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To prevent brain fog at work, watch what (and how) you eat

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I’m a nutritional psychiatrist, and to me, the phrase “you are what you eat” takes on a whole new meaning. As I’ve written in Fast Company, what we eat indelibly impacts our cognitive performance and work efficiency. But I encourage everyone to take diet mindfulness one step further, examining how we eat.

The concept of mindfulness, or nonjudgmental awareness, ties in seamlessly with one of my pillars of nutritional psychiatry: body intelligence—a body awareness version of IQ. If we take moments to listen to our bodies and minds through the process of eating our daily meals, we can develop a keen awareness of the elements of our diet which benefit us most. In doing so, we are empowered to consciously select those foods which best enable our focus, alertness, and productivity, while consuming delicious, brain-healthy nutrients, too.

The following nutritional psychiatry tips can help you avail of the many brain-boosting benefits of food for maximizing workplace productivity.

Common triggers of post-meal brain fog include consuming foods high in simple carbohydrates (think processed and refined foods, which lead to crashes in blood sugar), a high caffeine intake, and unknown allergies or undiagnosed digestive conditions. Brain fog and unpleasant gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms after a gluten-containing meal may be a sign of celiac disease, a condition where the immune system mounts an attack on the digestive tract due to gluten. Even in those without celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity can also cause trouble, especially if you are experiencing a foggy mind, headaches, or body pains after eating gluten.........

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