4 Ways to Crush the Midday Crash Forever

Bye, bye, brain fog.

Stay sharp all day long with these easy wellness tips from Christine Dionese, integrative health specialist and cofounder of the meal-delivery service, Flavor ID.

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Tip No. 1: Sleep and Eat Well

We all know the Golden Rule, but it's worth repeating: prioritize sleep and a healthy diet. So many of our wellness-related woes are the result of not getting enough sleep or whole foods. Dionese suggests starting your day with a healthy dose of DHA, a type of omega-3 fatty acid that is readily available in foods like avocado, and organic, pastured eggs.

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Tip No. 2: Eat Snacks

Turns out that one of the best ways to beat brain fog is to maintain blood sugar levels, and that means snacking (yay!)—healthy snacking, of course. Keep your energy, focus, and creativity up with a steady supply of omega-3s, which you can get in snacks like smoked salmon or hemp and flax granola.

"No matter how busy you get, it's imperative to keep blood sugar in check if you want your brain to tune in all day long," Dionese explains. "Balanced blood sugar equals less stress to the brain." Letting five or six hours pass without eating anything—or worse yet, skipping lunch altogether—can leave you feeling cloudy the rest of the day. Smart snacking will prevent the dreaded food coma, too.

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Tip No. 3: Move Around, Grow Your Brain

"People need movement," says Dionese. "They need to build in 5 to 20 minutes a day where they perform some kind of physical activity that allows the brain to generate new neural networks." Less screen time and more in-person connections are important, says Dionese, but the effects of qi gong, tai chi, and yoga on your brain's function are even more powerful. "All three have been shown to help create new neural pathways, which calm and focus the mind, reducing brain fog."

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Tip No. 4: Supercharge Your Supplements

Once you've recalibrated your diet and sleep habits, Dionese recommends experimenting with plant-based supplements to boost your brain. These supplements are derived from natural foods, so don't expect overnight results. Choose one, experiment with small daily doses, and incorporate it over a prolonged period of time to see if you're body's vibing with its reported benefits.

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Here are some of Dionese's favorite brain-boosting supplements!

Rhodiola: The root of Rhodiola rosea, a type of perennial flowering plant, is said to increase attention span and concentration, improve memory function, and increase your brain's ability to absorb oxygen. (Yep, your brain needs to breathe, too!) $55, sunpotion.com

Lion's Mane: This practically magic mushroom optimizes cognitive performance, all while repairing your brain's nerve growth factors (those keep your neurons strong!). $38, us.foursigmatic.com.

Holy Basil: Widely known as tulsi, this aromatic herb is in the same plant family as mint. It's a powerhouse plant that, among other things, can nourish your adrenals, which is super-important: when they're strained, you end up sluggish and unfocused. $11, luckyvitamin.com.

Schisandra: This berry is highly revered in traditional Chinese medicine for its many benefits, including cosmetic (it makes your skin supple and gives your hair volume). It's also a powerful antioxidant and helps heighten concentration. $25, moonjuiceshop.com.

MCT Oil: Derived from coconut oil, MCTs (or medium-chain triglycerides) are a form of super-concentrated fatty acids. Their biggest draw is that your body is able to seamlessly convert the fat into clean-burning fuel for your body—and that means your brain, too. $20, onnit.com.

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