Student Success: 9 Foods to Boost Your Brain While Studying

Student Success: 9 Foods to Boost Your Brain While Studying

Eat well, achieve well.

While studying, most students reach for junk food and coffee to destress, however, these foods can lead to decreased levels of focus. Choosing healthy and brain powering foods can help you eat your way to success.

1. Avocados

These green powerhouses contain vitamin K and folate, which help improve cognitive function, especially memory and focus. Avocado toast will boost your Instagram and studying game.

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2. Blueberries

Often referred to as the “brain berry,” this fruit is full of antioxidants. Antioxidants improve brain health, leading to improved memory and cognition. If you find yourself craving some sugar choose a natural sugar source instead.

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3. Blackberries

Similarly, these berries improve memory during long hours of studying. Blackberries contain polyphenols that encourage communication between neurons and allow the brain to be open to new things. In other words, these berries will help you remember the most boring readings while you cram.

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4. Oily Fish

Salmon, trout, mackerel, and herring contain high levels of omega-3 fats, which help decrease stress and improve serotonin. Plant alternatives include soya beans, pumpkin seeds, and walnuts. If you cry during stressful studying periods (I’ve been there) then increasing your omega 3s can help boost your mood.

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5. Dark Chocolate

Need an excuse to eat chocolate all the time? Dark chocolate contains flavonoids that help regulate blood flow to the brain and heart. Increased blood flow improves memory and focus. If you want an added bonus, try chocolate covered coffee beans to boost brain activity and improve focus.

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6. Broccoli

Your parents told you to eat your vegetables, and they were right. Broccoli is a nutritious source of vitamin K, iron, and chlorine. These nutrients help keep your memory sharp. Eat your greens to fuel your brain for missed readings and cramming.

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7. Green Tea

Green tea is a smart alternative to high-caffeinated products. Energy drinks and too much coffee can overwhelm your body and cause caffeine crashes. Green tea provides antioxidants and releases caffeine slowly in the body to avoid crashing and promote concentration over longer periods of time. Green tea also reduces stress, allowing student’s to improve their sleep and rest their brain before tests. David’s Tea also has wellness teas to increase certain moods like energy and focus.

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8. Dark Leafy Greens

When reaching for salads, spinach, kale, and romaine are dark greens that are filled with nutrients like vitamin A, B6, and B12. Eating a salad a day can make your brain 11 years younger and sharpen your memory. While eating salad is a good diet for weight loss it can also be a good diet for your brain.

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9. Eggs

Last but not least, eggs are packed with vitamins B6, B12, and chlorine. Higher intakes of chlorine increase memory and mood. If you find yourself skipping breakfast and rushing to campus look for breakfast sandwiches with eggs to prepare for your day.

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Switching out junk for healthy habits will improve your focus, memory, and retention. Take your study game to the next level and choose healthy over junk. Happy eating and studying, good luck!

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Spice Up Your Dorm Room

Spice Up Your Dorm Room

 It’s essential.

 

With limited space (and funds),  finding cool ways to spice up a dorm room has proven to be quite the challenge. That being said, as you may know – in the decorating world, a little goes a long way. Luckily there’s quite a few cheap accent pieces and quick DIY projects that can transform any space. We’ve come up with a list of 8 dorm room essentials, guaranteed to keep your place trendy.

 

 

Cute Plates

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Nice plates can be used anywhere- kitchen, bathroom, table/desk, you name it! Get creative by adding a nice dish somewhere in your space. Best of all, this decor idea is a perfect place to store keys, pens, or any other miscellaneous item, making it equally as functional as is fashionable. Want to find some on the cheap? Try looking in the dishes section at a thrift store.

 

Twinkly Light Signs

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Update the hanging the classic twinkly lights trend using a cardboard letter or design cutout. By placing the lights in the cutout, you can easily create your own custom-made marquee sign.

 

Throw Pillows

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Whether on a couch, chair, or bed, throw pillows of the appropriate style are guaranteed to add some color to your room and tie the space together. Best of all, buying a few pillows and cases can be quite cheap yet go a long way.

 

Table Book

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Looking for a great way to express your personal style on a budget? Try adding a table book to your coffee table or desk. With an abundance of possibilities from fashion brands and urban photography to classic cars or 50’s icons, there’s sure to be a table book that suits your style.

 

Ladder Side Table

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Need some extra storage? Try out a slightly more ambitious project like this DIY bookshelf made from an old wooden step ladder. With a surprisingly stylish/rustic look and various possible sizes, this is an ideal piece for any room.

 

What are your favorite tricks to spice up your dorm room? Let us know in the comment section below.