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Eat Fish And Focus!

You may have read on this site that fish is regarded as an excellent source of brain food.  If it’s an excellent source of brain food, then surely it’s ok to say ‘eat fish and focus?’ Here, Connie Diekman, for University City Patch, explains how it’s the Omega-3 fatty acid content of fish that is reported to be a key ingredient for our brains.

Fish For Focus, Brain FoodSeveral new studies have looked at the health of the brain, as well as memory and learning, and it seems inclusion of fish in your diet is an important component.

Studies have looked at fish intake and its impact on memory, learning and even mood. While the extent of research is still limited, studies do show that those who eat fish more often, many studies indicate at least once a week, have greater brain volume.

Researchers suggest that the impact of fish on the brain is related to the Omega-3 fatty acid content of the fish. Omega-3 fatty acids help increase blood flow, fight inflammation and prevent accumulation of plaque associated with Alzheimer’s.

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If you’re allergic to fish (I can relate to that), then maybe it’s wise to ignore the advice to ‘eat fish and focus!’ You can take fish oil/ omega-3 supplements.  For those who are not allergic, it is recommended that you consume 2 portions of fish a week and the fish with highest omega-3 content are:

  • Arctic char — 139 mg/3 ounces
  • Herring — 181 mg/3 ounces
  • Mackerel — 102-157 mg/3 ounces (depends on origin)
  • Opah/Moonfish — 135 mg/3 ounces
  • Salmon — 110-120 mg/3 ounces (depends on origin)
  • Bluefin tuna — 128 mg/3 ounces

Exercise And Eat Well In Order To Focus

Have you heard that you need to exercise and eat well in order to focus?  Just in case you’ve missed my umpteen posts on the necessity of exercise for focus, I thought I’d include this article written by David Wilson for the Sydney Morning Herald.  He features some highly respected entrepreneurs, including Sir Richard Branson (heard of him?), Tim Ferris (him too?), and Luke Baylis (founder of SumoSalad). They’re all huge advocates of exercise as you’d expect being successful business men.  Here’s a snippet of what David Wilson writes about Luke Baylis, regarding his experience before and after exercise:

“You didn’t have quite the same level of focus and you didn’t have quite the same level of motivation and the same type of clear head that you do when you’re fit and healthy and you exercise regularly,” the Sydneysider says. Apparently, massive American portion sizes and tasty trappings were his undoing.

And here’s what David Wilson includes about Sydney marketing agency owner, Robert Steers:

Thanks to his workouts, he can then work without needing four cups of coffee to stay on the case. “It does feel like I am more focused,” he says.

So that he avoids experiencing end-of-day, sitting-induced back soreness, Steers also does Pilates.

“I am not normally into the soft and fluffy stuff, but stretching my back out makes me feel really great for days,” he says. Pilates, he reckons, is outstanding – “a great way to unwind, which I have trouble doing otherwise”.

Besides exercising religiously, Steers avoids fast food and junk food “at all costs”. If out at a meeting, he eats sushi or just grabs a sandwich washed down with water, of which he drinks plenty, curbing coffee to two cups a day.

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So there we have it, four successful business men and a business woman (if you read the whole article) talking about why they exercise and eat well in order to focus.  If Richard Branson has enough time to exercise, then I think we mere mortals can prioritise 30 minutes a day to exercise.  If we don’t, we’re actually depriving our bodies of a basic and natural requirement, not only for the brain, but for all organs to function properly.  If you’re struggling to focus on your exercise regime, click here.



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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