Good nutrition is essential to maintaining our energy and productivity levels each day. While research onhow foods affect our brains is still young, there are some tried-and-true ways to get the most out of what we eat, including making sure we reach first for the best foods for daily alertness.
Leo Widrich discusses on the Buffer app blog the science behind how our nutrition influences our productivity. Essentially, food is converted to glucose, which is like fuel for our brains, keeping us focused and alert. The best foods, like oats, give us a slow and steady supply of glucose, keeping up focused for longer than bad foods like donuts, which only offer 20 minutes of alertness before we crash and become easily distracted. (We’ve seen this concept before, with Massive Health’s fullness and sugar crash infographicmapping out different foods’ effects on our energy.)
The best foods to eat for productivity, according to the World Health Organization, are nuts, seeds, chocolate (especially dark chocolate), fish, blueberries, avocado, whole grains, and raw carrots.
How do you make sure you prioritize those kinds of foods? Reorganize how your food is stored in your cupboard (and fridge):
One of the most interesting aspects about eating is that we are extremely likely to eat what is in close sight. In fact famous researcher Brian Wansinkmentions that
“You are 3 times more likely to eat the first thing you see in your cupboard than the fifth thing you see.”
Make sure you organize your food in way that brain powering foods get more exposure. It’s an incredible trick to start eating better food that will give you more daily alertness.