Focus And Concentration Can Often Suffer As You Age
Discover these eight key foods that will boost your focus and concentration as you go from middle age to old age and beyond.
Focus and Concentration are crucial in just about all our lives in one way or another.
Focus and concentration is something which many people struggle with, but in order to keep focused or to maintain concentration for anything from say thirty minutes or longer periods of time, or sometimes to get going at all. But quite often the secret to remaining focused or to maintaining concentration is not a myth at all.
Exercises using techniques from Yoga and Meditation have been proven to help focus mental performance for people over the age of forty and come highly recommended. But we can also turn our attention to Nature to come to our aid in the form of foods which we are already eating and will not only aid our focus and concentration but improve it as well.
I am going to go through eight of these food types and explain the merits of eating them and to explain why they are so good at helping with our memory techniques especially as we continue to get older
These types of Oily Fish contain vitamins A and D plus Omega-3, which has been proven to improve our brain function and concentration and by affecting our cognitive processes, we can think clearer which also means an increase in our focus. Oily Fish also have good anti-inflammatory properties, which helps to protect the brain cells and keep them functioning properly.
This group of fish also have other health benefits such as cardiovascular diseases and as they contain anti-inflammatory properties there are also said to be good at combating Arthritis.
Berries These are rich in antioxidants, especially vitamins A, C and E. The nutrients contribute to adequate blood flow to the brain, which is essential for maintaining brain function without which, the brain will have difficulty with concentration. Additionally, these foods contain anti-inflammatory properties and provide protection for the actual brain cells.
Tomatoes These have the same properties as Berries above, rich in antioxidant properties
Nuts Nuts are rich in vitamin B6, which has been scientifically proven to be beneficial to our cognitive function.
Vitamin B6 directly affects our levels of memory and concentration, therefore increasing our intake is really expected to aid in our concentration. Research has also discovered another possible benefit of eating this type of food, rich in Vitamin B6, also aids in the protection against diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Dark Chocolate Especially good quality dark chocolate has many health benefits besides improving your focus and concentration. Research has shown that it can increase serotonin, and endorphin levels, which improves brain function. In addition, the dark chocolate also contains antioxidants and a number of important vitamins and minerals such as potassium. However as a note of caution, eating too much of this chocolate in a short space of time can only add to your calorie intake and can only lead to a reduction any positive effects it may have!
Green Tea This is a really refreshing drink, especially when you are ready for that caffeine hit. Many people turn to their favorite coffee or tea although by the time you add the milk and sugar, the calories mount up and often the overall benefit is lost. So substituting Green Tea for tea and coffee is going to improve your thinking and concentration and be far more beneficial for your figure. Green tea has been known to contain Antioxidants for some time but it also contains caffeine which aids your brainpower almost instantly and you can enjoy it knowing that you are also protecting and preserving your brain cells too.
Bananas These are very simple and easy to eat fruit, especially for those people on the go. Studies have shown that people who eat bananas before an examination will perform much better than those who don’t. Bananas also contain high levels of potassium which is itself a fantastic brain food. Potassium helps to keep your brain and nerve cells in top working order, so combine this with some of the other foods already mentioned and you should never be short of focus or concentration again.
Water Okay this may not strictly what we take to be food but without it we would not survive much beyond three days without it.
A large percentage of our body is made up of water, so it’s hardly surprising that we struggle to work properly if we don’t consume enough water on a regular basis. Dehydration can occur quickly and one of the first areas to be affected is the brain. So without water, it will be difficult to even think clearly and mental fatigue can easily set in.
In order to benefit from the foods above it is important to remember that we need a good well balanced diet, yes some people may have more fish in their diet because of seasonal availabilities and where they live, but most of us these days can mix up a menu by having meats, fish and poultry and potatoes along with other vegetables or salads.
If you choose to live on junk foods or processed foods, you will soon find yourself struggling not only with your attention and concentration, but with possible health concerns like weight, heart problems and diabetes, bone disorders and many other conditions far too many to list.