Having a properly fuelled student goes a long way to producing good academic results. There are times a student will come to our tuition room tired and unmotivated. They are slow in movement and slow in thought when the previous week they were lively, animated and full of beans. How has such a difference come about in such a short time?
My first question to afternoon students is, “When did you last eat?”, whereas my second question is, “When did you last have a drink of water?” Lack of food (fuel) and lack of hydration are two factors that will bring about that feeling of being tired. Consuming water and a healthy snack before settling down to working the little grey cells will go a long way to helping a student concentrate during study time.
This week we will look at B vitamins and their role.
The chief function of B Vitamins is to act as spark plugs for the body to assist in converting glucose into energy for fuel. They are also vitally important for the functioning of a healthy nervous system and in helping to promote relaxation in stressed individuals. Very few vitamins are found in a packet of potato crisps and a can of coke. A person will literally obtain more miles out of a banana than soft drinks and chips.