Eat your way to a super functioning brain!

 

As we brace ourselves for the exams and cram in that last bit of information, it is important not to ignore good nutrition. Food intake plays an important role in brain development and maintenance. Here are few tips for eating right during exam season for a super functioning brain:

 

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Make sure not to skip any meals

The brain uses nearly a whopping 20% of the energy that we require per day. In order to be able to pay attention without distraction, a steady supply of glucose (energy) in the form of complex carbohydrates is a must.

Therefore include a variety of dishes such as vegetable kichidi- raita, ragi roti- peanut chutney, rajma curry-roti in your diet and ensure to eat on time.

Eat right

Foods rich in Omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, iron, zinc, vitamin B6 and B12 have particularly shown to help in improving cognitive performance. Hence, dark green leafy vegetables (spinach, amaranth), pulses (kidney beans, chickpeas), nuts (almonds, walnuts), milk products (curd); root vegetables (sweet potatoes) and so on should be included in day to day diet.

Snack smartly

Candies, biscuits, colas, chips and sweets, are great for the tongue but are high in refined sugar which gives an instant sugar rush after eating but with time you mood slumps and get cranky.

Choose healthy snacks such as bhel puri with veggies & sprouts, khakra with pineapple salsa, trail mix (consisting of almonds, raisins, and pumpkin seeds), as they release energy slowly and help in sustained attention and memory.

Guzzle in H2O

Dehydration can make one feel lethargic and tired. Thus, ensure to keep yourself hydrated with water during studying; as research has shown that drinking adequate water helps boost memory, attention and improves cognitive performance.

You can also make it fun by sipping  in flavoured water (just add lime and/or fresh mint to water), tender coconut water or lemonade and tell “goodbye” to dehydration.


 

References:

http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/omega6-fatty-acids

http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fnhum.2013.00097/full


 

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