It is officially October, and if you’re anything like I am, you may have spent the last week wondering where the semester has gone. I’m already finding myself facing midterms within the next few weeks. Like most students here at the College, I start to panic about how I can prepare for these exams. While countless hours in the Library should definitely do the trick, many of us forget about other factors that come into play with our academic performance. In this case, the expression “you are what you eat” comes to mind. Maintaining a healthy diet filled with beneficial nutrients is key to conquering upcoming exams. There are a variety of super foods with great nutritious value to help you along the learning process.
As I am sure you know, all food is not created equal. As delicious as that extra slice of cheese pizza is, when it comes to nutritional value, it won’t really do much for you. When you’re searching for foods that will stimulate your brainpower, there are certain things that should be on your radar. Here is a list of four nutrients that are essential to a healthy, focused brain and where to find them.
Glucose. Quickly released into the bloodstream, glucose is the brain’s source of fuel and keeps our bodies on the move. For the most effective performance, be sure to eat foods such as oatmeal, beans,
bananas and brown rice, as they provide
better focus and higher attention levels.
This way, your body is kept concentrated on releasing slow and sustainable energy while avoiding a temporary sugar high, resulting in a crash.
The “Right” Fat. Many of us have fallen victim to the common misconception that in order to be healthy, fats should be avoided at all costs. That, however, is 100 percent false. Fat is essential to clear thinking, having a good memory and obtaining a balanced mood. Still, it is important to remember that only certain fats will be beneficial to your brain. In this case, look for mono and polyunsaturated fats to help you along your exam preparations. Eating avocados, eggs and nuts will help you focus and remember your exam material, while ensuring you’re in an uplifted mood.
Amino Acids. They can be found in protein-rich foods like fish, meat, eggs, cheese, lentils and yogurt and are essential in helping you improve your concentration and in fighting stress.
Antioxidants. Antioxidants are your best friend when it comes to brain food. They are responsible for repairing neurons and damage associated with aging. More importantly, the consumption of antioxidants also boosts your immunity. You can find such nutrients in foods like dark chocolate, blueberries and tomatoes. Remember to keep these brain foods in your diet and they will help boost your concentration and memory, just in time for your upcoming midterms.