Perhaps surprisingly, a healthy and focused brain has a lot to do with your gut. To function at its peak, your brain needs three things: good fats, proper hydration, and a healthy belly – all of which can be improved or impaired by what you eat.
Why is your gut so important? It has to do with the gut-brain axis. When you aggravate your stomach by eating things it might be sensitive to – whether that’s too much gluten, sugar or fried foods – your brain can be similarly affected. You might start to feel sluggish, anxious or unhappy. Likewise, when you eat foods that support gut health, your brain will also benefit, leaving you feeling energised and focused.
So, if you’re struggling to stay alert during the day, relying on coffee for energy, or finding it difficult to concentrate, it’s a good idea to look at what you’re eating. Both your gut and brain need certain nutrients to thrive. That’s why things like essential fatty acids and antioxidants are important to include in your daily diet.
From chia seeds to avocado, these five foods can help increase concentration, enhance focus and optimise attention – allowing you to take on each day with a clear mind and laser-sharp focus.