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Eating For Optimal Academic Performance

Probably almost any individual you talk to will agree that eating the right foods can be beneficial for students of all ages and can play a role in the actual academic performance students achieve. Students are given a mixed message about how best to fuel their bodies for peak achievement in school. Millions of students have access to soft drinks, candy bars and potato chips in vending machines strategically located for their convenience. The market also puts an emphasis on fast, easy and convenient meals, making it common to see fast food as a regular part of any student’s diet. Not only do most students fail to eat the optimum food, it is easy for students to be accustomed to developing the poor eating habits, such as skipping breakfast or other meals. Missing a meal can be detrimental to a student’s performance. While it may be difficult to change eating habits, incorporating more healthy foods into one’s diet and altering eating habits can enhance any student’s performance.

A student should never skip meals under any circumstance. It is hard to concentrate in class and absorb the necessary material if a student is constantly thinking about their stomach. Taking a test after skipping breakfast is a sure way to increase the likelihood a student fails or scores well below their potential. If a student, especially younger students with less control over their diet, has only an unhealthy option, it is better to eat something rather than go to class on an empty stomach.

There are several foods that are beneficial to all students and enable the student to have positive effects on academic performance.

  1. Eggs– Eggs contain choline, a nutrient that can improve memory. A few eggs in the morning are a wonderful way to start any day
  2. Yogurt-Yogurt contains B vitamins which are great for attentiveness. The protein can keep you feeling filled up. Yogurt is so convenient to carry around and bring as a convenient snack.
  3. Blueberries– Blueberries are a convenient and tasty option for any student. Perfect for breakfast but also makes a convenient and tasty snack.
  4. Walnuts– Walnuts make for a convenient snack. Walnuts do wonders for your brain. Your ability to concentrate is enhanced due both the antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids found in walnuts.
  5. Oatmeal– Oatmeal is a phenomenal breakfast food that leaves you feeling full for long time. Oatmeal has glucose, which the brain needs.

Having good eating habits and choosing the appropriate food as students may seem like common sense but is often overlooked due to the more convenient options the market thrusts at students. A little discipline can enable students of all ages to benefit from appropriate food and eating habits that will drastically improve performance in the classroom and beyond.

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