Eat Better, Work Better
Your ability to study has a direct relation with what you eat. Sometimes, when you’re revising for exams or writing an essay at the last minute, the last thing you need is to be feeling sluggish. Thankfully, you can get yourself ready for study and work, without drastically changing your diet.
Most students find it tough to keep up with a rigid diet plan while studying, working and maintaining their social life. Contrary to common perception that maintaining a healthy diet can be quite expensive, given the meager finances, and the poor financial planning that we all experience at college, a healthy diet plan can help you save a lot in the long run.
Here are some tips on what you should eat and drink, to keep your body energized, and your mind in top condition, so you can breeze through the lectures and get the grades you need.
If the knowledge won’t stay with you, there’s no use reading all those text books. Hence, it is very important that you give your brain the nutrients it requires to facilitate both long-term and short-term memory retention. Beetroot, grapes, sunflower seeds and salmon with its omega-3 acids are essential for the mind. Leafy greens, including spinach and broccoli also help reduce age-related memory loss. Blueberries are also considered great for short-term memory, as the flavonoids they contain are said to vastly improve neuron communication. So if you have some serious studying to do, be sure you have these items stocked up in your fridge.
Most people think coffee is the best way to stay awake and alert; though, drinking a substantial amount of water daily, could be more effective. Keep your body hydrated by making sure you consume ample amount of water during the day; of course, it’s caffeine and calorie free, making it all the more beneficial for your overall health. Also, it’s obviously much cheaper than all those unhealthy trips to the cafes resulting in terrible food poisoning.
Potassium and magnesium increase blood flow to the brain and help relax blood vessels too. Bananas and chickpeas are great sources of potassium and magnesium, respectively. Even dark chocolate has numerous health benefits; being rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals such as copper and potassium, it helps revitalize your mind and body. Plus, it also has less sugar than milk making it better for your body.
If you’re looking to enhance your brain power, blood circulation and mood, whole grains are your thing as they are rich in vitamin B, omega-3, complex carbs, and fiber.
White potatoes, eggs and green peas are rich in carbs, and consuming these increases the production of serotonin by the brain. While curbing cravings for food, serotonin also increases your pain threshold, helps you sleep peacefully, and improves mood.
Improve Your Diet
If you’re looking to improve your diet without compromising on taste, try these simple changes:
Whole grains are some of the easiest to incorporate into your daily diet. Switch to whole grain varieties from bagels and white bread. Eat more wild or brown rice instead of white. For breakfast, go for shredded whole grain wheat or porridge, instead of sweet breakfast cereals. You can also add fruit slices or a small portion of berries to you porridge, to get that extra burst of healthy energy.
Soda Water and Fruit Juices
If you’re addicted to fizzy drinks and are finding difficult to cut them down, try soda water with different fruit juices. Make sure you get 100% fruit juice rather than concentrates though. Concentrates have high amounts of preservatives and sugars.
The above mentioned tips, combined with a few changes to your dining habits, can have a great effect on your study skills and learning abilities in the near future. Begin now, and once your semester starts, your body and mind will be energized, focused and ready for the tough times ahead.