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Brain Power Tips

Diane Roberts Stoler, Ed.D., licensed psychologist and author of Coping With Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (Avery Penguin Putnam, 1998), offers the following nutrition tips to maximize your brain power.

Sugar and artificial sweeteners should be avoided (especially by those prone to or with a history of migraines), as they can cause mental fatigue due to headaches.

Pasta before exams or meetings will slow the mental process. Pasta is a complex carbohydrate and takes a lot of energy to digest. So since the blood flow is directed to the digestive track to aid digestion, it is taken away from the brain.

Alcohol, such as beer and wine, hinders important decision-making. This seems obvious, but teenage drinking and drug use is up. Alcohol clouds judgment and the ability to adequately problem-solve.

Food that can be made into alcohol, such as rice, potato, corn, etc., are best not to digest before taking tests or exams or making important decisions for many of the same reasons as stated above.

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