April 26, 2017

What to eat when stressed out

by Solinna Chong, Associate Editor

It is the second day of finals, and students, you guys are almost there.  Finals can be one the most stressful times of student’s high school career.  A cumulative test on everything learned from day one worth 20% of the final grade.

Surprisingly enough, what a person eats before a test can help improve or disprove their overall performance.  Before a big test, one should eat oranges to keep calm.  Remaining calm before a big test will boost self-confidence and enhance academic performances.

The reason why eating oranges helps relieve stress is they could be considered as provide vitamin C and B, magnesium and potassium and Omega-3s.

Vitamins are one of the most important things to have in the body. Specifically, vitamins C and B helps support a healthy immune system, skin and strong bones. In relation to stress and test taking, vitamins C and B help calm the body when it is hyperactive (stressing out) or depressive (low self-confidence).

Also found in oranges are magnesium and potassium.  Magnesium and potassium are minerals known for calming and cooling the body down.  This will also helps when a person feels overwhelmed, like I do when I have three exams in one day.  Another  food high in magnesium  and potassium is dark chocolate.  Upon personal taste, I prefer to eat chocolate when I’m stressed.

Lastly, oranges contain Omega-3s that protect the memory.  Although studying is helpful in passing a test, having a good memory is key.  With a good memory, answering those multiple choice tests should be “piece of cake.”

All in all, stress in natural to high school students taking final exams.  The important thing to do when leading up to a big exam is to keep the body healthy and get plenty of sleep: eating oranges can only benefit you.

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