The teenager’s guide to eating right for exams

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Deeksha Centre For LearningIt is that time of the year when students eagerly look forward to a long break from their study routine. But before they can enjoy their Christmas – New Year or Winter break, students will have to appear for a series of examinations that puts to test, their learning from the term/semester. For students appearing for the board/public exams next year, this month includes a series of mock or model test papers that resemble the actual one.

With mercury dipping and exam fever gripping students, it is likely that these teenagers get so engrossed in their studies that they pay little attention to their dietary habits. On the contrary, what they eat plays a major role in their preparation and performance in the exam. While gearing-up to give their best in the tests, here’s what students should pay attention to about their diet, according to an expert from Deeksha Network.

The different meals in a day

 Students should take care not to skip their meals during the day, no matter how busy or engrossed they maybe in their exam prep. Feeding the body is important in feeding the brain, as an energy starved body and brain cause lethargy and make the study process ineffective. Also it is better to eat in smaller quantities and at frequent intervals that consume large quantities of food in one go. Resorting to the latter makes the students feel sleepy and incapable of focusing on studies.

Consuming nutrition rich, balanced diets

 During exam preparations, it is important to pay attention to the nutritive value of the food that is being consumed. It is advisable also to have a balanced diet that is replete with different nutrients. For e.g., at the Deeksha Centre For Learning, students are provided a bowl of cut fruits to supplement their nutritive intake.

Carbohydrates serve as the primary source of energy for the brain. Proteins help in neurotransmission, which in turn aids in thinking. Adding a small of protein on the day of the exam works wonders on the student’s brain. Fats that form a major component of the brain cell membrane, aid brain performance. Almonds, walnuts, olive oil and fish are sources of healthy fat. Consuming Vitamin C boosts immunity while Vitamin B aids neurotransmission. Minerals like iron help in supplying oxygen to brain cells, while zinc helps fight forgetfulness.

Foods to avoid

 In an attempt to cut down on eating time and focus on preparation, students often end up consuming food that harms their brain. Eating processed, junk food and oily or fried snacks is a bad idea during exam time, as they may end up irritating the digestive system. So do spicy food and sugar rich drinks.

Fresh fruits and vegetables, yoghurt are students best friends during exam season. It is also important to keep the body hydrated with plenty of water and fluids. Fresh fruit juices and anti-oxidant rich green tea are good choices in this regard. Caffeine rich drinks are best avoided.

A balanced and well contemplated diet not only keeps the students healthy but also aids in effective preparation and contributes to better performance on the day of the exam.

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