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Maelstrom
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 12:06 AM
Hi all,

Well, that time is basically now upon me and my fellow university students in the Southern Hemisphere - end of year exams! :-O It's come around so quickly!

I've heard of some people taking ecstacy-type pills loaded with BZP when they attempt to pull all nighters. While that's definately an option a great many people toy with I'd rather not go down that avenue.

As a student I have a limited budget, though try to eat healthy. Once upon a time I saw a programme on TV. about certain foods bettering your mental health and ability to recall facts and figure.

Doe anyone know much about this? Do you have any particular foods/recipes you eat before studying/exams?

Psychonaut
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 12:15 AM
Hmm...coffee, coffee and oh yeah, did I mention coffee?

Seriously though, when I was having to deal with mid-terms and such, I found it really helpful to avoid eating large, heavy meals in the evening, as they tended to make me sluggish and tired. What I would do was to break up dinner into three small meals. That seemed to help keep my energy levels up for studying.

Good luck!!!

Rainraven
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 01:21 AM
I agree that it's all about the snacking. Not only does a big meal make yoou feel tired but by the time you've made it and eaten it you're about ready to watch a bit of TV and crash for the night. A few favourites would have to be muesli bars, fresh fruit and chocolate during the day. Once it gets to the evening and I have to ostay up late (like I'll be doing tonight!) it's onto the instant coffee mixed with hot chocolate, it makes this really dark almost syrupy hot drink that's guaranteed to keep me goiong for another hour or two :thumbup

Here is a link to an article on what helps to oget your brain goiong for thoose interested :) Brain food (http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/pto-20031028-000010.html)

QuietWind
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 02:11 AM
Hmm...coffee, coffee and oh yeah, did I mention coffee?



Definitely. :drcoffee

Loddfafner
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 02:21 AM
A mix of a full cup of espresso with a cup of strong Aztec hot chocolate helps me focus on lengthy tasks requiring concentration, although if I wanted to sleep afterwards I would be better off taking methamphetamine. As for food, potatoes seem to help.

ladybright
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 02:53 AM
Salmon(canned is fine and much cheaper) is good for days that I need to remember things and focus, other fish and eggs have a similar effect for me. High quality protein and fats that are easy to digest. Also easy to cook and eat. Hard boiled eggs can be eaten one handed with no utensils. Poach fish (or use canned) and make a salad with lemon juice, a bit of oil and whatever veggies & herbs you have laying about. Stuff into pita bread for a make ahead light meal.

Some carbs are good but too many can have a sedative sarotonin type effect on the brain. In times of high stress a multivitamin is a good idea since you are taking less time with food preparation.

Several lighter meals are much better while doing brain work. Your intestines require less blood and are more comfortable with being sedentary than after a large meal. Drinking water (http://www.deskjockeyfitness.com/Articles/NL0508/Water.html) as well as the caffeinated drink of your choice is important. I like maté (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mate_(beverage)) for caffeine focus without the crash that coffee gives me.

Fortis_in_Arduis
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 10:27 AM
Healthy food should be your focus.

I would avoid large amounts of carbohydrates, sugar, caffeine and any other drugs, because these methods are not sustainable.

I certainly know plenty of ways to make my brain go 'whizzzzzzzz', and when I studied it was caffeine, chocolate, and nicotine all the way. But, is that not just a product of stress?

We tend to recall information when we are in the same condition as we learnt it. This means that you will have to load up on your drugs (sugar, caffeine etc.) when you want to recall what you have learnt.

Studying in a similar enviroment to the one where you have to recall, and keeping your blood sugar stable and your system free from drugs will help you be a better student. So reduce carbs and choose carbohydrate sources which have a low-glycemic index.

Also, there are particular times of the day which are better for studying and they are the times which are governed by vata dosha.

If you wake up very early - say 3am, you will find that you are able to read and concentrate very well. The early morning hours until sunrise are very good for studying, which is why some people study well by staying up late. This is extremely silly. because your body is then missing out on restorative sleep. So, if you want to take advantage of the early morning hours, go to bed early after taking a light supper just before nightfall and set your alarm for sometime before daybreak and do your reading until the sun comes up, take some exercise, breakfast, and then, continue if you can, until lunch. You may find yourself heavy between the house of 6am-10am. This is called kapha time when you are most prepared for physical labour. The way to counteract this is to take exercise before breakfast and shake the kapha off, then you will feel a rush of concentration coming on as you approach lunch. This is called pitta dosha, and you should use it, but stop at midday for lunch...

The other time of the day which is good for studying is after lunch at midday. Take a short nap after lunch until you feel energetic again. Do not overdo the carbs, or your blood sugar levels will spike and, please, stay away from caffeine, sugar, chocolate and drugs. If you resort to these methods you will stress your body out even more and it is always counter-productive.

After lunch you are stilll in pitta dosha until vata dosha kicks in again, this is ideal because after lunch you need to rest and digest, but also, you can concentrate on studying in the afternoon, until it begins to get dark. When your body naturally turns towards sleeping.

Maybe take some exercise before the sun goes down and you have dinner - nothing too heavy, lunch can be your heavy meal if you want one. Your body needs to detox at night and does not want to be busy with digestion. Perhaps you want to read yourself to sleep? Do this and go to sleep early. Bookmark the start and end pages and when you wake up nice and early you can review it and it will be fresh in your mind.

Sexual activity is best last thing at night, not during the day, as it aids sleep, which is what you need if you are studying.

This explains the science in more detail:

http://www.allayurveda.com/dinacharya.htm

Rainraven
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 10:42 AM
Well Fortis in Arduis I think it's a bit late for that right now, it's 11pm and I still have a lot of study to do before my exam tomorrow morning. No need to worry though, I'm sure I'll still be hyped in the morning from caffeine and in the same state as when I learnt the information!

Seriously though, I am going to take this advice before my next exam on Thursday. I'll let you know how it goes :D

Fortis_in_Arduis
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 02:12 PM
Well Fortis in Arduis I think it's a bit late for that right now, it's 11pm and I still have a lot of study to do before my exam tomorrow morning. No need to worry though, I'm sure I'll still be hyped in the morning from caffeine and in the same state as when I learnt the information!

Seriously though, I am going to take this advice before my next exam on Thursday. I'll let you know how it goes :D

I rarely took my own advice, but when I did, it worked. X

Hrodnand
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 04:33 PM
Hmm...coffee, coffee and oh yeah, did I mention coffee?



I haven't drank a single cup of coffee in my entire life and still I was able to take any kind of exam. :D To be honest I don't like coffee.

There are certain types of tea like black or green that have proven for me to be quite useful in these times.:thumbup It is more healthy and I personally like it better. I have group mates who are already used to drinking a lot of coffee and they complain that it doesn't have the same effect anymore. I guess the organism is getting used to coffee after a while.

Blood_Axis
Friday, October 17th, 2008, 04:56 PM
Gingko biloba (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ginkgo_biloba), I used to take it as dietary supplement or as ginkgo "tea".

It is believed to be a natural memory and concentration enhancer. It helps you focus :)

http://www.tealand.com/images/Products/YogiTea/Fronts/HF-GinkgoIQ-04-Front_Large.jpg

lei.talk
Friday, October 24th, 2008, 11:22 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yerba_Mat%C3%A9#Chemical_composition_and _properties

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylxanthine


L-Glutamic Acid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-Glutamic_Acid)
Especially important in brain metabolism
Functions as a brain fuel serving as an excitatory neurotransmitter
Transports potassium across the blood brain barrier
Combines to form L-Glutamine and in the process picks up ammonia radicals. This is the only method the brain has of detoxifying ammonia
Instrumental in the metabolism of other amino acids
Metabolizes sugars and fats
Increases the blood sugar level; used in the treatment of hypoglycemia

L-Glutamine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-Glutamine)
Especially important in brain metabolism
Functions as a brain fuel serving as an excitatory neurotransmitter
Combines to form L-Glutamic Acid and in the process picks up ammonia radicals. This is the only method the brain has of detoxifying ammonia
Sustains mental ability
Involved with brain metabolism
Involved with muscle metabolism
Used in the treatment of alcoholism; can protect against alcohol poisoning
Has been used in the treatment of schizophrenia and senility

L-Phenylalanine (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L-Phenylalanine)
Produces and maintains an elevated and positive mood, alertness and ambition
Enhances learning and memory
Produces neurotransmitters which control impulse transmission between nerve cells
Is involved in dopamine transmission
Used in the treatment of certain types of depression
Suppresses appetite

- anabol naturals (https://www.anabol.com/index.php?_a=viewDoc&docId=8)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MDMA

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benzylpiperazine