If you want to feel confident and succeed at your exams, then you should consider what you eat. As we all know this period of time is very stressful and it is important to eat before and after exams. Eating at regular intervals will keep your anxieties at bay and also aid your memory function. Here are 6 foods you should consider, all with their own benefits!
Fruit and vegetables
Fruit and vegetables are the easiest way to find essential vitamins and minerals that are needed for our body. Bananas contain high levels of Tryptophan, which is converted to Serotonin – the happy mood brain neurotransmitter, whilst Blueberries contain powerful antioxidants. The natural sugar in fruit offer clean energy so you don’t experience the crash that follows consumption of refined sugar.
2-3 squares of dark chocolate contain a lovely chemical called Phenylethylamine – or PEA, for short – which, once consumed by us, produces endorphins. These make us feel similar to when we fall in love. Chocolate is also packed full of potassium, magnesium, zinc, copper and selenium. It’s also a nice way to get your daily iron intake.
Because of exam anxiety you may feel hungry while we are preparing for an exam, however this isn’t necessarily real hunger. If you can’t resist, eating a handful of nuts is a good idea. They are healthy, nutritious but also very filling and rich in memory boosting minerals.
Eggs are known for their high protein content keeping you fuller for longer, whilst also boosting your memory. They’re quick, convenient, inexpensive and a great snack to have on stand-by in the fridge!
Eating, as with studying benefits from preparation. Take time to prepare balanced meals, avoiding heavy complex carbohydrates (which can make you feel sleepy), instead filling at least half your plate with leafy greens and vegetables. Add to that a portion of sweet potato and some all-important protein and you have a super brain enhancing plate of food!
Yes, you’re right this isn’t a food, but water is the best drink to have to stay hydrated and alert. Make sure you take a bottle of water with you to your exams and try to take sips throughout!
Above all, don’t forget to relax!
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