You are what you eat. Though said in a philosophical context, nutritionally speaking, the aforementioned statement holds literal meaning. Thus, it comes as no surprise that a healthy diet is extremely important, especially during exams, as the nutritional value of such a diet can go a long way in helping the student focus on their studies and improve their mental acumen and memory.
A common practice among students is to eat fast foods that are easily available and quickly consumed so that a larger amount of time can be devoted to studying. Caffeine is also copiously consumed in an effort to stay awake longer.
Such foods not only have an effect on long-term health, but also impact the immediate mood, motivation, and energy level needed to revise for exams. For instance, fast foods require the body to breakdown the already minimal protein-rich food, which requires more energy, and in turn, makes you feel extremely sleepy and heavy. And drinks such as coffee or energy drinks provide an instant jolt of energy, but they impact the heart rate and eventually bring in the 'caffeine crash', which results in headaches, tiredness, and just an overall feeling of being low.
In order to optimize your body and energy level for the exam session, here are a few dietary tips for a smart study for kids:
An apple a day doesn't only keep the doctor away, but it also helps you be full for longer! Fruits such as bananas, which are rich in proteins help stabilise blood sugar, helps in increased concentration. Other fruits like blueberries are rich in antioxidants, which keep your body nourished and healthy, allowing your brain to be enriched and healthy for longer spans of concentration. A fruit bowl with a mix of your favourite fruits can help you combat hunger and doesn't make the stomach feel heavy!
Green Leafy Vegetables
Leafy vegetables are always rich in proteins, especially the ones that are dark in colour like spinach. These vegetables are also often rich in minerals like iron and magnesium, which along with the antioxidants in them help in improving concentration and vitality. Just like Popeye, kids who eat spinach feel a new energy surge through their body and are ready to take their exams on.
Nuts and seeds
Various nuts and seeds are loaded with Omega 3 and zinc, which work miracles for the body! Zinc is linked with healthy cognitive function, whereas Omega 3 provides essential nutrients to the body. Foods like cashews, sunflower seeds, and pumpkin seeds are rich in these. Try making a trail mix with a variety of nuts and seeds and snack on them throughout the day!
Maintain these dietary habits to ensure that your energy levels remain somewhat constant and that you don’t feel tired while studying:
- Don't skip breakfast
- Eat small portions of healthy foods in regular intervals, so as to avoid the feeling of extreme hunger and getting distracted by the body's reducing energy levels.
- Avoid foods that are high in sugar such as cookies and cakes
- Stay hydrated
- Avoid foods heavy in carbs on the night before the exam
These are just a few tips to improve your performance in exams and increase your learning capacity. Cedarwood conducts an online workshop that can help students improve their performance in the exam by showing them how to study more efficiently. You can check out the online workshop on how to adopt efficient study habits here