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March 29, 2022 4 min read

Cognitive performance refers to our mental processes. Our brain’s ability to pay attention and focus, remember and make sense of information, make decisions and solve problems, and regulate our emotions affect nearly everything we do.

The improved cognitive performance then will ultimately also improve the quality of our lives. The reality is that cognitive performance can be affected both negatively and positively by a variety of factors, many of which are within our control.

Read on to give your cognitive skills and abilities a natural boost to help improve efficiency, productivity, and overall happiness.

What negatively impacts cognitive performance

Our lifestyles can play a huge role in our brain’s ability to function optimally. With busy, fast-paced lifestyles many of us get into some bad habits that wreak havoc on our cognitive performance without even realizing it.

Arguably, the most important factor in supporting good cognitive and mental health is sleep. According to WebMD, a lack of sleep can lead to impaired memory, judgment, and concentration. It can also cause mood or mental health problems like anger and depression which can negatively impact relationships.

Stress or anxiety can also take a serious toll. Not only does stress affect literally every system in your body (think respiratory, nervous, reproductive, and so on,) but numerous studies have also found a connection between heightened stress and reduced cognitive performance.

Your diet can also play a role in your cognitive performance. A recent study showed that dehydration impaired mental skills and activities – and the more significant the dehydration, the more pronounced the effects.

Eating the right food is just as important as staying hydrated. Sugar, in particular, has been shown to adversely affect cognitive health, with sources even linking high sugar intake to neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s.

How to naturally improve cognitive performance

To naturally improve cognitive performance, first, ensure that you aren’t negatively impacting it. Ensure that you are:

What foods improve cognitive performance?

Healthy fats are the brain’s best friend! Foods like fatty fish, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, nuts, and avocado are optimal brain fuel, so consider adding these into your diet to support or enhance your cognitive skills.

You can also incorporate berries which contain antioxidants to fight against oxidative stress and inflammation, and leafy greens like kale, broccoli, spinach, and collards which have all been shown to slow brain aging with just one serving per day!*

If you are already acing your healthy diet and want to take things to the next level, Lion’s Mane mushrooms are a great addition. Considered a nootropic, Lion’s Mane mushrooms are known to support and enhance mental function.*

Lion’s Mane mushroom cognitive benefits

Despite the fact that Lion’s Mane mushrooms are grown in North America, they haven’t always been the most common mushroom on our dinner tables. Considered a delicacy in Asia, they have been consumed for centuries for the beneficial effect they’re believed to have on mental function and brain health.*

As they become increasingly in the spotlight in the Western world, early studies have identified a variety of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds that are believed to help maintain a healthy inflammatory response in the brain.*

Lion’s Mane mushrooms can be found whole, dried, or ground into a powder. The mushroom powder is the easiest way to reap the benefits of this superfood mushroom because it is quite easily obtained from health food stores and can be conveniently mixed with any liquid of your choosing.

Additionally, many mushroom powders, including Rritual’s Lion’s Mane Focus, are enhanced with adaptogens and herbs to enrich the health benefits of the mushrooms.

Where to get Lion’s Mane mushroom powder

Lion’s Mane mushroom powder can be found in most health food stores, or even with a quick online search.

If you are looking to incorporate Lion’s Mane mushroom powder into your diet, ensure that you are selecting a quality product. You will want to check that it is certified organic and contains non-GMO ingredients. Depending on your health goals, you will also want to note the addition of any caffeine, sugar, sweeteners, gluten, or dairy. In our experience, the cleaner the powder, the better the product. You can shop our selection of Lion’s Mane products here.

*This statement has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to treat, diagnose or cure any disease.

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