The idea that sweets chocolates, biscuits and energy drinks keep our energy levels up is misleading. These high sugar foods cause a spike in energy, but the spike does not last long as it causes a tired slump, creating the craving for more sugar.
"You are what you eat" is an old saying that is apt for this blog edition. Our diet is the primary contributor to our nutrition, this is the fuel that affects our physical and mental performance. Brain fuel foods aid in keeping our energy levels constant, as well as maintain our concentration and brain power. In this blog edition, we list the food items that are aids during study time and elaborates on how these food items benefit us and our studies.
Mackerel, salmon and sardines in particular contain Omega-3 fatty acids and proteins. These are known to increase concentration and cognitive performance, assisting in rebuilding damaged brain cells. This also helps produce the hormone that makes us happy, Serotonin. The body does not produce Omega-3 fatty acids on its own so we need nutrition to help us do so.
For vegetarians, these fatty acids are also found in linseed, soya beans and pumpkin seeds.
2. Green vegetables:
Vitamin K, Vitamin B6 and B12 are essential for keeping optimum brain functionality and energy levels up. Spinach, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage and Kale all contain these vitamins. These leafy vegetables also provide fibre, essential to your daily diet and natural antioxidants.
Good carbohydrates come in the form of wholegrain foods, set to sustain our body with constant energy level throughout the day. Wholegrains such as whole wheat bread and brown rice contain fibre and starch which take longer to digest, keeping your stomach fuller for longer and giving long lasting energy.
To cure the sugar craving, fresh fruit is the best way to go as they contain fructose (natural sugars), that give an energy boost. Fruit also provides fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed for the brain to perform at its best. Berries, for example, contain a large number of antioxidants that improve the brain's ability to remember facts, understand analytical tasks and improve decision making. Kiwi's contain Vitamin E that protects the body against viral and bacterial infections, keeping us fit and healthy during exam period.
Among the most convenient snack foods out there, nuts are packed with iron and fatty acid, helping us to maintain focus while studying. They have an added benefit of providing oxygen to our brain, helping us stay alert when putting in the late hours before an exam. A handful of almonds, cashews or salted peanuts will do the trick.
The peel of an apple includes a powerful antioxidant called Quercetin that enhances memory function. This common fruit is good for the body and the brain, improving information retention and academic performance.
As the academic programme is at a crucial stage with assessments, tests and exams pending for many of our students; their food intake will affect their academic outcomes. We at Westwood Lodge hope that this blog is informative and helpful to our student residents, resulting in them achieving their academic potential.