Mental Alertness: Foods that Boost (cont.)
These breakfast foods, meanwhile, aren't likely to do anything for your mental alertness:
How about coffee for mental alertness? Coffee has been shown to increase reaction time, Wurtman says. But again, don't overdo. Drink too much, and you may be too scattered to concentrate on the task at hand.
To avoid a mid-afternoon slump, try adding these foods to your lunch:
Here are some lunch no-nos:
As for dinner, that's generally a time when you want to slow down and relax. This is when carbs are OK, Wurtman says. To help you sleep better, try including the following foods:
One more nighttime note: If you plan amorous activities, cut out the fried stuff and heavy sauces at dinner, Wurtman says: "You will go from perky to pathetic."
Published June 6, 2003.
Sources: David N. Figlio, PhD, Knight-Ridder professor of economics, University of Florida, Gainesville. Ruth Kava, PhD, RD, director of nutrition at the American Council on Science and Health, New York. Judith Wurtman, PhD, director of a women's health program, MIT Clinical Research Center, Boston. Web site of Wurtman's private weight loss center: www.adaracenter.com. National Bureau of Economic Research web site: www.nber.org/digest/apr03/w9319.html.
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