It’s exam time and we know you have a lot of work to do. Tensions are high, it’s a stressful time for students.

While we here at Food Services have a generally tried and true “recipe” for staying healthy during exams, there’s something else for you to consider as you make your study, meal and snack plans for the exam period: adaptogens!

Adaptogens are “the trendiest stress buster in the wellness world right now” according to CBC news.

They are plant-based herbs that can provide a boost of vitality and increase the body’s ability to ‘adapt’ to stresses when ingested – and what could be wrong with that?

Our own Registered Dietitian here at UTSG, Pooja Mansukhani, says that there are definitely nutrients in foods that boost the immune system. Including these nutrients in your diet is always beneficial, and is particularly helpful when going through stressful situations like exams.

“There are certain vitamins, minerals, and ingredients that are reported to have a calming effect and help with stress. Some are known to be immune boosters such as Omega 3s, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Zinc,” says Mansukhani.

These nutrients are found in just about every type of healthy food like fruits and vegetables (especially dark, leafy greens), fish, animal products, pulses, nuts and seeds, and certain whole grains. This means that a well-planned, balanced diet will give you all the immune-boosting power your body needs especially under times of stress,” she adds.

Good luck with all of your exams and feel free to share your favourite exam time de-stressing tips with us by leaving us a comment on our Facebook page, or by letting us know on Twitter!