Foods to help you focus

In today's hectic lifestyle, women are busy multi-tasking as a wife, mother, working woman and more.

But it is easy to stay focused by incorporating these brain foods in your diet for a more motivated you!

Sip on some caffeine to kick-start your ability to focus; the key is moderation. Too much caffeine and you'll end up jittery and unable to concentrate.

Just a spoonful of sugar can give your brain the boost you are looking for, although the effects are short-lived. Snack on something naturally sweet such as fresh fruit, or reach for brain food like whole grain carbohydrates such as pasta to improve your attentiveness without expanding your waistline.

Serve up fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids twice a week to give your brain the vitamins it needs to develop and function properly. When possible, choose a fish that has a low or no mercury content, such as salmon and herring.

Help protect your brain from Alzheimer's disease and dementia by consuming blueberries. Studies also show a link between lab animals and improved learning ability when it comes to this blue fruit.

Adding foods to help you focus can be as simple as popping popcorn. Puffed with vitamin B6, B12, and E, these crunchy munchies are believed to enhance your ability to focus as well as your memory and brain power.

This creamy fruit not only helps lower bad cholesterol and reduce risk of plaque build-up to enhance blood flow and fuel your brain power, it's also high in omega-3 fatty acids. Avocados are a great alternative to seafood for those who aren't fans of fish.

Nuts and seeds
Grab a handful of your favourite nuts or seeds to fill up on antioxidants and proteins to help you keep your mind on track. Nuts and seeds also help give your brain long-term protection against the decline of your cognitive functions.

Green vegetables
Gobble down green vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, parsley and brussels sprouts to keep your mind sharp, thanks to their high amounts of folic acid.

Low-calorie breakfast
To improve your attention span, fuel up your body in the morning by diving into breakfast. Be sure to include fruits, dairy and cereals that are high in fiber and low in calories.

If you can't get in enough focus foods each day, talk to your doctor about adding supplements to your diet. Brain-boosting vitamins like B, C, E, and nutrients like beta-carotene, magnesium, ginseng and ginkgo are thought to help enhance your memory and ability to focus.

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