5 Ways Nutrition Can Affect Learning

“You are what you eat!” Ever heard this cliché?

According to researchers, it’s not just an old cliché…it’s actually true! Students who have healthy diets usually perform better in the classroom.

Let’s take a look at 5 ways nutrition can affect learning and your overall education:

1. Breakfast Helps Your Memory

People who eat breakfast every morning tend to have better memory retention. So next time you’re thinking about sleeping in and skipping breakfast, think twice…you might regret it when midterms roll around and you can’t remember some important facts during the exam. Yikes! If possible, try to wake up 15 minutes earlier to eat breakfast before you head off to class…you’ll thank me later.

2. Carbohydrates Are Your Friend

Students should eat plenty of carbohydrates…especially those healthy, wholesome carbs that are found in whole grains. Regularly ingesting the correct amount of healthy carbs helps with cognitive activity – in other words, it gives your brain more energy to successfully get through the school day. However, this doesn’t mean that you should overload on carbs. Excessive intake of carbohydrates (especially those unhealthy carbs that contain processed sugar) could make you sluggish and lead to unwanted weight gain.

3. Many Small Meals Is Better Than A Few Large Meals

Rather than the standard 3 meals-a-day that most Americans live by, students should aim for several smaller meals throughout the day. According to researchers, when you have 25 grams of glucose (which is equivalent to 1 banana) in the bloodstream, your brain is functioning at its best. Therefore, researchers believe that eating several smaller meals is more mentally beneficial for students.

4. Soda and Energy Drinks Are Not Your Friend

I know they taste good, but soda and energy drinks are loaded with sugar and are terrible for your cognition. Rather than a gradual, steady flow of glucose, these drinks provide a quick dose of glucose. This leads to a burst of energy, but then a significant crash that leaves your body feeling more drained then it did before you had the soda or energy drink. Instead of soda and energy drinks, students should opt for water instead. I know water is boring, but it helps fight off stress hormones and promotes improved overall health and wellness.

5. Antioxidants Keep You Healthy

Antioxidants fight off those free radicals in your brain and body that could cause you to get sick. A diet rich in antioxidants can help you stay healthy, so that you can attend your classes, do your homework, and study for your exams. Eating foods rich in antioxidants – like fruits, veggies, tea, and eggs – can lead to an overall happier and healthier college experience.

Always remember, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind! I hope these tips were useful. Good luck!

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Lauren Anderson is a certified school counselor who's passionate about helping students all over the world successfully transition from high school to college! After spending 6 years as a business professional, she obtained her Master’s degree in School Counseling and now spends her spare time helping students.

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