Your room is messy, books are everywhere on your desk, bed, and floor. You are in a miserable state. You have a pile of revision in front of you and you don’t even know where to start. You are too worried about your performance in the next day.
So, feeding your body and brain is the last thing you think about. Whenever you hear your intestines growling or grumbling you just eat anything that comes your way in the kitchen and go back to your room again. WRONG!
You are unintentionally doing wrong to your body, health, and grades too. Revision is not the only thing you should worry about but also the way you look after your body and mind. Did you know that the food you eat before the big examination day can have a significant impact on your performance?
Whether you are a student craving good and higher scores or very simply a parent concerned with your kid’s performances then you’d better click on “next page” and follow me to discover the 5 foods you should definitely avoid before your exam day.
#1 – Sugary foods
Avoid sugary foods as much as you can especially if the next day is your test day. Sugary food can give you that sugar spike and make you feel very active, energetic and stimulated. However, as soon as this spike fades away, your body starts to ask you for more doses of sugar. Consequently, you are feeling hungry, lazy, slow, and less alert.
Unlike the artificial sugar, which can only last for a little while and end up leaving you in the middle of the test tired and unfocused, natural healthy sugar can be a great substitute that can improve your short-term memory and also help you achieve higher marks. This healthy sugar can be found in fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, and bananas.
#2 – Fatty foods
Food that is high in trans fat like fast food, for example, is our favorite type of foods, especially if we are too busy studying or all the day working. Even though we know it’s not healthy, we choose not to give up on it.
Many studies in Neurology showed that consuming large quantities of food high in trans fat can lead to brain shrinkage and therefore negatively affect your power and your ability to process certain things. Moreover, this type of food can be the main reason why you are all the time depressed.
So, in order to keep your brain healthy and your body active, you must avoid eating food high in trans fat like frozen pizzas, doughnuts, microwave popcorn, and the list is long. Instead, you can try to replace them with food that is high in protein and low in term of fat content such as lean meat. The latter healthy food diet would make you feel full for too long.
In addition to that, it will boost your energy and increase your concentration during exams and exams preparation. You can also add green vegetables to your basket as they are super effective in increasing brainpower and cognitive function.
#3 – Caffeine
Caffeine is university student’s most popular energy-producing diet. Whether it is coffee, soda, energy drinks like red bull or power horse, or even chocolate, can all have negative long-term effects on your health.
One cup of black coffee if not two, three and sometimes even more along with energy drinks are what helps you stay awake during your study-night- sessions. But guess what! These glorious drinks can give you that short boost of energy and at the same time make you pay for it dearly.
By consuming much caffeine, you are more likely to stay with your eyes wide open when it‘s dark and everyone is snoring. Therefore, this lack of sleep will cause you insomnia, anxiety, and very fast heartbeats.
I don’t think you would like to be in such state on your examination day, would you? Maybe all you need is a cold glass of water and why not two, to hydrate and keep your brain awake.
#4 – Carb-laden foods
Everyone knows how it feels when you eat one whole sub with French fries for lunch, right! All you crave right after is a long nap on your cozy living room sofa. This is always predictable when you choose to eat high carb-laden foods.
I’m sure you don’t want to end up sleeping on your exam paper. So, try to stay away from lots of carbs, at least during the period of exams, and opt for more vegetables, fruits, and foods that are rich in protein.
#5 – Fried food
In addition to caffeine, we have Fried food, another staple for students; it contains high levels of saturated fats and cholesterol. Students find it very tempting and can’t resist but order some takeout because they are short on time. However, fried food can have negative effects on the brain that can even lead to Alzheimer’s and dementia disease over a long period of time.
Fried foods can prevent the blood from reaching the brain. Therefore raise the risk of forgetting all you have been revising for days and even months and your sleepless night would easily go in vain. Fried food can be replaced with healthy fats which would help improve the health of your brain and slow its aging. The latter healthy fats can be found in avocado and eggs.
Be smart: Eat healthily, drink lots of water, sleep well and rock them all with your sky-high results!