This is how nutrition affects your focus and productivity
Your body works a bit like a machine. Just like a machine, the amount and type of fuel you supply to your body has a positive or negative effect on your productivity and focus. It can give you a big energy boost and also give you an energy dip.
Overfull or empty stomach: both are not conducive to your productivity
Both an overfull and empty stomach are not useful if you want to be focused at work. After all, hunger is a distraction, so that you cannot perform optimally.
A too full stomach with food is also not useful. That makes you feel drowsy, so you are not at your best. So it’s best to take something to eat when your stomach starts to rumble and eat until you feel pleasantly full.
Better focus with glucose
Every cell in your body needs glucose for fuel, in addition to proteins and fats. Your brain needs the most glucose, especially when you’re trying to concentrate or thinking hard about an idea.
The more you concentrate and the harder you think, the more glucose your brain needs. When there is little glucose circulating in your body, there is less available for your brain to think and focus. You can see that in a lower focus and productivity.
Your brain uses about half of the glucose supply in your body. So you would think that you have to provide your body with a lot of glucose to be able to think properly. That’s not quite the case. Too much glucose counteracts good focus. It’s about having a steady, constant level of glucose in your body at all times.
How do you get a constant amount of glucose in your body?
To answer this question, let’s take a look at how it works in your body. When you eat, your body breaks down food into its basic components: fats, proteins and carbohydrates. Your body uses proteins and fats for fuel and for building and repairing muscles and other tissues.
Carbohydrates, like those in bread, your body only uses as fuel. Your body breaks these down into glucose, which your brain can use. Now there are different types of carbohydrates that work differently in your body.
Simple carbohydrates (such as sugar) are broken down very quickly and bring a lot of glucose into your bloodstream. This gives you a strong but short-lived energy boost. After that, you can experience a dip in your energy level, which is not conducive to your focus and productivity.
Your body needs more time to break down complex carbohydrates, such as in fruits and vegetables. This releases an even flow of glucose in your body, so that your brain is fueled for a longer period of time. So that is more useful than fast sugars.
Proteins and fats also provide a steady flow of energy for your body, so you can concentrate for longer and your productivity is maintained.
The power of caffeine
Caffeine has no effect on the glucose level in your body, but it can give you the feeling that you have new energy. As a result, your alertness after a cup of coffee increases as well as your focus and productivity. So you can make good use of that if you want to concentrate on a solution.
By the way, too much coffee is not very useful, because it can make you feel restless and irritated. You may even be dealing with a caffeine crash and caffeine hangover. So for good focus and productivity, it is important not to consume too much and not too little caffeine.
There are also other ways to get energy without coffee. There are also decaffeinated drinks that give you an energy boost, just like coffee. So you don’t necessarily need coffee for better focus and productivity.
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