With the semester end exam nearing, studying properly is not the only thing you have to worry about. To keep your brain attentive and working efficiently, a proper, balanced diet is as essential. Christine Clark, dietician at Northeastern Dining Services and University Health and Counselling Services at Northeastern University lists out five foods that will keep your brain ready for exams.
Whole grains are the first on the list. Barley, millet, oats, etc. become excellent sources of carbohydrates. The glucose from these carbohydrates offers great fuel for your brain. Eating fish will also help with the exams a lot. They are rich in proteins and help in boosting the memory. If you are a vegetarian or does not like to eat fish, Clark provides an alternative to this in the form of walnuts, flax seeds, or canola oil.
To be prepared for an exam is not just to remember what you learnt, but to keep a calm and composed mind as well. Citrus fruits like grapes, lemons, and oranges are plenty in Vitamin C and phytochemicals, and will help improve your mood as well. Berries are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals, and help protect the brain and promotes mental acuity. Dark chocolate is, perhaps, the most favourable in the list. Having about an ounce of it a day will help improve focus due to its antioxidants and natural stimulants.
Given all this, remember to keep the basic health rules in mind. Never skip breakfast. Make sure that your breakfast is filled with whole grains, dairy, and fruits to help your short-term memory and attention. The trick is to eat the right amount of food. Eating too much will leave you feeling too full and extremely sluggish while eating too less will leave you distracted with your hunger.
N Malavika Mohan