Eat your way to focus. Food for your brain. Like clothes for a night out.

The ripe old saying still sticks - You are what you eat. Not visually of course. Although I have a friend who ate so many carrots her skin in her hands turned a little orange. Actually a lot Orange - enough for her students to ask her if she had a run in with her tanning lotion. True story. She still eats Carrots.

Enough about Carrots - lets learn about the top 3 Focus foods for your study. I chose 3 to share with you. I don't want to put it all out on the table and leave myself naked. Three is enough - don't be greedy.. My knowledge comes from working in Healthcare and studying nutrition. Just a little background info before you wonder who am I to share this with you. I'm upfront, that's just how I roll.

Blueberries make my heart skip a beat.

Lately I have been honing in on Blueberries and their goodness for your brain. According to Dr Spencer from Surrey University Blueberries are packed full of antioxidants (anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins, resveratrol and tannins - to name a few) and they work by stimulating the flow of oxygen and blood to your brain. More oxygen and blood to your brain means increased focus and memory. Kind of like how RUFUS stimulates groove to your bones which increases your ability to dance. Ok, maybe a little different but I do like RUFUS. The point is - Blueberries are packed with all the goods to enhance your focus.

Don't listen to your mum or Dr when they tell you Chocolate is bad for you. Well they are a little bit right, but mostly wrong. Harvard University released a study showing that after drinking 2 cups of Hot Chocolate a day for 30 days people were shown to score higher on their memory tests. It works by again, increasing blood flow to your brain. Researchers noted that memory and thinking skills and brain blood flow are linked because of a concept called “neurovascular coupling.” I don't know alot about that - but I do know that I will be coupling my blueberries and chocolate one spoonful at a time.

I know what your thinking - mmmm those seeds look so delicious, how do I get me some of those. It's easy really - any supermarket has them in the health food section. Why do you want them you say ? They are packed full of magnesium, B-vitamins, omega-3 fatty acids, and fibre which ultimately aids Mental clarity. A good way to add them to your diet is by sprinkling them on-top of your breakfast. Avocado, eggs and flaxseeds. Mmmm, mmmm.

So there you have it - go get focused with my top Three. Don't forget to add a side of Study Tea to every meal - the ultimate Focuser.

- Christie (@umyehthatsme)

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