Doha: As the students’ exam period approaches, the Primary Health Care Corporation (PHCC) is advising students to follow a healthy diet.
Asma Ouagueni, a dietitian at PHCC’s Leabaib Health Center, said: “Healthy nutrition during the exam period is an essential component that contributes to academic performance, as nutrition influences the stimulation and occupation of concentration and memory-related areas in the brain.” brain.”
Ouagueni stated that students should not skip their breakfast meal, especially during exam period, as it is essential to replenish the body with energy needed to move, concentrate and study, and it helps stabilize their blood sugar levels. She advised students to eat complex carbohydrates found in whole-wheat bread or oats, in addition to proteins found in milk or eggs, and fiber in fresh vegetables, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, to name a few, and fats found in olives, nuts. to sit. , avocados and some liquid oils. Thus, we end with a satisfying breakfast that nourishes both your belly and your mind.
The dietitian noted that breakfast alone is not enough, explaining that “we also need balanced lunch and dinner meals that are not large or high in fat, as students would feel overwhelmed, leading to a feeling of laziness and lethargy, which results in low academic achievement.”
Dinner should be prepared early, at least two hours before bedtime, to allow the body to digest food and prevent gastroesophageal reflux and other potential digestive health problems due to incomplete digestion of food.
Ouagueni recommended eating snacks – meals eaten between main meals, stating that students should choose the quality of the snacks over quantity, as many students choose high-calorie snacks with no nutritional value, such as chips, candy, soda, chocolate, etc. .
“Recent studies have shown that while these choices can provide enough calories for the body, they can cause the low-grade inflammation known to occur in people with obesity and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, because they are rich in simple sugars, bad fats.” , preservatives.”
These choices also negatively impact gut bacteria formation, which negatively affects brain functions through the gut-brain axis, leading to inhibition of areas of concentration and memory and impairment of cognitive function, Ouagueni added.
Exercises such as leisurely walking and early sleep for at least seven hours are also recommended to prevent headaches and poor concentration.