Let me guess, you’re cramming for another exam. Or maybe you’re just trying to finish those last 20 pages of a 50-page reading assignment. Either way, your focus and concentration is all out of whack. It’s time to put down the energy drink and the millionth cup of coffee, and it’s time to start eating better foods! We know, we know, it sounds lame and out of reach. However by adding these foods to your daily routine, you’ll have no trouble remembering lectures, chapters, and so on. You do want to ace that test, right? Add these foods to your diet ASAP!
Studies have shown that blueberries will boost “concentration and memory” for up to five hours because of “the antioxidants in blueberries stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to [your] brain – and keep the mind fresh”. Moreover, Blueberries contain a “cocktail of antioxidants including anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol and tannins”, all of which basically boost focus, and even help to protect against cancer, heart disease, and dementia.
How can green tea help with focus? Two reasons. One, it has caffeine, and two, it has L-theanine. Caffeine has been proven to help with focus and improve alertness. We’re good with that. Although you’re probably wondering what L-theanine is? It is an ingredient that has been shown to “increase alpha-wave activity”, which then increases tranquility and releases caffeine much more slowly, instead of just all at once, which can lead to serious crashes. These two ingredients combine to “produce a better ability to focus attention, with improvement of both speed and accuracy”. Looks like its time to swap that coffee for some green tea!
Make sure you’re drinking plenty of water so you can improve your focus. Water “gives the brain the electrical energy for all brain functions, including thought and memory processes”, and it has also been proven to help you, “think faster, be more focused, and experience greater clarity and creativity”. Your whole body relies on water, therefore it is critically important that you are getting enough of it.
YAS. Chocolate! Okay, we know it’s not the milky, sugary kind but dark chocolate is so good for you! And yes, it can taste amazing as well. Dark chocolate contains some caffeine which helps to heighten mental alertness. Moreover it contains magnesium, which will help you to de-stress. Plus it stimulates the release of endorphins and serotonin, which helps to make you feel good and also heightens your mood. But don’t go scarfing down chocolate every day, small doses of it will significantly boost your focus.
When it comes to long-term benefits, nuts are amazing. “Nuts and seeds are good sources of the antioxidant vitamin E, which is associated with less cognitive decline as you age”, and you only need an ounce a day to get this benefit. Lastly, they’re loaded with essential oils and amino acids that will help to aid your focus.