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Nutrition For Students: 5 Myths About Being Healthy You’ve Probably Believed

Survival of the fittest, they say.

Being a student is fun but it is, no doubt, challenging. Don’t you agree? Every school day poses a different kind of challenge. School takes up so much time and effort that you wish staying fit and healthy could be automatic. You can’t get sick and skip class or else everything will pile up, right?

If you find yourself facing a mountain of school work and you’re almost at the peak of burning out, here’s a friendly reminder to slow down and take care of your physical health, too. After all, you can’t get things done with a recurring headache. 

Do more at school by caring more about your physical well-being—starting off by debunking myths about nutrition that you might have believed or hear often. Are you ready? 

 

Myth #1: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

Chances are, you’ve heard your parents repeatedly say this as you rush off to school with an empty stomach… for the nth time. While those reminders are rooted in genuine concern, a recent Australian study proves that parents have nothing to worry about. According to the research, eating breakfast isn’t necessarily linked to metabolism rate, weight gain, and higher risks of diseases. 

While this counterstatement is a bold claim against the age-old saying, busy students like you shouldn’t use this case to skip breakfast every day. The key, however, is to shift the focus from when you should eat your “most important meal of the day” to what you actually eat all day long. Besides, isn’t every meal important? (The answer is YES.)

Health tip for busy students! 

Being busy with school work often causes students to skip breakfast. Pack energy-boosting foods like mixed nuts and fruits for a quick energy boost.

 

Myth #2: Drink 8 glasses of water every day.

Let’s get this straight: Drinking water is good for you! It’s just that you don’t necessarily have to drink all 8 glasses of it. Yup, you heard that right. The classic 8-glasses guideline actually goes all the way back to 1945 when the U.S. Food and Nutrition Board recommended drinking 2.5 liters of water a day. But it’s a myth!

If that’s the case, how much water should you drink? The answer is *drum roll* when you’re thirsty. Don’t worry. The human body is beautifully designed to let you know when and how much water to drink when you need it. In times of a gazillion million physical activities to do in school (e.g. PE class or training), hydrate a little more than usual!

Health tip for busy students! 

Nothing can beat water when it comes to taking care of our bodies. Always bring a water bottle with you and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

 

Myth #3: Limit coffee intake to a cup or two.

Next to drinking water, chugging coffee is nothing new for students who are always on the go (Yes, chugging!) Off to a 7 AM class? Grab a cup. Want to stay awake for an afternoon class? Grab a cup. Need to pull an all-nighter? Grab a cup. And the list goes on. The question is, how many cups is enough for drinking coffee?

While previous studies consider coffee unhealthy because of caffeine, more and more research proves that benefits actually outweigh the palpitations. Think antioxidants, energy boosts, and mental alertness! Just a friendly reminder that amidst these benefits, too much of anything is bad. If any, five cups of coffee a day should be okay.

Health tip for busy students! 

Stay awake and alert for school work by drinking coffee then taking a power nap. Did you know it takes 20 minutes before the effects of coffee kick in? Just in time when you wake up from a 20-minute slumber!

 

Myth #4: You eat more when you’re stressed.

Students are some of the most vulnerable people when it comes to stress. The daily demands to keep their grades up, the pressure to meet expectations, and the anxiety to build their future. Do you feel that, too? While everyone has their own way of coping with stress, binge-eating seems to be a common favorite among students… or is it?

According to a new study in the Biological Psychology journal, stress-eating is a myth. The study states that people are actually likely to eat more when feeling good than stressed. Maybe that’s why food trips with your barkada always come with good memories!

Health tip for busy students! 

When the going gets tough, busy students like you aren’t immune from high levels of stress. Be self-aware and eat appropriately! If you must, ask a friend to join you.

 

Myth #5: Skinny equals healthy.

In a world with unrealistic standards of beauty, some people are quick to assume being skinny equals a healthy well-being. Good thing, the brilliant student that you are knows too well that beauty comes in all shapes and sizes, in the same way that health is not defined by a small waistline or six-pack abs. (Though there’s nothing wrong with aiming for those, too.)

Research says that mere physical appearance cannot determine anything about a person’s health and nutrition. After all, it’s possible to be physically fit and unhealthy or be overweight and healthy. Repeat after me: skinny does not equate healthy.

 

Health tip for busy students! 

Despite a busy schedule, make time for an annual health checkup or get one as often as needed. Looks can be deceiving. Don’t wait to feel symptoms before taking that trip to the doctor! 

 

Thriving in school requires more than just excelling in your academics. It entails having and maintaining a healthy lifestyle that will enable you to do all that school work. So remember these debunked myths and apply the right health tips every day!

Take care of yourself from the inside out! Learn more tips and advice about health and nutrition for students on the Generation Zen blog section at Edukasyon.ph now!

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