Surprised that food can have an impact on our productivity?

They can affect our ‘edge’ by as much as 20%. Which makes sense really – given that we are what we ate.

I’m remiss if I don’t first mention options that will hinder rather than help.

These include processed, sugar and salt-laden fast foods and ones high in altered saturated fats (like trans fats) – which either spike our blood sugar for us to then crash minutes later, or sedate us.

So! To the fab four, as I call them…which takes your fancy?

  1. Matcha tea – with its glutamate amino acid called L-theanine; it’s rich in neurotransmitters which can help our memory and learning. My fav is matcha latte with sunflower seed milk (slightly sweetened with a pre-soaked medjool date. Mwah!)

If you’re out of matcha – a simple cup of green tea has some (even if it’s 4 times less), and can also help to protect our nervous system.

  1. Dark green leafy veggies – rich in minerals, phytoenzymes and antioxidants, including iron which can help improve our mental processes whilst delivering oxygen to our brain.


  1. ‘Good’ fats – including walnuts, salmon, avocado, coconut oil. One of their functions is to help keep our brain cells flexible via healthy membranes.
  1. Coconut Yoghurt – the coconut-version helps avoid potential allergies (including to grains, soy and dairy). With the benefits of protein and minerals – live* yoghurt is also rich in probiotics which can assist our digestive and immune systems – AND actually make over 30 of our brain neurotransmitters; including our happy hormone, serotonin.

Take Away – Did you know not all probiotics are made equal?*

Especially many of the commercially produced yoghurts claiming healthy-bacteria benefits. Find out more here.


Fi Jamieson-Folland D.O, is a Lifestyle Consultant, with over 26 years experience in Europe, Asia and New Zealand as a qualified osteopath, educator, writer, certified raw vegan gluten-free chef, speaker, health mentor and Health Brand Ambassador. She loves to globe-trot with her husband Chris (NZ, Australia, USA, UK + Europe and Indonesia are current favourites) relishing an outdoor lifestyle and time with family and friends.