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7 Reasons Why the Food You Eat Impacts Your Work Performance

You may have some days where you aren’t feeling very motivated to work. And it could be because of the food you ate just a few hours ago. Check out this article, and learn why eating certain foods can affect your productivity and performance at work.

1- Your Diet Affects Your Energy Levels

The food you eat directly impacts how much energy you have to get through your day. Eating foods with a lot of sugar or highly processed carbohydrates will cause an immediate spike in blood sugar levels followed by a crash. This leaves you feeling tired and lethargic and unable to focus on anything but the desire to eat again. This cycle can leave you feeling tired and irritable all day long and make it difficult to concentrate on work tasks.

2- The Food You Eat Affects Your Mood

You need to have a good mood and a proper mindset to perform at optimum. If you don’t feel like eating when stressed out, that doesn’t mean that food won’t affect your mood later. A diet high in refined carbohydrates (like white bread) can cause spikes in blood sugar levels that lead to mood swings and irritability. In contrast, healthy fats from avocados and nuts help stabilize blood sugar levels so you can stay calm under pressure at work.

3- Bad Eating Habits Can Make You Sick

Eating the wrong foods can cause digestive issues like bloating, constipation, diarrhea, and nausea. These symptoms often lead to fatigue and headaches, two things that can negatively impact your ability to concentrate at work.

4- Your Food Choices Affect Your Concentration Levels

Eating junk food can lead to low concentration levels and fuzzy thinking. Sugary foods like candy, fruit juice, soda, and other processed foods affect your blood sugar levels, resulting in fatigue, lack of focus, and even mood swings.

5- Sugar Prevents Your Brain From Storing Useful Information

Sugar interferes with memory and concentration. Sugar causes fatigue, which further impedes concentration. Sugar is addictive, so people often overeat it at once, which can cause a sugar crash that makes them feel more tired than before they ate the sugar.

6- Being Dehydrated Can Slow You Down

Dehydration can affect your concentration levels and even make you more irritable. If you’re tired and grumpy at work, try drinking more daily water.

7- Food Impacts How Much Sleep You Get

Did you know that what you eat before bed can affect how well you sleep? You might be surprised to learn that eating a high-fat meal can cause indigestion or heartburn that keeps you up at night. This can affect your productivity at work.

How you feel daily dramatically impacts what you can accomplish in a work setting. If you want to be and perform your best at work, you have to eat right. Sometimes, healthy food options aren’t available. If they are, they aren’t the first choice on your list. Instead of reaching for a convenient alternative, why not ensure you eat right daily? It isn’t hard and doesn’t take forever, but it will impact your energy level, outlook, and performance at work.

Jacob Maslow is a Columnist at Disrupt Magazine. Based in the Middle East, he specializes in Journalism. He is the founder and editor of several news sites including Legal Scoops and Streetwise Journal.

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