The Gambler’s DietIn a report published by Popular Science, it was noted that your brain requires a tenth of a calorie per minute in order to stay alive. Unsurprisingly, your brain requires more disposable calories when you are hard at thought. Strong cognitive performance can only come from being fully saturated. As the Snickers advert states: “you’re not you when you’re hungry”.The right diet is of paramount importance to all aspects of life and surprisingly, it is vital to gambling. Why do you think pro poker players can play to such a high standard after hours at the table? They have a solid diet that suits their required vocation perfectly. The average gambler, quite rightly, would never have thought twice about what to eat before hitting the tables, but with some carefully selected food stuffs you can actually boost your overall playing capabilities. It really is a win-win; you effectively improve your chances of winning and simultaneously improve your healthBelow, we will take you through the best things to eat pre-game and during.
Photo credit: bbcgoodfood.comAlthough mackerel, sardines and pilchards may not leave too much to be desired, they work an absolute treat in increasing brainpower. Packed to the rafters with eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid (we’ll call them EPA and DHA respectively), the duo are instrumental in improving brain power. The body is an EPA/DHA fiend and oily fish is its so-called fix. A good fish supper before a game will help you to reduce the edge that the house possesses and a strategic chewing gum will get rid of an unwanted fish breath whilst retaining the mental benefits.
SpinachTo compliment your fish, you should look no further than spinach. Not only does it turn Popeye into a genetic freak but it can give you a memory that can rival that of the MIT card-counting team. A solid source of vitamin E and folate, which not only improves your memory but also your fertility, the benefits of a side of spinach are huge, and a mouthful here and there really will improve your game.
Baked PotatoWhen you sit down at a table you know you’re there for the long haul and as such you need something of substance sitting in your stomach. Step forth the humble baked potato. In a recent study that assessed 38 different types of food in appetite saturation, the spud came out on top, with people stating that they felt fuller and ate less two hours after originally consuming a baked potato. There is nothing worse than finding yourself at a table when hunger hits. It alters your thinking and as a result your hazard perception may become blurred, thus you may incur greater losses. A full stomach is key to any extended gambling splurge.
Photo credit: vchoiceblog.com/Widely regarded as the super-fruit, the blueberry should be a staple of any gambler’s diet. Evidence accumulated by American university, Tufts, discovered that these small berries are brilliant in preventing short-term memory loss, something that comes in very handy at the tables. Even more, blueberries are packed with antioxidants and vitamin C, both of which are craved by the body when we are stressed. Incredibly you do not need to eat them by the barrel-load, since two cups a day is all you need to get the most out of these fabled berries. The tables are a stressful place but these little gems help bring clarity and calm back to your game.
Dark ChocolateThe darker the chocolate the better it is when it comes to giving you an energy boost. The higher the cacao concentration the more of a jolt you will get. This is due to the nutrients in cacao, which boost both energy and focus. It also contains caffeine, and we all know the joys of that. A bar of dark chocolate is not only a tasty treat but a potential game-changer; energy and focus are instrumental in success in any field, so by eating food stuffs that boost both, you are improving the likelihood of a win.
Photo credit: commons.wikimedia.orgThey fit nicely in your pocket and work wonders in making that wad in your pocket that little bit larger. Walnuts provide more than one cognitive advantage. Possessing alpha-Linolenic acid, a grossly important omega-3 acid, and other polyphenols, which have all been found to prevent memory loss, this is a handy ingredient. The National Institute of Health have also found that the acids found in the walnut keep cortisol and adrenaline, both stress hormones, at bay. Small but mighty is the best description to bestow a walnut and hopefully they can turn a small investment into a mighty win. Hopefully you will now see the importance of food in the gambling arena. Why do you think casinos offer you burgers? Because they know that they will saturate your appetite but not improve your game.