Thursday, 12 March 2015

Board Alert – Eat Healthy, Study Well

In the previous two articles we covered fitness and exercise for students during a crucial time in their lives, the board examination. Here we will discuss how nutrition can play a very important role in assisting a good fitness plan. After all health and fitness go hand in hand.

Exam time can be indeed nerve-wrecking – it can make you crave for the unhealthiest of foods. But it is after all, just a craving of you mind. Fast foods and junk snacks only seem like comfort food but they bring no comfort to our alertness and strength – two things that are essential during exam preparation. That’s why this article is important for every student who is eating everything nonsense and for every mother who is fussing over her child eating everything on.

Let’s break it down to what kind of nutrients you need in your system:

· Vitamin B for good memory and steady concentration

· Omega-3, Fatty acids and folate for proper brain function

· Iron for steady concentration and sufficient energy

· Magnesium for proper brain function and preventing anxiety

· Potassium to carry oxygen to the brain

· Water for hydration and elimination of toxins

Since your brain is already used to memorizing and learning in points, we’ll follow the same pattern for you to assimilate the information in this article. Now we have that clarified, let’s move on to what foods can make a ‘super brain’:

· Whole grains will enhance memory and improve focus. Whole grains help to stabilize sugar levels and reduce stress

· Eggs will boost memory and concentration.

· Berries will boost brain function.

· Tomato is an antioxidant and improves brain function.

· Spinach increases memory and concentration.

· Bananas (a super food) will reduce anxiety and boost your mood by driving nervousness away.

· Dark Chocolate (we can hear students all over the world going ‘Yes!’) stimulates blood flow and boosts brain function.

· Yoghurt or curd will help in digestion especially since you are sitting in the same position almost all day.

· Eat foods with high content of carbohydrates such as potato, fruits, corn, milk and dry fruits and nuts.

· Yellow and orange vegetables are full of Vitamin A and will give your eyes the nutrition they need.

Remember the following:

· Reduce sugar intake during exam preparation. Sugar will reduce your ability to stay alert and study for a long duration. If at all you are craving for sugar, eat it after a meal.

· Never skip breakfast. This rule applies to both school days and study leaves.

· Avoid fast/fried foods as the fatty content in such food will slow down the body and take away energy from the brain. They can make you feel as though you have over-eaten and as a result, make you sluggish.

· Eat in small quantity and regularly. Make a time-table and stick to it. There’s no fun in pouring over your books when your stomach is screaming. You can’t possibly eat paper for lunch.

Remember to keep calm and give your best!

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