Food for thought

Food for thought

25 January 2018

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Have you ever had that feeling where you’ve overworked yourself and burnt out from work? I’m sure we all have, but there are natural remedies can be used to stimulate greater productivity and improve brain health:

1. Avocados

Avocados are definitely one of the best breakfast foods to add to your toast, smoothies or alone! Although it is deemed to be a fatty fruit, it is also suggested to be a monounsaturated fat. This essentially aids in providing low cholesterol and healthy blood flow, which evidently promotes positive brain health. It also promotes low blood sugar levels and improves your skin complexion. If you think that’s already a heap of benefits there is in fact a lot more! It also contains folate and vitamin K used to prevent blood clots in the brain and improve cognitive function for concentration and memory. Despite these benefits it should be noted that avocados are high in calories so it is recommended to only take ¼ to ½ of the avocado in your daily diet.

2. Coconut Oil

Believe it or not coconut oil is claimed to be one of the most versatile ingredients known for its heightened saturated fats that increase healthy cholesterol and acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. It can improve memory loss and destroy bad bacteria.

3. Dark Chocolate

I’m sure we all know that dark chocolate is known for low blood pressure and improvements in blood flow in the brain and heart. Since, dark chocolate is an anti-inflammatory and alleviates depression, it also puts you in a good mood so you’ll definitely feel a lot better and happier in the workplace. Neurologist Dr. Scott A. Small conducted a test whereby healthy people between the ages of 50 and 69 drank beverages high in cocoa for three months, which resulted into a 25% increase in performance.

4. Tea

Did you know that the caffeine 2 to 3 cups a day of freshly brewed tea (either hot or cold) can boost brain power by enhancing focus, memory and mood. It also contains anti-oxidants used to promote healthy blood flow. The benefits of caffeine embedded within tea will immediately increase wakefulness, alertness and attention, however one must keep in mind that pressed or bottled tea is not as effective as freshly brewed or tea bags.

5. Wholegrains

Just like every part of your body, the brain needs the right food and nutrients to improve alertness and concentration. To improve concentration one must factor in food that releases glucose slowly into the bloodstream, which will assist in keeping you mentally alert throughout the day. If you are feeling sluggish and crave some concentration always opt for brown wholegrain rice, pasta, cereal and bread.

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Dhorittee Marasigan

A 19 year old marketing and management student that loves to keep up with trends