10 Productivity Boosting Foods You Should Add to Your Diet Today

Productivity boosting foods for brain performance, focus and clarity in daily life:

Whoever coined the term, “food is medicine,” was absolutely right. The food we eat affects us immensely – not just in terms of body weight, but physical fitness, stamina, and mental health. Eating too much sugar gives us a sudden high and a painful low, too much caffeine sets us buzzing off and we end up craving for more.

Not only is proper nutrition required for the right purpose (such as needing a pick-me-up, something to help soothe our nerves or help us fall asleep), but it is also required in the right amounts. Remember, balance is vital in dietary habits.

We know the basic principle – get your carbohydrates in small amounts, proteins in large amounts, fat in minimal amounts and a daily helping of fiber to keep going.

But what about when we need something to help us stay on track with our busy lifestyle? Is there a food that can magically keep us mentally alert all the while boosting our confidence and productivity? Of course! Food is medicine, after all!

So what are these wonder productivity boosting foods that we so clearly need for ourselves?

10 Foods That Boost Productivity

1. Blueberries

Blueberries are well-known for their antioxidants whose primary function not only is to protect the body from harmful effects of oxidation but also stimulate the blood flow to the brain.  

Improved blood flow ensures an adequate supply of oxygen and nutrients to the brain to keep it running and focused on the task at hand. Because of high amounts of a substance called Gallic acid, blueberries can protect our brain cells from oxidative stress and degeneration.

2. Avocado

Another food that helps redirect blood flow to the brain and boosts concentration is Avocado. This magical ingredient contains folate and vitamin K, which prevent the formation of clots in the brain as well as improve cognitive function.

3. Green tea

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Green tea has two major ingredients that help us focus – caffeine and L-theanine. We already know about the energizing effects of caffeine. But what about the mystery ingredient, i.e., L-theanine?

Caffeine and L-theanine actually go hand in hand. Basically, L-Theanine helps your brain relax and slows down the rate at which caffeine is being released into the system. Green tea enables you to imbibe different ingredients essential for maintaining attention, focus, and agility. All in all, your work is easier when you have a cup of green tea at work.

4. Leafy green vegetables

Leafy green vegetables also contain antioxidants and carotenoids which improve brain power and function. In fact, they maximize performance so that our state of mind is more in tune with our work.

Packed with B vitamins, these vegetables boost memory, improve focus and more importantly, protect your brain cells from damage.

5. Dark chocolate

Good news chocolate lovers! Dark chocolate – not the sweet, milky kind you crave at midnight is actually good for your brain. It contains a little bit of caffeine that enhances your mental focus.

It also contains magnesium that helps your brain relax and release ‘feel-good’ hormones called endorphins that make you feel positive and more confident towards your work. Of course, don’t go overboard with the chocolate. But when you’re burned out and you need a small pick me up, have a bit of dark chocolate!

6. Olive oil

Extra virgin olive oil does an excellent job when it comes to fighting off the bad guys or free radicals. Due to its powerful antioxidant properties, the oil boosts learning and sharpens our memory. The constituents of extra virgin olive oil keep age and disease-related brain changes at bay.

7. Fish

Fatty/oily fish is also a key source of omega-3 fatty acids which are known to enhance memory and brain performance.

People who do not get enough omega 3s in their diet are more likely to have a bad memory, depression and annoying symptoms such as fatigue.

Studies reveal that oily fish can improve the performance of your brain, pushing you towards productivity. This means you should include salmon, trout, mackerel, herring, sardines, pilchards and kipper in your diet. Happy fishing!

8. Walnuts

Walnuts help fight off mental stress as they are packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals, keeping your cognitive functions at their peak. With high levels of Vitamin E, walnuts are also involved in slowing down the natural process of cognitive decline.

So the next time you need to study through the night, keep a handful of walnuts close to not only help you with your work but also keep those hunger pangs at bay!

9. Beets

Beets also have made it to the list. Well, most people cannot stand their taste, which is surprising considering numerous benefits that are packed inside those purple wonders. They contain a lot of cancer-preventing antioxidants and assist your body in flushing out toxins from your blood.

Nutrients contained in beetroot improve the flow of blood to your brain and enhance mental performance. Not only that, but the rosy tint they leave on your lips is just oh-so luscious!

10. Bone Broth

Bone broth – no, it’s not just food for the sick. Usually, the broth is something that we turn to when we have a cold. But surprisingly, it works wonders to boost our immune system and helps our gastrointestinal tract run smoothly.

What’s even better is that it also sharpens our cognitive functions due to its overall positive effects on the body. Ingredients like glycine and proline help improve your memory.

So now that we’ve run through the list of brain superfoods, we have no reason to procrastinate. That’s right. It’s time to get to work. After all, achieving the targets will be easy since we have our dependable snacks to help save the day.

If you feel that your diet lacks essential nutrients, it is best to consult a licensed nutritionist. Like medical practitioners, most nutritionists have incorporated telemedicine into their practice which means you can contact them using your smartphone or laptop.

Remember to squeeze in some good ol’ exercises (a couple of squats, jumping jacks or sit-ups should do the trick) in between your working hours, which will boost your mood and productivity!

About The Author

James Crook is a passionate blogger who loves to write about health and fitness related topics. Currently, he is a working as a blogger at Dr Wilson shoulder Surgeon.

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How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money

How This Family Guy Makes $10,000/Month Online Teaching Others How to Make, Save and Invest Money - Interview with R.J. Weiss from TheWaystoWealth.com

This is an interview-style post with R.J. Weiss from The Ways to Wealth.

Hey R.J. What’s your background and what do you do?

I blog about all things personal finance at The Ways to Wealth.

Before I went full-time into blogging, I spent ten years in the financial services industry. Specifically, helping families buy the right type of life insurance.

During my time with a full-time job, I’ve always had different side hustles going on. From freelance writing, Amazon FBA, conversion rate optimization, to website design — there were many projects I pursued outside of work.

How did you start your career in finance?

I got started in finance straight out of college working for my the family insurance business. As I love the financial planning side of things, I choose to specialize in life insurance planning. This led me down the path to obtaining the CFP® Certification.

What made you start blogging?

The Ways to Wealth, which I started in 2016, has been my 5th blog.

The others mostly fizzled out most due to a lack of interest. But, in 2009 I started a personal finance blog called GenYWealth.com (no longer around) that had some success.

The idea GenYwealth.com was to write about what I was learning about studying to take the CFP®. The blog was, by all means, a success. I was able to gain valuable knowledge, pass the CFP® exam, earn some extra money and build up a good community.

I then took this knowledge and started a business blog, which allowed the insurance agency I was working for to generate leads.

I started The Ways to Wealth because my passion is personal finance–from investing to travel hacking, I love the challenge of optimizing my finances.

How was The Ways to Wealth born?

I didn’t have much of a plan for starting The Ways to Wealth when I purchased the domain name.

I was actually thinking it would be a niche site, which was inspired by Pat Flynn’s niche site duel. Then, I came across the income reports of Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and wisely changed direction to a more traditional blog.

This change came about 6-months after starting to blog.  I did a timeline of the site in one of my income reports.

What worked best when trying to grow the site?

I had a decent knowledge of SEO. So at first, I started growing the site with email outreach. One of the first posts I had about best investing books of all time, had about 15 links to it.

This was nice to start with but was quite slow to build up, as it can take a while to earn Google’s trust.

The big turning point came when I started to understand Pinterest. I spent a few frustrating weeks on the platform, then it finally started paying dividends.

I went from about 100 sessions a day to 1,000, which was huge for me at the time.

How did you get to 3 million monthly viewers on Pinterest?

the ways to wealth pinterest 3 million monthly views

I lay out my Pinterest strategy here. But at the core the idea is to:

1) Write high-quality content that Pinners want to click through, read, and share.

2) Pin to my own and high-quality group boards, with a keyword-rich description.

3) Continue to Pin my best pins across my own boards/group boards, ruthlessly eliminating Pins that don’t perform well.

One thing to keep in mind is impressions don’t mean much on Pinterest. What counts are clicks to your website. So, you want to design not for impressions but clicks.

What aspects of the online business are you outsourcing or automating and how?

The first thing I outsourced was Pinterest design. I’ll design about 30-40 pins a month, so this was big time saver for me.

Of course, it took some work to get going. At first, I hired 5 or so people on Fiverr. I found one decent designer but the work quality deteriorated over time.

I then went to Upwork and posted a job for a  graphic designer. I found a great team down in Argentina, who I’m very happy with.

I’m currently experimenting with working with a ghostwriter. A few of my latest posts have been transcribed from my recording, with the ghostwriter making sense of it all.

I can compile about 3 posts in 90 minutes, then take another 90 or so minutes to prepare them. Saving me around 3-4 hours per post this way.

What’s your main income stream and why do you think it works for you?

My main source of income for the blog is affiliate revenue. It works because the partners I do have are high-quality businesses, who deliver value and solve real problems. This makes it easy to naturally link to such a partner.

When did you start making more than $10K/month and what was the turning point?

My first month over $10K was in January of 2018. In December of 2017, income was around $3,000 and in July of 2017 around $500. So, it was definitely a jump.

What happened then in January?

First, personal finance is at its peak interest in January.

Second, I had multiple Pins go viral.

Third, in November I started driving traffic via Facebook to the site. So, in January I could take campaigns I’d been fine-tuning for a few weeks and scale them.

How do you balance work and family life?

I have a routine I stick to Monday through Friday.

When inside of my designated working hours, I work. When outside of these hours, I’m not.

This is a lot easier said than done. But the thing important for me is not to take work everywhere I go. This means I don’t have any apps on my phone that are work-related (email, analytics, etc..)

What are you 3 best finance tips for newbies?

  • Focus on your savings rate. How much you save is the most important decision you’ll make.
  • Small incremental improvements add up over time. My favorite example is increasing your savings rate 1% every quarter, means you’ll be saving 20% of your income in just 5 years.
  • Study happiness. Become a student on how to increase your level of happiness. The natural result is you’ll want less overtime, making the game of personal finance a lot easier to win.

What books, blogs or podcasts help you stay motivated along the way of growing an online business?

I read a fair amount to keep fresh ideas in my head.

My favorite podcast is The Tim Ferriss Show.

Two blogs I enjoy reading are:

Farnam Street
Barking up the Wrong Tree

And as far as books. I try to read one a week. A few books I would recommend to online entrepreneurs would be:

Deep Work by Cal Newport
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
The Four Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss

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