You’ll probably think that this article is about some magical drink that can help you boost your grades or work productivity. I am afraid this is not the case. In actuality, this article is about common beverages that you can get pretty easily (you probably already have them in your kitchen) that you can consume while studying or working as these beverages can help you to stay awake, heighten your focus and more!
Good beverages for study
Lo and behold- over 70% of your body is made up of water. All organs, including your brain, are dependent on water for its daily functions. This is why humans require water to survive and the many health education lessons we all have went through advocate drinking up to 8 glasses of water a day. But did you know that water has much more benefits besides merely keeping us alive?
Your brain is in reality, made up of over 85% of water. Water provides the electrical energy for all your brain functions including thought and memory processing. Daily hydration can help with better thinking. When your brain functions on a full reserve of water, you will experience faster thinking and heightened clarity and focus. Unfortunately, your brain has no way to store water. Hence, it is crucial to be drinking plenty of water throughout the day.
The difference in consuming tea and water is the certain compounds that tea brings. The small amount of caffeine in tea aids in keeping your mind alert and sharp. Tea (especially green tea) also contains a compound called L-theanine which seems to mitigate the negative aspects of caffeine such as increased blood pressure and anxiety, while boosting the positive ones.
Now that you know of the beverages that you can continuously drink while studying or working, it is also important to know what to avoid.
“Too much of anything is a bad thing.” This phrase definitely holds true with coffee. While it may be tempting to reach forward to your cup of joe, for the sake of your grades and health, do not succumb to that temptation! You probably already know that coffee contains caffeine ( probably the reason why you are reaching out to it in the first place), and despite its apparent benefits as mentioned above, it can cause you to feel jittery and have disturbed sleep cycles, which will inadvertently affect your revision routine and wreck your examination focus.
Unless you are part of the small proportion of students who drink coffee without sugar, you will also experience the effects of sugar on your body. This rise and fall in sugar level will eventually cause you to experience a crash later in the day- a feeling of extreme fatigue, something you would rather not be feeling in the midst of an important examination.
This seemingly healthy drink, in fact contains a surprisingly large amount of sugar. In addition, it does not contain the fibre that the actual fruit actually brings. If you drink a large glass of fruit juice, the amount of sugar entering your body is equivalent to consuming a few fruits in a very short amount of time. A large part of the sugar found in fruit juice is fructose, of which can only be metabolized by your liver in small amounts. When the liver has more fructose than it can take, some of it turns to fat, which can cause you to feel more fatigued. Even more so, manufacturers are not always honest with what they label on their packaging. After being squeezed from the fruit, tons of preservatives are usually added in to ensure that the juice does not go bad and to keep the flavour intact, preservatives that your body does not need.
Now that you know more about what you drink has an effect on you, use it to your advantage when you are revising for your examinations!