Why the Food You Eat is Important: The Relationship of Food and your Productivity
Often, we think of food as the battery to our body. Thus, when it is low, our performance would drop significantly as compared to a fully-charged body. We like to treat food as a convenient source of self-indulgence aside from its function as replenishment, therefore more often than not, we pay less attention to the content of the food nutrient as compared to the amount and the taste. As such, misconception exist that the more we eat, the more productive we will be.
When we think about various factors that influence our productivity, food is often overlooked even though it holds a significant impact for the work performance (Friedman, 2017). The common problems that working people are facing are often: skipping breakfast, consuming junk food, and eating at odd hours to cater to their busy schedule. Bad dietary habits will eventually lead to decreased efficiency in work productivity because without adequate amount of nutrient in our body, we will experience symptoms like decreased energy levels, constant fatigue and drowsiness, mood swings, lower awareness and mental sharpness, poor concentration level and reduced ability to work efficiently. Additionally, a research conducted on 20,000 employees in three large US companies revealed that those with bad dietary habits are more likely to show 66% productivity level loss, in comparison to those who maintain healthy eating habits (Beck, 2017).
The correlation between the nutrient we consume and our productivity
Glucose is the main fuel that keeps you alert as it energizes your brain and it is dissolved from carbs-rich foods, such as grains (Beck, 2017). Our problem solving-skills and learning ability depends heavily on how efficient the brain utilises the glucose. It is also needed to transmit information through your brain and body by fusing neurotransmitters, by which without it, the communication between brain cells would be defective.
A body lacking of nutrients would also have a hard time coping with stress because we require carbohydrate, protein, B complex vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium and selenium. Furthermore, poor diets could affect your mood significantly, as numerous studies indicated that an unhealthy eating pattern often leads to increased risk of developing anxiety and depression. Therefore, it is important to pay attention to the food we consume and the nutritional values behind it.
Tips and trick to improve your productivity…
Watch out for your caffeine intake!
More often than not, stress at workplace has an impact on our caffeine intake. We consume large cups of tea and coffees for instant stress-relief and temporary energy boost, only for you to experience more fatigue when the sugar level drops down considerably. So, make sure to limit the caffeine intake or choose a healthier alternative.
Avoid junk food
We all know the effect of junk food but often relinquish in these delightful meals as they are quick, tasty and cheap. As the name suggests, junk food is a slow-acting poison that not only affects your productivity but also your health in the long-run. Opt out for homemade or Px Plate meals to offer you a healthier solution for your body.
Hunger kills productivity
There’s a term coined for this situation ‘hangry’, as the state of hunger causes mood swings and increase irritability. We could link this to blood glucose, but the psychological effect of this feeling also decrease your productivity level (DeMers, 2017). Consume food according to what your body needs to avoid being ‘hangry’ at your workplace.
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Beck, L. (2017). Leslie Beck: How the right diet can improve your work productivity. [online] The Globe and Mail. Available at: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-and-fitness/health/leslie-beck-how-the-right-diet-can-improve-your-work-productivity/article34430232/ [Accessed 16 Mar. 2018].
DeMers, J. (2017). Is what you’re eating and drinking holding you back at work?. [online] NBC News. Available at: https://www.nbcnews.com/better/business/4-surprising-ways-your-diet-affecting-your-productivity-ncna775496 [Accessed 16 Mar. 2018].
Friedman, R. (2014). What You Eat Affects Your Productivity. [online] Harvard Business Review. Available at: https://hbr.org/2014/10/what-you-eat-affects-your-productivity [Accessed 16 Mar. 2018].