Guest Blog by Emily Joseph
Staying sharp during work meetings is critical to your success. Many choose coffee, tea or energy drinks to stay focused and while these may help some there are better and healthier choices. There are foods that you can munch on before a meeting that will boost your brain and allow you to get through the meeting 100 percent on your game.
Brain Foods – Beets
Beets are known for being a rich source of iron, but they also contain natural nitrates and this is where the brain-boosting power comes from. These helps to improve mental performance by increasing blood flow to your brain. One of the most convenient ways to nosh on some beets before a meeting is to roast them the night before, bring them to work with a little honey, heat them and then drizzle the honey on them.
Brain Foods – Sage
A recent study looked at how sage may benefit the brain. This study gave some people a placebo and others 50 micro liters of sage oil. Those that received the the actual sage all scored better on cognitive testing. Sage contains acetylcholine. This is a neurotransmitter that works with memory and learning. This herb can be added to dozens of snacks and dishes, such as chicken and pastas.
Brain Foods – Sardines
A quick salad before a meeting can be eaten quickly and can give you the boost that you need to get through. Sardines can be used in place of anchovies to make a small Caesar salad. You can also make a sardine sandwich and bring it with you when you know you have a meeting. Sardines contain DHA and EPA. These fatty acids help regulate neurotransmitters and improve communication among brain cells.
Brain Foods – Eggs
The yolks in eggs are often given a bad rap for their high cholesterol content. While they do contain quite a bit of cholesterol, they also contain choline. This substance is a acetylcholine precursor. As was mentioned above this neurotransmitter works with memory and learning. You can boil an egg or two and bring them to work. You can eat them as is or add boiled eggs to a salad.
Brain Foods – Yerba Mate
If you are having to run to a meeting and are unable to grab something to eat, yerba mate tea can work for you. Now, this tea does contain stimulants, so if you are sensitive to stimulants this would not be the best choice. The stimulant powers of this tea can help to improve your short-term brain power.
Brain Foods – Oats
Oats are known for their fiber content and benefits to the cardiovascular system, but they can also fuel the brain through the glucose oats can help to produce. The carbohydrates in oats is responsible for the glucose. Whole grain oats will breakdown slowly, giving you several hours of sharpness and improved brain power. Oats can be made into oatmeal which only takes a few minutes and you can add things like fruit for a little extra boost.
Brain Foods – Lentils
Lentils are rich in folate. This B vitamin can decrease amino acids that have been shown to impair how well your brain functions. It also boosts brain power. Lentils can be added to soups, pastas and salads for a quick brain boost. Some will also roast them and eat them just as they are. If you boil them the night before, they will be a quick snack at work.
About the Author: Emily Joseph has been writing about health topics online for over a decade. When not writing, you can find her working out or covering other freelance stories for the nation’s largest LASIK plan manager, or spending time at the gym working out. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.