Foods That Fuel Productivity
It’s common knowledge that unhealthy eating habits can result in us feeling a little unhappy and often sapped for energy. And once we have been sucked into this vicious cycle, we end up turning to high caffeine quick fixes and sugar hits to get us through breaking points. After surviving the past manic week on a coffee diet while sampling every take out eatery that delivers, my body was eventually crashing and burning, crying out for some goodness. As hard as I may try, I could never join the vegans and vegetarians of the world. But having done a little research and after chatting to some go green friends, what really struck me was the phenomenal natural energy and revitalised glow they posses.
Almost everything we eat is broken down into glucose, which is essentially the fuel we use to produce energy. Blood glucose levels also affect our will power, which is why we feel tired and lazy when levels are low. To maintain peak performance and productivity, consider adding these 7 fuel foods to your diet which stabilise blood glucose levels.
The best way to start your day is sunny side up! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and the best time to load up on foods that raise your blood glucose levels slowly and keep them stable throughout the day. Eggs are perfect for this. They also boost memory and cognitive skills as they contain the nutrient choline which helps establish healthy neurological pathways.
Fish is phenomenal for your body because it is rich in omega-3s which boost your mood and improve both learning and memory. These fatty acids can also help prevent depression and mood disorders.
Ginger is amazing for memory and improving cognitive ability. It also helps produce dopamine which makes us happy and boosts confidence.
Broccoli is a superfood packed with rich nutrients that improve cognitive skills and brain function such as thinking, reasoning, imagining, and memory.
Popeye would be pleased to know that spinach is now considered one of the world’s healthiest foods! And rightfully so… it is rich in antioxidants which helps release free radicals from the body.
Blueberries contain high amounts of a variety of antioxidants which help increase memory potential, reduce blood pressure and as a little added bonus, are pro anti-aging.
Because coffee is like a high five in your mouth, naturally it is our favourite co-worker. Caffeine is often consumed to stay awake because it blocks out the adenosine receptors in the brain, which makes you feel sleepy. By blocking off adenosine, coffee increases neuronal firing in the brain, releasing neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine which boost concentration and improve your mood drastically. So in closing, coffee actually makes you smarter!