It’s well known that students don’t have the best of diets, and how can you blame them when a pack of noodles is 50 cents? Living on a shoestring budget can make eating tough, and naturally this takes a toll on students’ health. But there are loopholes to making sure your body gets all the vitamins and nutrients that it needs, especially when you don’t have the time and money to get those all from your diet.
Many people use supplements, and although they shouldn’t be used to completely replace necessary parts of your diet, they may be necessary and highly beneficial if you’re living off of the classic “university diet”. Lots of people take a general multivitamin, and this is a great start! Multivitamins have almost everything you need that you might not be getting in your diet. That being said, if you want to really see an improvement, there are further steps that you can take in the world of supplements.
Long hours of studying late into the night for that midterm tomorrow can really harm your sleep schedule, and as a student this is one of the most important issues that is faced. Going on less than 6 hours of sleep every day isn’t sustainable, and will eventually lead to a decline after a certain amount of time. Melatonin is a supplement naturally made in your brain to regulate your sleep cycle, and is readily available in your local supermarket. Using this can improve quality and depth of sleep, and reset your cycle to stop you from falling asleep at 4am and missing every early morning lecture.
A poor diet can lead to a lot of immune weaknesses, and in turn can lead to you becoming sick more often. Echinacea is a natural supplement that is being shown to have an increasing variety of uses, mainly for treating colds, the flu, and headaches or migraines. With Echinacea, you can be sure that you’re using a completely natural substance, with renowned benefits, for cheap at only around seven dollars for a bottle of capsules.
Eating fish is something that everyone should do, but this being said, not every night can be sushi night. Getting fish into your diet can be a pricy endeavour, and their high content of omega-3 fatty acids are essential for your heart. However, taking fish oil supplements can easily get past this cost barrier. These supplements can not only reduce issues in the heart, but have been shown to improve memory: maybe after taking these, you won’t forget about the paper you have due today? No promises.
Supplement use might not replace certain foods you’re missing out on, but they can make a great overall improvement in many different parts of your life, but the biggest is that you might not have to feel quite as guilty about eating those bowl
noodles as you may have felt before.