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7 Brain Foods to Help You Power Through Finals

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When the sun finally comes out, the last thing you want to do is spend endless hours in the library studying for finals. Ah, college. Unfortunately, you don't have much of a choice (if you want to pass your exams, that is) so let's make the best of the situation by focusing on brain food. Follow the guide below to amp up your energy and focus so your time in the stacks is well spent. Then hit the beach.

Avocados

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High in stress-relieving B-vitamins and potassium, avocados make the perfect fruit for lowering blood pressure and stress levels.

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Tea

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Herbal teas like mint, chamomile, ginseng or lemon calm your nerves and are beneficial for your health. Sip on a cup of warm, home-brewed tea during those late-night study sessions, which will also help your brain wind down before crawling into bed. Studying during the day? Learn how to brew your own iced tea, and then whip up this refreshing hibiscus tea.

Fatty Fish

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Salmon, tuna and other sorts of fatty fish all contain stress-fighting nutrients like heart-healthy omega-3 fats, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12.

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Milk

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You've probably heard that drinking warm milk before bed helps you wind down. Milk contains vitamin B, protein, calcium and vitamin D, which help your muscles relax and reduce stress levels.

Yogurt

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Like milk, yogurt contains many vitamins and nutrients that help relieve stress. Replace that pint of ice cream with yogurt parfait, which is better for your health and still just as satisfying as a study break snack. Also check out these 4 creative ways to use Greek yogurt, or sneak it into these blueberry cookies.

Nuts

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The vitamins and zinc in almonds, pistachios and walnuts boost your immune system, which is beaten down by higher stress levels during finals week. Munch on some nuts while studying to avoid taking your finals with a stuffy nose or sore throat.

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Dark Chocolate

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Treat yourself to a quick study break and munch on some dark chocolate. Studying for finals is tough, so you deserve it! The flavanoids and antioxidants in dark chocolate have been shown to lower stress hormone levels and improve your mood. In addition, cacao contains just a bit of caffeine to boost your energy levels and help you power through the rest of your studying.

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