The exam season is here and kids are busy preparing for their exams. Everyone goes through the feeling of getting a little fuzzy, but if your child suffers from frequently fogging brain, you need to step in. Those suffering from brain fog have trouble concentrating and remembering things. Often, they also get a little detached. They forget little things like where a book is kept or where their pens are. Worse, they may forget the answers to questions they have learnt well. Attention span is short and the lack of concentration can make the kids even more nervous.

What is Brain fog?

Brain fog is simply a foggy brain with lack of clarity, poor memory, confusion and poor concentration power.

What causes this?

 

  • Wrong food:

One of the major causes of brain fog in children, especially during examination time, is food. Kids are so tensed that they eat very little or they overeat. The brain needs all three macro-nutrient groups: proteins for neurotransmitter production, complex carbohydrates for steady glucose levels and healthy fats- to function under stress. Skipping meals or eating less during exams can leave them with a foggy brain. So can eating a large meal. During such times, staying away from processed food can help. Both artificial sweeteners and monosodium glutamate are known neuro toxins that can cause brain fog and other brain related problems like headaches, mood swings, dizziness, anxiety and depression.

  • Electrolyte imbalance:

Brian neurons or cell actions depends on electrolytes like sodium and potassium. Low potassium levels in the blood can cause confusion. Parent should maintain an optimum salt and sugar level in the kid by giving them foods that are rich in both. Bananas, kiwi, prunes, sweet potato are an excellent source of potassium. Also, a child must take enough fluids like water, fresh lime juice and coconut water.

  • Lack of sleep:

Sleep is critical to the way the brain works. Students need at least 6 hours of uninterrupted sleep.

  • Stress:

Children today are stressed out because they are trying too hard to remember lessons before their exams, wanting to beat peers and emerge the best. They believe that their entire life is determined by their performance.

What are the Symptoms?

  • Feeling lazy and sleepy
  • Getting forgetful or memory loss
  • Exhaustion and fatigue
  • Severe food cravings
  • Inability to concentrate

 

Tips to eat right

  • Consume foods at small frequent intervals, long gaps cause a dip in energy supply.
  • Avoid packaged foods with excess sugar for eg fruit juice and colas
  • Avoid foods with excess salt such as chips, fries, chakris etc even if they are baked
  • Instead opt for natural sources such as fresh fruits, dry fruits, chaas, lime juice etc
  • Consume balanced meals comprising of complex carbs, proteins and essential fats
  • Virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, deep sea fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, almonds and soyabean are highly beneficial for healthy brain function during exams.
  • Avoid large meals at a go, as the oxygen supply to the brain gets diverted to digestion leaving you feeling lazy and sleepy
  • Drink lots of water especially if you are seated for long hours in air conditioned rooms
  • Take small breaks every 2-3 hrs as prolonged period of forced concentration may also fog the brain and memory power.
  • Do not follow any crash diets, healthy wholesome small meals are recommended to keep the brain active.

 

Life lessons a parent can teach to help the kids clear their minds

  • Give balanced meals to your child including plenty of bright colored fruits, nuts, fresh vegetables and grains.
  • Insist on short outdoor activities like going for a walk, cycling, swimming, or any ball game.
  • Allow them to read a book or talk to a friend to relax.
  • At least 6 hours of sleep without interruption.
  • Stop them from eating packaged, ready-to-eat food and fries
  • Teach them to think positive.

The Tripti Gupta Tips to eat right

  • Consume foods at small frequent intervals, long gaps cause a dip in energy supply.
  • Avoid packaged foods with excess sugar for eg fruit juice and colas.
  • Avoid foods with excess salt such as chips, fries, chakris etc even if they are baked.
  • Choose natural sources such as fresh fruits, Dry Fruits, Chaas, lime juice etc.
  • Consume balanced meals comprising of complex carbs, proteins and essential fats.
  • Virgin coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, deep sea fish, flaxseeds, chia seeds, almonds and soyabean are highly beneficial for healthy brain function during exams.
  • Avoid large meals at a go, as the oxygen supply to the brain gets diverted to digestion leaving you feeling lazy and sleepy.
  • Drink lots of water especially if you are seated for long hours in air conditioned rooms.
  • Take small breaks every 2-3 hrs as prolonged period of forced concentration may also fog the brain and memory power.
  • Do not follow any crash diets, healthy wholesome small meals are recommended to keep your brain active and maintain focus.

Wishing all the students Good luck for the exams! Do well, pace yourself and keep calm. Stay focused…Stay iPink