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Go easy on pizzas, colas before exams
HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, February 15, 2013
First Published: 23:36 IST(15/2/2013)
Last Updated: 01:17 IST(16/2/2013)

With the exams nearing, go easy on the burgers, pizzas and colas to be able to concentrate better, warn health experts.

Switching to healthier options such as fresh fruits and vegetables helps a great deal in reducing overall stress levels. If you must binge, go for grilled and baked items instead of the fried ones.

There is no stress-free diet per se, but there are certain food items that help in improving concentration and combating stress better.

Breakfast: Important start to the day
Breakfast must not be skipped. It is important to provide the body energy after eight to nine hours of fasting. And it must have a good mix of carbohydrates and proteins. White bread and sugar-rich items such as biscuits, however, must be avoided completely as they are instant energy boosters that affect body metabolism adversely. 

A glass of milk is a must as it contains tryptophan, a mood stabiliser that helps in reducing stress.

No heavy meals
Eating heavy meals during periods of stress can lead to irritable bowel syndrome.

Six meals a day are ideal, with three major meals and three small meals in between. Lunch should comprise roti, dal, vegetable and curd.

For non-vegetarians, chicken and fish are good sources of essential protein.

Dinner should have at least one protein-rich item, but must be the lightest meal of the day. Curd is a must-have, as it improves nerve impulses and neutralises acidity.

Consume fruits
Fruits should be taken as fillers in between meals. The high-fibre content found in fruits and vegetables helps relieve constipation, which is one of the side-effects of stress.

Carrot in particular is rich in vitamins necessary for reducing stress, and is readily available during this season. One can also opt for sprouts that are full of essential nutrients and easy to digest.

Fluid nourishment
Not just water, one should have lots of neembu pani and coconut water to meet the body requirement and to maintain electrolyte balance.

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