As the end of the semester draws near, remember: if you can stay focused and work hard for a few more weeks, you’re home free! Here are five foods that make staying focused a little easier:
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Aside from being super yummy—hello guacamole!—avocados are packed with fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, folic acid, and healthy forms of fat, keeping you energized and focused.
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Omega-3 fatty acids are linked to brain health. Sure, the effects aren’t instantaneous, but a diet rich in omega-3 fatty acids could lower your risk of dementia, stroke, and decrease mental decline as you age. As an added benefit, fish is loaded with protein, which keeps you energized!
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Everyone knows bananas are healthy. But did you know bananas are packed with Vitamin B6, which may help improve memory? Better yet, bananas are full of fructose and fiber, which work together to release energy over time. One banana could fuel an entire study session!
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Okay, coffee isn’t exactly a food. But it’s still a vital component of every college student’s diet. Why? Caffeine, of course, which can help you stay focused, energized, and awake. However, it’s also important to remember that the effects of caffeine, ingested in whatever form—coffee, chocolate, energy drinks, etc.—are short-term. Caffeine can also be addictive and can make it difficult to sleep. In other words, don’t overdo it.
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Also not a food, but still essential to your studying success! Dehydration is a common source of poor focus and lethargy. So have a glass of water, get hydrated, and get back to work!
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Definitely our favorite item on the list! Popcorn is packed with fiber and carbohydrates, both of which boost energy levels. They also keep you satiated over a period of time, so you don’t have to keep getting up for more food.