Increase Your Focus And Release Your Anxiety.... Naturally!
We live in an era of distraction. Whether you're at work, at home or running errands, you're continually bombarded with messages, be it from social media, email, the internet, texts, calls or television. Due to this constant stream of stimulation, even mild symptoms of distraction can increase feelings of stress and anxiety, often keeping you from focusing on the task at hand.
Our normal "Go To"s for increased focus include beverages like cola, energy drinks, and coffee. But some of these also contain synthetic caffeine and sugar. Consuming sugary drinks supplies you with a temporary boost of energy followed by a crash which can leave you more anxious and less able to focus than before.
There are natural ways to increase focus and cognitive performance with nutrients and botanicals that have been clinically shown to effect neurological health. Here are just a few that can make a difference in your daily routine:
Zinc - Essential calming mineral often suggested in cases of focus and anxiety as it influences the production of several neurotransmitters that affect the ability to learn and mood stability. If you are deficient in zinc, you may benefit from supplementation. Since more is not better with regard to zinc, nutritional testing is needed to see if you truly are deficient.
Omega-3 and Omega-6 Essential Fatty Acids - The maintenance of the proper ratio of these fats are imperative to maintaining neuronal plasticity, which is the brains ability to adapt and maintain nerve cell connections. Unhealthy or imbalanced ratios have been linked to attention deficit disorders.
Green Tea - Research has linked the natural sources of both caffeine and L-theanine found in green tea to enhanced attention, alertness, focus and cognitive performance when used in combination.
Contact us today to learn more about how you can increase your attention and cognitive performance as well as your stress tolerance naturally.
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The contents of this blog are intended for educational purposes only. The information presented here is not a substitute for proper medical attention, diagnosis, or treatment by a qualified healthcare professional. Always seek the advice of your healthcare provider before starting or making any changes to an existing treatment plan, exercise program or dietary regimen, and before using nutritional supplements.
~ Dr. Sarah Williams ~ Concord & Nantucket, Massachusetts ~