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It’s that dreaded time of year again; the sun’s shining, the temperature’s rising (which is great), but you’re stuck inside with your head in a book revising for those unavoidable end of year exams. While you might decide to stock up on fizzy energy drinks and sweets to get through those late-nights and early mornings, they will only be a quick fix and you’ll soon start to lag. Instead, there are some healthier options you might like to try which will improve your awareness, focus, energy and well-being – just what you need to conquer the revision!

Green tea – Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, there are many health benefits associated with green tea. The caffeine will help to improve your mood, attentiveness and memory – just what you need when revising. And when the caffeine is combined with the amino acid L-theanine – also found in green tea, it can actually improve brain function – making you even smarter!

Water – It’s a bit of a well-known fact that the recommended daily intake of water is 8 glasses per day. And there’s no better time to drink water than when you study. Without enough water, you’ll become dehydrated and you definitely won’t feel like revising. You’ll feel a lack of motivation, increased tiredness and anxiety, and things will generally feel much more difficult – both mentally and physically!

Coffee – If the green tea or water doesn’t take your fancy then grab yourself a coffee. Similar to the green tea, the caffeine will help kick start your day and give you that extra boost you need to focus while revising.

Blueberries – In need of a quick ‘pick-me-up’ as you tackle the dreaded revision? Why not snack on some tasty blueberries? Labelled as a ‘superfood’, the blueberries are a sweet and convenient treat packed with antioxidants that can improve your brain function and memory.

Leafy greens – After a long day of studying, the idea of ordering a takeaway and gorging on junk food probably seems very appealing. But you might want to consider cooking a hearty meal loaded with leafy green vegetables such as broccoli, kale and spinach instead. They’re packed full of iron which will help reduce feelings of fatigue and boost your energy levels. The vitamin C rich greens will also help to strengthen your immunity – after all, the last thing you want is to be ill over the revision or exam period.

Dark chocolate – Not all energy boosting and brain improving foods have to be ‘boring’. Reward yourself for working hard by indulging in some dark chocolate – and still enjoy the benefits. Providing you buy quality dark chocolate with a high cocoa content then you need not feel guilty. Dark chocolate is very nutritious and the cocoa can improve brain function in the short term.

Oily fish – There’s nothing you need more when you’re studying than a good night sleep. If you’re not sleeping you’ll feel tired, easily frustrated and you’ll find it hard to concentrate – and the last thing you’ll want to do is sit and study. Amongst other benefits, eating oily fish such as salmon, mackerel and sardines can lead to improved sleep.

The above list is just a handful of some of the foods and drinks you can consume that will help you while you study. Other foods include eggs, nuts, seeds, avocado and fruit. Just remember to eat and drink lots, as studying on an empty stomach will not end well! And after a hard day’s work, you can relax in our comfortable and friendly living and social areas with your fellow residents. If you would like to find out more about living with us at The Hub, or to arrange a viewing, please call us on +44 (0)20 3770 9120 or email us at thehub@host-students.com.