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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Fuel for Thought

Your brain needs energy in a steady flow for optimal performance. An even supply of glucose (energy) during studying and periods of intense concentration is important. Many students complain that in an exam situation, their mind goes blank and they can’t remember a thing. In many cases, it may be that their brains are low on glucose fuel, resulting in poor concentration, reduced mental energy and lowered alertness. The best foods for supplying the brain with fuel are complex carbohydrates found in whole grains and vegetables. The first step towards excellence in academics is a diet rich in whole wheat and millet pasta or whole grains and fruits such as, apples or oranges. As well as nuts, seeds and broccoli or carrots.

Sustaining the brain energy takes proteins and smart fats. Found in lean meats and fish, eggs and low-fat cheeses. Along with the fruits and vegetables, these nutrients work together to optimize brain function, including increased alertness and improved memory.

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