| Preparing for exams is a bit like training for a marathon, and just as your muscles need the right kind of fuel to keep pumping, so does your brain. What you eat can affect how well your brain functions and your ability to learn, understand and remember. Here are my top 5 tips for boosting your brain-power with the right nutrition.
Your brain uses 20% of your energy and needs a constant supply or it will start to slow down. Not good when you’re trying to revise or in the middle of an exam. Choose wholegrain carbohydrates that release their energy steadily, and avoid sugary snacks or drinks which make your blood sugar rise then fall sharply, ultimately starving your brain of fuel. Try:
Your brain produces neurotransmitters which transmit nerve impulses, enabling you to think, stay alert, get motivated and process information.
Amazingly, your brain is about 60% fat – mostly good omega-3 fats. These are essential for brain structure and function. Oily (non-white) fish provide a rich source. Aim for 2 portions/week. Try:
Your brain contains a lot of water, and starts to shrivel with even mild dehydration, so:
In excess, alcohol is seriously toxic to the brain. It:
This article is for information purposes only and is not intended to replace proper medical or nutritional advice. If you have any concerns about your health or wellbeing, you should consult your doctor.
About the Author
Nutritionist and Wellbeing Coach
Dip ION, Dip BCNH, mBANT, CNHC
Clare is the Student Room’s nutritionist and wellbeing coach. She works 1:1 with people to enable them to feel the best they can and get the most out of life by making targeted changes to how they eat and live.
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