Foods that are slowing you down
For the most part, food is the fuel that gives you energy to get through your day. However, that's not true for everything we eat. Some meals can actually slow you down, according to Rene Ficek, the lead nutrition expert at Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating.
"Foods affect your memory and your ability to focus, think clearly, and relax," Ficek told Bustle. "Fast food consumption can cause an array of mental effects, ranging from depression to hyperactivity. It's not just one ingredient at fault either. Fast food meals contain a toxic mixture of unhealthy fats, preservatives, coloring and refined carbohydrates that can create imbalances in your brain."
Here are a couple of other examples of foods that can be just as detrimental:
Sure, they're a great source of calcium, but if you have difficulty digesting dairy products, you're setting yourself up for a slow, sluggish day. They're especially unhelpful before a workout, according to Shape magazine, as they can cause you to feel acidic or gassy.
High sodium foods
Too much salt in your food can have a number of adverse effects on your health as well. A 2012 study found that elderly adults who had sedentary lifestyles and a high sodium diet had greater cognitive deficiencies than participants who ate less sodium.
These results show the potential impact of sodium on your brain. Compounded by other negative consequences of a high sodium diet, it's best to reduce the number of salty, processed foods in your diet.
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