Physical activity, dietary choices, and weight are all factors that can contribute to how well you function and your concentration levels. For example, if you skip breakfast, it is unlikely that by lunchtime you will be able to perform tasks to the best of your ability due to hunger pangs.
Looking after your well-being, staying active, and eating concentration-boosting foods can all help toward improving concentration.
First, the food.
To increase your ability to concentrate, you might want to add some walnuts and chocolate to your dietary repertoire.
Walnuts may improve performance on tests for cognitive function, including those assessing information processing speed, memory, and concentration.
Chocolate — or specifically the cocoa bean — is rich in flavanols, which are compounds that have neuroprotective effects. Cocoa flavanols may help to improve cognitive processing speed, working memory, and attention when ingested for between 5 days and 3 months.
Research has revealed that individuals who practice sport can perform better on cognitive tasks than those with bad physical health. When compared with a group who led a more sedentary lifestyle, the group who were in good physical condition performed better on tasks testing sustained attention.
A study of older adults also specified that exercise improved brain function. All participants who exercised for between 75 minutes and 225 minutes per week showed elevated attention levels and an increased ability to focus.
Investigators found that practising mindfulness meditation for 25 minutes per day boosted the regions of the brain associated with goal-directed behaviour and allowed participants to focus more easily.
Research unearthed a connection between weight loss and improved memory and concentration.
Researchers say that factors such as high blood pressure, sleep apnea, and type 2 diabetes, which often result from obesity, might impair the brain. They suggest that as people get back to a healthy weight and the associated problems disappear, their cognitive issues will vanish, too.
More likely, however, the correlation, if there is one, is inverted.
If you have tried all the above and you are still wrestling with your inability to concentrate, grab yourself a large coffee. Caffeine has been shown to affect the alerting and executive control networks of the brain and has clear beneficial effects on concentration and attention.
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