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10 Essential Brain Foods That Boost Concentration

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Let’s face it; it can be hard to maintain your focus while staring at a computer all day or listening to a professor drone on about calculus, history, politics, or religion. Then there are all of those distractions—television, YouTube, Facebook, text messages and email—the list goes on.

Thankfully, there are a number of common foods that can help keep you on-task, giving you the edge you need over your fellow co-workers. Even better, unlike pills and energy drinks, none of these foods pose a significant health threat to the people who consume them…

 

1. Coffee

Most of us know someone who simply can’t function in the morning without a coffee in their hand. There’s a good reason for that; on average, coffee contains 22 milligrams of caffeine, a drug that initiates the “fight or flight” response in our body’s system. In fact, coffee causes adrenaline to be released into the bloodstream, which leads to more blood being pumped at a higher rate by the heart.

The benefits for concentration can usually be felt within 20 minutes. Caffeine causes our neurotransmitters to fire rapidly and increase blood oxygen levels. This helps us think clearly and feel physically energized. The only danger is that caffeine may make it difficult to sit in one place, so don’t over-indulge.

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