It’s testing season! Whether or not it’s the SAT, the ACT, AP Exams, and/or even your final exams, it is important to make sure you have a healthy test-taking diet to fully get your mind prepared for what lies ahead. Here are a few suggestions as to what you should include in your meals so that you can boost brain function for test day.
This includes eggs, ham, sausage, bacon, salmon. They contain the brain-healthy nutrient choline which boosts brain cell function, which in turn boosts brain productivity as well as memory.
Berries are considered the best brain boosters, such as strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries. Berries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and they also significantly improve learning capacity. The avocado…is it a fruit or a vegetable? We’ll let you argue that one. In the meantime, it is important to know that avocados are known to help improve blood flow, which means improving brain function. They also help in lowering blood pressure, which increases cognitive ability.
We get it, you hate brussels sprouts. But what about broccoli? Spinach? Or even carrots? Such vegetables are a wonderful source of vitamin-K, which is known to enhance cognitive function as well as help improve brainpower.
NUTS & SEEDS
These include almonds, walnuts, peanuts, cashews, pistachios, and sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame seeds, flax seeds. Peanut butter and almond butter are great, too. Nuts and seeds are wonderful sources of vitamin E, which helps our brain think, focus, and remember better.
Whole grains, such as oatmeal, whole-grain breads, and brown rice are known to reduce the risk for heart disease. Why is that? Because they promote good blood flow. Healthy blood flow, once again, equals healthy brain function. Another benefit is that they are known to help keep cholesterol down, which also keeps your brain sharp and functioning.
Not only will eating such healthy foods be a good thing for you for your tests, but maintaining such a good diet will be good for your mind and body, for the rest of your life! Eat good food. Get good test scores.