Nutrition for the Brain

One of the most significant aspects of having a healthy and functional mind is to ensure you are consuming key nutrients for your brain. Nutrition for the brain is one of the most important factors to consider when optimizing your focus and concentration levels. I am sure there have been a few instances that you can recall where you were trying to read or write and instead you would think about eating something instead.

That is your body’s way of telling you, “Hey, make sure you refuel me or else I won’t be able to keep up anymore”. Now, eating food is just half of the equation – There are countless items that may satisfy your belly, but not your brain. What I mean by that is that there are key nutrients that will enable your brain to focus and concentrate harder. So what exactly are some foods that you should be eating?

I am sure this comes to you at no surprise – Fresh fruits and vegetables. Vitamins and minerals, which are the key nutrients in these foods, act as cofactors and coenzymes in the production and utilization of neurotransmitters. For example, apples, oranges, carrots, and broccoli are dense in these nutrients. In addition, healthy fats, such as fish oil, improve the sensitivity and function of neurotransmitter receptors, particularly dopamine, responsible for such brain functions as problem solving and attention. Other great tasting foods such as eggs provide nutrients necessary for the production of acetylcholine, dopamine and serotonin.

The typical North American diet does not typically contain fresh fruits and vegetables so this is why it is imperative that you make effort to add these foods. Pack them in a fresh zip lock bag, and snack on them throughout the day. Proper nutrition is necessary so aim for about 4 to 5 servings per day and you should notice a significant difference in your focus and concentration levels. Stay tuned for next month where we will highlight the importance of exercise and how it can take your focus to a completely new level.

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