10 Foods That Boost Success, Memory and Focus
Would you describe your mind like a steel trap, or more like a sieve?
Lack of sleep, stress, and many other factors can negatively impact or memory and focus. Fortunately, there are many foods that can improve brain function. Your diet has a lot to do with the amount of time you can concentrate, as well as how tired or energetic you are feeling.
It’s important to remember that fact in your daily life. Sure you want to treat yourself to delicious foods, but just remember that not only your body suffers; your mind does too.
You can improve your focus and your memory by adding certain foods to your diet. As part of a healthy balanced diet, many of these foods are very nutritious as well. Here are 10 foods that you should add to your diet to boost memory and focus, and increase your chances of success.
Nuts aren’t just tasty and filling.
They are also packed with key nutrients such as vitamin E that have an extremely beneficial effect on brain health. Some nuts, such as peanuts are high in folate that has been proven to reduce cognitive decline that is associated with aging.
Finally, lab tests have shown that consuming walnuts may help with memory and problem solving skills. If you don’t enjoy eating nuts by the handful, try chopping them up and adding them to soups, stir fries, and smoothies.
Nut butters can also be paired with fruits and whole grain breads.
When it comes to healthy foods, you can’t do much better than oatmeal when it comes to getting the biggest nutritional bang for your buck. For only pennies per serving, here is what oatmeal can do to boost your memory and focus:
- It gives you long lasting energy which you need to maintain focus on your daily tasks
- It is filling which prevents you from being distracted by hunger pangs
- Eating oatmeal for breakfast in the morning can improve your performance on memory related tasks throughout the day.
If you choose to add oatmeal to your diet, remember that the more processed your oatmeal is, the fewer health benefits it has.
So, stick to rolled, steel cut, or quick cooking oats. Avoid instant oats. If the idea of eating oat meal is unappealing to you, remember that oats can be pureed into smoothies, used as filler in meatloaf and meatballs, and mixed into pancake batter.
3) Dark Chocolate
Dark chocolate, the adult stuff (70% or higher), has an amazing variety of health benefits.
Many of these benefits relate to memory, focus, and other traits that are important in your pursuit of success. Dark chocolate is full of flavanols that has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain.
If dark chocolate isn’t your thing, or you are trying to avoid sugar, you can add dark chocolate powder to chili for a traditional flavor boost.
Eggs can help with focus and memory in several different ways.
First of all, they are a convenient and filling source of protein and fat. Eat an egg for breakfast and you will be able to focus in the morning, without being distracted by hunger. Egg yolks are also rich in choline which has been proven to improve cognitive function.
If you don’t have time to cook a fried or scrambled egg for breakfast, remember that you can keep boiled eggs in your refrigerator as convenient snacks. If you aren’t a breakfast person, eggs can be stirred into rice and pasta, or used in other savory items.
Eggs may be just as effective as any memory training techniques.
5) Bone Broth
It’s hard to find a culture where bone broth isn’t associated with well-being and healing.
When children get sick, some mothers offer chicken noodle soup made with broth from chicken bones. Pho, one of the most common dishes served in Vietnam is a soup that is based in broth created by simmering bones, tendons, and aromatics.
Beef stew and oxtail soup are two other examples of bone broth soups. Bone broth is usually served to help with nausea and other gut related issues. This may not seem to relate to energy and focus directly, but there is a connection between gut health and brain health.
6) Pumpkin Seeds
These aren’t just a tasty snack to be eaten around Halloween.
Pumpkin seeds are packed with vitamins, minerals, and healthy fats. The zinc found in pumpkin seeds helps improve brain function and boosts memory. Try roasting pumpkin seeds at home (the fruit is self is also healthy and there are tons of different ways to prepare it).
If that seems like too much work, skip the chips the next time you are buying a snack, and grab a pack of sunflower seeds instead.
You have probably read about the brain benefits of the omega 3 fats in salmon.
If you are one of the many people who cannot or will not consume salmon because of environmental concerns, or because you disapprove of salmon farming and fishing methods, consider eating trout. Trout contains the same omega 3 fats as salmon and has a milder flavor.
Trout can be grilled, broiled, baked, or fried.
Dark, sweet cherries are full of antioxidants.
These help prevent the degeneration of brain tissue that can cause memory loss. Cherries found in the freezer section already pitted and ready to be added to smoothies, or they can be eaten directly from the bag. Steer clear of pie cherries or any cherries canned in syrup.
In many cases, we lose focus simply because we are hungry.
This is because we aren’t eating enough calorie and nutrition dense food.
Cheese is portable, varied in flavor, filling, and full of complete animal proteins. It is a great choice on days when concentration is important. It’s simple and convenient to throw some string cheese in a purse or pocket for snacking purposes, to add a slice of cheese to a sandwich, or to add shredded cheese to a salad.
10) Whole Grains
Whole grains increase blood flow to the brain, improving memory, focus, and other functions. Whole grains are also extremely filling, and provide complex carbohydrates which provide the body with sustained energy. This long term energy also increases focus in the short term.
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