Nutrition advice before YKS from the expert: If you don't have breakfast, your perception time will be longer.

Nutrition during the exam period affects success in many aspects. Stating that the brain is very selective about which nutrients it will receive, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haluk Saçaklı said that the amount and quality of food, as well as the type, will affect the development of the brain and mental performance and gave nutritional advice to the students who will take the Higher Education Institutions Exam (YKS).

Nutrition advice before YKS from the expert: If you don't have breakfast, your perception time will be longer.

Emphasizing that for a stronger memory, one should definitely start the day with breakfast, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haluk Saçaklı said, “If we take our body as a machine, it will be activated with breakfast. Students who do not have breakfast take longer to perceive in classes and exams, and concentration disorders are observed.”
Indicating that breakfast regulates blood sugar and affects brain cells positively, Saçaklı said, "Mental fatigue is prevented and long-term working capacity increases."


Stating that breakfast should be made between 7 am. and 9 am. in the morning, Saçaklı said:

“Milk and dairy products strengthen the brain and body formation. Cheese increases body resistance. Egg is one of the best and quality protein. Grain bread nourishes the brain and prevents mental fatigue. Oats, with vitamins B1-B2, helps the brain work efficiently. Vegetables and fruits normalize the blood sugar that has fallen while sleeping. Pineapple cleans the blood pathways to the brain and increases blood circulation to the brain.”

Indicating  that butter, olives, hazelnuts, walnuts and almonds affect memory positively, Saçaklı said, "Organic honey, natural jam, molasses give quick energy to the brain."

Stating that wholemeal biscuits and dried or fresh fruits can be eaten between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Haluk Saçaklı listed the things to eat for lunch as follows:

“For lunch, pasta, fish, pure olive oil, salad and ayran meet all the needs of the brain. In order to reduce body and brain fatigue during the day, a small breakfast menu can be consumed in the afternoon. Chocolate can be consumed, provided that it is not excessive. Chocolate increases intelligence development. It improves cognitive functions.”


Emphasizing that vegetables should be consumed at dinner, Saçaklı said, “Artichoke is very important for brain health. Soybean contains one of the building blocks of the brain. Black radish influences and directs the function of brain units. Legumes and chickpeas stimulate blood circulation and provide the brain's need for clean blood. For a comfortable sleep, pasta with cheese and yoghurt should not be forgotten.”

Stating that at least 8 glasses of water should be consumed per day, Saçaklı warned that tea and coffee consumption should not exceed 4 cups.

Edited date: 18.06.2021
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