It’s an overstimulating, highly active world that we live in. ADD/ADHD diagnoses are on the rise, and yet that behavior is encouraged when we are expected to multi-task in the workplace. If you or someone you love has been having trouble focusing at school or at work, you may want to examine your eating habits.
The food-mood connection is powerful. Increasingly, we are learning that high-protein, low-carbohydrate diets are helping adults and children to maintain focus and be more productive. Quality proteins like eggs, nuts, fish, and lean meats can help you stay focused and remember information for longer periods of time. In addition, complex carbohydrates like the kind found in whole fruits and vegetables provide the additional micronutrients that our bodies and brains need to sustain focus. Dark green leafy vegetables like kale, chard, and spinach are great sources of folic acid and vitamin K, while broccoli, cauliflower, brussels sprouts and blueberries have been credited with helping to improve memory and focus.
Refined sugar, carbohydrates like the kinds found in cookies and cakes, and corn syrup (commonly added to most processed foods) have been shown to cause major peaks and valleys in blood sugar, which leads to restlessness, irritability, and lack of focus. Eliminating these sugars as well as caffeine and processed foods can go a long way toward improving yours or your child’s ability to concentrate.
Lastly, make sure to start the day with a high-protein, low sugar breakfast like eggs and steel-cut oats with cinnamon and blueberries. This will ensure that body and mind are nourished and set up for success.
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