I am useless in the morning...seriously...like...there is a reason why Mike gives me crap for not dressing up or wearing make-up when I come to work in the morning....but I found some tips on how to kick-start my morning! ENJOY!
#1.) Split Your Breakfast Into Four Meals. Obviously don’t eat four FULL breakfasts.
--But a study in the U.K. found that when you eat four SMALL meals instead of one big one, it improves your problem-solving and verbal reasoning skills by about 35%.
--It's because spreading your meals out gives your brain a more consistent supply of energy.
#2.) Make One of Those Mini-Meals a Handful of Walnuts. Researchers in Spain found that just a few walnuts each morning can improve your "working memory" by 19%.
--Your "working memory" is basically like the RAM on your computer: It helps you remember things for a few seconds, and it's the reason you can remember what was in the first paragraph of an email while you're reading the LAST paragraph.
--Essentially, it's your ability to focus.
#3.) Start the Day with a 20-Minute Walk. A study at the University of Illinois found that it improves your "cognitive flexibility" by 16%.
--"Cognitive flexibility" is defined as your brain's ability to produce a flow of ideas and answers when you're presented with a problem.
#4.) Eat Something That's High in Protein. Compared to a breakfast that's high in sugar . . . or no breakfast at all . . . Japanese researchers found that a high-protein breakfast can increase brain activity by almost 20%.
--Sugar gives you energy, but only in the short-term. Protein takes longer to digest, so it gives you consistent energy all morning. That's why eggs are such a good breakfast food . . . unless you have really high cholesterol.
#5.) Have One-Fifth of a Cup of Coffee. A recent study at the University of Bristol in England found that just 20 to 30 milligrams of caffeine boosts brainpower . . . which is about 100 milligrams LESS than your average cup of coffee.
--Getting MORE than 30 milligrams of caffeine is fine. But the researchers found that it doesn't provide any added benefits when it comes to brain function.