A Healthy Mind Resides In A Healthy Body
The role of consuming healthy snacks while studying or during exams is to provide energy for retaining knowledge, increase concentration, boost memory and lighten your mood. Often, we rely on chocolates, processed food, chips, and biscuits. Have you noticed that whenever you consume these foods, you feel more and more hungry and distract yourself from studying? This is because simple or processed carbohydrates are responsible for a super spike which is when your blood sugar rises and then falls sharply after you eat. This makes you hungry in short intervals and causes lethargy. Here is a list of food items that you should eat in order to increase your productivity while studying-
1) Carbohydrates – Carbohydrates are a source of energy. While simple or processed Carbohydrates can make you feel lethargic and hungry, complex Carbohydrates can fill the void. They release sugar in your blood slowly, making you feel full for a longer time. For example- multi-grain chapatis and brown rice.
2) Omega-3 – It is an excellent and important source for increasing mind functioning. Some examples are- almonds, walnuts, flax seeds, fish, and chia seeds.
3) Water– All of us know the importance of water and staying hydrated but while studying we often forget to drink water at regular intervals. When our mind and body become dehydrated – it gets confused and irritated. So, keep drinking water and stay hydrated.
4) Caffeine– Consumption of Caffeine in the form of tea/ coffee at night can increase your productivity for a maximum of 2 hours but disturbs your sleep after that. Hence, it is recommended to consume it in the morning.
5) Proteins– Proteins contain amino acids which are helpful for our mind and neurotransmission. Ideally, one should consume 1gm per body weight. For example, a person weighing 40 kgs should consume 40gm of protein in a day. Some of the protein-rich food items are- quinoa, almonds, milk, cottage cheese, spinach, beans, eggs, and legumes.
6) Vitamins and Minerals– Vitamins and Minerals, when consumed in the right amount can help in mind and cognitive development. Some of the essential examples are- Vitamin B6, B12, and Folic Acid.
Pro tip– Never study or sit for your exam empty stomach because, in order to study actively, you need lots of energy and good memory retention.
Pro tip max– Never start preparing for your exam without having a proper strategy and detailed report of where you stand.
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