A Nutritionist’s Guide to Boosting Your Productivity Through Your Diet
By Rob Thorp, Nutritionist and Founder of Vite Naturals
With so many distractions keeping our minds occupied; from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, to Brexit fears, and the ever growing influence of social media, it is no surprise that for many of us, our concentration and productivity levels are at an all-time low.
In addition to this, your diet, which has a huge impact on your overall wellbeing, often falls short in providing the essential nutrients needed to boost brain health. A diet high in processed foods, sugars and refined carbohydrates can cause insulin fluctuations, increase toxic load, and create an inflamed body. This all has a negative impact on cognitive health, and can subsequently impair your productivity and concentration levels, cognitive function, and mood. Opting for a balanced diet, packed with nutrients and antioxidants, whilst avoiding processed and sugary foods can go a long way. To explain more, Rob Thorp, Nutritionist and Founder of Vite Naturals, a new plant-based functional nutrition brand outlines how you can naturally boost your productivity via your diet.
- Think Straight with Ginseng
In Chinese medicine, Ginseng is hailed as an all-healing herb, and has been recorded to help with cognitive function, memory, energy levels, and mood – perfect for supplementing busy lives. It has also been used to great effect in studies to help patients suffering with Alzheimer’s and ADHD.
- The Power of Fermented Foods
Fermented foods contain beneficial, live bacteria and yeasts which help to restore the natural balance of your gut, stomach, and intestines. Foods such as kimchi, miso soup, sauerkraut, yogurt and tofu contain good bacteria, leading to a healthy and well-balanced gut. This can in turn help to improve mood and increase brain function, providing the necessary boost to your productivity.
- Add a little Zinc
Zinc is a vital nutrient for brain health and many who experience mental health problems are found to be deficient in zinc. An easy way to up your zinc intake and boost your brain power is by consuming foods like pumpkin seeds, cashews, almonds, and spinach.
- Up Your Fish Intake
From salmon to sardines, mackerel to trout, the health fats found in oily fish are widely recognised for being some of the best brain foods around. The fats in oily fish contain the highest concentrations of omega 3 fatty acids, proven to have a positive difference on brain health and productivity. The compounds found in Omega 3’s have also been proven to aid the transmission of chemical signals from cell to cell, keeping us more alert and focused. For those looking for a more sustainable way to up their omegas, try Vite Brain (www.vitenaturals.com), a new range of supplements and delicious snack bars. Including a unique eight ingredient Nootropic and Omega formulation which has been formulated to provide your brain with everything it needs for peak performance, a daily dose can help you to feel sharper, think faster and focus longer.
- Take a Chill Pill
Many experience brain fog and a dip in concentration thanks to being constantly on the go and trying to multitask. It is important to include some ‘down time’ in your busy schedule, simply to relax and turn your thoughts off. Aim for at least 15 minutes per day of ‘down time’.
- Load up on ‘Super’ Nutrients
Magnesium is a super nutrient, which is used in almost every process in the body. Neurotransmitters in the brain use magnesium to stimulate and regulate electrical activity. This super nutrient can also help to protect brain cells from the damage caused by poor diet and external toxins.
- Stock up on B Vitamins
B vitamins are widely underrated in the food world, with foods such as legumes, green vegetables, wholegrain bread and even Marmite containing it. Not only do they help power your brain, they also help to form red blood cells and break down chemicals, whilst helping conditions like anxiety and depression, consequently boosting mental clarity.
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