Hate colds and brain fog? Absolutely love winning? Allow us to introduce you to the brain-boosting superfoods that could help students succeed…
According to the Daily Mail, wellspring of factual information, unhealthy eating habits among students leads to an average gain of 2 stone during the course of their studies. Whether or not that’s true, it’s likely we’ve encountered the unflatteringly termed “fresher’s flab” to a degree. It’s been attributed to a culture of stress, drinking and poor diet. While stress and drinking are at times unavoidable, poor diet certainly isn’t!
The JobLab crew takes a holistic approach to success. Before you can work hard, play hard, or even rest hard – you’ve got to look after that bod, bruh.
If you squander your final year loan on tiny measures of espresso and Domino’s pizza, you may eventually find yourself burnt-out and conked-out. Bin the empty calories and artificial energy, because eating isn’t just about keeping your body going. Look for foods that will fuel your brain; vitamins, minerals and fatty acids that strengthen neural pathways, help detox your system (especially helpful after a night out) and even bust the fresher’s flab!
Different berries have different benefits, but almost all of them are antioxidant. Blueberries in particular have been found to improve short term memory loss. Blackcurrants are one of the top sources of Vitamin C which is believed to improve mental agility. With absolutely no cooking involved, they’re an ideal food to chow down on while you’re revising for an exam or preparing for an interview.
There’s officially no better excuse to get sushi. High omega 3 intake can improve your mood and help increase your focus. Oily fish contains all the omega 3 fatty acids that boost your brain power, specifically DHA and EPA, in a form which is more readily digested. The lazy man’s choice, tinned fish, tends to be just as potent as cooking from scratch. Veggie friends, fear not – chomp your way through linseeds, flaxseeds, walnuts and soy to receive a lower dose of omega 3.
Yep, old trusty porridge is one of the best breakfast choices for anyone facing a full day. Complex, slow-release unrefined carbohydrates help improve cognitive function and concentration. Porridge only takes 5 minutes to cook and can be brought to live with – that’s right – nuts and berries! If you have a sweeter tooth, opt for a dash of dark maple syrup for an added antioxidant boost (just make sure it’s actually maple syrup, and not maple-flavoured syrup). It’s a healthy, cheap breakfast option that will set you up for the day just right.
You’ve probably seen them all over instagram, but this is one time where style and substance truly converge. Eggocado is a delicious breakfast choice or snack that’s full of omega 3, brain-boosting super-vit vitamin K and amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins, and as our brains are muscles, it makes sense to load up on them. Halve an avocado, take out the stone and crack an egg into the centre. Grate a little cheese, add a smattering of pepper if you like – bake, and voila!
Sage is synonymous with wise, and for good reason. The herb has a reputation for improving memory function, a vital weapon in the fight against brain blanks at crucial moments such as public speaking, interviews, or exams. We suggest you put a handful of fresh sage on all your dishes… or at least all the dishes featured on this list if you’d like some easy recipe ideas.
The great thing about these superfoods is that there is hardly any preparation involved. You can choose to adjust your diet and plan meals based on these badboys, or simply supplement all the Domino’s pizza and Nescafe with some slightly more nutritious snacks.
If all this talk of food has you headed straight to the kitchen, we recommend this epic short film to watch during your meal. Enjoy.