What Foods Are Good For Mental Focus?

What Foods Are Good For Mental Focus?

January 29, 2020 0 By William Morgan


Does food really affect your mental
focus? Yes! Today, we are going to talk about what to eat, what not to eat and
when and how to eat for best mental focus. Well, part one really involves the
question of what foods are bad for mental focus?
Are there any? There are. Many foods that many people eat are very bad for mental
focus. Things like synthetic foods, processed foods, foods that are really
high in simple non complex sugars. None of these help with your cognitive focus
or your ability to concentrate. What you should do is make sure that you’re
avoiding foods that we would consider to be non whole. Make sure that the foods
that you’re eating are in fact whole foods. One of the greatest offenders of
foods that are bad for your mental focus are simple sugars that often hide in
fluids. So, one of the things you should make sure to avoid are things like sodas,
juices, alcohol. Anything that will create a spike in insulin. That spike in insulin
will make it very hard for you to focus and concentrate. The next question is
well what foods are good for mental focus? The foods that are ideal for
mental focus are in fact, fats. Really healthy fats things like avocado as
example. Proteins. Things like beans, dairy, eggs, chicken, fish. All really good for
you. And the third category, carbohydrates, also okay but what you want to make sure
is that the carbohydrate that you are eating are complex. Non simple sugars. So,
carbohydrates that aren’t going to create that spike in insulin that will
then dip and make you going running back to find more food. Now, I would be remiss
when we talk about what foods to eat. If I didn’t include the fact that you
should definitely not just be eating but I want you to drink more water.
The ideal circumstance is such that you’re sipping water throughout your day
so that you never really feel thirsty. What we know is by the time you feel
thirsty, you’re actually dehydrated at the cellular level. And by the time
you’re dehydrated at the cellular level, your brain has given up up to 2
leaders of water. There’s no way you can be mentally focused or cognitively all
there if you don’t have enough water. So, I don’t just want you to eat. I want you
to stay hydrated and drink enough water. Now, when it comes to what to eat in
order to increase mental focus, one of our best friends is caffeine. A lot of
people tell me that if they have caffeine, they feel like they are way too
wired and that they can’t focus. This means that you’re consuming too much of
it. What I would recommend in that case is something like green tea which will
allow a lower level of caffeine. But what we know is that caffeine really does
help with both mental clarity and your ability to focus. So, don’t be afraid of
caffeine. While there is such a thing as too much, some will really help you.
Here’s the thing: There are definitely foods you want to
avoid, there are foods that you can and certainly should eat and water and
caffeine. But I want to talk a little bit about how and when to eat. Because what
all the latest research is showing us is that how and when we eat is even more
important than what we eat for mental focus, for cognitive clarity, for being
more motivated more productive and being happier. First things first.
There’s definitely such a thing as too much food. If what you’re doing is you’re
eating too much or you’re eating too often, what happens is that you’re
getting this continual surge in insulin that is really bombarding not just your
every cell in your body with having to introduce new glucose into it but it’s
really confounding your ability to focus. What research has shown is that if what
you do is you spaced out how often you eat so that you’re not constantly
bombarded with new insulin, new sugar. You’ll actually increase over time your
ability to focus and to concentrate. There’s not just such a thing as too
much. There’s such a thing as too little. And so, what I want you to be careful of
is that you’re eating kind of the right amount for you whatever that looks like
that effectively you’re not thinking about food. If what you can do is manage
your intake of food in such a way that you’re able to produce and to be
productive without really having to think about the fuel. That you’re in
taking is likely the ideal for you. So, you can
in fact experiment with this because every body is different, every brain is
different and every physiological makeup is different. As we talked about how much
to eat, I also want to talk a little bit about the idea that research is showing
that eating slowly and conscientiously is really important. The idea here is
that when you eat, you won’t be snacking and you won’t be trying to do something
else. But that as you eat, you’re being fully mindful of that. Further,
physiologists and researchers have shown that if you eat slowly,
you actually introduce a lot more of the nutrients that you are eating into
your cells. Your body makes better use of the food that you put in your mouth. So,
in on top of really it mattering when you eat, I want to make sure that when
you’re eating, you aren’t snacking, you aren’t doing other things. You are
conscientiously and slowly eating. How and when to eat for mental focus should
include the fact that newest research shows us snacking is not ideal for you.
Ultimately, you should be eating meals large enough that you don’t have to
snack between meals. Such that if you are prone to snacking or if you’ve been
snacking recently, what we’ve shown is that those people very typically find it
harder to get into a state of mental focus and of concentration. So, one of the
key things to do at least to try is to quit snacking. Eat enough at your meals
that you don’t have to snack. For many reasons including the fact that
constantly having to inject in spikes of insulin as an example. Inject new glucose
into cells and constantly thinking about food for your snack time he is a very
distracting thing to have to do. Thanks for watching today. Let us know in the
comments below what are the foods that you found are good for mental focus that
have worked for you to allow you to focus better, to concentrate better? We’d
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