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Foods to fuel your brain

The best healthy and delicious foods to have on hand when you’re preparing for exams.

Written by Editor Medibank
Did you know certain foods can help you learn and remember the themes, concepts or formulas?

While a healthy diet might not be top of mind when you’re cramming for your exams, it could be the secret ingredient to success.

Did you know that certain foods may lift your mood, energy levels, and improve concentration when preparing for your exams?

Yet according to Duane Mellor, an Accredited Practising Dietitian and member of Dietitians Australia, the financial pressures many students face means they are missing out on essential food groups such as fruit and vegetables.

Dr Mellor said with a bit of planning and some knowledge of healthy and lower cost choices, students can fuel themselves with nutritious food to maximise their learning and achieve optimum results.

“There is a misconception, particularly in the younger generation, that healthy, fresh food costs too much. But eating nutritious food doesn’t need to be expensive. There are plenty of affordable options for those on a tight budget.” 

4 simple tips to boost your brain power before your exams

1. Start the day right

You’ve heard it before, but a healthy breakfast really is the perfect way to get your day off to a good start. Breakfast can boost your energy levels and alertness, while also providing other essential nutrients required for good health.

2. Eat the rainbow

Add a whole heap of seasonal colour to your plate! Check out this guide to fruits and vegetables and learn more about the unique health benefits of each colour group.

3. Snack on berries

Craving a sugar hit? Try snacking on fruit instead, especially berries. A 2014 study found that berries may improve motor and cognitive functions (and they taste delicious!).

4. Fuel with fish

Fatty fish like salmon are a well-known brain booster, due to the high level of Omega-3. Eating fresh or tinned fish three times a week is possible without breaking the bank. Try salmon, whiting or sardines, either grilled or in a salad or a wrap.

Written by Editor Medibank

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