For top scores, eat right and exercise

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Overworked and stressed-out school students, burning the midnight oil to pass the board exams with flying colours, can benefit from these simple tips to enhance their performance - eat healthy and do light exercises.

According to nutrition experts and dieticians, consuming fresh seasonal fruits and vegetable salads and breathing exercises while studying can go a long way in helping students concentrate better during their marathon study sessions.

“Students usually study at a stretch of four to five hours. If they follow a healthy diet during the exam days it can boost their concentration levels and reduce stress,” Deepika Aggarwal, head of dietetics at Apollo Hospital, said. .

According to Aggarwal, foods like babycorn, oats, wholegrain bread and paneer, among others, have complex carbohydrates that release glucose very slowly and provide the body with energy over a sustained period.

“If you crave a midnight snack, grab some fresh veggies and make a sandwich. It will not only satiate your hunger but will also act as a fuel, helping you to carry on with your study session,” Aggarwal said.

According to Shashi Mathur, chief dietician at Sir Ganga Ram hospital, seasonal fruits - either eaten raw or in the form of juices - as well as dryfruits can work wonders for the body and the brain. “Walnuts and almonds, soaked in water overnight, can be had in the morning while fruit juices can be had while studying,” Mathur said. These food products are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids like omega 6 and omega 3 which help vitalize the body by curbing stress.

In addition, chocolate milk and lassi are also helpful as they provide the body with the necessary calories.IANS



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