Eating plenty of fruit and veg is crucial to maintaining a healthy body and mind. Some experts recommend getting the classic “five a day”, others like these researchers at UCL suggest that we should be consuming seven portions of 80g or more daily.
We all know that healthy lifestyles and getting the right nutrients can benefit everything from our skin to our mood, the right diet can even help us concentrate and perform better professionally. But when it comes to giving your performance at work a boost, not all ingredients were created equal…
From antioxidants which protect our brains from degeneration, to ingredients which give us a dopamine boost, enhancing satisfaction, mood and concentration, there are plenty of fruits which will help boost your focus in the workplace. In fact, according to Irish fruit company Fruitful Office's recent Great Fruit Experiment, over 70% of participants found that free fruit in the workplace actively boosted their productivity.
So what are you waiting for? Try these concentration boosters to enhance your professional performance...
One of the most antioxidant rich fruits in the “berry family”, blueberries are already widely touted as a “superfood”. The high antioxidant levels in blueberries may not have an immediate effect on your concentration, but over the long term, these tasty blue snacks can have a very positive impact on your cognitive abilities, helping you stay sharper as your brain ages and protecting you from degenerative conditions. Containing heaps of other beneficial components including vitamin C, vitamin K, gallic acid and plenty of healthy fibre, these are an essential desktop snack.
Ripe bananas are a wonderfully convenient office snack, packed with good stuff which will enhance your concentration by giving you a sustainable energy boost and supporting your body to produce plenty of dopamine – the chemical responsible for making us feel good. The potassium which bananas are famously full of is also a key ingredient in the processes which keep our neural pathways nice and sharp. Ideal for maximising concentration and really getting into a task, bananas are an essential ingredient for better work performance.
Red fruits, like strawberries, watermelons and red apples are another great concentration-boosting foodstuff. Fantastic for looking after your memory function, these yummy fruits contain a barrage of ingredients which can improve mental performance as part of a consistent diet. Fibre, vitamin C, potassium and folic acid are present in abundance in these brain beneficial snacks, so pack plenty into your daily diet to feel the benefit over the long term.
Do you have any fruits and vegetables which you swear by as concentration boosters? Do you eat fresh fruit at work? Would a free fruit bowl make a difference to your intake of healthy, performance enhancing snacks? Do you have any guilty office snack pleasures? Have your say and share your opinions below.