when your body is lacking in certain minerals and vitamins, and you’re unable to provide them through your daily diet.
- Drink lots of water
Your brain is 85% water. It can’t function without it. Neurotransmitters and hormones produced by the brain rely on water. This is why when you drink plentiful amounts of water, you’ll be able to stay focused and alert for longer.
So, make a plan…those brain cells are hungry.
Knowing what to eat throughout the day can have a huge effect on your ability to focus and concentrate.
It can also greatly influence both your short-term and long-term mental health which can lead to an increase in productivity and efficiency.