Study better tips: 3 things to avoid this exam season for better concentration and focus  |  Photo Credit: Getty Images
New Delhi: The exam season is here with CBSE, ICSE and other state board exams commencing in the last week of February. Exams bring with them a lot of stress about the performance of students, both for the parents and the children. Diet and lifestyle may also play a role in how the student performs in the exams.
Certain foods and beverages may make you feel sleepy, while some may keep you awake. Similarly, while some may help you focus, some may affect your mind and brain in a way that you will find it difficult to understand concepts and remember things. READ – Mood boosters: Eat these fruits, veggies and foods to improve your mood this exam season
While a movie break may be a good idea to refresh your mind in between studies if you cannot go out, popcorn – not so much. Popcorn reduces blood sugar and can cause your brain to become relatively inactive. The microwave-made popcorn may also contain preservatives and chemicals which are bad for your health.
When you feel like drinking a cooler to refresh yourself, go for a lemonade or fruit juice instead of a diet soda. A study published in European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences found that aspartame – an artificial sweetener sued in diet sodas can have an adverse effect on the memory of the consumer. Drop the diet soda and grab a pack of juice if you want to remember the theorems in the exam. READ – Health tips for students preparing for exams: 5 ways to boost your memory and keep you awake while studying
Sugary foods can affect your mood, memory and power to concentrate and focus. Sugar is believed to affect cognitive memory and therefore, one should try to limit the consumption of sugar when they are trying to concentrate better.
Disclaimer: Tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purpose only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or a dietician before starting any fitness programme or making any changes to your diet.