Our Brainstorm nerds spend a lot of time sitting in front of computer screens, using millions of brain cells to create stunning websites and software for customers, but like everyone else, we get peckish, and we like to have a munch now and again on a load of unhealthy stuff! And yet we are still highly productive! We looked into the top foods that boost your brain power and found we’re pretty hot on most of it, and thought we’d share it with you so you can get that extra boost at work too.
Sounds stupid? Well actually when you think about it, the foods you eat enter your bloodstream and flow to the brain. The W.H.O suggest you can increase your brain power by 20% but just eating the right foods. They also suggest food has the potential to enhance cognitive abilities, protect the brain from damage and counteract the effects of ageing. We’ve scoured the internet and have come up with the most popular foods that can boost your brain!
Berries– These little beauties are full of antioxidants that can counteract stress, whilst also working as anti-inflammatory agents. So they’re good for both the long and short term.
Bananas– A single banana (of average size at least) holds the daily amount of glucose needed for your brain, which is about 25g.
Eggs– Fried, scrambled or poached sir? Eggs contain a B vitamin called Choline that has been proven to enhance memory and reaction times. Great for the whole family as a breakfast; office workers, and students alike!
Salmon– This is rich in omega-3s, protein, iron and B vitamins, which support memory, recall, reasoning and focus. Just try not to breath over too many people.
Caffeine– Coffee is a computer geek’s best friend! The caffeine found in coffee has been found to improve memory, and even protects against eyelid spasms for those who have been staring at a computer screen all day. It is also rich in antioxidants and amino-acids.
Chocolate– Considering yesterday was world chocolate day, our nerds had a bit of a binge, however dark chocolate in moderation, is actually great for your memory and reaction times. It also contains antioxidant properties that increase endorphins and boost your mood. So next time you’re in the office and having a bad day, eat some dark chocolate! (Just be aware, experts suggest the cocoa supply will run out by 2020, so eat up!)
Yogurt– This has tons of minerals and probiotics which help the digestive system and is a great source of protein to increase brain power.
Garlic– Garlic contains strong antibacterial and antiviral compounds that help shake off stress-induced colds and infections.
Dark leafy greens– This is probably one of the best foods you can eat! Literally loaded with vitamins and minerals. They are also high in Iron, which helps bring more oxygen to the body and the brain, and improves cognitive control.
Red Wine– So while we don’t suggest drinking on the job; red wine significantly improves your short term memory and motor skills believe it or not!
So all of the above will help your productivity at work in one way or another, in moderation obviously! BUT, here are a few to watch out for… Sugary foods like fizzy drinks or sweets can make you feel spaced out, confused or weak once the glucose in your brain drops and you have a ‘sugar crash’. Heavy, calorie filled foods like burgers and chips will make you sleepy and slow you down at work. And finally, eating too little can reduce your processing speed for new information, you’ll take longer to react, and have more trouble remembering words and sentences. So be aware! A lunchtime road trip to McDonalds is one of the worst thing you could do for a quick work lunch!