Whether you’re revising your lecture notes, re-writing the introduction of your dissertation for the tenth time or sitting in the middle of a packed gym hall waiting to sit an exam, the last thing you need is brain drain. So when it comes to studying, make sure you look after your noggin with the the right food and drink to keep the cogs turning and your energy refreshed!
Coffee & Energy Drinks
Whilst a moderate amount of caffeine can perk you up in the morning, reliance on the stuff can cause you to crash and burn. If you find yourself overindulging on coffee and energy drinks you’ll most likely become more anxious and jittery and lose out on precious natural sleep.
Processed foods like crisps, cheese and pizza are often the guilty pleasures we turn to for a quick meal whilst working. But the quick satisfaction is short lived, as excessive preservatives, additives, dyes and artificial flavours they include affect your behavior, slow metabolism, reduce alertness and lead to fatigue.
Nothing as tasty as Ice cream comes without a downside. It is packed with sugar and saturated fat, causing fatigue and decline of your cognitive skills and verbal memory. So whilst you may give yourself a brief sugar buzz, but you’ll soon be wallowing in a not-so-sweet comedown.
Starchy foods like pasta, potato and white bread are ideal for storing energy before a big race, but NOT before a big exam. They’re tougher for your body to digest and require more energy to do so, which means when you’re trying to concentrate on work, your body will be concentrating on your stomach.
Whilst eating tuna in moderation can be really beneficial for your heart, it contains very high levels of mercury and too much of the stuff will really slow down your cognitive functions.
Blueberries have been proven to improve memory with the help of… rats! After eating a daily dose of berries, scientists found that the rodents learned faster, had better short-term memory and even had improved spacial awareness.
Yes really, you get to eat chocolate! But steer clear of the sugar-packed milk kind, the rule of thumb here is the darker the chocolate, the more health benefits. Dark chocolate has been shown to improve blood flow to the brain and improve learning, memory and focus.
A lovely fillet of nutritious salmon is a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, ideal for perking up that memory of yours. See you later brain drain!
Arguably the most popular fruit going and for good reason. The banana is full of potassium, a mineral that is essential to keeping your brain, nerves and heart all in tip-top shape. Plus they give you plenty of energy and keep you full without feeling sluggish.
Probably the most on-trend super food out there at the moment, the avocado is not only delicious, but good for you in endless ways. Their high mono-saturated fat content keeps blood sugar levels steady whilst the vitamin K and folate in them improves cognitive function, especially memory and concentration.
For those of you who are vegetarian or perhaps just looking for a snack during work, nuts and in particular walnuts, are a perfect alternative source of essential omega 3 fatty acids to salmon.