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Drinking Makes You Less Focused But More Creative

It may not come as a surprise to read this title since many famous artists are known for their indulgence in extra curricular activities.  Drinking makes you less focused but more creative according to Whet Moser who has written an intriguing article on a study at the University of Illinois At Chicago about the effects of alcohol and the creative mind.

Drinking makes you less focused and less able to reason. Or, as the authors put it, “the advantage of low WMC [working memory capacity] individuals was driven by their use of simple heuristics and less persistence in using complex, resource intensive approaches.” (This is why there are lots of famous drunk artists, but no famous drunk accountants.) Rather than using a time-consuming, brain-consuming step-by-step method, being unable to stick with such a process makes people fall back on intuition and association, which actually works better.

……..As attentional control decreases with intoxication, the ability to maintain attention on the closely-related associates activated by the left hemisphere may be reduced, while remote associates activated by the right hemisphere may then gain easier access to the focus of attention…….

……..The results are a testament to the creative virtues of grogginess. When people were tested during their “least optimal time of day” — think of that night owl stumbling into the lab in the early morning — they were significantly more effective at solving insight puzzles. (On one problem, their performance increased by nearly 50 percent.) Performance on the analytic problems, meanwhile, was unaffected by the clock…….

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So it would appear that drinking makes you less focused but more creative.   In a way I can relate to this as I have had a number of good ideas after a few beers.  It’s execution of such that I struggle with – during times of sobriety.  Would it therefore be best to attempt to execute ideas under the effects of alcohol do you think? That spells a slippery downward slope to me!

 

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Brain Foods To Help You Focus

We all know that our brains need feeding for them to function properly. It’s important to eat the correct brain foods to help you focus, as the wrong types of food, may have an opposite effect.  Here are a few natural tips for boosting your ability to focus.

Eat breakfast

It turns out that breakfast is one, if not the most, important meals of the day.
Studies have shown that students who eat breakfast perform significantly better than students who do not.
Researchers have found that dairy, fruits and high-fiber whole grains are the best for concentration.
So, make sure to think twice before skipping breakfast.

Fish

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for proper brain growth and function.
Incorporating it into your diet has been linked with lowering dementia and increasing memory overtime.
Popular foods that contain omega-3s are fish, seeds and nuts.
Always strive for a balanced diet that is filled with a variety of different food groups.

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When I first read that drinking caffeine was one of the brain foods to help you focus, and late at night, I thought this was rather controversial. I therefore was not going to include this article, even though it’s exactly what I used to do when I was studying at university late at night, as late at night was my effective time.  Caffeine is great earlier on in the day, but it can obviously affect your sleep, which in turn will affect your ability to focus the next day.  I’d therefore take the caffeine suggestion with a pinch of salt, and if you do drink caffeine, then green tea is the broccoli of teas in my opinion.  (I say broccoli, as broccoli is a well known super food.)

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Plant Foods Help You Focus

Our brains need feeding well just like the rest of our vital organs.  Fear not, I’m not suggesting that you start eating squirrels.  Here, Paula Schott,  explains, in a short but sweet manner, how plant foods are good for our brains in a short but sweet manner. If plant foods are healthy for your brains, then we (I) can deduce that plant foods help you focus.

Most of the research is leaning toward vitamins and minerals in plant foods that providing protective antioxidant. Plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains contribute significantly to the overall dietary intake of antioxidants.

Some foods that are high in antioxidants are: berries, dried beans, pecans, Granny Smith apples, Russet potatoes and prunes. There are many other foods with antioxidants, but this is good place to start.

So next time you’re struggling to concentrate, try to resist the sweets and chocolate (I know, I’ve been there). Reach for the nuts or apples and remind yourself that plant foods help you focus.

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6 Foods To Help You To Focus

You may be surprised to hear that what you eat (or don’t eat) is the number one reason leading to a lack of focus and concentration during a long day at work. Jeniffer Cohen who recently wrote for Forbes.com outlines 6 foods to help you to focus.

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

2. Blueberries

3. Wild Salmon

4. Avocado

5. Green Tea

6. Dark Chocolate

So how many of these are you eating every day? I was pleasantly surprised to see that, despite being allergic to salmon, I actually consume 4 out of these 6 foods to help you to focus almost every day.

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Foods To Help You Focus

If you’re struggling to stay focused during revision or an assignment, it may be that your brain is lacking its favourite foods. Interestingly, your brain uses twenty per cent of your energy, so with that in mind (on a side note), never skip breakfast. Here, Roxanne Ringer, of The Miscellany News, talks about some of the best brain foods to help you focus.

What’s the best way to combat stress and exhaustion while treating your body right? Give your brain food. Though it’s only two per cent of your body’s mass, your brain typically uses 20 per cent of your energy. And if you’re thinking more than normal,

As tempting as it is to tuck into unhealthy snacks like sweets and chocolates whilst studying, as I would normally do when I was a student, give your brain a variety of foods to help you focus, like avocados, nuts, coffee beans, green vegetables, peppermint tea, flaxseeds and low fat yogurt. With a side portion of Salmon. Ok, maybe not all at once but you get the idea.

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Food For Focus and Achieving Goals

If you are struggling to focus on your fat loss goals, or stick to an exercise regime, it may be that you are not managing your stress levels. The hormone, cortisol, which is mainly triggered through stress, controls your blood sugar levels (which if they peak leads to the storage of fat), energy production in your body, healing and your immune system. Liz Jones, of the Rockwall Herald Banner, explains in detail why it is so important to eat the correct types of food and exercise regularly in order to achieve your goals.

It may be time to take a look at what you are putting in your mind and in your mouth. Some factors that may be affecting your fitness results are your emotional state or your diet, including liquids. This week I will be focusing on stress as a barrier

You are what you eat and exercise is incredibly important to not only maintain a healthy body, but will help you to focus and achieve your goals.

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Healthy food to help you focus

Some sources include rolled oats or a glass of orange juice which can improve your focus for a test or meeting. Foods with monounsaturated fat also lead the way, like avocados, nuts and olive and canola oil. Tallmadge recommends at least an ounce of nuts

Not only can coffee help concentration and focus with its caffeine content, but it also contains nutrients to help you think and may fend of depression. Keep up the green tea, blueberries, and the winner is salmon with its high Omega-3 makeup.

The debate for healthy food for the brain continues. Here Katherine Tallmadge features avocados as you may expect, but what I didn’t expect to see was how a glass of orange juice can help you to focus as well as rolled oats. The key is glucose, which you get from carbohydrates.

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Seven Ways to Boost Your Brain power, Memory and Focus

If you’re not already drinking green tea for health benefits, you’ll realise having read this article that it does wonders for your brain power and thus your ability to focus. You’ll also read about how running, strength training and St John’s Wort, and other weird and wonderful techniques like holding your breath under water, can improve brain power and focus.

The Dual N-back Test helps practitioners “focus on the necessary facts [and] squander less short-term memory on irrelevant details,” claims a June 11, 2011 Wall Street Journal article, that cited a 2010 report by researchers from the University of

Exchange your morning coffee for a green tea and get your heart rate up and you might just witness an increase in your concentration and your ability to focus.

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