5 Healthy Habits Of Successful Students

5 Healthy Habits Of Successful Students

Things every student should know.
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There are certain things that are common among successful students: they take care of themselves, they regularly complete assignments, and they have other commonalities. For example, they just don’t seem to make the big mistakes that interfere with the average student’s success. The truth is that anyone can achieve this level of accomplishment. Here are a few of the things that help them make that leap from mundane to extraordinary.

They always get enough rest. No one functions right when they’re constantly yawning and these students recognize that. You won’t find them at the off-campus late-night parties and you probably won’t find them hanging out at the bar. They skip these things for many reasons: they don’t like drinking, they’re not a fan of crowds, etc., but there is one overarching theme. They prefer to spend their free time restfully.

Doctors, doctors, doctors. There are doctors who specialize in every area of health and these scholars see many of them. When they have a back-ache they go and see a chiropractor or, depending on the severity, neurologist. When they have bunions, they go to see a podiatrist. The same is true for their doctors for intestinal discomfort, digestive issues, that freckle that has bugged you since you were a child, quite literally anything concerning how your body functions or looks, these students see doctors all the time. It’s almost a wonder how they find time for school, but that is obviously because their time is not taken up by surprise health concerns.

Stuck-up, brown-noser, show off: when there are available resources for assistance, they are right there taking advantage of them. They are often in the writing center, the math center, and any other tutoring sites. What’s more is that they are in constant communication with their teachers and normally even on a first name basis. Some may think they are just trying to get a good grade (and they wouldn’t be far off), but what they’re actually doing is taking advantage of an available resource: their professors. They also generally have study groups where they meet with other students who are in their classes to brainstorm about the material and compare notes. These guys get the best grades and that is their focus, but they don’t do it for that alone. When you finish university, you will have access to a transcript of your academic history and you can add that to a professional portfolio. In the professional world that students hope to be a part of after completing school, employers often like to see how prospective employees have performed in the past, even a history of their behavior is helpful. Academic history is often preferred, because it is a familiar setting to most. When a future employer looks at your transcript, they can get an idea of how successful you were as a student. It shows whether you have passed all of your attempts, what you have attempted and failed at, it can even give some insight into your behavior. So, when a student sucks up to a teacher it doesn’t appear on their transcript, but the results of their actions are apparent in their academic history.

These students keep a daily planner of some kind, whether it’s a notebook, electronic daily planner, or something else entirely, they use it for everything. When they grow older and are a working professional with a secretary, their secretary will keep a schedule of their obligations for them. Working from planner while in school just builds that habit for later use. Aside from that, it never hurt anyone to be prepared. From military commanders to day laborers and everything in between, having a schedule written down to refer to eliminates time wasted.

These students take breaks from studying when it is important. It may seem like they are lazy, but that’s part of the genius in their method. You find them apparently slacking at regular intervals in the gym, the school’s recreational areas, or anywhere else that students congregate. You may wonder how someone who apparently has so much free time does so well in their classes.

These are all pretty easy to figure out. The truth is that there is no “magic strategy” and no “proven method.” That isn’t how the world works, although that is how it is often portrayed. It takes time, dedication, and effort to be a successful student. The thing is that by being a successful student, you set the bar for yourself a little bit higher. It isn’t as hard to maintain as to begin, but maintaining these habits isn’t easy either. The other vital thing to remember is that nobody is perfect and everyone makes mistakes. Even the CEOs of Fortune 500 companies slip up from time to time, their mistakes are just less visible. They just keep trying.

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My whole life I’ve been thin—which is kind of an understatement. Every time I go to the doctor I get the same “you’re underweight” lecture that I’ve heard every year since I was able to form memories. I’ve never really felt insecure about my weight, I love being able to eat everything and not gain a single pound. Since my freshman year of high school I’ve probably only gained 8 pounds and I’m now a sophomore in college. Of course, in school, there were rumors that I was anorexic or bulimic, but everyone who knew me knew that was far from the truth. I’m now 19, 5’2, and I still have yet to break 100 pounds on the scale. It seems that there is a lot of skinny shaming going around and to me, one of the main contributors to that is the Dove Real Beauty campaign.

You’re probably wondering where I’m going with this because skinny girls get all the praise and other body types are neglected. That’s really not true, though. While loving other body types, you are tearing down skinny girls. Why is it okay to do that to skinny girls but not to other body types? Why is it okay to say “only dogs like bones” or say “every body type is beautiful” until you see a model's abs, or ribs, or thigh gap and then tear them down because they’re “unnaturally” skinny?



The point I’m trying to make is that, as a naturally skinny girl, I have never shamed anyone for their body type, yet I go every day and get at least two comments about my weight. I’m always the skinny girl, the toothpick, but I’m not Jessica. Yeah, I’m a size 00. Get over it. If you have an issue with my body and feel like my body is disgusting to you, don’t look at it. I know that I’m healthy and I don’t need your input when my body just naturally burns calories fast. I don’t have an eating disorder and never have. I am real beauty though, and I know that because I’m comfortable in my own skin. So maybe the real issue is that we as a society have been shoving certain body types down our daughters’ throats so they begin to romanticize models that have certain standards that they have to meet, who work hard for the bodies that they have, and are making a hell of a lot more money than most of the people discussing why they look emaciated while what they’re actually looking at is the photoshopped product.

I’m not going to apologize for being skinny when that is just how my body is, I can’t help it. So please, stop tearing my body down while trying to bring your body up. You can praise your body without shaming skinny girls. Shaming me for being thin does not make you better than the man that shamed your body, just as me shaming you for being curvy does not make me better than the man that shamed my body. As women, we need to love each other because we are the only ones who truly understand each other.


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The health benefits of eating a wide range of fruits and vegetables

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Does everyone know that fruits and vegetables are good for you, but do you know why they are considered to be nutritious?

Some may believe the answer is because they have low caloric value, which isn't wrong but they provide so much more. They possess phytochemicals.

Phytochemicals are naturally occurring compounds found in plant foods that provide the fruit and vegetables their color, taste, and odor. More than that, each phytochemical comes with its health benefits.

There are seven mechanisms of action or ways that phytochemicals are beneficial to our health.

They can either act as antioxidants which help to prevent damage to healthy cells, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative, support our immune system, trigger apoptosis or programmed cell death, protect our DNA, regulate hormones and finally, some may have the ability for specific actions, such as inhibiting the growth of bad bacteria.

Below is a list of phytochemicals:

1. Carotene 

Alpha and beta carotene give fruits and vegetables an orange or yellow color. Some examples of foods that are high in beta carotene are sweet potatoes, carrots, and bell peppers of those colors.

Carotene, when ingested, is converted into Vitamin A that your body can easily absorb and utilize. Carotene has been scientifically proven to help eye and heart health as well as support our immune system by acting as an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and possessing chemo-preventive factors.

2. Lycopene 

Think tomatoes. The phytochemical lycopene is responsible for the red color in whole plant foods. The health effects are acting as antioxidants, anti-inflammatory, chemo-preventative but also good for DNA and urinary tract health. What's cool about lycopene is that no matter how you prepare your food, you don't lose any of the nutrients.

3. Chlorophyll 

Eat your greens. Chlorophyll-rich foods appear green. Some excellent sources include dark leafy greens and broccoli. Chlorophyll, like the other phytochemicals are known to be antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative. Choosing foods that have a rich and vibrant color indicate that is a good source of that phytochemical.

So, next time you're in the produce aisle, be sure to choose your colors wisely.

4. Anthocyanin

Anthocyanins are those foods that are red, blue and purple. Any type of berry is an excellent source of antioxidants. Antioxidants combat damage to cells by helping balance those that are unstable. Cells become unsteady when they have an uneven pairing of protons and electrons so antioxidants essentially give an electron to the cells that need it.

5. Reservatrol

The color purple. Just as every phytochemical mentioned, resveratrol contains antioxidants, anti-inflammatory and chemo-preventative agents. That's the beauty of phytochemicals. Reservartrol also takes it a step further to help brain and bone health. Studies have proven that eating foods rich in resevatrol also help to protect against age-related diseases.

If you want to learn more about the health benefits of phytochemicals, please check out this wonderful book!

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