Focus: Our Experts Weigh In

We ask our in-store Wellness Consultants for their advice on improving focus in daily life.

AGNES KALUBI

Wellness Warehouse Morningside Wellness Consultant

We live in a noisy world with constant distractions, and focus and concentration can be difficult to master. We can only truly focus when – in any given moment - we have said “yes” to one option, and “no” to all others. The good news is that we have the power to increase our focus, although it can take commitment and time.

The advice I share with customers is the same I implement to help me focus on the things that matter most in my own life:

  • Meditate

Research has shown that just 10 to 20 minutes of meditation a day can improve attention in as little as four days.

  • Be Mindful

Take a few moments each day to practise mindfulness by focusing all your attention on what you’re doing, and notice your thoughts, emotions, breathing and other physical sensations.

  • Exercise

Did you know that exercise has been shown to help the brain’s ability to ignore distractions? Go on - get moving!  

  • Supplement

I’ve found that adding Metagenics Attencia and Sfera Bacopin to my daily supplement regime helps keep me mentally alert. Attencia combines the cognition-enhancing benefits of caffeine from phytonutrient-rich green coffee bean and guarana extracts with theanine, essential fatty acids and zinc. Bacopin is a tropical plant known for its cognitive- and memory-improving capabilities, and is popular in Ayurvedic medicine. 

SOMILA CAMAGU

Wellness Warehouse V&A Waterfront Wellness Consultant

Not many people understand that the brain is as fragile as any other organ in the body. We tend to think that it can withstand anything we throw at it, but this is not always the case.

The brain consists of a collection of neurotransmitters that can be damaged relatively easily. This network is responsible for everything that makes us human. While it may be obvious that the brain governs our ability to speak, see, and use our arms and legs, the functioning of our internal organs is also dependent on its ability to properly integrate and process information regarding which organ does what, and how. Needless to say, all health depends on brain health! 

Natural supplements I recommend to support the brain include:

  • Fish Oils (EPA/DHA)

These can help reduce inflammation and protect the brain from damage.  DHA accounts for 90% of the fat around the brain, and may help improve thinking and processing. It has also been associated with improved mood in research subjects. 

Try: Metagenics Omegagenics EPA-DHA 2400 / Omegagenics DHA 600

  • Ginkgo Biloba & Bacopa

These are known to increase blood – and thus oxygen - supply to the brain, helping to increase alertness and focus. They’ve also shown to improve memory and clarity of thinking, and may help reduce declining brain function in the elderly. 

Try: Flordis Keen Mind / Viridian Ginkgo Biloba Extract / Metagenics Ginkgo Rose and Exhilarin

  • Acetyl-L-Carnitine

An amino acid that plays a role in metabolism and energy production,  acetyl-l-carnitine may help increase alertness, improve memory and slow age-related memory loss. It’s been used to improve brain function in people with mild dementia and Alzheimer’s. 

Try: Solgar Acetyl-L-Carnitine 

  • Skullcap

A flowering herb long used in traditional medicine, skullcap is said to promote relaxation and reduce the damage of stress on the brain. 

Try: Metagenics SeroSyn / Flora Force Skullcap / Phyto-Force Brain-Logic 

“Wellness Warehouse strives to help you live life well but because we are retailers and not medical practitioners we cannot offer medical advice. Please always consult your medical practitioner before taking any supplements, complementary medicines or have any health concerns and ensure that you always read labels, warnings and directions carefully, prior to consumption.”