WHAT TO EAT AND WHAT NOT TO EAT DURING EXAMS…..
Did you know that what you eat and drink can affect your exam performance?
The emphasis of healthy eating habits has been emphasized often by Nutritionist during stressful time. Right food and drink can energize your system, improve your alertness and sustain you through the long exam hours. The wrong dietary choices can make you feel sluggish, jittery, or burned out.
There exists a strong relationship between nutrient intake and the mental state of a person.
Stress and anxiety leads to inadequate and wrong eating habits which disturbs delicate biochemical balances in the body thus causing micronutrient deficiency. The right foods can help in your levels of concentration, ensure that you sleep more soundly and lower your anxiety level.
WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK?
Ensure you eat: It is important to eat on time breakfast, lunch and dinner:- You need to keep your mental focus on your exam and not on your hunger. Breakfast provides the energy needed through an active morning, skipping breakfast may cause trouble concentrating. · The golden rule for food safety is to keep hot foods hot & cold foods cold.
Eat Light Meals
Snack lightly and have enough sleep
Eat brain friendly/boosting food: One should have a Well balanced diet.
Protein-rich foods which can lead to greater mental alertness.
Foods rich in carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins and minerals should be included in the diet.
Ideally, whole grain cereals such as oatmeal containing soluble fibre and beta-glucan, pulses, nuts, milk and milk products, fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables and fortified health drink like Horlicks should be included in a day’s diet as it helps to improve concentration.
Health beverages may aid you to beat the examination blues. It boosts memory and improves concentration – all of which are associated with good academic performance.
Add roughage to your diet – Dalia, Corn etc will help prevent stomach discomfort and you will feel lighter.
Drink plenty of water, it keeps the brain hydrated. A hydrated brain can remember more than a dehydrated brain.
Avoid unfriendly/brain blocking food:
Students should avoid drinks like tea and coffee which contain caffeine, which according to studies, lessens the process of grasping.
Avoid Fast foods do not supply good nutrition but if taken in moderation won’t ruin a healthful diet, especially when consumed with green salads. Replace French fries with an apple.
Eating the wrong kind of food can make you sluggish or lead to infections all of which have a direct impact on their performance.
Foods that are high in refined sugar, such as chocolates, desserts, and candies.