Tawjihi students who take the high school exam during the holy month of Ramadan and with the long hours of fasting need appropriate food, which enhances memory and mental activity throughout the day.
Clinical nutritionist and dietitian, Dr. Rabbi Al-Abbasi, confirms that there are foods that have a great contribution to maintaining the level of concentration of students during study and exams during the month of Ramadan. Eating them helps the student to focus and stimulate memory.
She explains that during fasting the biological clock of the body varies, as the body regulates its mechanisms; It uses the pre-dawn meal as an energy source during the first 8 hours of fasting, and then starts using glycogen stocks and then the stock of fats. before the students.
She said that Tawjihi students need a quick source of sugar when breaking their fast, not only to quell hunger, but also to nourish brain cells and the nervous system, and the fastest food that can be absorbed and quickly reached into the blood is the mono- or disaccharides (glucose or sucrose) found in dates. In addition to eating milk, which gives a degree of satiety, relieves thirst and moisturizes body tissues.
Dr. Al-Abbasi called on Tawjihi students not to drink too much water when and during breakfast, because it weakens digestion, and the student feels pain and heaviness in the stomach, which affects the extent of concentration, with a warning against drinking ice water because it increases the student’s feeling of thirst, which leads to continuing to drink large amounts of alcohol. water .
She warns students during breakfast against eating pans, spicy and spicy foods, heavy appetizers, as well as fried samosa, or fatty meals, because digesting them will take hours and will exhaust the digestive system and take it by surprise after a long fast, causing bloating, and the student will feel lazy and lethargic.
She advises Tawjihi students about the importance of eating foods that renew their activity and avoid fatigue, and contribute a lot to maintaining focus, including bananas, as they contribute a lot to delivering oxygen to the brain, thus avoiding fatigue and exhaustion during study, and also contain potassium and three natural sugars that provide the body with energy for a long time, and also It contains (tryptophan), which is a good remedy for depression and improves mood, in addition to many important benefits.
It is also recommended to eat turmeric tubers (pieces), as studies have shown that it has amazing benefits that include maintaining immunity and greatly strengthening mental strength, as it can be added with milk or honey, in addition to eating pumpkin, and its high content of vitamins A and B. It is an ideal food for cell renewal, and can be included daily in soup at breakfast.
She invites the students to eat kiwi fruits, strawberries, citrus fruits, grapes, and cherries of all kinds, which prevent depression, in addition to oatmeal, and add it to the diet, as it is an anti-stress, insomnia, and nerve tonic.
And Dr. Al-Abbasi calls for not underestimating eating a spoonful of Nigella sativa with a teaspoon of honey at the Suhoor meal, as it helps them activate their immune system, noting the importance of eating watermelon after breakfast, as it contains 92 percent water, and not neglecting to eat lettuce. And cucumbers and onions