Wednesday, January 18, 2017

'Food for the Brain’ in Preparing for the IELTS Exam

You can find many study hacks on the web. You can draft diagrams to help you visualize information, make mental maps to understand the connection of ideas, create flashcards to aid you in memorization and other activities that can facilitate your review process.

Did you know that eating could also help you enhance your studies? Several “foods for the brain” can stimulate your mind, improve memory retention and increase mental alertness.

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If you are preparing for the International English Examination Test System (IELTS), aside from joining IELTS training centers, you can also include in your diet some “foods for the brain” to help you process the lessons taught in the IELTS review center in Cebu.

Here are five must-try foods to keep your brain active and healthy during your review:

1.)    Blueberry –  Are you worried that you are not good in memorizing information? Then try eating blueberries. They contain a rich amount of antioxidants and protect our brain from degeneration and stress.

2.)    Spinach –Spinach contains nitrate, which enhances the flow of blood to your brain. Furthermore, a study by the Rush University Medical Center in Chicago suggests that spinach can aid in brain deterioration.

3.)    Walnut – Eat a handful of walnuts daily. It is a good source of omega three fatty acids and Vitamin E, and it can help boost mental alertness and prevent various forms of dementia.

4.)    Broccoli — You may not like this vegetable, but it has vitamin K and chlorine that can improve cognitive function. In particular, it has glucosinolates that delay the degeneration of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter that is essential for mental performance and memory retention.

5.)    Dark Chocolate – Eating this food excessively can make your body fat. However, it can also make your mind “sexy.”   Chocolate contains flavonols that regulates blood flow to the brain, consequently improving cognitive function and memory retention. Furthermore, it has caffeine and theobromine that can temporarily boost mental function.

Consuming these brain foods is a “delicious” strategy to prepare for the IELTS exam as they can enhance cognitive functions.

Then again, do not be fooled that you can “eat” your way to success. You must still prepare for the exam to get a high band score. One of your options in preparing for the exam is joining IELTS training centers. There are various tutoring facilities available in the country, such as IELTS review centers Cebu, Baguio, Makati, Manila and Davao.


References:

Lewin, Jo. "10 Foods to Boost Your Brainpower." BBC Good Food. May 06, 2016. Accessed December 09, 2016. http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/10-foods-boost-your-brainpower.Cohen, Jennifer. “12 Best Foods To Boost Brain Power.” Forbes. February 05, 2015. Accessed December 09, 2016. http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennifercohen/2015/02/05/12-best-foods-to-boost-brain-power/#76062a431310

“15 Brain Foods to Boost Focus and Memory.” Dr. Axe. Accessed December 09, 2016. https://draxe.com/15-brain-foods-to-boost-focus-and-memory/

http://enews.tufts.edu/stories/101399BlueberriesMayImproveMemory.htm

Mozes, Alan. “Lots of Leafy Greens Might Shield Aging Brains, Study Finds.” Health Day®. Accessed December 09, 2016. https://consumer.healthday.com/senior-citizen-information-31/misc-aging-news-10/lots-of-leafy-greens-might-shield-aging-brains-study-finds-697909.html




The author works at an IELTS review center in Cebu City at the moment. She was once a computer instructor in CA. She likes to travel in numerous nations and loves photography.

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