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Ways To Focus By Consuming Brain Foods

Very few people are aware of how our minds are affected by what we eat. Did you know that our brains weigh about 3 pounds, but they consume about 20 percent of your daily calories? These ways to focus by consuming brain foods are well worth a read if you’d like to make better choices about your diet in order to improve focus, concentration, and memory and also which foods to eat to help to prevent mental decline.

Ways To Focus By Consuming Brain Foods

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Good concentration skills depend on a steady flow of messages between brain cells.  The first step in improving concentration and focus is by eating healthy food at regular intervals throughout the day.

The brain also needs myelin, a fatty substance that insulates the nerve fibers so signals can be more easily sent from one brain cell to another. These nerve fibers are like electrical wires in a well-oiled machine.

You can do your part by eating healthier and keeping the “machinery” of your brain in top shape.

A diet that includes myelin includes oily fish, walnuts, pumpkin and flax seeds. So don’t skip meals, pack snacks with seeds and nuts and you’re on your way to improving your concentration.

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Did anything surprise you from these ways to focus by consuming brain foods? A lot of this nutritional information has been featured on this site, but this was the first time I’ve read about Acetylcholine as being  the “messenger” – in that it keeps our brain cells on high alert for new information. It’s found in eggs, liver and soybeans. Other memory boosters include vegetables such as cabbage, broccoli and cauliflower – the cruciferous family.

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Ways To Focus With Superfoods

We are what we eat, and that’s just as true for our brains as it is for the rest of our body and vital organs. Here are some ways to focus with superfoods from the Huggington Post. The Huffington Post actually called it Brain Food: Superfoods to improve cognitive function. There are a number of foods that have been proven to improve brain function, encourage focus and also to protect against age-related cognitive decline.  These include walnuts, olive oil, berries, sardines, coffee, spinach, avocados, water, wheat germ, beetroots, garlic, dark chocolate (yes really), and ice-cream (not really).

Ways To Focus With Superfoods

Superfoods For Your BrainBut before you dismiss the diet-brain connection as mere conjecture, keep in mind that study after study has found a relationship between what we put in our mouths and how well we can perform important thinking and memory tasks. While certain nutrients may specifically assist brain function, there is also the totality of our diets to consider. One recent U.K. study found that a diet high in saturated fat actually caused damage to neurons that control energy and appetite in mice. And several well-regarded studies have shown that meal timing is an important predictor of performance. For example, research shows that eating breakfast can improve the memory and acquisition skills of schoolchildren.

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Can you think of any more ways to focus with superfoods? This is a great list but not exhaustive  – there are additional foods including other types of nuts, whole oats (porridge), and other slow digesting carbohydrates, milk, yogurt and other dairy products. Again, there are plenty more that are featured on this site under the Food For Focus category.

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