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Feed Your Brain, Increase Workplace Productivity

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We all know that we should eat foods that are healthy for us. Yet those potato chips are so tempting! But wait before you reach for some junk food, because you may be affecting your productivity.

Comfort foods usually tend to be creamy, fatty, and heavy. We all grew up chowing down on these items, which inevitably become part of what makes us happy. But what if these foods are actually negatively affecting the way we work? We here at AccelaWork have discussed before that you should eat better and get more exercise to increase worker satisfaction. So how much does the food we eat contribute to our output? Business News Daily published an article explaining just how much our diets contribute to our concentration and the type of work we yield.

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The researchers from Brigham Young University, the Health Enhancement Research Organization and the Center for Health Research at Healthways, have proved that an unhealthy lifestyle could result in high levels of lost productive time at the workplace. In fact, 66 percent of people who chow down on not so healthy foods were more likely to see a loss in productivity than those whose diets were comprised of vegetables, grains, and fruits. Those who didn’t exercise enough saw a loss of 50 percent in productivity, and smokers saw a loss of 28 percent. So what kinds of foods should you be eating? Business Insider provided a list of just that.

Check out the list below for the perfect brain foods:

1. Berries (also in combination with walnuts/avocados)
2. Bananas
3. Eggs
4. Salmon
5. Eggplant
6. Caffeine from coffee
7. Dark chocolate
8. Green Tea
9. Yogurt
10. Dark leafy greens
11. Raw carrots
12. Red wine (preferably not at work)
13. Whole grains
14. Antioxidants in hot cocoa
15. Garlic

The best thing to do is try to include some of these items as much as possible in your daily diet. It’s okay to have a bit of greasy goodness here and there. But don’t make a habit out of it!

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Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea

Alyssa Shea transplanted from Illinois to South Carolina. She loves to write, read, and spend time with her dog and her family. Alyssa is very active on social media. She has been part of the AccelaWork team since 2013.
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