Food is magic; we’re big fans. Get the combination right, and it can keep you sharp and on your toes, and the beauty is, it’s simple to do.
Here are a few foodie tips to help you boost your energy levels and stop you feeling sluggish when you need to be firing on all cylinders:
Steady as you go
Keep your blood sugar level, avoiding highs and lows, and you’ll see a marked improvement in your concentration levels. Watch out for refined carbohydrates such as sweets, rice, white bread and pasta that typically cause sudden peaks and troughs — along with skipping meals altogether — leaving you mentally exhausted.
Battle brain fatigue by eating small portions on a regular basis, preferably every two hours, throughout the day. Choose wholegrain where you can and add a portion of protein for maximum energy effectiveness.
Dish up the fish
Oily fish are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids, one of the most important nutrients for helping electrical signals to travel from one brain cell to the next, keeping your mind alert. These essential fatty acids improve the ability of nerve cells to conduct signals and help the flow and operation of neurotransmitters.
Choose the B team
B vitamins are vital for enhancing energy, alertness, mood and the immune system. B vitamins are in cereals and whole grains, green leafy vegetables, chicken, nuts and even Marmite (love it or hate it…).
At Eurest, we know how important it is to give you the information you need to make smart choices. With busy lifestyles and longer hours at work, grab-and-go food is a quick fix but is often nutritionally lacking. The solution is to know more about what we’re choosing to help us make tasty and nutritious choices on the go. For our part, we aim to improve awareness of healthy eating and provide nourishing, balanced and delicious meals that feed minds and bodies as well as tickling the taste buds.
Pinnock, Dale 2014. ‘Three recipes to keep you mentally sharp’, The Telegraph [Online], http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/active/10662328/Three-recipes-to-keep-you-mentally-sharp.html, (Accessed 07 April 2014)