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Foods To Kill Anxiety Before Exams

Cocoa and dark chocolate are beneficial for the brain. The fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated. It also contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine, but the amount of caffeine is unlikely to keep you awake at night

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The food you eat not only impacts your waistline, but also determines how healthy your brain is. Every bite of food you eat either depletes or nourishes your brain, affecting your all round productivity. Most people, especially students, choose their food depending on their taste, availability or convenience. Nowadays, students giving their CAT exam deal with a stressful environment, and tend to binge on junk and unhealthy food which are easily accessible. However, small tweaks in your day-to-day food consumption habits can lead to marked improvement in how you approach and face the exam!

Some examples of superfoods you can include in your diet that are beneficial for your brain are:

"    Soaked walnuts should be consumed in the morning to kick start your day with Omega-3 fatty acids. Walnuts also contain iodine and selenium, which coupled with fatty acids ensure optimum functioning of the brain.
"    Peanuts and peanut butter are a good source of vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that protects nervous membranes, and also helps the brain and nervous system use glucose for energy
"    Brown rice is an example of complex carbs, and provides Vitamin B and zinc to your body. It is powerful fodder for your brain health, and should be included in the diet of students
"    Cocoa and dark chocolate are beneficial for the brain. The fats are mostly saturated and monounsaturated. It also contains stimulants like caffeine and theobromine, but the amount of caffeine is unlikely to keep you awake at night
"    Bananas help to improve mental alertness and are also ideal for the maintenance of normal blood pressure and heart function of the body. It is recommended to eat a banana before an exam to remain alert and benefit from its high levels of potassium

Apart from the ones mentioned above, there are a plethora of options available around you to help your brain become alert and productive. Include a lot of colorful fruits and vegetables in your daily diet, for getting antioxidants into your system. Plum, blackcurrant, cherries etc. all lead to higher functionality of the brain. Seeds such as pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, chia seeds etc. can be added to smoothies and food that we cook everyday, or be used as snacking options. Similarly, avocados promotes healthy blood flow in the system and can be consumed in multiple ways.
The permutations are endless. One should just be smart to make them so you can get a variety in your meals, kill the boredom of repetitive food that inclines you towards junk, keeps you content and also nurtures your brain and body.

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Tapasya Mundhra

The author is Nutritionist and Health Coach who has been practicing in Delhi for over a decade

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