Best foods to boost your mood and productivity revealed
The past year has been a struggle for all of us. Pandemic restrictions have led to lower-than-usual moods, while working from home has resulted in lower productivity. As we step out of the restrictions, the British seek to increase their productivity and well-being. Experts have now revealed that our diet could play a key role in this regard.
As we look to the future, the British are looking to come out of the pandemic refreshed.
For too long, we have neglected our eating habits.
With many of us working from home, the refrigerator and the snack closet have been tempting, while successive lockups have caused many of us to eat comfortably.
A survey by City Pantry found that 34% of UK workers consume unhealthy food three or more times a day.
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The survey found that more than a third of workers felt unmotivated at work due to their consumption of unhealthy foods.
Another 32% said they felt lethargic because of their unhealthy diet.
Harvard Medical School psychiatrist and nutrition specialist Dr Uma Naidoo recommends that Britons aim to eat foods that reduce inflammation as it leads to low energy levels and fatigue.
She says, “Low grade inflammation turns off a metabolic switch in the chemical pathway that produces energy.
“When inflammation is present in the body, less energy is available to the brain, so it is important to eat anti-inflammatory foods to ensure that workers wake up in a good mood and remain energetic and focused throughout. the morning.
“In addition, fat is a key component of mental health. Your brain is 60% fat and to function at its best it needs a constant supply of omega-3 fatty acids.
“Make sure to include healthy fats like extra virgin olive oil, olives, avocados, chia seeds, hazelnuts, almonds and macadamia nuts in your diet.”
The main foods that Britons eat to increase their productivity include:
Dr Naidoo says there are foods that can cause lethargy and even poor mental health.
The British should reduce the following:
- Highly processed and ultra-processed foods (like canned cereal and crisps)
- Trans fat
- Unhealthy PUFAs (processed vegetable oils like corn, grapeseed, sunflower and soybean oils)
- High GI carbohydrates
- Added and refined sugars
- Artificial sweeteners
- Cold cuts and cheeses
- Excessive coffee and alcohol
City Pantry said, “With lower exercise levels for workers than ever before due to a widespread shift to remote working, prioritizing eating and exercise habits has never been more important. sound before the easing of lockdown restrictions across the UK.