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Study Time Comes Round Again

It’s that time of the year again and schools and colleges are open. The new terms have started and students are getting back into study mode.

It’s time to dust off the mental cobwebs of the summer break and get down to the serious business of learning. 

This can involve learning in many different ways, through lectures, videos, reading books, internet searches etc. 

In doing so, we use our brain to help process this information and frame it in a form that will help us succeed in whatever field we are studying. 

For many, this can be quite taxing with long hours spent studying vast amounts of information. This can often result in tiredness and fatigue. 

To help keep us more alert or mentally energised many turn to energy drinks or copious amounts of coffee. 

While this can work short-term, long-term it can lead to many people being more highly strung and irritable and disrupted sleep patterns. 

Coffee in itself doesn’t have a negative impact, but when you overdo it or mix it with stress, sugar and a sedentary lifestyle it can create a perfect storm that can really come back to bite you. 

So on one hand you are getting energy yet on the other you could be making yourself more hyper or stressed. 

The high-sugar, high-caffeine, energy drinks are another matter. 

The consumption of these energy booster drinks is becoming a growing concern for many in the medical field. 

Health Studies 

More studies highlighting potential health concerns are now coming more to light. 

One such study is the John Higgins of McGovern Medical School in Houston. 

In this study, 44 non-smoking medical students in their 20’s after just one 24 oz energy drink were found to have impairment in blood flow. 

Before the energy drink, vessel dilation was on average 5.1% in diameter, after consuming the energy drink it fell to 2.8% diameter. This suggests acute impairment of vascular function. All of this occurred within just 90 minutes of taking the energy drink. (1). 

Good blood flow is a very important aspect of cardiovascular health. 

Other studies show significant increases in blood pressure from acute energy drink consumption. (2) 

These are not very encouraging signs for those of us fond of the energy buzz we get from high-sugar high-caffeine drinks. 

The World Health Organization in 2014 expressed concern over the usage of high-sugar high-caffeine drinks by younger people. (3) 

What can we do then to safely give us the energy we need to support us in our mental endeavours? 

10 Tips to Naturally Support our Mental Alertness 

Avoid screen time for 90 minutes before bed (The blue light from the screen may be interfering with the sleep-inducing hormone Melatonin in your brain). 

Balance your sleep by getting a minimum of 7 to 9 hours a night. 

Eat more natural protein-rich foods (these help supply the brain with amino acids that help make up neurotransmitters). 

Protein-rich foods include lean meat, fish, free-range poultry, free-range eggs, dairy products, quinoa, nuts and seeds. 

Include more fresh fruit, vegetables and grains like oatmeal, brown rice and millet in your diet. 

Go easy on the alcohol (This can slow down brain function). 

Cut out junk food: cakes, biscuits sweets, ice cream, chocolate, soft drinks etc. 

Go easy on the fats and processed food: takeaways, fried food, white bread, white rice, pasta, pizzas, sugar, etc. 

Do some form of exercise 3 times a week: gym, running, tennis, golf, etc 

Learn to meditate or do some form of relaxation exercise every day. 

All of these tips will help support you in getting your best results in your studies; however, another way to help support your mental health is by taking the right health supplements. 

Help from Nature 

Firstly for those who are constantly tired and wiped out, there is an excellent nutritional support formula that helps reduce tiredness and fatigue. 

This natural formula is called Mind Focus from Tony Quinn Educohealth. 

It is sugar and caffeine-free. 

Contains Pantothenic Acid among other nutrients; that helps reduce tiredness and fatigue and it also contributes to normal mental performance. 

Another important brain function is it is involved in is the synthesis of some neurotransmitters. 

(Neuro-transmitters are like the brain sparks that carry messages from one brain cell to another). 

Well-known neurotransmitters include Dopamine, Serotonin and Acetylcholine. 

Neuro-transmitters are very important to our mental health. 

How is your brain sparking? 

Start Today 

Why not start today and adopt some of the healthy mind tips from above into your daily routine? The more you take them on board the better you should feel and that can have a positive effect on your ability to study. 

Also, go easy on the coffee and the energy drinks. 

When your energy goes south instead of hitting the caffeine and sugar, try Mind Focus to help relieve that tiredness and fatigue. 

It can be an ideal support for you in your more brain-taxing moments. 

Written by Hugh Chambers – Holistic Nutritionist  

(1) https://newsroom.heart.org/news/just-one-energy-drink-may-hurt-blood-vessel-function

(2) https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1060028016656433 

(3) https://www.euro.who.int/en/health-topics/disease-prevention/nutrition/news/news/2014/10/energy-drinks-cause-concern-for-health-of-young-people

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