Increasing Mental Focus

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Tess Thompson

Regardless of task, a fair amount of concentration is required, regardless of whether the work is manual or intellectual. A short attention span is not only a problem with kids who have not yet fully understood that they need to concentrate, but also with adults. There are instances of forgetting where we kept things of daily use, and there are also times when we find ourselves totally out of focus and unable to concentrate on whatever task we are doing.

Adult attention span issues can greatly interfere with a person’s ability to complete jobs and meet deadlines. Much depends upon the lifestyle and the type of food that one eats. Brian functioning is also dependent upon how and how much you use your brain.

Most of us do not realize that the human brain has an enormous capacity to store information. If you are keeping yourself involved in irrelevant activities and are not in the habit of analyzing situations, you are not using your brain to its optimal capacity. Your brain is the seat of the faculty of reasoning. The more you reason out things, the more capable it becomes of storing information and recalling it at the appropriate time. One of the best ways of increasing mental focus and concentration is to develop the habit of viewing things in an analytic way. There are also certain adult memory products like intellectual games that can help to a great extent to improve mental focus.

The food that you eat can also affect concentration. Modern diets are more focused on a high carbohydrate content. A balanced diet that contains proteins and carbohydrates in the recommended ratios is better suited for improving brain functioning and concentration. Try to reduce carbohydrates in your lunch and see the difference it makes to your ability to concentrate.

Herbal supplements, especially those containing Siberian Ginseng, Brahmi ( Bacopa monnieri or Bacopa) and Indian Ginseng or Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) are also very effective in enhancing brain function.

The bottom line is that improving brain functioning involves a change in lifestyle. Drugs, caffeine and other substances that get you going are temporary measures. Supplements can provide welcome necessary support, but in the end it depends mostly on your overall health. Get sufficient sleep, avoid stress, exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet. If you are physically healthy, a healthy mind is a foregone conclusion.

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