These Drinks Will Help Keep Your Brain in Peak Condition
These 5 Drinks Will Improve Your Focus, Concentration and Cognition
We all know that putting the right things in our body will help us achieve our potential. Choosing the right beverages can be key to better focus, more energy and alertness. Here’s the list of drinks we use to help us keep us at our optimum.
Water is the single most important drink for your brain and well-being. Your brain needs the right amount of hydration to be at it’s peak. When your body is dehydrated, your memory loses its agility and brain function can be impaired. An adequate (at least 2 litres) daily fluid consumption has a positive effect on your body and boosts brainpower.
Although everybody is different you can also over do it with water (Water intoxication). Your body can process between 20-28ltrs of water a day or 0.8-1ltr of water per hour.
We add a twist of Himalayan salt in the mornings to replenish our sodium levels. Especially when intermittent fasting and have a pint (568ml) of water every hour.
2) Matcha Tea
Rich in antioxidants (10x the amount compared to green tea), matcha also contains magnesium, vitamins B1 and B12, iron that have a positive effect on brain power. This can affect your mood meaning you can think positively and work better. Buddhist monks in Japan often drink matcha tea before they meditate. Studies have shown an improvement in cognitive functions when consuming Matcha tea as a drink.
Matcha tea simply brewed can be an acquired taste as it is quite earthy and grassy. However if you mix the matcha powder with some almond milk, it creates a delicious more rounded drink. We use an Aeroccino from Nespresso to heat and whisk everything up within 2 minutes.
Matcha Latte Recipe:
1 tsp Ceremonial Grade Matcha
250ml Milk or Milk substitute
(optional) Stevia to taste
3) Green Tea
Green tea as more palatible than matcha tea and helps to It helps you stay simultaneously calm and focused due to unique compounds, EGCG, caffeine, and L-theanine. Green tea has been shown to contain as much caffeine as many coffee’s however the combination of L-Theanine and caffeine helps stave off the jitters that are frequently associated with drinking coffee.
South East Asian culture often consume green tea either before or during a meal to aid digestion.
Coffee has been the go to drink for helping us feel perkier. In fact previous studies have shown that even the smell of coffee helps us to feel more alert. The amount of caffeine in coffee can vary between brands.
However many of us drink this first thing in the morning which as Onit founder Aubrey Marcus describes “Is like using a fire alarm as your alarm clock.” That’s because due to having an empty stomach caffeine enters your blood stream extremely fast causing a fight or flight reaction (hence why you may get the jitters). On top of that caffeine is also a diuretic so the hydration from liquid in the coffee is counteracted by the caffeine.
Instead of drinking it first thing in the morning try to have it mid morning or midday especially if you suffer from jitters or an afternoon crash.
- a) Super Charged Coffee
This is a sub listing because apart from coffee it is a different drink. We only drink this when we have fasted and in ketosis. That’s because the MCT oil and butter that binds with the coffee is utilised more efficiently.
So why is it supercharged? Well we use both Lion’s Mane and Chaga Mushroom in the brew. In studies Lion’s Mane has been shown to improve cognitive impairment and reduce stress and anxiety . Whilst Chaga Mushroom is not only rich in antioxidant but in studies it has been shown to be a powerful anti viral and improve physical endurance (at least in mice from this study) as well as many other benefits. We also stack our coffee with L-Theanine which studies have shown when combined with caffeine helps to improve mood and alertness.
200ml Chaga infused (1tsp CHaga Mushroom) hot water
1 tbs of Ground Coffee
1 tsp Lion’s Mane Mushroom
1 tbs C8 MCT Oil
1 tbs Grass Fed Organic Butter
5) Hot Chocolate
For all those chocolate addicts. You can finally rejoice and have your chocolate without feeling guilty. Flavanols in cacao have been shown to provide neuroprotective benefits for your brain. In fact this study found that 2 cups of hot chocolate a day helped improved cognitive performance. Whilst flavanols have also been shown to be beneficial in protecting against Alzheimer’s and stroke.
2 tablespoons of cacao or cocoa powder
300ML hot water/milk or dairy substitute. We use almond milk
(optional) Sweetened with stevia to taste
6) Organic Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar
There have been many benefits and studies on ACV that help aid in weight loss, powerful anti bacterial, lowering blood glucose that in turn give you a greater sense of well-being and energy. We mix ACV with turmeric, black pepper (to increase bioavailability of turmeric) and lime. This concoction is a great anti inflammatory to aid in recovery. Turmeric has also been shown to improve cognitive function.
Be warned, not for the weak stomach as both the ACV and turmeric are very strong flavours.
2 tbs ACV (start of with a lower quantity (1sp) and build your way up)
1 tbs turmeric
Squeeze of lime
A pinch of black pepper
300ml of water
Day In A LifeRob is a fitness educator and trainer he was the first person in the UK to be certified by DBC in biomechanics and human movements. He is an EXOS Performance Specialist and has helped to transform a wide range of people from pop stars and mums to weekend...read more
Day In A Life Xavier Louis is an entrepreneur and gaming specialist. He co-founded Peak – The number 1 brain training app for mobiles, that uses neuroscience, technology and gaming to improve cognition. Here he talks about what makes his perfect day, the importance of...read more
Day In A Life Inspired by Aubrey Marcus' book Own the Day, Own Your Life. I've been looking at what the perfect day looks like for me. I hope that this will be the start of a series of Success journals from experts, CEO's, psychiatrists, nutritionists, teachers,...read more