Clarity & Calories: Nutrients For A Focused Mind

by - Friday, June 15, 2018


It seems that now, we need a lot more focus and attention to complete the monumental tasks we have in front of us. You could be running a business at home, or you've got a full time job, as well as children to look after, and so, we can all feel frazzled from time to time. But, is this because we are not fuelling ourselves adequately? Think about it, if you are constantly eating sweet treats, and takeaways, are you putting the right fuel into your body? Everybody knows that the answer is a resounding no. So, you need to consider, when going through your busy week, what should you put into your body to focus properly?

Caffeine
Caffeine is a difficult thing to get right. Consume too little, and you won't feel its effects, consume too much, and you have terrible jitters and a racing heart. Trying to find that veritable sweet spot with caffeine is difficult, but it's also about the quality of the coffee you buy. Generally speaking, it's better to get single source coffee or ensure that it's as pure as possible for your budget. Coffee snobs ensure they get the best freshly roasted coffee beans available, and it's for a very good reason, that they feel energized, but without any of that energy slump that comes with bad quality coffee. Consider this when you are looking at your diet.

Healthy Fats
Your brain is almost 60% fat, so if you need to maintain focus, you'd better be upping your fat intake. But fat has a bad reputation, as it encompasses so many unhealthy aspects, such as trans fats. But now, there's been a major resurgence in the use of butter as a healthy foodstuff, not to mention diets such as the ketogenic diet being touted as a way to lose weight and gain clarity. Upping your fat intake, and reducing your carb intake is a very simple way to provide your brain with the fuel it requires, but it's also great for your body. Fat is the preferred fuel, which is why, when people fast, and they get into fat burning mode, or ketosis, they feel like they have more energy than ever before.

Water
As life is so busy, and we've got deadlines looming, it can be very easy to underestimate the impact water has on our overall brain power. Keeping yourself hydrated should be your number one priority, but a lot of us forget to drink water, especially when we are constantly on the go. It's always essential to have at least 2 litres of water a day, or more if you are undertaking a lot of physical activity. The best way to do it is to just have a glass of water on the go, and every time it's empty, refill it. It can take some time to get into the swing of things, but once you've got enough water in your body, you will feel the difference.

Simple, yet effective, these three things need to be part of your forward thinking dietary arsenal.

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