February 7, 2020 Last updated February 7th, 2020 588 Reads share

5 Nutrition Tips to Improve Your Work Performance

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As an entrepreneur, you’ve got things to do.

You have client calls, team meetings, and a never-ending list of emails that needs your attention. Not to mention the pressure of having to make sure that the company is moving forward in the right direction.

Most likely, you enjoy the intense nature of your job. It’s one of the things that differentiates entrepreneurs from others.

But you also realize that the long hours and the stress can take a toll on you. It takes a lot of energy to stay both physically and mentally sharp throughout the day.

This is why a healthy lifestyle can be an asset to you as an entrepreneur. A balanced lifestyle helps you fire on all cylinders so you can put more into what you do.

There are various aspects of a healthy lifestyle. It includes exercising, getting adequate sleep, limiting stress, and proper nutrition.

In this article, we will only focus on the nutrition aspect. What you consume has a significant impact on your energy levels, how your brain functions, and, ultimately, how you perform your tasks throughout the day.

Here are five nutrition tips to boost your business performance.

1. Fuel Your Workouts With a High-Quality Whey Protein Powder

As a health-conscious entrepreneur, you might already have a fitness routine. Maybe you workout during lunch break or hit the gym on your way home.

But what about your post-workout snacks? Are you inadvertently consuming harmful ingredients when you buy protein shakes at the gym cafe? Or worse, energy bars at the convenience store?

Many protein bars, especially the ones that limit net carbs, are loaded with sugar alcohols like sorbitol, xylitol, and others. When consumed regularly, they may cause digestive issues like gas, bloating, and in some cases, even diarrhea. Nothing quite like feeling bloated to kill your productive mood.

Instead, opt for high-quality ingredients to fuel your workouts. Naked Nutrition is one of the best supplement brands when it comes to the quality of ingredients.

Their grass-fed whey protein contains only one ingredient – whey protein. It comes from small dairy farms in California. No artificial sweeteners, no growth hormones, no soy, no additives.

Compared to regular whey protein, grass-fed whey protein comes loaded with more beneficial nutrients, and your body absorbs it better. As a result, it promotes lean muscle mass growth and recovery more efficiently.

Each serving contains 25 grams of protein, and 5.9 grams of branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs), which supports muscle growth, decreases soreness and reduces fatigue.

2. Drink More Tea

Tea is a good source of L-theanine, which is an amino acid that may promote better cognitive function.

L-theanine may influence your dopamine and serotonin levels, which are brain chemicals that affect your mood, quality of sleep, and stress levels; Additionally it may also increase alpha wave activity in your brain. Alpha brain waves have been shown to boost focus, creativity, and a state of wakeful calmness.

If you’re used to drinking coffee throughout the day, try switching to tea towards the end of the day. You’d still get the cognitive benefits, and you might even sleep better by minimizing coffee close to bedtime.

3. Eat More Fatty Fish

Fatty fish like mackerel, salmon, and sardine are excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids.

EPA and DHA are two types of omega-3 fatty acids that are critical for optimal brain function. They are abundantly present throughout the cell membranes in the brain and play a vital role in communication between brain cells.

A diet deficient in omega-3 fatty acids has also been linked with an increased risk of mood disorders like anxiety and depression.

The best way to add more omega-3s to your diet is to eat fish like sardines and salmon. If that’s not a feasible option, you can also opt for a fish oil supplement.

4. Eat More Kale

If you’re like most people, kale is not on top of your favorites foods list. But once you learn more about the health benefits of kale, you might be tempted to find ways to include more kale in your diet.

Kale is loaded with powerful antioxidants that have a variety of benefits. They may protect your heart, lower blood pressure, and reduce inflammation in your body.

But one of the ingredients in kale that might be most beneficial to brain health is lutein. It is a carotenoid that has been linked with better cognitive function, as well as a stable mood.

Lutein also promotes eye health, which is beneficial since most entrepreneurs have to spend large portions of their days looking at various screens.

5. Dark Chocolate to Improve Memory

According to research by Loma Linda University Health in California, dark chocolate can boost your memory and cognitive processing.

The researches found that dark chocolate can significantly boost gamma frequency in the brain within 30 minutes of consumption. Gamma frequency promotes the fastest brain activity, and it is the best frequency for learning, memory, and cognitive processing.

The only caveat is that, to get the most benefits, you have to eat dark chocolate with 70 percent cacao or higher.

Depending on your preference, it might be an acquired taste. But the cognitive benefits can be worth it, especially when you need a mental boost and don’t want to drink another cup of coffee.

Another benefit of dark chocolate is that you’re unlikely to be tempted to eat the entire thing as you might with a regular candy bar. One or two ounces each day are enough to get the benefits.

Look for organic dark chocolate brands to make sure you avoid any harmful additives.

Final Thoughts on Nutrition and Work Performance

As the saying goes, you are what you eat. What you consume on a regular basis impacts how you function in all aspects of your life, including your productivity at work.

According to a Brigham Young University study, employees with a poor diet were 66 percent more likely to be less productive, when compared to those with a healthy diet; And that should come as no surprise. If you have more energy and your brain functions better, then it is natural that you’ll be more productive.

So, take some time today to think about how you can incorporate some of the brain-boosting foods in your regular diet. And be sure to check out Naked Whey for clean and healthy post-workout recovery fuel.

 

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