Studying can be hard there's no doubt about that, but there are things that you can do to make it easier on yourself. Let's take a look at some nutrition basics that can help you to concentrate, increase your energy levels, and even protect your brain.
To stay alert and focused, make sure that you drink plenty of water. Even mild dehydration has a detrimental effect on your energy levels and clarity of thought. Keep away from any beverages that act as diuretics. Diuretics increase urine production and pull fluid from your body. The main culprits are alcohol and sodas.
Soda, as the name implies, contains sodium, commonly known as salt. The more sodium that you put into your body, the more urine your body has to produce to get rid of it, because high sodium levels are dangerous.
Drinking a beer or two might seem like a good idea, but alcohol actually has a sedative effect on your body, so you won't be as focused as you need to be, and it's dehydrating. Alcohol reduces the production of a hormone in your body that regulates your ability to absorb fluid. When levels of this hormone are low, you become dehydrated.
Keep Away From Comfort Foods
Sugar and carbohydrate rich foods give you an instant hit of pleasure, but you'll pay a high price for those few moments of bliss. Foods rich in simple carbohydrates are quickly converted into glucose, which floods your bloodstream giving you a sugar rush. But once the sugar high wears off, you'll have to deal with an energy slump, foggy thinking and a craving for more sugar.
To keep your energy levels steady, choose foods that release their energy slowly, like a cheese omelet, berries, turkey salad, a big bowl of chili, or a protein smoothie.
Load Up on Antioxidants
When you're studying for your online MALS degree, there will be times when everything's going great and you're flying through the material, and then there will be times when it gets hard and you're not sure if you can cope. At those times, your anxiety and stress levels will spike, and as they do, they actually cause physical harm to your body, and particularly to your brain.
Stress and anxiety increase the production of free radicals in your body. Free radicals attack your cells, causing cell damage and cell death. To protect against the damage caused by free radicals, your body needs antioxidants. Some, it can produce by itself, but others have to obtained from your diet.
Two excellent antioxidants are vitamin C and anthocyanin. Vitamin C is plentiful in citrus fruits, and anthocyanin is abundant