In a competitive workplace, top employees are always looking for the next big advantage that will help them best their rivals. One place they might not guess to look for their newest edge?
The refrigerator, which, surprisingly, is home to many homegrown remedies for increasing concentration and productivity in the workforce.
If you don’t believe me, check out our recommendations for yourself so you can test out these proven theories in your own workplace…
One easy swap you can make to start improving your brainpower and focus almost instantly is to use coconut oil instead of olive or vegetable oils in your cooking.
Studies have shown that being overweight is linked to declined cognitive function, and the omega-3 fatty acids found in coconut oil are a great natural way to help boost your metabolism so you can shed those harmful pounds.
Low-Sugar Snack Bars
Step away from the coffee machine and head to the vending machine instead, suggest nutritionists and twins Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CFT and Tammy Lakatos, RDN, CFT.
Instead of picking up a sugary drink from Starbucks, try a Kind bar – a favorite pick of Lyssie and Tammy, who say the nuts fruit found in these bars can provide a natural boost of energy without the sugar crash that can follow coffee drinks or unhealthier options.
My best tip? Stash a box of Kind bars in your desk, where you can avoid the line for the vending machine and always ensure you’ll have healthy snacks on hand when the craving strikes.
Bone broth has been all the rage lately among foodies and health nuts alike – but did you know that it’s the ultimate food for gut and brain health?
According to Dr. Axe, the collagen (aka animal proteins) found in bone broth boost the production of certain amino acids in your body that help improve memory and concentration.
I recommend using this broth in soups (check out this list of the best soup makers out there for suggestions) or drinking it on its own for a brain-boosting way to keep warm on chilly winter days.
I know, I know: you’ve been told by everyone and their mother to start eating your leafy greens, and I’m sure you really didn’t want to have to listen to them.
But the benefits of leafy greens like spinach are undeniable when it comes to brainpower and concentration: the magnesium and potassium found in spinach are nature’s power couple for boosting learning and memory.
Not to mention, it’s an excellent source of Vitamins E and B6, which both help your body and brain function at its prime.
So, if you seriously want to get ahead in the workplace, I suggest you make like Popeye and go grab a bag of the green stuff!
Strawberries, Blueberries and Acai Berries
If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you might not have to age on the brain just yet.
Well, let me be the first to tell you that it’s never too early to start preparing for your old age. If you don’t want your cognitive function to decline as you age, try making an acai bowl for breakfast tomorrow.
The combination of strawberries, blueberries and acai berries has been proven to activate a “natural housekeeper” in your brain that protects from age-related mental decline and memory loss.
In other words, if you don’t want to lose your work ethic and productivity as you get older, it’s time to start stocking up on those berries. Period.
This article would not be complete without talking about salmon, which is one of the best foods you can possibly eat for your brain health.
Why you might ask?
When you think about it, the structure of your brain and the structure of salmon are actually quite similar. 60% of your brain is composed of fatty acids, aka the main component of salmon that makes it so good for you!
As you get older, the number of these fatty acids in the brain decreases, which is why it’s so important to supplement your diet with food-based sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
In case you’re lacking in inspiration, one of my favorite ways to eat salmon is in its burger form – eaten in this way, smothered in your favorite toppings, you won’t even notice how healthy it is. Promise!
I hate to be the one to break it to you, but your mother wasn’t wrong when she talked about the importance of “brain food.”
These superfoods may not turn you into Superman, but you’ll surely become the hero of your workplace with the increased concentration, stronger memory and higher productivity you’ll start to notice as you incorporate them into your diet.