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WHAT IT MEANS FOR STUDENTS TO EAT HEALTHY

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WHAT IT MEANS FOR STUDENTS TO EAT HEALTHY

A healthy dietary intake is essential for proper brain functioning, and therefore is needed for optimal learning and academic performance (1). Yet, balancing a healthy lifestyle, studying, and a social life as a university student can seem impossible at times. After interviewing a few peers about their eating habits at university, I became aware of trends and barriers in regards to healthy eating as a student. Some students have no problem consuming a balanced diet, but others are challenged by it; due to the convenience of pre-made food, the lacking of cooking skills, and budget restrictions. With so many possibilities arising,...

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FOODS FOR YOUR MEMORY'S SAKE

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FOODS FOR YOUR MEMORY'S SAKE

In this fast-paced society, most of the working population is under great pressure and stress. With prolonged exposure to stress, it is likely they will experience decreased brain performance, such as declined memory and decreased attention span, earlier in life (1). Therefore, many people start taking nutritional supplements hoping that they will delay the onset of decreased brain function, particularly memory loss. Some popular supplements are gingko, ginseng, turmeric and omega-3 fatty acids. Let’s discover more about them below! Ginseng and gingko are popular herbal supplements in Asia, especially in China and Korea. Due to the claims that they help...

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THE AMAZING TEA

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THE AMAZING TEA

Boost your immune system naturally with the help of the perfect beverage for the winter season – tea! There is abundant research done on different types of tea that suggests many beneficial effects of tea on the body. Green tea, for example, stimulates your body’s natural immune response and protects your nerves (1, 2). Black tea is high in powerful antioxidants and anticarcinogenic compounds that fight away harmful substances. By sipping some black tea, you are actually reducing your risk of heart disease (3). White tea is equally amazing – not only is it delicious, but it is also rich in...

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BE A GOJI-GETTER

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BE A GOJI-GETTER

You’ve probably already heard about the benefits of blueberries and their high antioxidant properties, but are you familiar with goji berries? Goji berries are abundant in beta-carotene, vitamin A, vitamin C, and selenium (1). On top of having their defining ability to stabilize free radicals in the body to prevent cellular damage, each antioxidant has specific functions that maximize their benefits. For example, selenium plays an important role of managing thyroid hormones, which regulates body metabolism, growth, and temperature (3). However, too much of anything is never a good idea; and having an excess intake of Selenium may cause nausea...

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SUPPLEMENTS VS. REAL FOOD

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SUPPLEMENTS VS. REAL FOOD

WHAT ARE SUPPLEMENTS? Have you ever wandered into the supplement section in a store and been overwhelmed by the vast selection on the shelves?  Dietary supplements are defined as ingested substances intended to increase nutritional value in one’s diet to meet the daily requirements (1). In other words, supplements help prevent potential negative effects caused by deficiency in certain nutrients. Does this mean we should all be taking supplements by the handful? WHICH POPULATIONS ARE MORE SUSCEPTIBLE TO DEFICIENCY? We tend to see supplements as a solution to our poor diet or stress. Research shows that supplements can be helpful...

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