High octane fuel for your brain

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Would you pump diesel into your car that performs best on premium unleaded fuel?

Food is fuel. So, when you eat and drink at your office today, consider including some of these high-octane brain choices which will support your physiology and contribute to optimising your work performance.

  1. Include protein with your lunch to avoid that mid-afternoon energy slump. Whilst a refined carbohydrate heavy lunch of pies, fries, bagels or buns raises your energy with a fast sugar hit, the crash will come between 3 and 4pm.
  2. Fish is protein rich and packed with omega-3 essential fatty acids, crucial for proper brain functioning. Our brain is nearly 60% fat and omega-3 are unable to be produced by our body. Therefore, they need to be sourced from our diet. Consider salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna.
  3. Chia seeds a are a rich plant source of omega-3s and packed with protein and antioxidants. Every 15g chia seed serving boasts 2,685g.
  4. Nuts are a great mid-afternoon brain booster. Walnuts, pecans and hazelnuts are rich in healthy fats. Grab a half a handful mid-afternoon when you take a brain break with a warming cuppa.
  5. Sip on green tea, rich in polyphenols with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial effects. If you are not keen on the flavour, consider adding mint to your cuppa.

 

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