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Employees who have an unhealthy diet are 66% more likely to be unproductive compared to those who eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetables and whole grains. It makes sense – a balanced diet will provide all the nutrients that you need to increase your energy and improve your performance. Giving your brain the right nutrients enhances your ability to think more quickly, retain more information and improve your concentration levels.

A lack of nutrients from too many processed foods and a lack of water can reap havoc on your energy and concentration levels. High fat and energy dense foods might boost your energy for a short period of time – but that soon follows with a quick decline that leaves your mind and body feeling more drained than before. So, while caffeine and sugar might provide a short term boost of energy, in the long term they are depleting your body of energy by continually drawing out minerals and vitamins.   

Being hydrated is also an important part of good nutrition for productivity and performance. If you are dehydrated you are more likely to feel tired, sluggish and to require significantly more effort and concentration to get tasks completed, compared to when you are adequately hydrated.

Good nutrition is also vital for good quality sleep - and good quality sleep aids your productivity at work! Sleep rejuvenates the body and mind, and is necessary for mood regulation, learning and memory functions. Getting enough sleep will help you to perform at your best, help you to learn and develop new skills and keep you focussed on the day’s tasks.

Luckily, it’s easy to make changes and reap the benefits when it comes to nutrition. If you and your colleagues could use a head start in getting your nutrition on track, book a nutrition workshop or interactive display today! Simply email askme@healthbydesign.com.au