Boost your mind by eating these 20 foods for focus. Be compassionate to your brain. Give it the nutrition it needs.
Your mind controls your reality, but what controls your mind?
Food. That’s one answer.
Whether you’re striving to give your kids the perfect diet for their brains, or you’re simply aiming to make your mind healthier and happier, food can help.
Cooking for yourself Cn make your mind stronger. And eating the right nutrition can do wonders for your mind and brain too.
Now of course there is a quick way around this. A good supplement will give you the nutrition you need.
Try NeuroIgnite, which I’ve heard wonderful things about.
But what if you’re looking for raw ingredients?
There are plenty of ingredients that improve your focus.
While certain foods (mostly sugary snacks) can affect dopamine levels and destroy concentration, heathy foods can do the opposite.
Here are the top 10 nutritious foods for focus and concentration. Take a look, and share your favorite recipes (using these foods) in a comment.
The Top 10 Foods For Focus. I’m So Grateful For These Health Miracles.
- Avocado: Great in salads. Better in your brain
Avocados are beautiful to look at once you cut into the. And they are incredibly nutritious.
I love mindfully cutting into an avocado and meditating on the colours, the texture, and the taste. I often use meditation for dieting, and will meditate on my food. Avocados are great for this, because they look beautiful, they have a wonderful silky texture, and they taste great.
Turns out, avocados are also one of the best foods for concentration.
These beautiful fruits are packed full of healthy fats that give you beautiful skin and help regulate blood sugar levels.
Avocados are also full of vitamin K and folate, which help stop blood clots in the brain. Add in a healthy dollop of Vitamin B and vitamin C and protein and it’s easy to see why we need to eat more avocados.
- Bone Broth
Want to heal your mind? Try eating bone broth.
Bone broth is used in all sorts of ayurvedic recipes. It strengthens the gut, improves joint health, and can even help stop allergies.
Wellness Mama tells us:
“Broth is wonderful for nutrient absorption in two ways:
It is a source of bio-available nutrients in an easy-to-digest form
Its amino acid structure and high gelatin content makes it soothing and healing for the gut and enhances the absorption of nutrients from other foods as well”. (READ MORE).
Bone broth is packed full of amino acids that improve memory function. Collagen in bone broth reduces inflammation. And it is unquestionably one of the best foods for focus.
- Coconut Oil
Coconut oil. I use it everyday for oil pulling to help my teeth stay strong and health. But coconut oil is also one of the best foods for concentration.
Coconut oil is an anti-inflammatory and can help boost memory function. So if you find yourself losing focus and forgetting to, you know, do what you’re supposed to be doing, add some coconut oil to your diet. It’s one of the most nutritional ingredients in the world.
Are you going to Scarborough Fair? Parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme? Or perhaps just the rosemary.
Rosemary is literally packed full of health benefits. And not just the oil, but the herb too.
Neurodegeneration is what happens when free radicals attack the brain. This can lead to strokes and Alzheimers, and is also the cause of normal aging.
Rosemary, however, can protect the brain from free radicals and help protect us from those negative affects of aging.
That must be why my Grandma used to cook with rosemary all the time.
So if you think you might be struggling to focus due to plain old aging, take Grandmas advice and start using rosemary.
Green tea. As a kid, I used to drink it just because it made me think of Asia—and I love Asia.
Little did I know back then that green tea is one of the best foods for concentration. And not just because of the caffeine. Yes, green tea contains caffeine, just a little less than coffee and black tea. But it also contains l’theanine.
What is l’theanine?
L’theanine is an amino acid that increases alpha wave frequency (and if you want to do that, you should try Alpha Meditation). This does two things. It relaxes the mind (which is why green tea is good for people with ADHD. And it releases caffeine slowly. So if you’ve ever wanted to make the effects of coffee lasting longer, try green tea.
MindLabPro says green tea will “increase the activity of alpha brain waves, which are responsible for imagination, visualization, memory, learning, and concentration.”
Together, caffeine and our new friend l’theanine produce focus and increased speed and accuracy.
Plus, drinking green tea feels classy. George Clooney might make Nespresso look hella classy, but for me, green tea is where it’s really at.
Yes! Delicious chocolate is good for your brain.
Here’s the catch: It has to be 70 percent cocoa. Milkybars are not gonna work.
Why is chocolate so good? Because it’s loaded with an ingredient called flavonols, an anxti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory. It also helps lower blood pressure. Why does that improve your focus? Because it helps blood flow to the brain (and also to the heart).
Bad news is, you will still be yourself with a Snickers. But with genuine dark chocolate you get very many health benefits.
I recommend Viva Natural’s Organic Raw Cocoa Nibs. It’s delicious and oh so nutritious.
I love Indian food. And I cook at least one curry a week (usually either a korma, madras, or pathia).
One of the best things about curries is that they are full of different spices.
Spices are a great way of getting the right nutrition. And one of the best spices is Tumeric.
Tumeric is an ancient root that has been used for healing for millennia. What makes turmeric so powerful is an ingredient called curcumin, a chemical that is a powerful anti-inflammatory.
Tumeric is also an antioxidant and is a good food for boosting the immune system.
Another great benefit of turmeric is that is increases oxygen flow to the brain. This leads to heightened focus and improved cognition.
Don’t like curries? Try turmeric in a tea.
Ah water. The purist, most beautiful thing on Earth. We are made predominantly of water, and yet somehow many people take it for granted.
I am grateful to live in the city of waterfalls, Hamilton Ontario, in Canada. And as a Pisces, I naturally love H2o. Which is great, because one of the absolute best things we can do for our health is simply to get enough water.
Drinking water = health.
Simple, isn’t it? Yet many people forget to drink enough. In fact, 75% of people suffer from dehydration (source: CBS).
Water is a miracle. It provides the brain with the electrical energy it needs to operate effectively. Simply drinking enough water will make you more focused, more energised, and more creative.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Makes food taste great when fried. And prevents your brain from getting fried.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is full of polyphenols, an antioxidant. Putting Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your diet will make you a better learner, and it will boost your memory and decrease the aging process.
Some people believe Extra Virgin Oliver Oil is bad for cooking because it has a lower smoking point than other oils. I appreciate the warning. Honestly though, you’re not likely to reach the smoking point of Extra Virgin Oliver Oil by frying with it, unless you try really, really hard. The oil has been used in Spanish cooking for centuries, and the Spanish seem to do just fine.
Ah, coffee. You’ve always been there for me. I’m so grateful to have you in my life.
Research from the University of Barcelona shows that coffee increases mental alertness, and that it is especially effective for men (who get a coffee high quicker than women). Women, on the other hand, are more effected by the placebo effect in coffee than by anything else.
Eating the right food can have a big impact on your brain. Trust me, I know.
Years ago, my diet was garbage. Lots of sugar. Processed foods. Junk. And I had the symptoms of ADHD. Now, I only eat meals that I have prepared myself or meals from high quality restaurants (I don’t mean The Ritz, but restaurants that are trustworthy and use real food).
Of course, I use meditation for focus too.
I also choose to make conscious decisions with my diet. I pick foods that are packed full of the nutrients I need (not always easy as I’m far from a millionaire). By saving money by not drinking alcohol, I manage to have enough to buy high quality nutritious meals. And if I can on my salary, you can too.
Conscious eating is good for both the body and the brain.
What’s your favorite brain food? Leave a comment.