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10 Ways Natural Concentration

1. Put limits on screen time

Keep a track of hours spent on the computer. A Swedish study found unrestrained time on the web-Pathological Internet Use (PIU)-is associated with increased symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), especially in men.

2. Never skip breakfast

Studies show that breakfast eaters score higher on visual searches, accuracy and reaction time. A diet that keeps your blood glucose levels steady throughout the day is best for cognitive performance.

3. Try ginkgo supplements

Placebo-controlled UK research found a 120 mg dose of standardized Ginkgo biloba extract quickened performance on tasks requiring attention.

4. Ginseng

A small placebo-controlled Korean study found 4500 mg of red ginseng a day for two weeks improved participants’ reaction times and brain power.

5. Boost your vitamin B6 intake

Make sure you’re getting enough B6. A Tufts University study linked low vitamin B6 concentrations in the blood to decreased attention and ability to plan.

6. Get a good night’s sleep

One night of sleep deprivation can reduce concentration on a visual tracking exercise by more than 40 per cent.

7. Drink coffee

Compounds in coffee (not just caffeine) stimulate the brain’s innate anti-oxidant system, improving cognitive function and reducing age-related cognitive decline.

8. Eat dark chocolate

Eating dark chocolate has been shown to improve cognitive function and increase driving accuracy and reduce collisions in clinical studies.

9. Meditate

A month of meditation training has been shown to decrease reaction time and increase the ability to concentrate without exerting any extra effort.

10. Sniff peppermint

Sharpen your wits with a sniff of peppermint. A randomized International Journal of Neuroscience study of 144 adults found the scent of peppermint enhanced memory, increased alertness and improved reaction times.