13 Foods That Increase Productivity

10304790_10100161175145793_2105376409992287112_nWe’ve all heard the saying for years now, “You are what you eat.” That’s because, it’s true. According to Psychology Today, complex brain processes are “literally fed by glucose that circulates from gut to brain.” “The human body is an energy system,” says a Florida State University psychologist.

Check out my other blog post, “Brain Food” and MindBodyGreen’s “Ultimate Guide to Superfoods infographic” about how to improve the way you think and work.

Here’s a compiled a list of energizing foods from Psychology Today:

1. Berries eaten with walnuts or avocados (aka healthy fats) keep brain cell membranes flexible.
2. Eggs contain a fatty B-vitamins and omega-3’s that enhance memory and reaction time.
3. Salmon has omega-3’s, protein, iron and B-vitamins. These support memory, recall, reasoning and focus.
4. Eggplant will keep enhance your brain communication in terms of cell and molecule movement.
5. Natural caffeine found in coffee, tea, etc. improves memory and is rich with antioxidants and amino acids.
6. Dark chocolate contains antioxidant properties that increase your endorphin levels and milk chocolate is good for improving verbal and visual memory. Use in moderation though and be sure to get organic or pure versions of these without artificial ingredients like High Fructose Corn Syrup.
7. Green tea can help your nervous system and be a natural source of energy.
8. Yogurt, of the organic and pure variety, does wonders in terms of protein, minerals and probiotics, which helps your digestive system.
9. Dark leafy greens are probably the best thing anyone could eat, because they are loaded with vitamins, minerals and nutrients. One of these nutrients happens to be iron, and iron helps bring more oxygen to the body/brain, which improves cognitive control.
10. I’m not encouraging drinking on the job, but studies show that red wine can improve short-term memory and motor skills.
11. Whole grains, like brown rice, are filled with vitamins and magnesium, which improves cognitive health.
12. Garlic contains strong antibacterial and antiviral compounds that help you avoid stress-induced colds and infections.

13. Eating these will slow down your productivity…

  • Sugary foods, like soda or candy, can make you feel spaced-out, weak, confused, or nervous once the glucose in your brain drops (also known as a sugar crash).
  • Heavy, high-calorie foods like hamburgers and fries will make you sleepy and slow you down.
  • Eating too little can make you process information more slowly, take longer to react and have more trouble with retaining information.



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