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10 Brain-Healthy Foods That Will Boost Concentration and Memory

10 Brain-Healthy Foods That Will Boost Concentration and Memory

Being a student comes with big responsibilities and being able to concentrate while studying for a big exam is vital.

Here are 10 brain-healthy foods that will boost concentration and memory.

1. Avocados

The healthy fats found in avocados boost brain function by helping promote better blood flow. Blood flow to all your organs is essential for them to function at their best. Avocados are also high in fiber which means it will help slow down your digestion and keep away hunger pangs that could distract you.

2. Coconut oil

Coconut oil is a natural anti-inflammatory agent and can work to suppress cells responsible for inflammation in your brains. This will help boost your memory and prevent memory loss as you age.

3. Leafy green vegetables

Popeye wasn’t just chowing down spinach to boost his strength. Turns out, he was boosting his brain power too. Spinach and most other leafy green vegetables are full of antioxidants and B-vitamins which help boost memory, focus and overall brain health. They are also a good source of folic acid which helps boost mental clarity.

4. Olive oil

Olive oil is high in the antioxidant polyphenol. Antioxidants will help prevent cognitive decline as you age. It is also high in vitamins E and K which together help maintain brain productivity and boost processing speed. Olive oil also boosts the levels of brain chemicals which stimulate the formation of new brain cells.

5. Dark chocolate

Dark chocolate is often praised for its high level of flavonoids, which is a good antioxidant. It also helps lower blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain. However, make sure you choose the right brand of dark chocolate to absorb these benefits. Many store brands contain large amounts of sugar that could do more harm than good to your brain.

6. Salmon, sardines and other fatty fish

There’s a reason fish oil capsules are such a popular health supplement. Fatty fish such as salmon and sardines contain essential omega-3 fatty acids which are vital for brain function. It also protects your brain from declined cognitive functions and memory loss as you age.

7. Nuts

Nuts are rich in antioxidants, essential fats and amino acids that have been proven to help you focus. Walnuts are likely your best option as they contain the most amount of antioxidants compared to other nuts. Walnuts also contain alpha-linolenic acid, which is an omega-3 fatty acid that promotes brain development and health. To get these benefits, just one ounce of nuts a day is sufficient.

8. Blueberries

One of the most antioxidant-rich foods you could eat, blueberries are the perfect supplement for a healthy brain. They are also high in gallic acid, which prevents damage to your brain from large amounts of stress.

9. Eggs

Eggs contain choline, which is vital for brain development. A large intake of choline is also correlated with improved cognitive performance. Make sure you eat the yolks too as they contain the most amount of choline!

10. Oatmeal

Oatmeal is often touted as one of the healthiest breakfast options. A good serving of oatmeal in the morning leaves you feeling full and prevents midday hunger pangs. Oatmeal also has a low glycemic index, which means it won’t spike blood sugar levels. This will help increase brain functionality. For a particularly brain-healthy breakfast, try opting for a bowl of slow-cooked oatmeal topped with a variety of nuts and blueberries.

 

Source: greatbigminds.com

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10 Things To Do After Exams

10 Things To Do After Exams

1 ) Sleep: I usually come home from an exam and jump into bed to catch up on my lost sleep. The couple of days before my exam I find it difficult to get to sleep because of the looming exam but after my exams are finished, I need that period of rest to recuperate from the stressful exam period!

2 ) Go for a celebratory meal: This is something that gets me through many long periods of revision. The thought of going somewhere nice to eat and just having a generally pleasant meal and having a fun time with friends without that nagging feeling of having to revise at the back of my mind is a welcome end to revision and exams.

3 ) Pack/throw away notes: This is very satisfying. Its something that I almost see as a ritual. Packing away revision notes and folders full of lecture notes somewhere under my bed or in a dark cupboard somewhere is very satisfying indeed. And it is refreshing to wake up to an empty desk rather than one full of piles of paper and notes.

4 ) Catch up with my emails/Facebook: I try to restrict my social life as much as possible during exam period so I don’t get distracted whilst I am revising. This usually results in long lists of emails and Facebook posts needing to be read which I end up replying to very late!

5 ) Clean my room: I’m normally a very tidy person but during the exam period I don’t know what happens but I end up with clothes on the floor, my cupboard a tip and papers scattered around my room. However, its only when my exams finish that I see this mess and so clean it up. During exams its like I have beer goggles on and my eyes just skim over it all!

6 ) Make something yummy to eat: I love to bake cookies and cakes and the majority of the time they turn out to be quiet nice! I don’t get much time in between revision to bake something, and I’m usually so distracted that I end up adding the wrong quantities of ingredients so my final product is barely edible! After my exams are over, I enjoy baking something and then eating it whilst I relax.

7 ) Read a book: I have yet to find a book to read this time round. I love reading fiction, especially since it makes a nice break from all the textbooks and journals I have read throughout the year. Anyone have any recommendations?

8 ) Lounge about without feeling guilty: This always gives me a wonderful feeling! I can sleep in, relax in the sun and surf the internet for hours on end without that nagging thought of looming deadlines and exams.

9 ) Return my textbooks to the library and secretly feel smug about others still having exams: Ah its always great fun to watch my textbooks being carried away on the conveyor belt of the Books Returns machine in the library and knowing it will be at least a month before I need to bury my head in them again. Seeing other students furiously scribbling away and revising for their upcoming exams when I have already finished makes me feel just a bit guilty but mostly relieved that I am no longer in their situation.

10 ) Enjoy the sun: Not that the sun likes to wait around till after my exams are finished. (Just look at the weather now- all dull and wet compared to the bright sunny skies we had approximately two weeks ago)! When it does come back though, I shall thoroughly enjoy eating ice cream and soaking up the sun without a textbook or any revision notes in sight!

 

source: studentblogs.le.ac.uk

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