Have you ever found it so hard to concentrate you’ve just given up and stuffed your face with ice cream instead? Well, we’ve done that a few too many times – and we’re ready to make a change in our lives. Kinda. Instead of dangling a candy bar in front of our face to make sure we get through an hour of work or revision, there are ways to eat the right kinds of foods that will help you with your concentration. Yep, you heard that right. Foodies, rejoice!
“Oatmeal is yummy” – said nobody ever, right? Yep, Oatmeal isn’t the kind of food that we’d choose for breakfast if we had the choice. For starters, it doesn’t contain candy or marshmallows, which is kind of disappointing, but oatmeal also looks like something we really shouldn’t be eating. However, oatmeal is one of the best foods to help improve your concentration. With few calories to its name and an ability to make you feel fuller for longer, this breakfast choice will stop you feeling hungry during the day. That’s something, isn’t it?
Hurrah! Now this is a concentration food we can totally get behind. Although a huge amount of chocolate will make you feel a little sick, dark chocolate has actually been proven to help concentration. This bout of cocoa will actually boost the release of endorphins and serotonin in your body. These not only make you feel happier and more awake, but they can also make you feel even more active and awake. Say hello to concentration, dark chocolate lovers!
If you’re a fruit fan, you’ll be happy to know that blueberries have been proven to boost your memory and help you concentrate. Yep, you can eat as many as you like. Although they do contain natural sugars, blueberries are the perfect alternative for when you reach for an energy drink, a coffee, or even an energy bar. Just a handful of blueberries or blueberry juice will have you alive and kicking in no time.
As we’re on the fruit hype, it’s probably a good time to talk about our old pals, the banana! In 2008, one scientific study noted that students who ate a banana before their exam outperformed their fellow students who didn’t. If that’s not enough to get you eating the yellow things, you should know that they also taste and smell delicious. Don’t believe us? Try for yourself.
We’ve come to believe that green foods are all pretty good for you – and spinach is no different. Although you might not like the iron-like taste of this vegetable, spinach is loaded with nutrients that you need to boost your concentration, including beta-carotene, lutein, and folate. Experts suggest that we need to eat spinach at least three times a week to reap the concentration rewards.
Of course, if you smother your eyes in tomato sauce, butter, or salt, it might hide some of the health benefits, but eggs can actually improve your concentration. This food is full of Omega-3 which has been directly linked with concentration and the mind in the past. As if that wasn’t enough, they also contain choline which helps to maintain the health of your brain cells.
Okay, it might be the most boring substance on the planet, but water really is the wonder drink. When your body is thirsty or dehydrated, you can often find yourself lagging throughout the day. You will feel tired, you will lose all of your energy, and you will even lose your concentration. To give yourself a little pick-me-up, it’s best to ensure that you are properly watered during the day. In fact, it’s always best to start your day with a tall glass of H20.
Looking to boost your concentration? Well, time to grab a trolley and go grocery shopping because these foods will all improve your concentration.