Bulk Up Your Grades with Protein
This article tells you about how to Bulk Up Your Grades with Protein. Just can’t seem to wake up for your 8 a.m. class? Unless you are a fabled “morning person,” you will be able to empathize.
The rest of us have a hard time waking up our minds and bodies in the wee hours of the morning and getting started on the day – unless of course we have something really exciting to look forward to that night like a big date or playoff game to watch.
So how do you solve this early-morning riddle and snap your brain into focus?
The most obvious answer is get the proper amount of sleep! But if that just never seems to happen, you may decide to down an energy drink or chow on some cereal or juice for some instant sugar energy. Sure these things may energize you long enough to make it through your class, but they won’t last, unless you continue to ply yourself with energy drinks for the rest of the day. When all is said and done, you’ll still end up feeling tired and grumpy. The best thing you can do is start off your day with a healthy breakfast, with a particular emphasis on getting sufficient protein.
A few of you may have jumped out of your seat cheering at finally having an excuse to eat a steak for breakfast. And, well, if that’s what you like to eat for breakfast, sure! It will do you far more good to eat a steak in the morning than it will to eat one late at night. Morning steaks will leave you feeling full and focused for the whole day, while evening steaks will just sit in your stomach like a big beefy log, all that wonderful energy sluggishly burned off during your sleep. But be warned, steaks can be high in fat, so do your best to limit yourself to as few a week as possible.
If your stomach is a bit more delicate and you just can’t look a steak in the eye that early in the morning, or maybe you prefer to avoid meat altogether, you can try one of these more breakfast-type options: white meat, fish, dairy products, rice and beans and soy products. Try a tasty piece of whole grain toast with peanut butter, a whole grain English muffin with egg and ham, or a homemade yogurt, fruit and granola parfait.
Most of you know protein for it’s famous ability to rebuild the body’s muscles. But protein plays other important roles in our body’s functions as well. It helps produce hormones, enzymes, and other chemicals. It is also the source for neurotransmitters in our brain—which you kill banging your head up against the wall before a test (haha, just kidding!). But seriously, your brain sends messages to your body through these neurotransmitters that are made with the amino acids in protein. If you don’t have enough protein, you don’t have enough messengers telling your body that it’s time to function.
Imagine a daredevil ready to jump over a row of cars, but instead of a motorcycle with a high-powered engine, he’s driving a lawn mower. Can you imagine an average lawn mower flying over the distance of a football field? Impossible. And so it is with protein. Without it, your body can’t properly send messages to the nerves located throughout your body, and therefore leaves you sluggish and unfocused.
Now, since you’re a student, here’s a bit of homework for you: Check out the US Department of Agriculture’s newly revised food pyramid called My Pyramid. There you will find tips about what important nutrients you should be consuming, as well as tips on how to get a good, high-protein breakfast.
It would be world-changing if every teacher added “eat a good breakfast” to all of their assignments. The average GPA is bound to go up. That would make an interesting study for any of you students out there looking for a thesis idea or research project. Why don’t you give it a try, and focus on eating a healthy, high protein breakfast for a few weeks and see how you feel at the end? Unless you are already a meticulously healthy-conscious person, I guarantee you will notice a difference.