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Eating for Your Brain and Focus: 7 Important Foods

Today I saw an article on MSN that I really wanted to share — it’s about eating for your brain. It is amazing how much food affects mood, and I thought it was interesting that the study explained you can be up to 200% more productive with the right food. It makes sense – food is the fuel for your brain.

So I’m going to give you the key foods / cliff notes so you can skip the article and get right to eating well.  Seven important foods for keeping great focus and energy:

  1. Salmon – high in Omega 3’s
  2. Peppermint tea – the scent helps you focus
  3. Trail mix (with raisins and nuts) – raisins have potassium that help convert sugar to energy, nuts have magnesium that help metabolism, nerve function and muscle function.
  4. Ground flax seed – best source of ALA (improves the workings of the brain that processes sensory information)
  5. Coffee – the caffeine slows the aging process and enhances short term memory.
  6. Blueberries – the antioxidants protect the brain from free radical damage.
  7. Low fat yogurt – lysine and arginine found in yogurt help calm your nerves.

Check out the article if you want to understand anything in more detail, sources, and other tips. I think these are all fantastic suggestions.  Eating is so very important.  We don’t realize that with all the additives, preservatives, artificial flavoring and coloring we are introducing a multitude of toxins in our brain.  Eating healthy is a critical component for a clear mind.

Anyone have any other food tips / recipes to keep the brain in great working condition?

Eating for Your Brain and Focus: 7 Important Foods

Kathryn Goetzke

I own a company called the Mood-factory (, a company that creates products based on how sensory experiences effect moods. I also run a nonprofit for depressio, iFred (, we are working to change the brand of depression. And yes, I have ADHD, along with PTSD, major depressive disorder, and a host of other challenges, opportunities, and gifts.

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Goetzke, K. (2010). Eating for Your Brain and Focus: 7 Important Foods. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 9, 2020, from


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