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Superfoods to Increase Productivity at Work

on Wednesday, 30 March 2016. Posted in Insights

We all understand it’s imperative that we eat and drink in order to survive, but in order to optimise we must carefully consider what it is we should be eating to maximise our potential.

Certain ‘superfoods’ carry vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and more that can increase productivity in the workplace; amongst other benefits. Below, we have listed some of these 'brainpower' foods to help inspire your diets and lifestyles:

Superfoods

Eggs – Start the day well with eggs for breakfast. Eggs are filled with nutrition, including Vitamin A, B5, B12, B2, D, E, K, B6, Calcium, Zinc, Folate, Selenium and Phosphorous. Eggs act as a source of Choline, a vitamin which supports our bodies’ membrane structure, methylation and nervous system. Choline improves the development and activity of the brain and can even reduce the risk/severity of Alzheimer’s disease and memory loss.

Salmon – High in Omega-3 fatty acids, salmon is believed to contribute to improved memory and brainpower. It has also been found to help relieve depression, which can have devastating effects not only at work, but in all aspects of a lifestyle. Other benefits of salmon include: improved quality of sleep, great source of Vitamin D, maintains a healthy heart, cardiovascular benefits, improve academic performance and strengthens bones and joints.

Eating salmon regularly has been shown to reduce the risk and incidence of depression, hostility in young adults and cognitive decline in the elderly.

Water – As most of us are aware, water is crucial to our survival and greatly effects how we function, yet the majority of us still don’t drink anywhere near the recommended amount of water. Optimise your brains potential by keeping it hydrated; 75% of the brain is made up of water which needs to be refreshed and replenished. Drinking more water improves quality of sleep, brain cells, concentration, memory, blood flow and the delivery of oxygen to the brain. It is recommended that we drink at least 2 litres of water per day to replenish and hydrate our bodies.

Bananas – When you get half way through your working day and feel yourself beginning to slack, reach for a banana to snack on. As one of the greatest edible sources of glucose, bananas act as a natural energy bar, fuelling our bodies and mind. As well as glucose, bananas are packed full with vitamins, amino acids and minerals to enhance brain function.

Various studies show students improve their exam grades when they eat bananas throughout the day.

Blueberries – Adding a regular intake of blue berries to your diet will improve your health and brain function. Not only do they improve memory and co-ordination, but remarkably blueberries may also help to reverse the process of memory loss. Of all the fruits and vegetables commonly available to us, blueberries contain the highest level of antioxidants, which our bodies need to neutralise free radicals in the bloodstream.

Avocados and Nuts - The unsaturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fatty acids found in avocados and nuts help maintain the flexibility and function of brain cell membranes. Other benefits of these unsaturated fats include helping to strengthen the brain’s muscles, protect nerve cells and lower blood pressure.

According to the World Health Organization, Eating the right foods can increase brainpower, motivation, and overall productivity by up to 20%

Some other superfoods you may wish to include in your diet to increase brainpower include:

Dark chocolate, broccoli, green tea, celery, cauliflower, olive oil, coconut oil, turmeric, lentils, mint, pumpkin seeds, sage, sardines, cinnamon, ginger, dandelion greens, asparagus, kale, spinach and goji berries.