The Benefits of a Well-Balanced Bar Exam Diet
Studying for the Bar Exam is a full-time job that requires both physical and mental stamina. We’ve mentioned the importance of physical and mental health during bar prep and the role each plays in your success. However, your diet is one important aspect of physical health that often gets overlooked when studying for the Bar Exam. While at first blush physical health might sound like exercise and workouts, your bar exam diet can actually impact your test performance. It may sound crazy but the foods you consume can affect your memory, focus, and concentration.
The Benefits of a Well-Balanced Bar Exam Diet
Numerous scientific studies highlighting the close connection between diet and mental performance have been conducted. Listen, we’re not dieticians or nutritionists but these foods have been proven to increase your academic performance come test day. With that being said, when it comes down to it, you can pass the Bar Exam eating whatever you want. Don’t let these recommendations become a source of anxiety or worry. We know people who have passed the Bar Exam living off of nothing but coffee, Red Bull, pizza, and burritos! But it doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t eat healthier to feel better and perform at your peak
So, let’s take a look at our recommendations for some awesome “brain food.” Hopefully, these recommendations and suggestions will have you shouting “brain blast!” like Jimmy Neutron.
Foods Containing High Levels of Omega-3s
According to WebMD, the Omega-3s found in a variety of seafood are a great way to maintain concentration and alertness. The Omega-3s found in seafood are an awesome choice for improving and maintaining the performance of complex brain functions. When it comes to specific seafood that contains high levels of Omega-3s the best sources are oily cold-water fish. For example, wild Alaskan salmon, trout, sardines, mackerel, and herring are all great choices.
Vegetarian? No problem. Vegan? We’ve got you covered. Several vegetarian and vegan foods contain high levels of Omega 3s. These include hemp products, flax seeds, seaweed, algae, chia seeds, walnuts, and soybean oil.
Lots and Lots of Water
It’s the one thing that all living organisms need in order to function and operate properly. Water. There are numerous physical and mental benefits associated with drinking enough water and most have been heavily studied. For one, research has shown that not drinking enough water can actually impair memory and mood. Another reason you shouldn’t be shy about proper hydration? Drinking enough water has been shown to reduce the impact that headaches can have on an individual. Still not convinced? How about the fact that drinking water can reduce anxiety through its impact on men and women’s mood and energy.
Plus the frequent bathroom breaks are built-in study breaks. Getting up from your desk and stretching your legs often is great for maintaining focus over the long run!
Your brain is more advanced than any supercomputer on Earth and needs the right fuel to keep it operating properly. Despite what you might think, the “fuel” isn’t something crazy or super complex. It’s sugar. Your brain uses sugar as fuel. Now don’t go thinking that you can eat a bag of M&Ms and be doing your brain a favor. Oh no, your brain works best operating from the fuel derived from complex carbohydrates. According to research, fruits, vegetables, and grains are great choices. For example, steel-cut oatmeal, fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and beans are the perfect fuel for a high-performing brain.
For more tips on staying healthy during the bar exam, check out our guide to self-care during bar prep, protecting your mental health during COVID-19, and our tips on how to make bar prep less stressful!
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