Everyone knows the saying “you are what you eat,” but did you ever consider that what you eat actually
does affect your brain?
Your study time will be more productive when you power your brain with foods
that enhance your memory and your focus. These foods will boost your brain power and improve your
Carbs give you the energy you need to focus for long periods of time. WebMD suggests eating a whole
grain snack to keep your energy levels high. However, not any carb will work. Avoid sugars found in
candy and large portions found in pasta. These snacks will cause your blood sugar to spike and leave
you feeling sleepy after a short burst of energy. Choose a whole grain piece of toast or bowl of whole
grain cereal instead.
Omega-3 Fatty Acid
According to Eating Well, Omega-3 fatty acids are associated with better mood and concentration and are
important for brain development, all of which are significant for performing well on an exam. These fatty
acids are most commonly found in cold water fish like salmon and trout, but they can also be found in
nuts, eggs, and even fortified granola bars.
Iron can affect memory and attention. If you are having a difficult time staying focused or even awake
while you study, you may want to increase your iron intake. Foods high in iron include beef, beans, kale,
Drinking water may seem too simple, but many people forget to drink enough water during the day.
Staying well hydrated will help you remain focused and alert and increase oxygen to the brain. When you
are feeling hungry or distracted while trying to study, start by drinking a cup of water before you snack on
other foods or sugary drinks.
Take Care of Your Brain
Eating well will help you think well. A well rounded diet will keep you physically and mentally healthy,
which will improve your studying. Start your study time with a healthy snack or meal and save sugary
treats or oily junk food for a reward when you are done studying. Then you will have the energy you need
to learn and retain new information, which will ultimately help you perform well on the SAT.
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