Brain Warriors know that getting what you want out of life requires focus. To get into college, you’ve got to concentrate in high school to get good grades. To get that promotion at work, you’ve got to keep your mind on your projects rather than getting distracted by your social media feed. To have a healthy relationship, you’ve got to pay attention when your spouse is talking to you. If you can’t focus, you’ll have trouble at school, at work, and in your love life.
What you eat plays a major role in your minute-by-minute ability
to stay focused, so it’s important to eat a brain healthy diet and avoid the
following 3 foods that rob your focus.
What’s the harm in soaking your food in soy sauce? A single
tablespoon of the stuff accounts for 38 percent of the daily total
recommendation for sodium. Foods like soy sauce that are packed with sodium
restrict blood flow to the brain and can impair focus.
Focus tip: Skip salty fare and flavor food with brain healthy spices instead.
If you want to be a Brain Warrior, there is no place in your
diet for diet sodas. Aspartame, the artificial sweetener found in many diet
drinks, contains amino acids that stimulate neurotransmitters associated with memory
and learning. Sounds good, but it isn’t. They are potent excitotoxins, which means they are toxic to brain cells. This can
negatively affect memory and your ability to concentrate on the task at hand.
Focus tip: Swap out the sodas for sparkling water sweetened with stevia, or iced green tea.
Prosciutto, pancetta, pepperoni—cured meats like these may
be popular on pizza and deli platters, but they can give you some serious brain
fog. Protein-rich foods that are also cured with salt are high in nitrogen, and
your body has to use more fluids to eliminate this substance. This can leave you
dehydrated, and even mild dehydration can decrease your ability to focus and
increase fuzzy thinking.
Focus tip: Stick to proteins that are organic, antibiotic-free, and hormone-free and always stay hydrated by drinking at least 8-10 glasses of water a day.
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