Food can speed up or slow down your learning process
Inadequate nutrition and interference in learning as one of the limiting factors. Food directly influences the nervous system. Each nutrient has a function, so adapting your diet can indescribably contribute to this acceleration.
When we make the decision to develop a certain skill, and here I turn my attention to the ability to communicate in the English language, considering what you are ingesting is of utmost importance. If you are driven by decision and not circumstance, change your eating habits now and reap extraordinary results.
In the previous article, I deconstructed the myth that adulthood is a limiting factor for learning English, especially due to neural plasticity, proven thanks to advances in neuroscience.
As a Neuropsychopedagogue, I did a lot of research and treating patients with learning difficulties, I came to the conclusion of interfere of inadequate nutrition in this process as well.
There are food groups that work to protect and speed up cognitive processes. These foods are rich in minerals and vitamins.
The ability to retain information, linked to memory, increase in concentration indices has already been proven that they need magnesium, which acts directly in the transmission of nerve impulses.
In addition to magnesium, selenium and potassium are examples of minerals found easily in nuts and bananas.
On to the vitamins:
Vitamin C works as an antioxidant, protecting our brain from free radicals. You can find it in acidic fruits as well as broccoli and kale.
Vitamin E also acts in the protection of the central nervous system and protection from degenerative diseases. You can find them in broccoli, spinach, but if you’re not a fan of greens, you can already be happy to know that there is vitamin E in soy oil, tomato, avocado and mango for example.
Coenzyme q 10, widely used in the cosmetics line, as it also fights free radicals, produces the energy needed to focus on studies and increases the transport of oxygen to the muscles.
B complex vitamins, which in addition to helping to increase concentration and memory, help in the production of energy, eliminating tiredness and fatigue, and also in the formation of the components of neural cells Eggs are good examples, they contain vitamin B12 and also the tryphan amino acid, responsible for stress regulation, sleep control, as it releases the serotonin hormone.
If you consume fish such as salmon and sardines, chestnuts and dark vegetables, you will have an increased intake of omega 3, which will help you reduce degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia. You will have a significant cognitive gain.
Already the intake of foods such as white sugar, will bring the feeling of fatigue, tiredness. Who doesn’t love a chocolate chip cookie? Swap for another type of sugar.
Avoid alcohol, because if consumed excessively, it can affect and decrease the creation of new neurons, decreasing your cognitive capacity and even causing mental illness.
Fast foods are foods usually with excess of everything, salt, fat and artificial sugars that will take you to a state of euphoria, but later bring fatigue and tiredness, as your body will have to spend more energy to process them.
Everything you read above seems more of the same, but when it comes to language study, we tend to think that good nutrition will bring benefits in the medium and long term, and because we are immediate on our attitudes and expectations, we really want to satisfy our hunger.
Adopting good eating habits will bring benefits in the short term, especially if you study online; spend a few hours in front of the computer or cell phone. Technology, especially screens in general, makes your brain work harder. That’s a lot of information captured per second, excess brightness that makes your mind work in safety and protection mode.
Ease the work of the most important organ in your nervous system. Stop giving extra and unnecessary loads. Contribute to the machine running in fast and accelerated function with full storage capacity.
Before starting your studies, try to eat light, fast-digesting foods, those belonging to the group that release serotonin, such as cocoa, bananas, eggs. Drink water constantly, little by little, not 2 or 3 liters at once, and see how your machine will begin to respond more assertively and avoid the inadequate nutrition.
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