Cliche as it may sound, the importance of breakfast has been emphasized over and over again by experts as it is the body’s first supply of glucose and nutrients after a night of fasting. Eating the right food helps to keep your energy levels up throughout the day and increase productivity at work.
Here’s 7 “superfoods” for a week’s worth of healthy eating:
The protein inside eggs is the highest-quality protein of any food. It makes you feel fuller for longer periods of time, allowing your body to maintain a stable blood-glucose levels. Eggs also contain a vitamin named Choline which enhances your memory and reaction time. Large daily swings in glucose concentration can have a negative effect on the brain’s memory and cognitive functions, eating eggs will boost your productivity level throughout the day!
A large banana provides about 0.5 milligrams of the 1.1 ~ 1.7 milligrams daily recommended intake of vitamin B6, which helps to keep your brain functioning at its optimal level. According to allaboutbanana.wordpress.com, the nutrients in bananas also support cognitive function in terms of focus and memory. Bananas are excellent source of potassium, which helps deliver oxygen to the brain to keep your mind sharp. The magnesium in bananas promotes proper electrical activity between nerve cells in the brain. Magnesium also helps the brain dispose of the waste byproduct of protein metabolism, ammonia. By reducing the brain’s ammonia levels, magnesium improves your ability to focus, according to The Franklin Institute.
According to Harvard Health Blog, not only is caffeine a brain stimulant, but it also blocks receptors for a chemical called adenosine, which normally prevents the release of excitatory brain chemicals. With adenosine out of the way, these brain-sparking chemicals can flow more freely—giving you a surge of energy and potentially improving mental performance. That, is some good news for the coffee addicts out there!
The Omega-3 fatty acids in salmon increase efficiency of the brain, improves memory and keep it wide awake during long working hours. Combined with amino acids, vitamin-A & D and selenium, these fatty acids protect nervous system from damages from aging, act as anti depressant, relaxes the brain and helps to prevent Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. (credit salmonman.co.nz)
5. Dark Chocolates
According to a research from Arizona University, dark chocolate is a powerful brain stimulant and it activates the brain in a really special way. Researchers found that not only was dark chocolate able to boost participants attention spans, but it also had the ability to bring peace to their brains and lower blood pressure. Now that’s one more reason to indulge in this favorite snack for breakfast!
6. Whole Grain Foods
Mayo Clinic states that whole grains are unrefined grains that haven’t had their bran and germ removed by milling. They are better sources of fiber and other important nutrients, such as selenium, potassium and magnesium. Whole grains are either single foods, such as brown rice and popcorn, or ingredients in products, such as buckwheat in pancakes or whole wheat in bread. Folic acid found in whole grains helps prevent Alzheimer’s disease by protecting
the neurons critical for learning and memory. It also boosts blood flow to the brain, keeping it working at peak levels throughout the day.
The last but not least, berries (raspberry,blueberry, strawberry) which are well-known for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects are well documented to help with cognitive functions. Based on wellnessresource.com, berries also help to regulate genes to offset stress, improve brain communication, clean up brain waste products, and stimulate the production of new brain cells. Which is why starting your day with a serving of berries will keep your mind sharp and functioning well.
Procrastination always gets the better of us when it comes to healthy eating. There is never a right time to start, so why not let the healthy eating challenge begin tomorrow, and start to see your daily productivity go up with a more focused mind!
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