How to stay focused
In today’s fast-paced, screen-based society, it seems more common than ever for us to feel a lack of focus in life. Adults and children alike seem to suffer from an inability to stay on task. We can’t focus at work. We can’t focus on homework. Our eyes and attention flit from one source of stimulation to the next and we struggle to concentrate on the tasks at hand.
If you find it difficult to concentrate and feel easily distracted, you may have a dopamine deficiency. The brain chemical dopamine affects our drive and focus. It steers motivation, attention span and the ability to feel pleasure. People with lower dopamine levels tend to experience apathy, moodiness, fatigue, low motivation, lack of focus/concentration and insomnia. Stimulants like caffeine and sugar temporarily increase dopamine levels but they disrupt the natural processes and result in lower levels of dopamine over time.
How can I increase dopamine levels?
- Get plenty of sleep
- Exercise regularly
- Add certain foods to the diet, including almonds, bananas, eggs, fish, chicken and avocados
Remember to slow things down. Learn to meditate, practice mindfulness or take up tai chi. A 20-minute meditation session can help improve attention and lower anxiety, anger and depression.
Just about everyone would love to have an edge when it comes to boosting brain power and knowing how to stay focused. And with an aging population, there has been a greater interest in brain-boosting nutrients than there was just two or three decades ago. Truth is that certain vitamins, herbs and nutrients may help provide natural and powerful support for the nervous system under fire. Whether you seek greater focus and concentration, a memory boost, or just want to feel like you’re thinking at max capacity, it may pay to try “brain pills” or brain supplements.
Nature’s Sunshine Products for Focus, Brain Health and Energy
Mind-Max® contains magnesium l-threonate (supports neural synapses and easily crosses the blood–brain barrier) plus gotu kola, Bacopa monnieraand ginkgo. These herbs are well-known to benefit circulation and brain health. Mind-Max supports brain function, memory and concentration.
Focus Attention provides important nutrients for normal brain-stimulation levels, restful balanced mental activity and healthy energy levels. It also supports blood circulation and neurotransmitters in the brain.
Brain-Protex with Huperzine A features ginkgo, lecithin complex and huperzine A to support brain health and facilitate circulation to and within the brain. It may also help slow the breakdown of acetylcholine.
Energ-V contains micronutrients important to the thyroid, a gland acting as the body’s energy thermostat. This formula provides essential nutrition to the glandular, nervous and circulatory systems to help support normal energy metabolism and glucose utilization.
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