First Aid Q&A for the NBDE Part II PDF
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Although the anticipation and uncertainty of stepping into the testing center to take the Dental Board Exam can be taxing on the mind, it can also take its toll physically. You should regard nourishment, hydration, and rest equally as important as being academically prepared. You will enhance and sustain your ability to focus and perform by providing your body with the necessary vitamins and minerals. Eating a balanced meal that consists of protein, complex carbohydrates, fat, and B vitamins prior to sitting down for the test improves your memory function and increases your mood.
Proteins—such as eggs,milk products, and nuts—keep your blood sugar steady, a function of both keeping your brain alert and your hunger satisfied over long periods of time. Complex carbohydrates (3 g or more per serving) that exist in foods such as whole grains, oatmeal, legumes, fruits, and vegetables will also help to sustain your energy. Fats, such as Omega-3 fatty acids, are important to include in your pretest meal because they help with blood circulation, memory, and your immune system. Nuts and seeds, vegetable oil, avocado, and different types of fish are good sources of Omega-3s. Foods that contain B vitamins, such as whole grains, eggs, and milk products, are extremely important in maintaining your mental energy. Combining all these nutrients into a well-balanced meal will allow you to sustain your energy and keep you sharp and focused. A breakfast of eggs, cheese, wholegrain toast, and yogurt will meet all the criteria and carry you through the test; cottage cheese, fruit, and whole-grain crackers, or a protein smoothie made with peanut butter, milk, and fruit are also great choices.
During the test, smart snacking will supplement your balanced meal and allow you to maintain focus. Small snacks containing protein and complex carbohydrates are your best options: peanut butter on a banana, whole-wheat crackers with cheese, or cottage cheese and nuts.
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