Everyone’s always looking for ways to get more done. We always focus on using systems to make productivity effortless. What most people don’t realize is food plays a big part in your productivity.

Adequate nutrition will increase your productivity by 20%. ~ WHO

The food we consume has a huge impact on the body. We know an unhealthy diet generally results in unhappy days. Hungry judges give harsher judgments. And toddlers who skip breakfast are more troublesome. (If you’re looking to quiet your toddler down, find a way to get them some food. Preferably the ones mentioned below.)

How does food affect your Productivity?

Nearly everything you eat is broken down into glucose. Glucose is the fuel you use to produce energy. Think about it. A bad breakfast can ruin your entire day.

The amount of glucose in your blood also affects your willpower.

To maintain peak performance, The brain works best with about 25 grams of glucose circulating in the blood stream – about the amount found in a banana. – According to Leigh Gibson, at Roehampton University.

Different foods break down at different rates. Foods such as bread, milk chocolate, wheat break down incredibly fast. This gives you a sudden burst in energy. The only problem is this energy dies out really quickly. And when it does, it leaves you tired.

Foods like eggs, fish and vegetables, break down at a more stable rate. Eating whole grain foods, that has some fat and protein it, allows your blood sugar to rise slowly and go down slowly. This allows you to have a stable blood sugar level all throughout the day. So the goal is to consume food that leaves you fresh throughout the day. And avoid food that leaves you tired in 20 minutes.

Keeping that in mind, here are 7 foods you should add to your diet for a more productive day.

1. Salmon

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Fish! One word (and one digit) describe fish nutrients the best: omega-3. Omega-3 fatty acids are among the top healthy fats. Fish generally contain lots of omega-3 fatty acids. Why is salmon so healthy?

Salmon contains the two blockbuster omega-3s : DHA and EPA. These help in developing the eyes, brain and nerves. Your body can’t synthesize omega-3 fatty acids. It’s important you take them in the form of food. And one of the best sources for it is salmon. These fats are also great for the heart, hair, skin and eyes. But do they boost productivity? You bet.

The omega-3 fatty acids found in salmon help you boost your mood, improve both learning and memory. They’ll also help you protect yourself from depression and mood disorders. They are also responsible for producing neurological pathways. And help develop the brain in children.

In one of the largest studies of its kind, scientists analyzing the diets of 12,000 pregnant women found that children of those who consumed the least omega-3 were 48% more likely to score in the lowest quartile on IQ tests.

They are also neuro-protective in nature. The brain is 60% fat and most of it’s omega-3, DHA. It is critical for the brain to function healthy. The best part is salmon can even be cooked in a variety of ways with a variety of seasonings.

2. Ginger Root

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Ginger root is incredible in it’s own nature. It’s a true gift from the earth. Ancient Indian Ayurvedic Texts treat ginger as a medicine chest in itself. You may have been prescribed ginger for stomachaches. But it also has a host of other benefits for you.

Memory: ginger improves cognitive ability, according to research published in Evidence Based Complementary Medicine. Sixty participants were given either placebos or ginger extract for two months. At the end of two months those who were given the extract showed a significant improvement in cognitive performance and memory.

NeuroTransmitter Balance: ginger is a key player in neurotransmitter production. Ginger helps produce dopamine. Dopamine is the “reward molecule”. It’s a key player in being happy. Serotonine is the confidence molecule. Too much serotonine can cause mild symptoms like, shivering and diarrhea. And more serious symptoms like, muscle rigidity, fever and seizures. In cases of too much serotonine in the body, ginger helps maintain the balance.

  • Grind 2 inch ginger.
  • Add 4–5 cups of boiling water.
  • Boil for 3 minutes and strain.
  • Add 1 tsp of lime juice and jaggery.

3. Broccoli

4. Spinach

5. Blueberries

6. Coffee

7. Eggs

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