What does your daily nutrition plan contain during the hardworking exams days? Kellie Hill, nutritionist from United States, explains why proper nutrition is totally essential for our brain competence and explains what should students eat, as well as what to avoid eating, during exams.
Kellie, who has a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner Certificate from Nutritional Therapy Association says that a diet that is out of balance leads to an imbalance in the body and ultimately cellular malfunction.
‘This is usually caused by either deficiency or toxicity; not enough of the needed vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, and phytonutrients to function optimally, or exposure to many toxins from the air, water, food, and our own body stress’, she said.
This leads to damage, not allowing the cells to function optimally. Without proper function there is loss of memory and concentration as well as excessive nervousness that can inhibit performance during exams.
Say ‘Yes’ to vegetables, fruits and eggs
It is best to consume a whole foods diet rich in fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, and lean meats. Whole foods include all the necessary phytonutrients, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and fatty acids to keep the body function at it’s peak.
Specifically to enhancing brain activity is lecithin which also exhibits a calming nature. Eggs are especially rich, so a high protein breakfast of eggs before an exam may help.
It’s a myth that caffeine helps students during learning. As Kellie points out: ”The most important things to avoid are the two that students are most drawn to during exams, sugar and caffeine’.
Sugar weakens the mind. It also causes loss of memory and concentration. It can cause nutritional deficiencies such as anemia as well as protein and mineral deficiencies.
The acid in coffee eats away the villi of the small intestine, reducing their effectiveness in supporting nutrient assimilation which leads to additional cellular damage and potential immune system dysfunction.
You can also visit Kellie’s official website ‘The Right Plan Nutrition Counseling‘ for further nutrition related tips and advice.
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