Coffee is definitely the most popular drink for boosting focus and concentration. Unfortunately, for some folks, caffeine causes jitters and heart racing. Not to mention that high caffeine intake may lead to anxiety, heart palpitations and insomnia.
The good news is there are a lot of foods and drinks that boost focus and concentration without the side effects of caffeine. And the best part is these foods will give you lots of nutrients to improve your health.
Snacking on avocado or adding it to your main meals can improve your focus. This fruit contains healthy fats that boost mood and focus.
Avocado is also good for your heart and it’s loaded with fiber which will help keep hunger at bay.
Blueberries contain flavonoids which help keep your mind sharp. In fact, research shows that long-term intake of blueberries can delay cognitive aging by 2.5 years.
I may also note that the antioxidant properties of blueberries have been shown to lower risk of cancer and heart disease.
You probably know that dehydration causes headaches and brain fog. So it goes without saying that drinking water will boost your focus and concentration.
It’s worth noting that drinking 1 or 2 glasses of water before meals can help you lose weight.
Salmon, mackerel and other fatty fish are great sources of omega 3s, which have been proven to improve brain function.
Research shows that low intake of omega 3 can cause mood swings, fatigue and depression.
Beets contain nitrates which expand blood vessels, therefore increasing flow of blood and oxygen into the brain. More blood and oxygen to the brain means more focus and concentration.
Add beets to salads or make beet juice.
Whole eggs are a good source of omega 3 fatty acids. Eggs also help keep the brain cell membranes healthy, thanks to the compound choline.
Spinach, kale, collard greens and other leafy green veggies contain antioxidants that improve brain function and boost concentration. They also contain folic acid which has been shown to increase alertness and concentration.
Nuts contain vitamin E which helps prevent age-related cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s. They’re also rich in amino acids which improve concentration.
Bananas are one of the best snacks. They’re sweet, loaded with nutrients and easy to eat on the-go.
One study found that students who ate bananas before exams performed better compared to those who didn’t eat them. This fruit has also been shown to ease anxiety.
These foods may not boost your focus and concentration if you don’t get enough sleep. So make sure you get 7-8 hours of sleep every night.