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Here’s what your child must be eating for an ALERT brain, before and during exams

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Dietician Pavithra N Raj from the Columbia Asia hospital in Bangalore lists down the foods that your child must eat during exams.

It's that time of the year again when parents have a lot to worry about.

No, I am not talking about income tax declarations here, I am talking about the issue that troubles all Indian mothers during March-- examinations!!! Yes, and to make it worse the festival Holi falls in between the examination days to add to their woes.

Coming back to exams, while we parents make sure that our kids complete their syllabus and revise everything before the exam, often we miss out on the most important aspect of a child's health and well-being, which happens to be their diet.

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Yes, diet is as important as revising lessons during examinations, which is why a child's diet during the examinations should be overhauled before the exam dates, so that your child is alert and active throughout the month.

Your child's diet during exams

"The art of feeding children, the right way, has to be well monitored by their parents for their proper physical and mental growth of children. Healthy eating can stabilise children’s energy, sharpen their minds, and even out their moods," says Pavithra N Raj, Dietician with the Columbia Asia hospital in Bangalore.

Dr Pavithra suggests that the following foods must be included in your child's diet to keep his brain active and alert, before and during examinations. She also lists down the foods that must be avoided:

1. Foods that are rich in vitamin B6 such as banana, wheat germ, pulses, brown rice and brewer’s yeast help improve the mood and help in clear thinking.

2. For improved concentration and memory, give your child foods that are loaded with vitamin B 12 such as milk, chicken, fish, cheese, eggs, curds, and cheese milk.

3. Fresh vegetables, citrus fruits, and pomegranate are also a must in the diet.

4. A glass of fresh lime every day keeps your bile in control.

5. A fresh bowl of salad that contains cucumber, tomatoes, corn, carrots and beetroots helps keep the hormones intact.

6. A handful of Raisins is a must during examinations. Also, add 5-8 almonds to your child's diet that are packed with beta-carotene.

7. A glass or two of milk during the day with or without additives enriches the calcium in the body.

8. Rice in any form will provide ample energy to your child with their high carbohydrates content.

9. Frequent eating in big helpings should be avoided.

10. Sweets and fried stuff should be avoided during exams. Do not let your child eat a lot of sweets before going for the exam as it will make him feel sleepy.

11. Do not let your child go for the exam on an empty stomach or after a heavy meal.

Also, make sure that your child is well-rested and sleeps well during the night. Adequate sleep will help you recharge their brains, adds Dr Pavithra.

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