Increase Your Productivity With These 5 Amazing Foods

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There’s no shortage of productivity tips on the Internet, and more than one person has stepped into the ring and offered his or her own advice from time to time as well.

While all this is nice and fine, one area that most people ignore when it comes to productivity is nutrition. What you eat and drink has far more impact on your day-to-day productivity than any hidden secret or GTD methodology ever can. Best of all, every food that helps increase your productivity is great for your overall health, too.

The five foods below offer more than a short-term productivity boost and instead give you loads of energy and mental focus to get even the biggest project done.

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1. Berries

Blueberries in cartons

Few people would deny that picking fresh berries in the summer is a great experience. Even if more berries go into your mouth than into the basket, there’s still enough to bring home and use in cereal and desserts for days.

Berries are far more than a simple summer treat, though. Research done at Harvard University and reported by ABC News found that women who ate more strawberries and blueberries were less likely to experience cognitive deterioration as they grew older.

One theory on this has to do with compounds called anthocyanidins and flavonoids, which are both powerful antioxidants. These two compounds may be able to help grow and retain areas of learning and memory in the brain.

2. Eggs

Egg being cooked, pictured from above

The yolks of eggs are chock full of a nutrient called choline, which is technically an amino acid but is usually considered a B-complex vitamin. Choline can help keep the structure of brain cell membranes intact, which can improve overall brain function.

Livestrong.com reports that egg yolks are one of the best sources of choline. Just two eggs per day offer about half the daily requirement of this nutrient, which can also help with your brain’s ability to relay messages to nerves and muscles.

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3. Salmon

Piece of cooked salmon on plate with vegetables

Salmon is an amazing food. Not only is this fish a natural and great-tasting source of protein, but it’s also a great source of omega-3 fatty acids, which can help with everything from easing inflammation to increasing cognitive function.

HealthDiaries.com lists research done on DHA, which is the most important fat found in the brain, and how salmon actually helps to increase DHA, helping even more with brain function.

Along with these cognitive benefits, salmon can even help with eye health and can help give you a healthy heart. If all this doesn’t help you understand why salmon is amazing, we don’t know what will.

4. Dark Chocolate

Squares of dark chocolate

Who doesn’t like chocolate, right? While you probably only think of chocolate as something to grab as you walk past a coworker’s desk, studies have shown that dark chocolate can actually help increase blood flow to the brain, which in turn increases cognitive function.

Dark chocolate also contains some pretty great compounds that can improve your mood. One of them is phenylethylamine, which just happens to be the same chemical your brain produces in volume when you’re in love.

5. Almonds

Pile of roasted almonds

We’ve talked about how great almonds are for productivity before, but it’s worth mentioning again. Almonds, much like salmon, contain good fats, which give your body energy and even lower cholesterol levels.

Almonds are densely packed sources of calories and energy, so they’re great if you’re too busy to leave your desk and are feeling a little woozy and hungry.

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While most of these amazing foods won’t instantly increase your productivity, they will help you work better when added to your diet over the long term. Just think: now something you do at dinner at home can actually make you more productive in the office, and it doesn’t even involve email.

So eat up and get to work!

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